Sharmine Narwani: Questioning the Syrian “Casualty List” (al-Akhbar)
Glenn Greenwald: U.S. media takes the lead on Iran (Salon)
Andrew Hacker: We’re More Unequal Than You Think (New York Review of Books)
I don’t think climate change necessitates a social revolution. This idea is coming from the right-wing think tanks and not scientific organizations. … You can set up carbon markets, consumer markets, and just pretend, but if you want to get serious about climate change, really serious, in line with the science, and you want to meet targets like 80 percent emissions cuts by midcentury in the developed world, then you need to be intervening strongly in the economy, and you can’t do it all with carbon markets and offsetting. You have to really seriously regulate corporations and invest in the public sector. And we need to build public transport systems and light rail and affordable housing along transit lines to lower emissions. The market is not going to step up to this challenge.
China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society (World Bank)
杜建国：世界银行，带上你的毒药滚回美国去 (Sina blog of Du Jianguo)
David Barboza: Furor Over Report Hints at a Chinese Policy Debate (New York Times)
John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney: The Global Stagnation and China (Monthly Review)
In order to avoid looming disaster, the current economic consensus suggests that the Chinese economy needs to rebalance its shares of net exports, investment, and consumption in GDP—moving away from an economy that is dangerously over-reliant on investment and exports, characterized by an extreme deficiency in consumer demand, and increasingly showing signs of a real estate/financial bubble. But the very idea of such a fundamental rebalancing—on the gigantic scale required—raises the question of contradictions that lie at the center of the whole low-wage accumulation model that has come to characterize contemporary Chinese capitalism, along with its roots in the current urban-rural divide.
Martin Hart-Landsberg: China and Neoliberalism (Lewis & Clark)
Michael Klare: America’s maritime power (Monde diplomatique)