Author Archive | Wei Ling Chua

Can You Point Out The Flaws In This Recent Article On Tiananmen Square?

NY Book review - Tiananmen 2014 This is an exercise for the public to learn how to distinguish between honest journalism and agenda based writing. To the right is an embedded screenshot of an article on The New York Review of books (20 May, 2014) title ‘Tiananmen: How Wrong We Were’ by Jonathan Mirsky. There are a number of common sense flaws (lack of logic) in the following report that allow people to tell that the author was making up the story. Can you detect those flaws. I left a short comment to point out one of the most prominent flaws, and was deleted minutes later. Before you check for the answer at the bottom of this article, please read the content in this embedded screenshot from the article, and try to identify the flaws yourself to see how good a detective you are...
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How BBC Manufactured The Perception Of A “Massacre” Without Having To Show Their Viewers A Single Shot Of A Dead Person

BBC 2014 search TiananmenDespite the 2011 WikiLeaks leaked US government cable and the 2009 confession made by BBC journalist James Miles that he had “conveyed the wrong impression” and that there was no one killed in Tiananmen Square in 1989. A simply search on BBC website using the term ‘Tiananmen Massacre’ will revealed that the BBC has continued to use the term ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’ in all kind of occasions to demonize the Chinese government. Please examines the details in the embedded screenshot from the BBC website.

The BBC is notorious in news manipulation. Wikipedia has two special page documenting BBC controversies and Criticism of the BBC. There are people who simply called BBC the British Bullshit Corporation. There are good reasons for all these allegations against the BBC. The 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tianamen Square incident is around the corner, let’s examine how the BBC could manufacture the perception of a massacre in 1989 by simply using the power of language, and the images of tanks, soldiers, burning vehicles, and the sound of explosions without even the need to show their viewers a single clip of a dead person.… Read the rest

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No Evidence To Support Chen Guangcheng’s “Beating” Claims

At the outset, Chen seemed to be just another Chinese dissident brutally treated by the authorities; however, there is more to it.

In the opening statement at the Council on Foreign Relations (31 May, 2012), Professor Cohen of New York University made it clear that Chen “had never studied law” when “the State Department” asked him to meet Chen nine years ago (that is, in 2003).

Despite such an open piece of information linking Chen to the “State Department” in a forum that was packed with journalists, I only managed to find the full content of Cohen’s opening statement via YouTube, the Council on Foreign Relations and NYU websites.

Amazingly, as far as my research is concerned, none of the news media during and after the forum appear to show any interest in persuading or reporting the relationship between the State Department and Chen. Just a few examples (none of these media report a thing on the content of Cohen’s opening statement):

The NY Daily News, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Time, VOA, WNYC, NBC New York and Radio Free Asia.… Read the rest

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Evidence Suggests That Chen Guangcheng’s Wasn’t Under House Arrest At Time Of ‘Escape’

16 escape stories with only one that makes sense

The blind Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng has finally “escaped” the “brutal” treatment of the Chinese “regime” and landed in the “free” world. The world – in particular the American media – called this a human rights win for America.

While a million American students are reportedly homeless, Chen and his family of four were given two apartments for free: one for his personal security, the other at the “ideally located (but expensive)” graduate residence hall in Washington Square Village.

While 48% of American students are burdened by debt, Chen and his family are enjoying free education in the US: Chen is reportedly having two hours of English lessons in the morning, and he “spends many afternoons meeting legal experts one on one.”

While the American Congress is in a political grid-lock most of the time with no solution to the $16 trillion debt, both sides of the political divide appear to unite in welcoming Chen and his family to their activities in the US.… Read the rest

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Julian Assange: The Price of Being A Western Dissident

Julian Assange is doing humanity a favour by exposing through the US Embassy Cables that “Oil motivates U.S. policy more than fighting terrorists,” and that the killing and torturing of tens of thousands of civilians by the US and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Iraq War Logs and Afghanistan War Logs were evidence of war crimes.

However, to Assange’s dismay, as a western dissident, he does not enjoy the soft-power of being a Chinese dissident; the “free” world politicians not only fail to acknowledge the nobility of his work in exposing human rights violations and war crimes committed by NATO and the US, President Obama described his act as a “deplorable documents dump”; former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich believed that he should be “ treated as an enemy combatant”; Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell called him a “high-tech terrorist”; while Sarah Palin wanted him to be “hunted down like al-Qaeda”; Other politicians including some mainstream media “pundits openly calling for his death”.… Read the rest

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All I Saw On Australia Day Was Police Aggression; How About You?

311px-Australian_Coat_of_ArmsThe 26 January 2012 incident where Australia’s Prime Minister Gillard was dragged away by security forces to a car and speeded away has been portrayed by the media as an attack or riot on Australia Day.

Selective scenes have been used to give people the impression of a violent mob threatening the Prime Minister and the  opposition leader. When the video footage failed to display evidence of such violence, they then replaced some video footage with photo images of the Prime Minister dragged almost on the ground by the security officer to create the right atmosphere to justify their narration.

The police said that they will not charge anybody over the incident, and some writers begin to compare the Australia Day incident with the 2005 racially motivated Cronulla Riot; and then believe that it is unfair not to arrest the “rioters” over the incident.

The truth is that while the protesters may be noisy by chanting slogans with a small number patting on the restaurant glass window, they are not violent at all and I cannot see any video footage presented by the Australian media showing any evidence of protesters slamming or smashing the glass window.… Read the rest

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Evidence of Murdoch’s Newspapers Distorting News to Fuel Racism

Media disinformation and negativity against non-Western cultures in Australia is a terminal disease spreading into the bloodstream of the mainstream media industry in Australia. The following incident demonstrated how easy it is to demonize a Chinese restaurant in Melbourne through the manipulation of news using the techniques of factual omission, misleading heading, misleading bullet-point-highlight, misleading bold-highlight and the editorializing of content using a series of subjective and strong wordings to sell the personal opinion of the journalist or editor as news.

How did Murdoch’s Newspapers demonise a Chinese Restaurant in Melbourne?

Can you tell the problem with the following report by the Herald Sun?

St Kilda Chinese restaurant food bill handed to man in ambulance

By Jessica Craven    From: Herald Sun April 26, 2011 7:21PM

  • Man suffered seizure while dining at Chinese restaurant
  • Man given bill as he was being loaded into ambulance
  • Restaurant manager said someone had to pay for meal

A CHINESE restaurant that slapped a customer with the bill as he was being loaded into an ambulance has defended its actions.

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Democracy Needs Reform: We Are the Unsatisfied Lead by the Unqualified

Mayor QuimbyMalcolm Fraser: “There aren’t enough people who have done something before they got into Parliament.” (ABC Radio, 9 April 2011)

The above is a comment made by former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser on ABC radio about the important of having quality people in a political system. One need just to browse through the events that have taken place in Australia politics (Federal and States) over the last few months will be able to understand why Australians are so frustrated with the lack of deep thinkers and serious policy makers in our political establishment.

Quality of leaders is not a problem in good time

In normal time when the world economy is booming, despite wide spread incompetency amongst the political leaderships, Australia is blessed by its natural resources and are able to flow along with the world trend of economic prosperity. Therefore, the issue of political incompetency within our current system of government has not become an alarming issue as it has yet to affect the livelihood of the average people on the streets.… Read the rest

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Culture of Bigotry Hindered Australia’s Ability to Integrate With Its Asian Neighbours

Singapore ExchangeASX_logoThe recent reaction by the Australian politicians toward the proposed merger between the Singapore Stock exchange (SGX) and the Australia Stock Exchange (ASX) is a typical example of a bigotry culture in this country.

The very minute the news of SGX’s intention to merge with ASX was leaked to the public arena, our politicians begin to jump up and down against the idea without even trying to find out in detail the rationale of the proposed merger, and the possible benefits to Australia. Their responses are so pathetically predictable in a habitually hysterical manner.

Response from the Australian “Elites” in the absence of any detail information about the Merger

Despite the fact that the Treasury Department has yet to receive any submissions from either the SGX or the ASX of the proposed deal (The Australian, 26 Oct 2010, 1:34PM), the Green Senator Bob Brown begin to “links Singapore Human Rights to the Australia Stock Exchange merger proposal” (The Australian, 26 Oct 2010, 12:34PM), The Coalition Shadow Treasury Joe Hockey questioned “whether ASX merger is in Australia’s interest” (The Australian, 26 Oct 2010, 9:28AM).… Read the rest

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Democracy Needs Reform — The Cruelty Of Poll-Driven Politics In Australia

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

After a series of sudden and drastic moves initiated by a handful of people within some factions of the Australia Labor Party on Wednesday evening,  Australians woke up the next morning (24 June 2010) watching their elected Prime Minister (Kevin Rudd) cry in front of the TV screen after he was told by the dozens of his colleagues he was finished as prime minister. (Herald Sun, 25 June 2010)

The cause of his down fall was mainly due to the fact that his popularity has plunged dramatically over the last 6 months. This in part was the direct result of the mining companies’ $100 million advertising campaign against his government intention to imposed a Super Mining Tax in 2012 to give the average Australian a fairer share of the profit from the resources digging out from Australian soil and seabed. The opposition has sided with the miners over the Super Mining Tax and benefited from a huge amount of political donation.… Read the rest

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