(The Chinese Government newspaper Global Times recently contacted the author for an email interview on the Spratly-West Philippine Sea controversy.  After I submitted my answers, I received no acknowledgment or any further communication from the paper, possibly because the answers I gave were not to the newspaper’s liking.  Under the principle of never allowing a good interview to go to waste, I am reprinting it as my column here.)

How do you view the current South China Sea crisis? Will it further escalate?

"China is today the ideal capitalist state: freedom for capital, with the state doing the 'dirty job' of controlling the workers,” writes the prominent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.  “China as the emerging power of the twenty first century …seems to embody a new kind of capitalism: disregard for ecological consequences, disdain for workers' rights, everything subordinated to the ruthless drive to develop and become the new world force."

Fickle Capital

Fabiana Frayssinet, IPS , Rio de Janeiro, 27 June 2011

What is the relevance of electing a Brazilian or a non- European, for Director of FAO?
It is an important symbol for Brazilian social activists, since in the foundation of FAO in the 1950s, its first secretary general was Josué de Castro, a Brazilian, social activist, author of the geography thesis for hunger and who died in exile during the military dictatorship. Now, the position is once again occupied by a Brazilian, who also defends agrarian reform and struggles against hunger.

The debate sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) takes place 2-415 pm, Monday, June 13 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) being held at the Shangri-la Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The event is a special edition of the BBC's World Debate Program.  It will be broadcast at the following dates and times: 


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