Brief stop in Bangkok. Just to get some rest...
This time extremely tough schedule during my 10 days in Indonesia.
In Sumatra, speaking at Bina Darma University in Palembang
Then driving and literally flying over River Musi on makeshift speedboat, visiting isolated communities, reporting on absolute destruction of the environment on Sumatra Island, for RT and other outlets. It is clear environmental genocide, but no one seems to care, in Indonesia or in the West:
The misery in the city of Palembang is unimaginable, some living in this kind of ratholes:
This is extremely beautiful Botanic Garden (Kebun Raya) in the city of Bogor... and one of the Presidential palaces. It is where, after being deposed by Suharto and the West in 1965, progressive President Sukarno lived till the end of his life in house arrest:
And this is one of the most important places on Earth, at least for me: so called Asia-Africa Conference building in the city of Bandung. Here, in 1955, non-aligned movement was born:
Bandung, together with Havana and Miami Beach, has the best 'tropical art deco' structures in the world:
Night visit to the camp of Jakarta governor Ahok. New elections on February 15. Will he prevail of fall?
Stunning train ride between Bandung and Jakarta:
Hong Kong, China
Then, just couple of days in arrogant, decaying and self-devouring Hong Kong. At least I managed to meet here my dear friend and comrade, great expert on China, Jeff Brown
Meeting with colleagues from Beijing Academy of Social Science. And enjoying for at least 3 days my beloved city!
December 27 - January 19
This time long stay in Japan. Celebrating New Year and trying to recover from departed vicious 2016...
And then... deep winter arrived and snow covered everything...
My short 'unfriendly' visit.
Emboldened by election of Donald Trump, Taiwan is provoking China. It is still submerged in its grotesque cult of Chiang, a horrific dictator and lackey of the West.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
What happened to once mighty Malaysia? Will soon write an essay...
Manila and Davao, Philippines
One of the toughest assignments in recent history! I spoke to local academics and slum dwellers, writers and women who ended up living on vast cemeteries. Support for new socialist president Duterte is tremendous. Will he be able to pull his country from deadly Western embrace? Please read my reports: on RT, Counterpunch, NEO and dozens of other outlets.
November 19-December 1
Working in good old Vietnam. Trying to figure out whether this proud country could still rejoin the anti-imperialist struggle, after substantial changes in leadership at the beginning of 2016. And then Fidel died... Please read my reports.