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Closing the doors on Gitmo

Tue, 10/28/2008 - 12:00

President Bush said last year that "it should be a goal of the nation to shut down Guantánamo," the offshore prison for foreigners accused of terrorism. But now it seems this goal will remain unfulfilled when the president leaves office.

Is China Changing?

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 12:00

Does the government know something that people don't? Was there compelling need for the PM to go to Beijing to attend the Asia-Europe summit? Chinese intrusions into Indian territory have not stopped. And yet our government persists in wooing China. Why?

The great Beijing-Moscow Central Asia game

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 12:00

Although most world attention during the August Russia-Georgia crisis was on the reactions of the United States and Europe, China's response also made headlines. With China and Russia enjoying a strategic partnership, and sharing a distaste for U.S. "hegemony," Chinese support for Russia's action might have been expected.

Dose Prediction for Surface Nuclear Explosions - Case Studies for Semipalatinsk and Lop Nur Tests

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 12:00

... This dose prediction method was applied nuclear tests in Lop Nur. The results indicate dangerous nuclear radiation influences including fatal risk in the wide Uygur area.

Beijing Bust?

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 12:00

On Monday, Beijing announced third quarter GDP growth: 9%, down from 10.1% in the second quarter and 10.6% in the first. The double-digit numbers from the earlier periods represent a slowdown from last year, when Beijing racked up an astounding 11.9% increase.

Beijing's Perspective: Sino-U.S. Relations and the 2008 Presidential Election

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 12:00

Americans will decide in November whether a Democrat or Republican will become the 44th president of the United States, and the whole world is weighing how the two political parties' platforms and presidential candidates’ persona of “change” will impact the orientation of the world’s superpower and the new world order.

Hu's New Deal and the Third Plenary Session of CCP's 17th Central Committee

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 12:00

The just-concluded Third Plenary Session of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 17th Central Committee has pledged a "new deal" with Chinese characteristics for the country’s 730 million-odd farmers through boosting their “material benefits and democratic rights.

RIGHTS-US: Freedom Recedes for Uighurs at Guantanamo

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 12:00

Seventeen Chinese Muslims who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for seven years will now have to wait still longer to discover whether a U.S. appeals court will confirm or reverse a judge's earlier decision that they be immediately released into the United States.

Empty chair saved for Burmese poet, comedian

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 12:00

Most featured writers at this year's International Festival of Authors will spend Toronto's 29th annual literary happening engaged in readings, panel discussions, book signings and media interviews, with time out maybe to catch up with cherished friends and colleagues over an evening of dinner and drinks.


Mon, 10/20/2008 - 12:00

Despite the immense publicity generated by the Georgian crisis and the Olympics, those events are by no means the only important developments affecting Central Asia and the Caucasus.


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