May 2007

China: Media Freedom Under Assault Ahead of 2008 Olympics

Thu, 05/31/2007 - 12:00

The Chinese government is backtracking on new rules that allow much greater freedom to foreign journalists, and is continuing to deny comparable freedoms to Chinese journalists, Human Rights Watch said today.

My Chinese Jailers

Wed, 05/30/2007 - 12:00

Nothing compares to a mother's pain when her children are suffering. The anguish is even greater when the suffering is designed as an act of retaliation by a vindictive government determined to punish those who speak out against its egregious human-rights violations.

The Chinese plot against capitalism

Tue, 05/29/2007 - 12:00

CHINA'S secret plan to bring down capitalism, especially in America, has become a little less secret in the past week or so. One clue came with a brave piece of whistle-blowing; a second when China started deploying its huge arsenal of capital. Congress was right to worry, after all. Those cunning commies in Beijing have studied capitalism and found its Achilles' heel: corporate governance.

Ministry of Public Security's Olympics Scrutiny Notice Reveals CCP's Desperation, Violation of Human Rights, and Opposition to the Olympic Spirit

Tue, 05/29/2007 - 12:00

Recently, Chinese authorities sent out the following directive: Since early-April, the Chinese police have been secretly issuing "Notification on Strictly Carrying Out Background Investigations on Candidates for the Olympics and Performing a Pre-Selection Test" to each province, autonomous region, police stations and bureaus in municipalities directly under the Central Government.

Amnesty International Report 2007

Wed, 05/23/2007 - 12:00

An increased number of lawyers and journalists were harassed, detained, and jailed. Thousands of people who pursued their faith outside officially sanctioned churches were subjected to harassment and many to detention and imprisonment.

China misses key opportunity on human rights

Tue, 05/22/2007 - 12:00

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have today condemned China's decision to walk out of an EU-China experts' seminar on human rights, which had been scheduled to take place on 10-11 May in Berlin.

China: The 2008 Olympics as a Major Activist Inroad

Mon, 05/21/2007 - 12:00

Fidelity Investments has sold off more than 90 percent of its holdings in Chinese state-owned oil giant PetroChina, Fidelity announced May 16. Although the company declined to explain the sale, it almost certainly is related to pressure from human rights and religious activists.

Listening to history's creaking bones

Mon, 05/21/2007 - 12:00

Beside their obvious antiquity, why should heaps of cattle shoulder-blades and turtle shells dating from the 13th and 14th centuries B.C. be of such immense importance to today's archaeologists? The answer, as we discover in Peter Hessler's eponymously named "Oracle Bones," is that the prophecies incised onto their surfaces represent examples of East Asia's earliest writing forms.

The Xinjiang factor in the new Silk Road

Mon, 05/21/2007 - 12:00

Because of endless reports on conflicts, trafficking, corruption, terrorism and extreme poverty, Central Asia's image is largely negative. When Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to US president Jimmy Carter, spoke about the "Eurasian Balkans" in his book The Grand Chessboard to describe Central Asia, he was contributing to a pejorative stereotype that does not reflect the complex reality, and certainly does not serve the interests of the people living between the Caspian Sea and the Gobi Desert.

Uyghur Wire-Walker Breaks World Record

Mon, 05/21/2007 - 12:00

An ethnic Uyghur from northwest China has won an international tightrope competition in South Korea, highlighting the importance of the ancient practice in his homeland.