November 2010

Breaching the great firewall

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 12:00

China's military mouthpiece, the Liberation Army Daily, is not a fan of microblogging. On October 19 it said Twitter had caused chaos during Iran’s political turmoil last year, and gave warning that such instant information-sharing tools posed “hidden dangers” to national security.

Fate of Uyghur Journalist 'Unknown'

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:00

A court in China's troubled northwestern city of Urumqi, which was rocked by ethnic violence last year, appears to be stalling an appeal hearing in the case of an ethnic Uyghur journalist handed a 15-year jail term, supporters said.

Hundreds Gather in San Francisco to Tackle Pressing Human Rights Concerns

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:00

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will bring together hundreds of activists from 13 Western states November 5-7 for the organization’s annual regional conference.

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in China

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:00

China was hit by a series of strikes in past months, especially in its southern manufacturing region, at factories making everything from car parts to air conditioners. Most have ended with substantial wage increases for workers.

Powerful China is no master of paranoia

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:00

The world’s most populous nation is governed by a clique of unprincipled and frightened men.

Boost for China visionaries

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:00

LIU Xiabo's Nobel Prize is bringing attention to the contradiction between China's 21st-century economy and its medieval political environment.

Europe's Plagues Came From China, Study Finds

Mon, 11/01/2010 - 12:00

The great waves of plague that twice devastated Europe and changed the course of history had their origins in China, a team of medical geneticists reported Sunday, as did a third plague outbreak that struck less harmfully in the 19th century.