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May 22, 2008

At the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, military guards called their sleep-disruption efforts for detainees the "frequent-flier program." This involved constant cell changes meant to disrupt prisoners' rest and lower their resistance to interrogations.

May 20, 2008

U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay allegedly softened up detainees at the request of Chinese intelligence officials who had come to the island facility to interrogate the men -- or they allowed the Chinese to dole out the treatment themselves, according to claims in a new government report.

May 19, 2008

In the aftermath of the deadly Sichuan earthquake, the clamor of criticism that had been dogging China over human-rights issues and its policies toward Tibet has suddenly been silenced.

May 19, 2008

New Delhi must be tough on Beijing's hectoring on Sikkim; otherwise it's a slippery slope

May 16, 2008

Less than a month after China’s new nuclear submarine base came to light, latest satellite images show that Beijing is upgrading and extending its nuclear missile deployment site that is nearest to India.

May 16, 2008

The founder of the Free Burma Coalition accused Myanmar neighbors China and India on Thursday of failing to do their share of "heavy lifting" in aiding victims of the Myanmar cyclone.

May 16, 2008

A powerful aftershock knocked out roads and communications in some of the most quake-ravaged parts of central China on Friday, as emergency crews rescued more than 30 people who had survived up to 100 improbable hours trapped in the ruins.

May 16, 2008

Ever since peaceful protests erupted in Tibet, starting from 10 March, the Chinese government used the full force of its state media to fling a series of allegations against the "Dalai Clique". These allegations range from His Holiness the Dalai Lama masterminding the recent Tibet protest to His Holiness the Dalai Lama making attempts to restore feudalism in Tibet.

May 16, 2008

Shimmering stadiums and billions of dollars spent to remake Beijing into a modern city have been overshadowed by pro-Tibet protests, chaos on the Olympic torch relay, and an anti-Western backlash by angry Chinese who sense their coming-out party is being spoiled.

May 16, 2008

The Beijing Olympics appeared the perfect opportunity for China to demonstrate to the world that it was a nation to be admired. However, the main effect of the publicity so far has been to add impetus to the outsiders’ view of China as authoritarian and repressive.

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