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Liu Xiaobo: Prisoner of Consciousness?

(10) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 2:37 PM

If you think of China as one large brain, before October 8th, knowledge of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo was relegated to a small cluster of brain cells somewhere out near the perimeter.

The government here had, until then, effectively marginalized consciousness about Liu. Knowledge of his activism for...

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Chinese Migrant Workers In Search Of Jobs, Return Home To Farms

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 8:13 AM

DONGGUAN, China - Spend a few hours at the Dongguan Railway Station and the mass exodus of migrant workers leaving this dusty Pearl River Delta manufacturing hub looks more like a slow trickle. They come alone or in small groups with what possessions they can carry, wrapped in the...

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Chinese Grads Worried, Experts Optimistic

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 12:32 PM

This is a backgrounder to a story I did for the San Francisco Chronicle on university graduates in China worried about their job prospects. I was down in Guangzhou during the final week of November and attended a job fair to interview students about how they felt about the...

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More Views on Obama from China

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 9:52 AM

BEIJING: While president-elect Barack Obama may have campaigned on a platform of change, don't expect much divergence from past administrations in the way the U.S. deals with China, say some analysts here.

"The basic framework of U.S. policy under an Obama administration will not fundamentally change," said Cui Liru,...

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China: Mixture of Hope, Skepticism Greet Obama Victory

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 7:53 AM

BEIJING -- While it hasn't bumped off the historic meetings between the mainland and Taiwan as the leading story, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States was a close second on the Chinese news this evening. The official reaction here has...

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China is Not Going to Bail You Out

(20) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 5:30 AM

BEIJING: A flurry of stories have circulated the past few days speculating about how China could be the savior of the global financial mess. While it is a bit of a stretch to think the West will go cap in hand to China, it's an...

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China's Skyping on you ...

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 10:22 PM

BEIJING: When in China, don't use Skype. Well, at least not the Chinese version called Tom-Skype, a joint venture between eBay (owner of Skype) and Tom Online. Canadian researchers at the University of Toronto have found that a "huge surveillance system in China" has been monitoring and tracking...

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No English

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2008 | 5:45 AM

BEIJING: Throughout my year and a half in Beijing I haven't had many taxi drivers who speak even a small amount of English. They were all supposed to study up for the Olympics, but imagine if a Chicago cabbie had to learn Chinese in his spare time for a...

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Hacker offers fresh view of China's university system

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2008 | 12:10 AM

BEIJING: With its tightly controlled media and cowed intellectual culture, you don't often see much written satire in China, so it's refreshing when it does occur. In what has become one of my favorite China blogs lately,ChinaSmack has a translation of a fake news report that appeared on the...

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Chinese Hacker Challenge: Shut down Westboro Baptist Church

(15) Comments | Posted May 14, 2008 | 8:56 PM

BEIJING: Chinese hackers have gotten pretty good the past few years at disrupting things. I'm generally not in favor of encouraging hacker mayhem, but this case it a bit different. Let's see if they can shut down Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. And if...

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China's Troubles: How to Help

(35) Comments | Posted May 12, 2008 | 8:44 PM

BEIJING: It's only five months into the year and it has been a pretty difficult one already for the Chinese. Massive snowstorms caused havoc earlier this year, then there was the turmoil in Tibet and the aftermath following the Olympic torch relay around the world, lately this EV71 virus...

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Shame on China? Not for the Olympics

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2008 | 6:58 AM

BEIJING - Boycotts and mini-boycotts. While the Chinese government may have its Tibet problems, its issues supporting the regimes in Sudan and Myanmar, its positions regarding Taiwan and a whole host of other things ... put all those aside for a minute. Boycotting the Olympics is no way...

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China's Media Blackout

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2008 | 10:02 AM

This is a continuation of a posting started yesterday on the situation in T***t and surrounding provinces in China.

Updates posted below

BEIJING: News out of T****t trickled to a halt today. Well, at least independent news of any credibility. The official word is pouring out...

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China Begins Roundup of Tibetan Protesters

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 7:21 AM

China's Olympic hopes could hinge on how authorities react as the midnight deadline for Tibetan rioters to turn themselves in expires ...

Live updates on arrests at end of post.

BEIJING - It's nearly 2,000 miles from where I sit in Beijing to Lhasa, roughly the same distance as...

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Boycotting the Image, but Not the Word?

(13) Comments | Posted August 28, 2006 | 3:01 PM

It seems some Christian groups from across the ideological spectrum are finally getting a bit worried that the Left Behind machine is giving them a bad rap. At least when it comes to the video game version of that machine, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, set to...

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Newsweek's "End Times" coverage and Q & A with Tim LaHaye

(54) Comments | Posted July 30, 2006 | 6:53 PM

I got an e-mail yesterday from someone that pointed me to this web-exclusive front-page story for Newsweek featuring an interview by Brian Braiker with Tim LaHaye.

Overall I thought Braiker conducted a good interview, but for the sake of balance you'd think Newsweek would possibly talk to people...

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Moguls in My Backyard ...

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2006 | 2:41 PM

I spy with my little eye ... Bono? Blair? Gore? Murdoch? All in my backyard this weekend. They will all be staying at Spanish Bay in the corporate-town, gated-community (you can't drive through there without paying $10) extraordinaire of Pebble Beach for an event...
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The Dinosaurs Roam the Earth ...

(105) Comments | Posted July 24, 2006 | 4:06 PM

*For those coming in here from the Newsweek story, please see my response here.

If there is anything that makes my brain hurt, cramp up, squirm wildly and otherwise want to fly out of my head to seek refuge under the nearest cool and heavy rock, it is...

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Regarding Putin vs. Cheney, the Lauer interview, and covering foreign news

(12) Comments | Posted July 12, 2006 | 7:32 PM

Earlier today, in an interview with NBC's Today Show host Matt Lauer, the president of Russia Vladimir Putin, took a verbal jab at Vice President Cheney's statements that the Russian government "has unfairly and improperly restricted the rights of the [Russian] people" and that "other actions by the Russian government...

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Hooray for Holywood!

(13) Comments | Posted July 11, 2006 | 1:14 AM

Message to Hollywood: Faith Community Wants Wholesome Films

Listen up all you Godless, secularized Hollywood types. You're missing out on the big show. You're missing the milk and honeyed jackpot here. You're out of lockstep with the proverbial manna from heaven that's right before your fingertips. If you'd only...

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