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Baby Steps: Online Debate, Dissent, and Democracy

Alexander Davenport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alexander Davenport

Seconds after Wen Jiabao, China's popular Premier, saw a Cambridge University student's shoe whiz by him, China's blogosphere exploded with opinions.

Calling Tibet? Please Hang Up and Try Again

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

Your call might abruptly end in mid-sentence, say exiled Tibetans, especially if you mention anything "sensitive."

Beatings, Protests, Arrests Mark 60th Annual Human Rights Day

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The Financial Times reports that the UN human rights commissioner, Navi Pill...


Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Like the Chinese, Obama is a Communist. So you know what that means, right? Obama not only shared his toys, but he, like the Chinese, first tainted them with lead paint.

What's Gold Got To Do With It: China's Post-Olympic Identity

Chi Tung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chi Tung

Winning more golds than anyone else is exactly the kind of paradoxical achievement that enables New China to keep marching to the beat of its own hollow drum

Yellow Peril Or Power? China Reconsidered (Again)

Chi Tung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chi Tung

American media coverage of China tends to slant one of two ways: toward fat, happy and unquestioning globalization, or small-minded, unblinking provincialism.

Arrested in Tibet: A Young American's Journey of Fear

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Novick

In a Tibetan stall, Wen asked the price of something in Chinese. The shopkeeper ignored her, and then muttered bitterly in English, "No good Chinese." She wanted to find out what lay at the root of that sentiment.

Human Rights Group Overtakes Beijing Radio Station For Protest

Times Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The world's best-known advocate of freedom of the media took its message to the heart of Beijing this morning, making a pirate broadcast on Chinese ra...

Sponsoring the Olympics Is Bad for Business

Sophie Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sophie Richardson

The 12 biggest Olympics sponsors may soon learn that government-fanned waves of nationalism are bad for business. The sponsors are only shooting themselves in the foot -- and paying to do so!

Welcome to the Orwell Olympics

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Bush doesn't have to ask Hu Jintao to tear down the Great Wall of China, but the least he can do is to use in public, in China, some of the lovely human rights language he claims he's been saying in private.

George Bush -- Waiting to Inhale in Beijing

Patt Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Morrison

When Bush steps off Air Force One in Beijing, maybe he should be wearing his own smog mask, if only as a sign of solidarity with this country's athletes.

Olympic Protests: A Second Look

Jeremy Haft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Haft

If real human rights reform is what you want, then castigating the Chinese on the world stage isn't too productive -- mainly because it impedes the progress that is actually being made on the ground.

The China Question: To Beg or to Blog?

Steve Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Posner

Mao's successors in the Communist Party are offering the Chinese people food but not freedom, and many are happy to take the deal.

Five Things We Wish George W. Bush Would Read Before His Olympic Visit to China

Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess

In recognition of the limited time he has before departing for Beijing, we've put together a brief list of the best recent China writing on the Web.

Human Rights In China Made Worse By Olympics: Report

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Chinese authorities have broken their promise to improve the country's human rights situation and betrayed the core values of the Olympics, accord...

The Silent Olympics

Kavita N. Ramdas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kavita N. Ramdas

In this age of globalization, the Chinese government can no longer assume that its whole-hearted embrace of free markets can occur without its own citizens pushing for other kinds of freedoms.