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Inside apartheid's prison -- an experience that haunts for a lifetime

The Conversation Africa | Posted 10.25.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Raymond Suttner, Rhodes University Raymond Suttner was actively involved in the liberation struggle against apartheid, both in legal political activi...

Who Chinese Want: Clinton, Trump & Cognitive Dissonance

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.01.2016 | World
Tom Doctoroff

There are no reliable polls in China to assess the preference for the outcome of U.S. presidential election. The Chinese are conflicted but, in the end, probably prefer a Hillary Clinton victory.

Even China's Communist Party Needs Political Transparency

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

China is a great nation with extraordinary potential. But it faces equally significant challenges. It will fare better in the future with a more transparent political system. Ultimately the PRC's leaders will find it ever harder to hide the most important decisions from public view.

China Isn't America, But Sometimes They Look A Bit Alike

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.05.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It's always exciting to visit the PRC. But it is most interesting to learn about China, which is vastly larger, more complex, and humane than the nominal communist state which still rules. It's impossible to predict what China will ultimately become. Most important is that it becomes free, consigning today's authoritarian regime to history's dustbin. Then the people of China will be able to decide their own future.

China's Entertainment Industry: Ready to Boom

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

I was skeptical about the media and entertainment sector's ability to achieve healthy - profitable - growth. I have changed my tune.

The Return of Democratic Socialism

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Why the rising tide of support for socialism in recent years? One key factor was certainly a popular backlash against the growing economic instability and inequality in America fostered by brazen corporate greed, exploitation, and control of public policy.

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...

Ai Wei Wei: Propaganda Tool or Beached Whale?

Mat Gleason | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Mat Gleason

After worldwide attention to the crisis coalesced around this harrowing, moving photo, somehow an adult making a glorified selfie is supposed to... what? What is it supposed to do?

Trumbo -- Hollywood's Anti-communist Tribute to Itself

Eric Mann | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Eric Mann

Let's look at how Hollywood and capitalism use a film about communism to foster anti-communism at a time when people are once again seeing through and challenging the system itself.

Chinese Service Sector Eunuchs: Bigger but Impotent

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The government's refusal to loosen the reins of control and welcome both bottom-up entrepreneurialism and foreign investment in "sensitive" areas prevents service industries from flourishing.

For Millions of Taiwanese Voters, Not All Roads Go Through China

J. Michael Cole | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
J. Michael Cole

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foreign observers often look at Taiwan almost exclusively through the lens of its challenging relationship with China. But in fact, as we approach this weekend's historic election, it's clear the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party failed to propose policies to address domestic concerns and rebuild its credibility with the public.

Anti-Communist Mythomaniacs and Dalton Trumbo

Larry Ceplair | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Larry Ceplair

No other blacklisted Hollywood person stirs the nest of right-wing wasps as much as Dalton Trumbo. So, it is not surprising that they have swarmed against Trumbo, a movie honestly portraying him and his fight against the motion-picture blacklist.

Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

How Chinese and Americans Are Misreading Each Other -- And Why It Matters

Fu Ying | Posted 09.09.2016 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- The most pronounced aspect of difficulties between the U.S. and China is America's rejection of China's political system. In the eyes of many Americans, China values collective interests and lacks democracy and human rights, while in the eyes of many in China, Americans, who believe in individual rights, have a natural tendency to engineer political evolution in other countries, and therefore we need to be on guard. These oversimplified perceptions have put the two countries at two ends of the world, running parallel and never seeming to converge.

The August Coup and the Final Days of the Soviet Union

ADST | Posted 08.19.2016 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in February 2003 with William Green Miller, who was working in Moscow for the American Committee on U.S at the time.

Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Will Americans actually support a democratic socialist in the Democratic Presidential primaries? Sanders himself has conceded that the odds are heavily against him. Even if Clinton emerges as the Democratic nominee, a good showing by Sanders could strengthen the democratic socialist current in American life.

Why Beijing Is Censoring Information About The Cruise Ship Disaster

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 06.06.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic that's making headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Jeremy Goldkorn, the ...

Ida and the Cycles of Violence and Forgiveness

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Matthew Hoh

The choice of mercy, of forgiveness, is anathema to my sense of manhood and my obligation for revenge and justice; but what would come of such forgiveness, besides a rejection of cultural and institutionalized violence and loss of personal pride, if I had the courage to enact it?

Decoding Xi Jinping's 'Four Comprehensives': The Decision for Discipline (and Law?)

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Ryan Mitchell

On February 25, China's state media began the widespread rollout of President Xi Jinping's new ideological directive. With this contribution to the ruling Communist Party's stock of guiding concepts in political philosophy, Xi has passed an important milestone.

Matt Sheehan

China's Communist Party Bans Believers | Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

Karl Marx long ago disparaged religion as “the opiate of the people,” and now the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to ban all addicts. The Comm...

The History Of Syriza: How A Small Party Came To Power

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

To understand the historic magnitude of the victory of Syriza, the far-left party that won Greece's election on Sunday, take a look at their slogan: ...

A Tale of Two Countries: Cuba and Vietnam

Llewellyn King | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Llewellyn King

One way or the other, the United States has this choice: Maintain the servitude in Cuba that the brothers Castro have been able to blame on U.S. policy since 1960, or let the force of openness prevail.

Squaring the Circle: Rule According to Law in a One-Party State

Minxin Pei | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Minxin Pei

The greatest dilemma facing the Chinese government in its long-standing efforts to build an effective legal system is how to ensure both the integrity of the judiciary and the Communist Party's monopoly of power.

Hong Kong's Protesters: Pragmatism or Passion?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Doctoroff

For the past week, the commercial arteries of Hong Kong have been clogged with (mostly) student demonstrators clamoring for "democracy." What is the end game here? I predict resolution, albeit one unsatisfying to most Westerners as well as a minority of Hong Kong citizens who aspire an American brand of democracy.

Government Directed Church Demolition Worries China's Christians

Agence France Presse | Bill Savadove | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

The destruction of a towering church by Chinese authorities has sown fear in a thriving Christian community and highlighted tensions between a rapidly...