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Missing Chinese Lawyer Described Brutal Torture Before Disappearing

AP | CHARLES HUTZLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — The police stripped Gao Zhisheng bare and pummeled him with handguns in holsters. For two days and nights, they took turns beating him...

REVEALED: 17 Mind-Blowing Facts About China

Business Insider | Gus Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For all the crazy stories you've heard about China, the world's biggest country is going to keep blowing your mind. The speed and size of economic ...

An Empty Seat for All of Us

Jay Marose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Marose

As the on-going debate in DC continues about how much debt to sell off and rising concern about the role of China in our economic future, last week th...

Ambivalence, Idealism, and the Nobel Peace Prize

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

The United States' ability to improve the world is limited. Economic incentives, military actions, and pro-democracy rhetoric will not push the international community into demanding Liu Xiaobo's release, or prevent other countries from following China's lead.

Giving Hope to China's Activists

Times Wang | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Times Wang

As Liu Xiaobo's Nobel prize ceremony takes place in Oslo on December 10, Human Rights day, it is uncertain whether this award will benefit Chinese activists.

Why Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Prize Matters to Tibet

Kate Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Saunders

A new generation of Tibetan intellectuals, writers and bloggers share their concerns about political repression and state control, representing a more complex challenge to the Chinese Communist Party.

Cheng Jianping, Twitter User, ARRESTED; Tweet Lands Activist 1 Year Labor Sentence

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Cheng Jianping, a Chinese social activist, has been arrested and sentenced to one year in a labor camp for retweeting a message from her fiance, Hua C...

Tibetan Students Reveal China's Identity Crisis

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

"Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about." So said the late American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf. China's Communist Pa...

PROPAGANDA: PR With an Oppressive Agenda

Heidiminx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Heidiminx

It is time to change the soundtrack, and tell the true stories of TRUE progress.

Is Nepal China's Client State?

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

2010-10-05-kathmandu.jpgOn October 3rd, police in full riot gear confiscated ballot boxes in Kathmandu and effectively shut down an attempt by 9,000 Tibetans to participate in the vote for their new prime minister and parliament-in-exile.

China's Fifty Cent Party for Internet Propaganda

Usha Haley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Usha Haley

China is not the only country in the world to employ cyber police. But the scale of China's efforts is staggering, and social media now comprises the dominant online activity in China.

Twitterpated: Censoring 140 Characters

John Wagner Givens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Wagner Givens

How far has political discourse fallen that 140 characters, in a language as concise as Chinese, is considered sufficient space to provide political commentary that is not only worth reading, but worth censoring?

Buffett And Gates Ask Chinese Tycoons To Give Back

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Chinese moguls came out in promising numbers Wednesday night to meet Warren Buffett and Bill Gates at a dinner near Beijing, CNN reported. The turnout...

Murder in the Himalayas: A Story that Had to be Told

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

"There will always be people willing to risk everything for freedom." It's been four years since video footage of the fatal shooting of a teenage Tib...

Pictures From Tibet That Tell a Story of Courage

Kate Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Saunders

2010-09-28-tibet.jpgThese images depict the moment when Runggye Ada, a Tibetan nomad, was arrested for calling for the exiled TIbetan leader, the Dalai Lama, to be allowed to return home.

The Speech That Portended the Tibetan Uprising Made Public

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Novick

It could be argued that the Tibetan uprising of 2008 actually began several months earlier with what appeared to be an impromptu public address by a middle-aged Tibetan nomad.

U.S., China Begin Human-Rights Talks

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration faces a delicate balancing act in human rights talks with China that began Thursday: It looks to pressure ...

UN Drug Policy in the Dark Ages

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Borden

A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.

Mighty Movie Podcast Interviews: The Square and The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

First up is an interview with Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, the married directors of The Sun Behind the Clouds, a documentary about Tibet's struggle for independence.

Freedom To Write: An Exiled Chinese Dissident, a Conference in Istanbul, and Some Milky Tea

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

The man I met in front of the State Department Store didn't look like a refugee, which goes to show how many assumptions I had. Tumenulzii had an open and youthful face.

Google's Decision Shows New Trend In Western Reluctance to "Kowtow" to China

washingtonpost.com | John Pomfret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The showdown between Google and the world's most populous country marks a turning point in one of the great alliances of the late 20th century -- the ...

Google's Faustian Bargain Unravels

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sandeep Gopalan

Google's earliest fans will welcome a return to its "Do No Evil" mantra. Hopefully, the company will follow this policy in other areas as well.

New Wave of Dissent in Tibet Met by Crackdown on Writers

Kate Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Saunders

As Tibet's best-known writer Woeser says, Tibetans are attempting to transcend the terror by writing about it. They are daring to refute China's official narrative, presenting a more complex challenge to the Communist Party than before.

Internet Restored, But the Evils of Han Chauvinism, Party-State Despotism and Bankrupt Communism Remain

Rebiya Kadeer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebiya Kadeer

The Internet is admired as a tool for freedom of speech and citizen participation the world over. But in China, and particularly in East Turkestan, it is used to root out critics of government policies.

Google's China Exit: When Business and Human Rights Converge

Nicole Kempton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Nicole Kempton

The prospect of Google pulling out of China says much about the disconnect between the idealism of Internet pioneers and the reality of how the Internet is utilized in undemocratic states.