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‘The Boat Rocker’: An Unsettling Book About the Moral Dimensions of Modern Journalism

How timely it is to read this strange, intense novel from Ha Jin about the glories and limits of the press. A former soldier in the Chinese army who chose to stay in the U.S. after the Tiananmen Square massacre, Ha Jin has lived and worked under two very different sets of rules.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE


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Big Profits Seen for China’s Wind Energy Companies

The Chinese government is committed to stringing eight new ultra-high-voltage power lines, designed mainly to transmit electricity from wind farms, across the country.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Unipolar No More: American Power at the Crossroads

Moscow’s frustration of Washington’s agenda to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, and China’s plan to link numerous Asian and European countries in a vast transportation and pipeline network, represent a growing international challenge to and curtailment of U.S. power.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



China Is Buying Land in Africa and South America to Ensure Its Food Supply

With the effects of climate change threatening food supply as population grows, “China is positioning itself for the struggle to come—the struggle to find enough to eat,” says a leading U.K. climate scientist.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Ugly Truth Behind Apple’s New iPhone 7

The arrival of the iPhone 7 has brought unwanted attention to the company’s globalization, tax avoidance and exploitation of workers.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



A Vote for Trump Is a Vote to Undo Vital Progress on Climate Change

The scientific evidence for global warming has never been clearer, yet the Republican presidential nominee boasts that he can’t wait to tear down President Obama’s positive environmental actions.

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China’s Trans-Amazon Railway Would Punch a Path Through a Rainforest

The Asian nation’s thirst for minerals and grain and its encroaching development in South America threatens the Amazon’s forests, indigenous rights and the atmosphere.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Dragon Rising? China Seeks Closer Military Cooperation With Syria

A Chinese official on a visit to Damascus announced that Beijing intends to strengthen its military relationship with the Syrian government, but affirmed that China would avoid involvement in the civil war.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Green Energy Good News Stories Today

Solar power is poised to grow sixfold by 2030 and could constitute between 9 percent and 13 percent of world electricity production by then.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



China Can Harness the Winds of Change

Strategically siting wind turbines where their energy can most easily be fed into the national grid could help meet over a quarter of China’s massive electricity demand.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 READ MORE



China Aims to Cut Meat Eating in Half

The Chinese government has issued guidelines to help wean its citizens onto a more vegetarian diet—offering huge potential health gains and cuts in greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Calls for Support of TPP; Sanders Calls TPP a ‘Disaster’

Amid the recent hubbub about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), it’s easy to lose sight of that other international trade deal with two Ts and a P in its abbreviation that’s caused a worldwide backlash in recent months.

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More Names Surface in Panama Papers Leak, but Still No High-Profile Americans

Despite the heavy media coverage of the tax-havens disclosure, few Western elites have been named at this point.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Is the Emerging China-Russia Axis Shifting the World’s Balance of Power?

A Brookings Institution panel explores whether closer alignment between Russia and China is changing international politics “to the disadvantage” of U.S., Europe and the rest of Asia.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE


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The Chinese Are Coming: First ‘New Silk Road’ Train Reaches Iran’s Capital

In a sign of China’s increasingly powerful role in Central Asia and the Middle East, a Chinese train arrived in Tehran on Tuesday after a 14-day journey.

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More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Ayatollah Khamenei Lauds New ‘Strategic Partnership’ Between Iran and China

Iran’s clerical leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke Saturday on the occasion of the state visit to Iran of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Pakistan Turns to Coal to Keep Factories Running

To tackle chronic energy shortages, Pakistan plans to mine and burn millions of tons of coal, with help from China’s money and expertise.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Today’s Top Wind Energy Stories: Cost Down 60 Percent Since 2009 (Video)

In the United States, the cost of wind-generated electricity is down 66 percent since 2009, and there are now 50,000 wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power 19 million homes.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



Nations Scramble to Compete in ‘Currency War’ as China’s Yuan Falls to 5-Year Low

China, Europe and Japan are driving down the value of their currencies in order to make their exports more attractive on the global market, leaving millions of workers in associated industries “protected or vulnerable, depending on which side they find themselves,” writes Guardian economics correspondent Phillip Inman.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



China Clamps Down on Coal

A slowing economy and falling energy demand—as well as concerns over air pollution—spur Beijing to halt new coal mines and close hundreds of existing operations.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

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The Economy in 2016: Buying Time Before All the Old Problems Resurface

What’s in store for the world economically in the new year? While he cautions against predictions, Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott projects that “there will be no explosion in 2016, but a fuse will be lit.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


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Beijing Issues Its First Red Alert Over Smog as the City Goes Into Shutdown

The ruling will impose tougher restrictions on industry and business in an attempt to curb the Chinese capital’s pollution, which Greenpeace has called an “airpocalypse.”

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Will Chess, Not ‘Battleship,’ Be the Game of the Future in Eurasia?

While China’s leadership is creating a middle-class future powered by a consumer economy, its president is telling whoever is willing to listen that, despite the fears of the Obama administration, there’s no reason for war ever to be on the agenda for the U.S. and China.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



The Winner of the GOP Debate: Foolish Economic Policy

The real headline from this week’s Republican debate wasn’t that the candidates clashed over immigration and national security. It was that they agreed on economic policies that have proved unpopular and unwise—and that may make the eventual nominee unelectable.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



On the Verge of the Great Unraveling: The View From 2050

As everyone now knows, the spirit of integration imbued in international trade pacts would go down to defeat as the bloodlands of the 20th century gave way to the splinterlands of the 21st. The sense of disintegration and disunity that settled over our world came at precisely the wrong moment. We needed more unity, not less.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Women’s Progress—Not the One-Child Policy—Is What Cut Births in China

The greatest driver of the drop in fertility rates in China over the decades was reasoned family decision-making led by the empowerment of Chinese women, writes Amartya Sen.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



China Ends Its Decades-Old One-Child Policy

Under the pressure of a rapidly aging workforce, China’s leaders have raised the limit on the number of children that married couples are legally permitted to have from one to two.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Risk of Global Financial Crash Has Increased, IMF Warns

The International Monetary Fund says a slowdown of the Chinese economy and a decline in world trade are undermining the stability of highly indebted emerging economies.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Midcentury U.S. Germ Warfare ‘Cover-Up’ Underscores Official Duplicitousness

In the face of ongoing public ignorance of research that appears to show that the U.S. military dropped fleas with bubonic plague on North Korea and China six decades ago, author and journalist David Swanson sees an urgent need to oppose U.S. militarism.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE



China and Russia Are Cross-Indexing Hacked Data to Identify U.S. Spies, Officials Say

U.S. officials report that foreign spy services, including those operated by China and Russia, are organizing hacked U.S. computer databases to target U.S. intelligence officers and agents.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Families of China’s ‘Disappeared’ Describe Country as Place of ‘Fear and Panic’

The families of 12 attorneys and activists who disappeared during a government crackdown on human rights advocates in July have demanded to know the condition and whereabouts of their loved ones.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE


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Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Weekend Market Turmoil an Outcome of Nations’ Failure to Cooperate on Change in Economic Policy

Although they ended with still more losses, U.S. stock markets recovered partly Monday after a plummet to dramatic lows fueled by fears of a collapse in the Chinese economy. The shock experienced in recent days was predictable, writes Guardian economics editor Larry Elliot.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Central Asia’s Glaciers May Lose Half Their Ice by Midcentury

The speed at which the warming climate is melting glaciers in Central Asia may ruin the water supply of millions of people within 50 years.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Nearly $1 Trillion Left Emerging Markets in Single Year in ‘Capital Flight’ Phenomenon

Reports that huge sums of investment money have flowed out of countries with emerging markets suggest that countries once billed as “stars of the post-crash economy are now waning.”

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE


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