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China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Plans for an international effort to make solar power cheaper than coal within 10 years are to be unveiled at the U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in New York this month.

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Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



China, America and a New Cold War in Africa?

For the last decade China has used aid, trade and infrastructure projects to set itself up as the dominant foreign player in Africa, while the U.S. has increasingly confronted the continent as a “battlefield.” These approaches have produced starkly contrasting results for the powers involved and the rising nations of the continent. The differences are perhaps nowhere as stark as in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Drink Your Broccoli, Kids! It May Save You From Air Pollution’s Effects

Really, everyone, not just kids, should be eating those little green trees that have been found to help bodies eliminate toxins related to environmental contamination. But for those of you who can’t stomach it, scientists have developed a beverage chock full of the vegetable.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Rules of Revolt

There are fundamental lessons to be taken from the protests that swept through China 25 years ago, ignited by the student occupation of Tiananmen Square. Revolutions differ, but most have similar dynamics.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Remembering Tiananmen Square, Sometimes in Secret

In mainland China, commemorating the Tiananmen Square crackdown is not permitted, and Wednesday’s 25th anniversary was no exception. However, that didn’t stop some resourceful Chinese citizens from coming up with creative ways to flout their government’s policy.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘More Important Than Ever’ 25 Years Later

On June 4, 1989, a million peaceful protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, only to be brutally barraged by the Chinese Communist Party with its 200,000 soldiers.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Gao Yu

The journalist’s detention before the 25th anniversary of the slaughter at Tiananmen Square shows the Chinese government’s determination to repress those pursuing democracy.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: VA Scandal, China’s Cyber War and NSA Spying

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, the Justice Department’s announcement that it will charge Chinese military officials with stealing business secrets from U.S. corporations, and reports in The New York Times that the NSA acknowledges corporate spying.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of’

William Worthy, a dissident American journalist who defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and Algeria during the Cold War, died this month at age 92 of Alzheimer’s disease. Award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill and others remark on his life.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Birth of a Eurasian Century

A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass—at the expense of the United States.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Way iPhones Are Made Is Killing Chinese Workers

Industrial solvents known to cause cancer are used in the manufacture of Apple products and other electronics consumers have come to depend on, and adequate protection for the millions of workers who make them is rare.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



Vietnam Shaken by Worst Anti-China Unrest in Decades

Anti-China protesters have set more than a dozen factories on fire in Vietnam in the biggest eruption of rage against Beijing in decades over the deployment of an oil rig in contested waters.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



Mapping the Chinese Conquest of the Planet

According to a map I made and recently discovered in my high school history textbook, I would have been 24 when I became a “Red Chinese” subject, and atomic weapons would have been removed from the equation.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Self-Described Prison Slave Said to Hide Plea for Help in Upscale Shopping Bag

After picking up a pair of boots at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, a young woman reportedly made an unsettling discovery.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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The Best Feature of This Phone Is Its Price

Samsung and HTC just announced their new flagship phones, and Apple is expected to drop the iPhone 6 sometime soon. Chinese upstart OnePlus is hoping to give all those devices a run for their money—literally.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Arrives in Japan for Tension-Filled Asia Trip

President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to launch a tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward a dynamic Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



How Corrupt Is the Obama Administration?

A retiring prosecutor reveals just how unlawful the SEC is; the Netflix show “House of Cards” has helped China’s image in the U.S.; meanwhile, the long-term unemployment crisis must be resolved. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



Top Chinese JPMorgan Exec Leaving Amid Probe

One of JPMorgan Chase’s top Chinese executives will resign, according to a bank memo, as regulators probe whether the financial giant violated anti-bribery laws in Asia.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The Long Telegram: Imaginary Friends and Phantom Enemies

The result of the obsessive vilification of Russia is a tragic waste of opportunities for two major nations to join in the actual wars at hand.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



John Kerry Slams Climate-Change Deniers for ‘Burying Their Heads in the Sand’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot across the bow at climate-change skeptics and deniers during a diplomatic visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Aren’t the Only Politicians Who Are Corrupt

Despite Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, personally telling the “Daily Show” host that only Republicans are swayed by money, Stewart has a few examples in the shape of ambassador nominees that prove otherwise.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The Two Chinas Meet for the First Time Since 1949

The China that has its capital in Beijing has been at odds with the China that has its capital in Taipei since Mao Zedong and his Communist army chased the nationalist Kuomintang across the Taiwan Strait in 1949.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Dear President Obama: Tar Sands and Keystone XL Are More Dangerous Than an Iranian Atomic Bomb

Dear President Obama: While you seem to put a great deal of emphasis on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, you seem to take a longer view on a much, much more extreme threat to the earth than a few thousand atomic bombs.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



Janet Yellen Sworn In as Head of Fed

Janet Yellen became the first woman to head the Federal Reserve on Monday as investors worried over China and other emerging markets.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



China Unveils Comprehensive Pollution Monitoring System

Measures would require the country’s biggest polluters to report air emissions and wastewater discharges on a more or less continuous basis—and make the information available to the public.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Climate scientists have found indications that Asian tropical cyclones are not only getting stronger but are also likelier to strike east Asia—China, Japan and Korea.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE


Watch China’s 1,000 High-Speed Trains in Action

China continues to invest billions in its transportation infrastructure, making it possible for people to travel around the country at unprecedented speeds.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The NSA’s Been Inserting Tiny Circuit Boards Into Thousands of Computers Abroad for Years

If you think it hasn’t used the same technology in the U.S., you’ve learned nothing in the last year.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports

Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Fills Us In on All Things China

Tuesday’s Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger segment of “The Colbert Report” was an “All-China” edition, though somehow Kim Jong Un got in to the mix. From China’s pernicious smog levels to its recent landing on the moon, the faux-conservative pundit gives us the rundown on some current events in Asia.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


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Pandas Once Again Crucial in U.S.-China Relations

Proving again that being a first lady of a P5+1 nation is a heady role indeed, with all the outfit-matching and advanced-degree-downplaying and whatnot, two top spouses from a pair of uneasy superpower bedfellow countries just took up a diplomatic tradition inaugurated by Pat Nixon.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


East China Sea Tensions

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Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Playing Chicken in the East China Sea

Just days after the U.S, Japan and South Korea flew through China’s freshly declared air defense zone over the contested Senkaku Islands and an untapped natural gas field, China deployed fighter jets and an early warning aircraft to the region.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



McDonald’s Heartless Advice to Its Low-Wage Workers

As many of the fast food chain’s employees struggle to feed their families, the company suggests they “break food into pieces” to feel full; Israel and Saudi Arabia join forces against Iran; meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is funding a $2.6 million mesh network surveillance grid that has its eye on us all. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 8: China Is ‘Unsure Progress Is Possible’

Concern over financial promises made by developed countries has prompted the leader of China’s negotiators at the Warsaw climate talks to question whether progress there is possible.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Liberalism in Crisis? China in Transition

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the president’s announcement that he would temporarily allow health insurance companies to renew some plans, China’s decision to relax its one-child policy and end labor camps, and the Republican bill to extend health plans.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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China to End ‘Re-Education’ Camps, Relax One-Child Rule

Wrapped up inside planned economic reforms, the Chinese government said it will change two signature policies that have stood as significant intrusions of the state into people’s private lives and drawn condemnations from world human rights organizations.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Most Powerful Person in the World Is…

Forbes has ranked a list of political, religious and business leaders in order of their, uh, power, and guess what? Barack Obama, commander in chief of the largest military force in the history of the world, is only in second place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



Chinese Doctors Violently Attacked Over Medical Costs

China’s government is trying to enhance security in hospitals to protect health care providers from patients’ furious relatives; Obama seems completely indifferent to outrage over the NSA leaks; meanwhile, Wikipedia’s volunteer workforce is dwindling. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



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China May Own U.K.’s Nuclear Stations

Electricity prices in the United Kingdom are expected to double as a consequence of the British decision to allow Chinese companies to own 100 percent of new British nuclear power stations.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



Tony Blair’s Selfie: An Emblem of the Iraq War

A doctored photo of Britain’s former prime minister posing in front of exploding bombs may play a large role in how the Iraq War is recalled; beginning in January, millions of uninsured Americans will receive health coverage under Medicaid; meanwhile, the climate threat we should all be worried about is water scarcity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



China’s Online Monitors Outnumber Its Soldiers

There are 2 million people surveilling Internet usage in China, half a million more than are safeguarding the country in its army; memory’s fallibility is a good thing, according to some neuroscientists; meanwhile, the Fukushima disaster is enough evidence that all nuclear plants should be shut down. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The End of Chocolate

Industry experts predict we have seven years of affordable, quality chocolate left. And guess what? It’s capitalism’s fault.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Grow a Nose (Video)

Money may not grow on trees, but in China noses can be grown on foreheads.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE


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