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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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Hacking of U.S. Exposes China’s Plan to Manufacture Drones

Hackers in Shanghai spent the last two years pursuing plans for the technology behind the United States’ most advanced military drones, targeting at least 20 foreign defense contractors in all.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Apple Announces Two New iPhones

If you want a new iPhone, you have more options than ever, from gold to green, with or without a fingerprint scanner, and from $0 to $400 on contract.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Incredibly, Global Happiness Is on the Rise

Despite the economic crisis, people’s contentment is increasing in more countries than where it’s falling. The United Nations’ 2013 World Happiness Report provides evidence that the past five years have seen a marked improvement in international well-being, but not all nations are as merry as others.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Wikipedia Editor Forbidden From Leaving China for 3 Years

“I will not get out,” Huang Zhisong said in a radio interview last week regarding China’s recent decision to keep him from traveling outside of the country until 2016. The editor of the Chinese version of the free online encyclopedia was given no explanation for his grounding except that he “should know the reason.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE


China’s One-Child Policy and Pension Issues









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The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Cargo Ship Sails for Arctic Shortcut

A Chinese cargo ship is attempting one of the first-ever commercial trips through the Northeast Passage above Russia, a route opened up by global warming.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA Reform and Bezos Buys the Post

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s suggested changes to the National Security Agency surveillance policy. With four major categories of reform, he attempts to ease skepticism with an “amend it, don’t end it” approach. How did it go over?

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Apple Investigates Fresh Claims of Worker Abuse in China

Outsourcing has allowed Apple to sometimes rank as the most profitable company in the world, but factories in China continue to drive criticism.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Chinese Dissidents Face Jail for Dinner Party Photo

Three Chinese activists agitating for officials to make public the value of their wealth and assets will be put on trial in a “co-ordinated crackdown” that makes the limitations of an “anti-corruption push by the new government” plain, according to a Reuters report in The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Says He Gave No Secrets to China or Russia

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells Glenn Greenwald that he did not reveal classified information to China or Russia, his recent hosts, or that, as was reported by The New York Times based on the speculation of anonymous sources, his laptops were “drained.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Chimerica Dream

With a set of cyber-campaigns—from cyber-enabled economic theft and espionage to the possibility of future state-sanctioned cyber-attacks—evolving in the shadows, it’s hard to spin the sunny “new type of great power relationship” President Xi suggested for the U.S. and China at the recent summit.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Rich Chinese Export Pollution to Poorer Regions

A scheme to reduce emissions from polluting factories in China’s richer provinces has seen mucky plants moved to less prosperous places with fewer rules.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE


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China Acquiring Smithfield Foods









Posted on Jun 5, 2013 ENLARGE



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China Benefits From Bush’s Folly

What the Chinese have demonstrated is that in the modern world, to the conquerors do not go the spoils.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Deadly Antiviral Resistant Flu Appears in China

Chinese researchers reported the first ever clinically documented case of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu in patients infected with the H7N9 bird flu.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



DoD/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

America’s Misguided Pivot to Asia

China certainly is no military threat to the continental United States, or to its security, economy or major national interests.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE


Ai Weiwei’s New Music Video Is Not About Profanity

The dramatic recreation of the rebel artist’s 81 days in detention at the hands of the Chinese government is about how an authoritarian state maintains tenuous control over the thoughts and behavior of its citizens.

Posted on May 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



How the 1 Percent Does Disney World

Some wealthy families are renting handicapped scooters to skip lines at the famous theme park; the newest way to stalk someone is apparently to use a drone; meanwhile, the SATs were canceled in all of South Korea due to allegations of widespread cheating. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE


Avian Flu in China









Posted on May 7, 2013 ENLARGE


China and North Korea









Posted on Apr 7, 2013 ENLARGE



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New Bird Flu Jumps to Humans, Kills 6 in China

Chinese officials have closed poultry markets and ordered a mass slaughter of birds in Shanghai amid an outbreak of a type of avian flu that has not been seen in humans.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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North Korea Intends to Bring Nuclear Complex Back Online

The country on Tuesday announced plans to restart its main atomic complex in order to ease electricity problems and strengthen its ability to develop nuclear weapons. The news will no doubt increase tensions in the region.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Asia Cuts Carbon Faster Than Europe

East Asian countries are showing the most progress in reducing the carbon intensity of their economies, leaving their competitors in Europe and the U.S. in their dust.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Mercury Rising in the Pacific

What is the gravest long-term security threat to the part of the world that includes China, North Korea and Japan, according to America’s top military officer there?

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Fast Boat to China?

In less than 50 years from now, the north-west passage through the Arctic should be open to suitable vessels for a short time every other year, scientists have calculated.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


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China Looking Over My Shoulder









Posted on Feb 25, 2013 ENLARGE


China Army Hackers









Posted on Feb 22, 2013 ENLARGE


Don’t Hack Up a Hairball









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Chinese Hackers









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Boeing Outsourcing









Posted on Feb 20, 2013 ENLARGE


North Korea, China and Missile Cigar









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U.S. Tightens Sanctions on Iran

The West escalated the economic war against Tehran on Wednesday, imposing a new set of restrictions intended to deter the country’s nuclear ambitions by forcing it into what amounts to a form of barter trade for oil, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


Pollution in China









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Air Pollution in China









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China Wages Secret Cyber War Against The New York Times

“Revelations that China apparently targeted the New York Times in a campaign of cyber-espionage have cast a rare spotlight on attempts by Beijing to crack down on any criticism of its ruling elite,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Powder Keg in the Pacific

China’s determination to assert control over disputed islands in the potentially energy-rich waters of the East and South China Seas spells trouble not just regionally, but potentially globally.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


Smog in Beijing









Posted on Jan 19, 2013 ENLARGE



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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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