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The Nobel Peace Prize 2010

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Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



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And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes to ...

... Human rights activist Liu Xiaobo. Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for “incitement to subvert state power,” is China’s best-known dissident.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Vinoth Chandar (CC-BY)

China vs. the House of Representatives

Although the measure has almost no chance of passing the Senate, the House voted 348-79 to give President Obama the power to put tariffs on all Chinese imports. The legislative hissy fit is clearly intended to sate economically vulnerable voters who view China as a jobs threat.

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Flickr / d. FUKA

China Cracking Down on ‘Black Jails’

Chinese authorities are investigating a private company that is accused of taking payments from local officials to imprison and abuse disgruntled constituents. China has a long tradition of oppressed provincials making pilgrimages to seek redress in the capital.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

The China Superpower Hoax

How is a country with a lower per capita income than Kazakhstan, one of the worst environmental records of any major nation and a dictatorship, besides, hailed by so many as the next global superpower?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



Wayne National Forest / Alex Snyder (CC-BY)

A Little Missed Sunshine

When first lady Michelle Obama started an organic garden at the White House, she sparked a national discussion on food, obesity, health and sustainability. But the green action on the White House lawn hasn’t made it to the White House roof, unfortunately.

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AP / Altaf Qadri

More Mao Than Thou: What the Hell Is Happening in Nepal?

Nepal’s parliament will attempt to elect a prime minister, the sixth try in almost three months. The impasse reflects the deep antagonism between the Maoists, Leninists, Marxists and socialists who are all fighting for control.

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Flickr / Aapo Haapanen (CC-BY-SA)

China’s Great Wall of Traffic Back to Normal After 9 Days

Here in Los Angeles, we know gridlock and frankly we’re not impressed by what most people call “traffic,” but the Chinese are taking things to an extreme. China says a nine-day, 60-mile-long traffic jam is finally breaking up.

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Flickr / SFTHQ (CC-BY)

China Death Toll Worsens as Rains Pose New Threat

Chinese authorities say the country’s recent landslides killed at least 1,117 people. Most of the hundreds more still missing are feared dead. Heavy rains are expected to cause more landslides, while Chinese scientists, officials and soldiers scramble to cope with the current disaster.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



It’s Illegal to Be Gay in 76 Countries

Today on the list: the 76 countries where it’s illegal to be gay, a WikiLeaks editor is interrogated at the border, and the tyranny of high heels.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Testing a Theory [A Cartoon From China]

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Chinese Muffle Oil Spill Estimates

An oil spill following a pipeline explosion in China’s Yellow Sea could be much bigger than the government is admitting. The Chinese government says 1,500 tons of oil was spilled, but an American expert who visited the scene says it may actually be 50 times that figure, putting it on the order of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / jimg944 (CC-BY)

Will China Rule the World?

Possibly the most fashionable theme in current discussions of the future is whether China will replace the United States as the leading world power.

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Flickr / rahim (CC-BY)

China Now Consumes More Energy Than Anyone Else

The United States’ century-long reign as the world’s greediest energy nation is over. China has usurped the throne, as expected, though Beijing reportedly disputes the title. The International Energy Agency, which keeps track of these things, also points out that China’s per capita consumption is below the global average and far less than the U.S.’

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


Steve Jobs Is Darth Vader

Our Chinese is a bit rusty, but it seems, judging by this video, that Steve Jobs is a Sith lord who will solve your iPhone antenna problems by light-sabering your fingers off. But don’t take our word for it.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bullit Marquez

Typhoon Takes Aim at Already Soggy China

In 1998, 4,000 people died in the Yangtze floods in China. Now the country is bracing for its worst flooding since then as Typhoon Conson, which has already killed 38 people in the Philippines, closes in on China’s southern coast.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



google.cn

Google Gets Lucky in China

After months of a much-publicized row over censorship of search results, Google and the Chinese state have come to an agreement that will extend the search company’s license to operate for at least another year in the world’s most populous country.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Obama Anti-Business?; U.S. v. Ariz.

How did this “Obama is anti-business” political meme begin and what does it mean? Is the U.S. v. Ariz. immigration suit going to be good or bad for the Democrats and Obama—and where does McCain stand on it?

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


China and Taiwan
AP

The Chinese Aren’t Coming

Peace has descended on the most contentious point of conflict between East and West for the past six decades—but don’t expect the folks at the Pentagon or their military contractors to celebrate.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gurinder Osan

Introducing Australia’s First Female PM

Her name is Julia Gillard, and she’s Australia’s first lady prime minister, voted in Thursday after a power shuffle in the government’s highest ranks. However, besides the whole gender angle, Aussies apparently don’t expect Gillard to bring big changes into office with her.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Big Spill, Sestak and Spain

This week’s “Left, Right & Center” features a cameo appearance from David Frum, who fills in for the show’s Mr. Right, Tony Blankley, to take on the week’s big topics: the BP oil spill, Joe Sestak, Spain and the global economy. 

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


Terry Gou
AP / Kin Cheung

10th Suicide Rocks Chinese Company

Although Terry Gou, chairman of the Taiwan-based electronics maker Foxconn, visited the suicide-plagued branch of his company in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday in an attempt to get to the root of the ongoing tragedy, answers aren’t coming fast enough ... (continued)

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U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Burke

N. Korea Severs Ties, Orders Preparations for War

Tensions between North and South Korea are spiraling out of control. The north has cut all ties, and Kim Jong-il reportedly ordered his forces to prepare to defend against attack. Seoul continues to push for satisfaction in the U.N. Security Council after the north allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship. (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


South Korean warship
AP / Yonhap, Jin Sung-chul

U.S. to Join Forces With South Korea for Seafaring Exercises

In a move that predictably provoked the North Korean government, the Pentagon acknowledged that U.S. forces would be conducting naval exercises with their South Korean counterparts as a show of solidarity with Seoul following the sinking of the warship Cheonan in March.

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China to Stop Spying on Its People, Will Use Facebook Instead

According to the head of the domestic spying operation, China decided to scrap its elaborate array of spy satellites, eavesdropping devices and closed-circuit surveillance cameras after recognizing that Facebook put them all to shame.

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Financial Reform Won’t Alter Capitalism’s Icarus Trajectory

Perhaps the most troubling reality in the 21st century is that our economics now dictates our cultural values, rather than the reverse, where we the people would decide how resources, production and mutual prosperity should be systematized to achieve the best society for all.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE



‘Australia Loses Freedom Points’ Edition

Chinese swingers head to jail, Australia hunts down and grounds the founder of WikiLeaks, and David Lynch does Dior. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE



google.com / governmentrequests/

Google’s ‘Government Requests’ Map Outs Nosy Feds

Google has a new service, but it won’t help you find pictures of Justin Bieber or stay in touch with friends. It’s a map that shows how many times governments around the world have contacted the company with requests—either to remove content or retrieve data about Google users. Who knew Brazil was so nosy? (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexander F. Yuan

China Quake Toll Hits 1,700

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the earthquake-rocked region of Qinghai in western China on Sunday as official estimates of the damage to human life rose to 1,700 dead, with 256 missing and 12,128 injured.

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Hundreds Dead in Western China Quake

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit China’s western Qinghai province Wednesday morning, killing an estimated 400 people and injuring thousands more in yet another natural disaster for the developing world.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Justice Stevens, Financial Hearings and Nukes

The announcement of Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement is bound to set off a political battle of immense proportions. Will it be a test of the merits of the potential candidates or just another political throwdown? And does America’s new nuclear posture justify Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Six Nations Hold U.N. Huddle About Iran

On Thursday, President Barack Obama made his case for a fourth round of sanctions
against Iran to send a strong message to Tehran about its nuclear program, but some other global powers aren’t on board with that plan just yet—namely, China and Russia.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Unveils New Nuke Policy

President Barack Obama made the auspicious step of releasing his new Nuclear Posture Review on Tuesday, two days before he was due to co-sign an arms reduction treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague.

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Microsoft Hunkers Down in China

Call its decision soulless and/or good business, Microsoft has decided to stay in China despite the departure of its competitor, Google, from the country after a row between the government and the search site over the censorship of Web pages.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr user George Lu

China Is Beating the Pants Off the U.S. in Clean Energy

China invested nearly twice as much money—$34.6 billion—in clean energy projects in 2009 as the United States. The ecological impact of China’s economic boom could be a factor, but so could ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Barry Peters

Shark Protection Proposals Rejected at U.N. Meeting

One hot topic at the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—yes, there is such a thing, and it was going on Tuesday in Qatar—was the protection of certain species of shark that provide the key ingredient in sharkfin soup. Save the spiny dogfish!

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



Illustration from an image of Hong Kong by Flickr user skyseeker

Google Takes a Step Away From China

In an effort to work through some of its issues with the Chinese government and circumvent Web censorship, Google is pulling its search operations out of the mainland and routing Chinese traffic through the company’s Hong Kong portal. Google will leave its engineering and business operations in China proper. (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English

China Dries Up

A drought in southwestern China, where it has not rained in more than five months, is putting a damper on the lives of 50 million people, while costing the national economy $3 billion and leaving more than 20 million people without enough potable water.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Perry Anderson on the Specter of China

Is China on its way toward becoming the feared colossus of the 21st century, surpassing the United States in its imperial ambitions and economic hegemony?

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
AP / Jae C. Hong

Google May Close Virtual Doors in China

Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will shut down its search engine operation in China after the government in Beijing warned the company that it was flouting the country’s censorship laws, which require limited access to content like “Tiananmen Square” and “democracy.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / FAB O LENS

China Has Second-Most Billionaires, Behind U.S.

Well, that didn’t take long. China now has more billionaires (89 if you include Hong Kong) than any other country except for the U.S., which, to be fair, has been working overtime to transfer wealth upward. Unlike the U.S., the Chinese government has promised to distribute its bounty to “make our society fairer and more harmonious.”

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Johan Larsson

Apple Admits to Using Child Labor

Something’s rotten in the Apple empire—a few things, actually. For starters, the technology titan revealed that at least 11 children, who the company claimed were 15 years old, were employed in three Apple-affiliated factories in undisclosed locations. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Meets With Dalai Lama

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader called China “childish” on Thursday after conferring with President Barack Obama in a meeting that was held over Beijing’s objections. The White House released a carefully worded statement (posted after the jump) that praised the Dalai Lama without lending too much weight to his cause.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



United States Treasury

China Flexes Financial Muscle

News that China sold $34 billion in U.S. government bonds at the end of last year has raised the fears of analysts, some of whom think that the move—which involved less than 5 percent of the overall amount of bonds held by China—is meant to signal a loss of confidence in U.S. economic policy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Suzanne Pepper on John S. Service

A cautionary tale about youthful self-confidence and indiscretion, compounded by the enmity between conservatives and liberals during Cold War America’s attempt to fix blame for the “loss” of China.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



Stonehenge Edition

Is it time to remodel Stonehenge? Is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie a whitewash? Will the U.S. and China ever go to war? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / tapasparida

Scientists Fear Chinese ‘Superbugs’

Leading scientists are criticizing Chinese doctors and farmers for what they believe is a reckless overuse of antibiotics in both the medical and agricultural industries, which, they argue, has led to an explosion of resistant “superbugs” endangering global health.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Global Markets Reeling; China Flexes Muscle; Apologies

With national and global finance still wobbling and the fundamentals of the economy still gone awry, the fellows on “Left, Right & Center” discuss economic policy, China and the politics of apology.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


NSA HQ

Google Calls the Dreaded NSA for Tech Support

Google already threatened to quit China over a network attack originating from that country, but it seems the Internet giant was shaken up enough to call the National Security Agency (of spying-on-Americans fame) for assistance. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Who Will Be the New Global King of the Hill?

China and India stopped being part of what was called the “third world” when the “second world,” the communist world, disappeared in a shattering of global illusions in 1989.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


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