Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Kunming and the Rising Tide of Environmental Protest

The East by Southeast blog has posted a detailed account of Thursday’s protests in Kunming over the planned PetroChina oil refinery and reported paraxylene (PX) plant. The account describes how the protests switched focus midway through from just opposing the PX plant to broader opposition to the entire oil refinery: Justice Gate sits at the intersection of Renmin Road (People’s

May 17, 2013 10:50 PM

Bird Flu Death Toll Rises as Virus Dissipates

Four more deaths have brought the total number of fatalities from the H7N9 bird flu to 36. Yet despite these deaths, there is evidence that the virus is not spreading as fast or as widely as many feared. From Al Jazeera: The United Nations health agency said a written statement on Friday that the four deaths were from cases that had already been identified in laboratories. It said here

May 17, 2013 10:17 PM

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