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H7N9 Bird Flu Reaches Beijing

Xinhua reported on Saturday that a seven-year-old girl has become China’s 44th confirmed H7N9 sufferer, and the first in Beijing. The child is being treated at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, and is in stable condition, Zhong...

Are Floating Pigs Behind Shanghai’s Avian Flu?

At Bloomberg, Adam Minter reports suspicions of a link between newly reported bird flu deaths in Shanghai and the thousands of dead pigs recently found in the city’s water supply: “Wash your hands, and cover your nose and...

Hexie Farm (蟹农场): Dreamland

For the latest installment in his CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm alludes to President Xi Jinping’s reference to the “Chinese Dream” as well as the thousands of pig carcasses pulled from the...

Bloggers, and Government, Respond to Pig Crisis

As close to 15,000 (and counting) pig carcasses are being pulled from the Huangpu River, the story has become a hot topic on weibo and elsewhere online in China, with cartoonists satirizing the scene and others questioning how...

Life of Pig: A Cautionary Tale (Update)

Update: South China Morning Post reports that as of March 19 at 3:00 a.m. Beijing Time, over 13,000 dead pigs have been found in the Huangpu River and the waters of upstream Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. This sordid tale, inspired...

Drawing the News: Pollution Breeds Irreverence

This week, Weibo cartoonists tackle blight in the water, the air, and the Great Hall of the People. Click any image to start the gallery view. A “Huangpu River fish” mourns its own existence. More than 6,600 pig carcasses were...

Ministry of Truth: Once Again, Stress Secrecy

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Regarding the incident of dead pigs floating in the Huangpu River, the...

Drawing the News: Life of Pig

As thousands more pig carcasses are fished out of the Huangpu River, a major source of water to Shanghai’s 23 million residents, government officials have failed to quell the public’s fears. The Shanghai Agricultural Commission...

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