The Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by...
by Sophie Beach | Apr 30, 2012
When protests broke out in the Arab world in 2010, leading to revolutions in some countries, Chinese leaders took note. Their concerns that rampant corruption and inequality could threaten the Party’s legitimacy is being...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 27, 2011
Superstar blogger and race car driver Han Han has written three essays on the topics of freedom, democracy and revolution, which have stirred up debate in Chinese cyberspace. The New York Times blog explains: While urging the...
by Samuel Wade | Dec 22, 2011
Sichuan dissident writer Chen Wei is to stand trial in Suining on Friday, pleading not guilty to charges of inciting subversion of state power. (See update below.) From Reuters: Chen, 42, was one of hundreds of dissidents,...
by Samuel Wade | Nov 8, 2011
Reuters reports that loans and other contributions to help Ai Weiwei pay a 15 million yuan (US$2.4 million) tax bill have created a pool of almost one million US dollars from over 20,000 donors so far. But having vowed to fight...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 6, 2011
One year ago, writer and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize from his jail cell. Since then, he has only been allowed out of prison once to mourn the death of his father. His wife, Liu Xia, has been held under house...
by Samuel Wade | Sep 13, 2011
Reports of beating, sleep deprivation and other abuse have emerged from some of those detained in the wake of China’s “Jasmine Revolution”, but the veil of silence over the detentions remains substantially...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 23, 2011
The September issue of Current History focuses on China and East Asia, and includes the following articles (among others): No “Jasmine” for China by Bruce J. Dickson “Political protests in China are a far cry from those that...
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