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On Monday, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos linked back to a 2007 article in the magazine by Jianying Zha. This described her brother’s nine-year detention for subversion and, in Osnos’ words, “remains the...

Ann Kent: China’s Thin Veil of Compliance

From The Canberra Times: Why the official paranoia, why the theatre, why the intense security which made life so difficult? The need for security against international terrorism, while legitimate to a degree, was exaggerated to...

Did the Games Improve Rights in China?

The BBC looks at whether the Olympics had the positive impact on the rights situation in China that many observers hoped for: The immediate impact was both positive and negative. On the plus side, tough restrictions on foreign...

US Urges China to Release Eight Americans

From AFP: The United States on Saturday urged China to release immediately eight American nationals detained after pro-Tibet protests in Beijing during the Olympic Games. “We have asked for their immediate release and are...

China Confiscates Bibles From American Christians

From AP: Chinese customs officials confiscated more than 300 Bibles on Sunday from four American Christians who arrived in a southwestern city with plans to distribute them, the group’s leader said. The Bibles were taken...

Repression and a Gutless IOC

This is Financial Times’ Editorial: China has also broken its promise to allow “complete freedom” to the media. No one expected the domestic media suddenly to be unshackled for the Olympics – the heated debate in China...

Why China Loves the Olympics

Muhammad Cohen writes in the Guardian: It was easy to spot in Sichuan, and it will undoubtedly be prominent as the Olympics unfold. When the Olympic torch toured the earthquake-ravaged province just days ahead of the games,...

Activist Held After Seeking Protest Permit

Mure Dickie reports in the Financial Times: A housing activist who applied for permission to hold a demonstration in Beijing’s specially designated Olympic protest zones has been detained by police. The detention of Zhang Wei,...

The Reform Fantasy

James Mann has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about prospects for political reform considering the Chinese government’s behavior in the run-up to the Olympics: China’s actions over the past year — its...

Defiant Chinese Harassed, Jailed Before Olympics

From Washington Post: Behind the gray walls and barbed wire of the prison here, eight Chinese farmers with a grievance against the government have been consigned to Olympic limbo. Their indefinite detainment, relatives and...

Nine German Olympians Protest Chinese Politics

From AP: Nine German Olympians have posed with pictures of Chinese dissidents held up in front of their faces to protest the country’s politics. The nine responded to a Suddeutsche Zeitung magazine request sent out to 200...

China and the West: Parallel Worlds

Jacquelin Magnay reports in the Age, from Beijing: With one week to go before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, host nation China stands in the centre of a global diplomatic storm, sparked by its insistence on strict...

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