Commentary

Repeated Calls For 'Jasmine Strolls' In China

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

Repeated calls for “Jasmine Strolls” in Chinese cities, including Beijing, emanating from overseas Chinese web sites have added to the nervousness of the Chinese authorities.

Tiananmen 2.0? Freedom is coming to China one way or another

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

China's fierce crackdown of sporadic protests in recent weeks shows that Communist leaders there are watching the Arab uprisings with great anxiety. China would be wise to stay ahead of events by rolling out political reforms.

New War Ahead: China-Pakistan vs. U.S.A.

  • Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:00

China has been deploying thousands of soldiers in the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area in northern Pakistan, and a region historically contested by Pakistan, India and its inhabitants.

Right Without a Remedy

  • Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:00

In a landmark case three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who are not American citizens have “the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus.” It gives them the right to have a federal judge decide promptly whether their detention is illegal and, if so, order their release because the United States controls the place they are held.

Washing Away a Call to Protest in Beijing

  • Mon, 02/28/2011 - 11:00

Any hint of “jasmine revolution” in Beijing was swept away Sunday, first by legions of police, then by trucks spraying water onto a shopping street in the center of the Chinese capital.

In China's "Jasmine" Crackdown, Image Matters

  • Mon, 02/28/2011 - 11:00

After the paranoid and sometimes violent response to yesterday's thwarted "jasmine rallies," a question hangs in the air: why would a government that seems so strong react with such fear?

After Protests, Beijing Cracks Down

  • Fri, 02/25/2011 - 11:00

Last Sunday's planned protests were something of a bust but that hasn't stopped activists from posting another series of anonymous letters on the US-based Chinese language website Boxun urging Chinese citizens to take to the streets this weekend.

Tiananmen 2.0: Why China Is Not Immune to the Tunisia Effect

  • Thu, 02/24/2011 - 11:00

Last spring, I was waiting for a bus in Cairo. Dawn was just breaking, and Tahrir Square, where the bus station was located, was empty except for the omnipresent face of Hosni Mubarak, on posters that covered giant billboards and buildings all over the city.

Egypt's uprising may one day extend to China

  • Thu, 02/17/2011 - 11:00

While the resignation of Egypt's authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak may have only set the course for the difficult transition to democracy for Egypt, 11 February 2011 will be remembered as the day the people triumphed.

China's Hooligan Government

  • Thu, 02/17/2011 - 11:00

Chairman Mao said that power grows out of the barrel of the gun, and Chinese authorities have never shied away from using violence against anyone who has stepped out of line. 

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