Commentary

The Uyghur voice: 2009-10, and beyond

  • Mon, 07/05/2010 - 12:00

The violent protests of July 2009 in Urumchi revealed deep-rooted problems in Beijing’s policy towards the Uyghur people of Xinjiang region in China’s far west. The path to resolution can only be unblocked by acknowledging the Uyghurs’ right to speak, says Henryk Szadziewski.

China's 'Major' Terrorist Haul

  • Fri, 06/25/2010 - 12:00

Earlier this week, Chinese authorities said they had uncovered a ‘major’ terrorist organization. The timing raised some eyebrows, as it the announcement came just a couple of weeks before the anniversary of the riots last year in Ür&uumlmqi.

The World Has Been Kidnapped

  • Wed, 06/23/2010 - 12:00

Chaos plagues China these days. According to official statistics, 200 million people are unemployed. Every two minutes, someone kills him or herself. Grievances among the citizenry have lead to a rapid increase in mass protests, which are often violent.

China Faces Growing Labor Unrest Amid Wave of Strikes

  • Mon, 06/21/2010 - 12:00

It is the epitome of all ironies. A supposedly workers Marxist/Communist political entity, the People's Republic of China, is in reality capitalism's ultimate creation: an authoritarian workshop for multinational corporations that keeps wages at the lowest possible levels, while making strikes and plant shutdowns by workers strictly illegal.

Problems remain unsolved as refugees mark another World Refugee Day

  • Sun, 06/20/2010 - 12:00

How does it feel to be away from your homeland, to have no place to go, with every place you arrive at being another stop before you have to go somewhere else, to have to live constantly on the move, to always live with uncertainty about your future?

Clipping the dragon's torturous claws

  • Tue, 06/15/2010 - 12:00

Law banning evidence obtained under duress is a small step, but one in the right direction

10 Conditions

  • Thu, 06/10/2010 - 12:00

I recently had the great opportunity to attend Mountainfilm, a documentary film festival in Telluride, Colorado. This year's theme was "Extinction" and focused on the human effect on species decline and the environment. I'm already dreaming of Naomi's and my National Geographic film debut at Mountainfilm in the future … but back to the point.

Does Iran really think China is a paper tiger?

  • Thu, 06/10/2010 - 12:00

With a nicely Chinese sense of both history and grievance, Iran today expressed displeasure at its former friends in Beijing. China, so long a defender of Iran in the UN security council, not only failed to veto the sanctions resolution on Wednesday but actually voted in favour.

Strategic alliances a deceptive blind alley

  • Wed, 06/02/2010 - 12:00

On Friday, the Global Times ran an article by He Kai, "China needs security allies, not just economic partners," arguing that China should form alliances with neighboring countries for security purposes.

As China rises, it demands a deference we should be wary to give

  • Tue, 06/01/2010 - 12:00

Australian public opinion has made history. We have the distinction of becoming the first people in the world to name China as the world's leading economic power - even before the Chinese themselves.

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