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. 

Smokin' hot babe spells trouble even if she is 4,000 years old

  • Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:00

SHH! This is TOP SECRET. A cute blonde tourist is causing problems in Beijing's halls of power. No, she hasn't had an affair with any of China's top leaders. There are many adjectives one can use to describe those guys, but "sexy" no.

Moving Eastward

  • Wed, 02/16/2011 - 11:00

Is China the next domino? Like Mubarak’s regime, the Chinese government relies on harsh measures to put down calls for democratic reform. Like Egypt, China is plagued by a huge gap between rich and poor, rampant corruption, rising prices of basic foods and high unemployment rates among recent university graduates.

China can attack India by 2014

  • Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:00

China can launch an attack on India by 2014.Defence experts warned that China will attack India by 2014 to divert the attention of its own people from "unprecedented" internal dissent, growing unemployment and financial problems that are threatening the hold of Communists in that country.

Google, China, and Chinese College Students

  • Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:00

Just over a year ago in January, Google first announced its potential departure from China in a blog post called "A new approach to China" -- Google's reaction to China's attempts "to further limit free speech on the web" and to cyber attacks Google determined had originated in China. Of course, there was much discussion here.

The Internet, Social Media and Mubarak's Dangerous Game

  • Tue, 02/08/2011 - 11:00

Events in Cairo are also rattling windows far away from the Middle East. In Washington, D.C., co-authors of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which would allow a sitting U.S. president to shut down the Internet if it came under attack, called a press conference to insist the legislation was in no way similar to the actions of the Mubarak government.