Commentary

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.

Diplomatic triumph baffles China

  • Tue, 05/25/2010 - 12:00

It seems China never expected South Korea to find actual evidence of North Korea’s hand in the Cheonan tragedy.

Internet Restored, But the Evils of Han Chauvinism, Party-State Despotism and Bankrupt Communism Remain

  • Wed, 05/19/2010 - 12:00

On May 14, residents of East Turkestan rediscovered the Internet -- not the Internet of unfettered access that is enjoyed the world over, but a lifting of the most draconian Internet restrictions ever seen so that people could finally access China's censored version.

China suppresses free speech by foreigners, too

  • Mon, 05/17/2010 - 12:00

It was supposed to be my first visit to China in four and a half years. However, when I arrived in Beijing airport on Feb. 27, I was refused entry. Two hours later, I had to board the same plane that brought me there to return to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Thunder in Oslo

  • Tue, 05/04/2010 - 12:00

Who owns human rights? For generations, the answer was the left -- the anti-fascist left that fought Franco and formed the core of the Free French, and took to the streets to defend the working man against capitalist exploitation.

What Does China Have to Do with Islam and Democracy?

  • Mon, 05/03/2010 - 12:00

Inside China, the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang, or Turkestan, who came onto many people's radars for the first time after last summer's riots in Urumqi, might be a threat to the People's Republic, though I cannot imagine so tiny a minority challenging so giant a state.

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