June 4, 2004
After Tiananmen

It's been 15 years since the Chinese Army moved into Tiananmen Square in Beijing and massacred hundreds and possibly thousands of their fellow citizens who peacefully gathered demonstrating for democracy. I was a high school junior at the time, and had recently taken the Advanced Placement U.S. History test. I was reaching the age when […]

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April 28, 2004
Guide to the scandals

The Spoons Experience offers a handy chart outlining the differences and similarities between the Enron scandal, the Martha Stewart scandal and UNSCAM, the U.N.'s oil-for-palaces program.

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April 20, 2004
Democracy for China

Vice President Dick Cheney spoke live and uncensored on Chinese Television -- for those who were lucky enough to be channel-surfing and catch it. There was no notice of the speech on television or the newspapers before the speech actually occurred. But the broadcast received no advance promotion or even a listing in the Chinese […]

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February 25, 2004
"An End to Evil"

I recently finished David Frum and Richard Perle's "An End to Evil," and I agree with about 99 percent of what they write. The book is an excellent roadmap to dealing with the post-9/11 world, both at home and abroad. My one area of disagreement with the authors is their attitude toward China. Frum and […]

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November 25, 2003

Some in the Chinese leadership are suggesting giving President George W. Bush "The Thatcher Treatment" over Taiwan. Soon after Sino-British negotiations over Hong Kong's fate began in the early 1980s, late patriarch Deng refused to entertain suggestions by then British Prime Minister Thatcher about alternate ways to prolong Britain's lease over the crown colony. In […]

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June 4, 2003
China's evildoing

China continues to persecute those who would push for freedom and democracy. During his trial, Xu (Wei) told the court he had been brutally beaten and tortured with electric shocks to his genitals after refusing to admit guilt, according to Human Rights in China. "His health is rapidly deteriorating because of the abuse he suffered […]

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February 9, 2003
China does what it does best

The Chinese government has sentenced a U.S.-based dissident to life in prison after it kidnapped him from neighboring Vietnam.

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December 24, 2002
Religion in China

Today's Washington Post has an interesting article on the growth of Protestantism in China and how the government is responding. One thing I noticed in the story, however, is what I would consider a lack of elementary religious knowledge. Or, at least, an unwillingness to call a spade a spade. Some Chinese churches push the […]

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December 5, 2002
Idiot on the Bench

Today's winner of the "Idiot on the Bench" award goes to Ninth Circuit (surprise!) Judge J. Clifford Wallace. Wallace turned down an appeal for asylum from a Chinese couple who feared (rightly) forced sterilization if returned to their country. Wallace wrote in his opinion: While one may condemn the way Xu (Ming Li) was treated […]

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November 29, 2002
Compare and contrast

While Krugman sees a vast right-wing conspiracy on every channel, his colleague Nicholas Kristof does some good work exposing the AIDS crisis in China. Since it is responsible for making these people sick, the Chinese government owes them supplies of the antiretroviral drugs that combat the virus. If the Communist Party used the money squandered […]

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