Archive for 'China'
The Washington Post reports on the Chinese government’s use of an old Stalinist standby– coerced public confessions– against critics of the regime:
Chinese state television on Sunday broadcast a startling video of a famous blogger in handcuffs, renouncing his Web posts and saying how dangerous the Internet would be if left uncontrolled by the government.
The 10-minute [...]
[I]t is a travesty to paint Mao as a monster like Hitler, which is what Jung and Halliday do. Mao’s government failed to deal effectively with a famine, but they did not do so deliberately, and even with the famine taken into account, overall life expectancy and standards of living rose dramatically during the period [...]
We’ve posted here about the Chinese factories run by Foxconn– a Taiwanese-based manufacturer of Apple iPods, iPads, and iPhones famous for its forced student “internships”, suicide nets and rioting employees.
Although Foxconn promised Apple it would improve working conditions at its Chinese factories in March of 2012, workers rioted at the company’s Taiyuan plant as recently [...]
A Taliban commander in Pakistan has written a bizarre letter to Malala Yousafzai expressing “shock” at the attempt to kill her but “explaining” why it was necessary.
Just as the Taliban fear the dangerous influence of a teenage girl with a desire to learn, Chinese officials are frightened by a smart and articulate Egyptian boy with [...]
Last December I posted about Julie Keith, an Oregon woman who reported finding a letter in a box of made-in-China Halloween decorations purchased at a local Kmart:
Although I was inclined to believe it was genuine, I didn’t rule out the possibility of a hoax.
Now The New York Times reports:
Last month, though, during an interview to [...]
“…and that’s where you’ll put the giant portrait of Chairman Mao, er, Comandante Chavez.”
Fans of the People’s Republic and the Bolivarian Republic may consider this excellent news (I’m expecting a celebratory post about it any moment at Socialist Unity); but for more genuine advocates of democracy and human rights, it’s hardly a promising sign.
Noticias 24 [...]
No doubt from the culture of compliance and not daring to question more senior CCP figures, the new building for its inhouse publication looks like a giant cock. And, as the reports, the Great Chinese Firewall is blocking Internet searches for it.
What other inappropriately shaped examples of architecture have Saucers seen?
I suppose it’s possible that this will turn out to be a hoax, but nobody should be surprised if it’s genuine.
A Portland, Oregon, woman named Julie Keith opened a box of made-in-China Halloween decorations purchased at a local Kmart to find this plea:
Despite a US law that prohibits the importation of all items “mined, produced [...]
Posted: December 28th, 2012 under China.
Those wild ‘n crazy Taiwanese animators at NMA.TV have produced a video about the events surrounding the recent riot by Foxconn employees at a plant (seemingly more like a labor camp) in China assembling the Apple iPhone 5 and other electronic gadgets.
The ghost of Steve Jobs is a nice touch.
Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin [...]
When last we encountered Homer Simpson, he had voted for Mitt Romney (“He did invent Obamacare”), been shown Romney’s previously secret tax returns, been sucked through a giant tube to the assembly line of a Chinese factory making American flags, found Ned Flanders working next to him and jumped out a window, only to be [...]