“The United States [owes] its fall of 27 places [to 47th] to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests.”
-Reporters Without Borders
Btw, Occupy Wall St. has begun heating up again for the spring
with 400 arrested
in Oakland yesterday
. And a blooming Occupy K Street
) [more inside]
How Fast Can China Go?
On June 30, China had the first official run of a $32 billion high-speed train line between Shanghai and Beijing. "Faster (820 miles in 288 minutes) and sleeker than any other, the needle-nosed CRH380A symbolizes China’s accelerating pace, even as it faces questions about safety, and taps into an ancient rivalry with Japan." On page four, the article discusses what happened less than a month afterwards on July 23rd: the country's first accident involving a bullet train that killed 40 people near Wenzhou.
As a result, 54 high speed trains were recalled, train speeds were reduced
and an overhaul of the high-speed rail system
by Chinese authorities. [more inside]
The Google/China hacking case,
or "How many news outlets do the original reporting on a big story?"
Chinese news site dispense with user anonymity.
Includes an updated list of sites China actively blocks, including Human Rights Watch
and Amnesty International
(?!? - both links work only outside of China). prev
The Bush administration is busy preparing for a possible military conflict with China.
"The most important strategic decision the United States will make in the next decade is not about Iraq, Iran or North Korea. It is about China.
What will America's basic attitude be toward the rise of China? And similarly, the most important strategic decision that Beijing will make in the next decade is: how should it relate to the United States? Depending on whether the answer to these questions is 'cooperation' or 'confrontation', one can imagine two very different 21st centuries." The Bush administration's containment strategy for China may herald the next cold war.
China thumbs nose at Japan, sends asylum seekers on their way.
A happy ending (beginning) for five North Korean asylum seekers who were dragged out of the Japanese consulate in Shenyang by Chinese police -- with more than tacit initial approval from local Japanese officials.
Chinese presidential plane bugged
with advanced satellite spying devices. Could this be a rerun of the spyplane incident
? (News link also at the Financial Times
and Yahoo! News
Musical extravaganza falls on deaf ears
Has the China Daily finally produced it's most politically incorrect headline?
The People's Daily
- Like news, but not fact or truth? Then check out the China's government newspaper. Let's see what lies are coming 'American pig-dogs' today.