• No Facebook
    Ten Countries where Facebook has been Banned

    Though Facebook has over 1.23 billion users around the world, these 10 countries have political leaders who don’t want their citizens to have access to the site, or who have banned it amid fears that it could be used to organize political rallies.

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  • Li Jianhong and Duoduo
    Break the Besieged Fortress

    For Chinese activists government restrictions on their rights to move and travel are clear: once you’re in, you can’t get out, and once you’re out you can’t get in. Tienchi Martin-Liao highlights the cases of Li Jianhong and others who have tried to break through the “besieged fortress”.

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  • Xu Zhiyong and Hu Jia Supporters
    Offshore Leaks Trigger Wave of Fear

    A new International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report lists over 21,000 people in China and Hong Kong – among them military and political leaders – with secret offshore holdings. Did China imprison activists and dissidents writers to divert attention from the corruption scandal?

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  • Blocked on Sina Weibo
    Video: Censorship on China’s Sina Weibo

    In this interview Jason Q. Ng discusses the place that the social media site Sina Weibo has in Chinese culture, the origins of the Great Firewall and its censorship office, and why certain terms have been blocked on Weibo. Ng is author of Blocked on Weibo.

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  • Song Binbin and Mao
    Also Sprach the Puppet

    In this week’s column, Tienchi Martin-Liao questions the motives and sincerity of Song Binbin, a scholar and former Red Guard, who has recently officially apologized for her involvement in the attack and death of her school’s principal in 1966, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.

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  • Ren Hang Photo 3
    The Wild Card: Ren Hang

    The authorities classify him as a pornographer but Ren Hang is simply a photographer pushing for freedom in his field. His go-to themes of nudity and homosexuality are on the verge of giving his conservative society a nervous breakdown.

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  • Ai Weiwei portrait
    An Artist’s Duty: An Interview with Ai Weiwei

    Still denied his passport after nearly three years, Ai Weiwei exists in a strange purgatory. In this interview, the dissident Chinese artist speaks truth to power, as China’s exploitative processes of development demand great responsibility from the nation’s intellectual and artistic currents.

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  • Xi Jinping and Sinzo Abe
    Two Ceremonial Acts, One Bad Omen

    As history looms large, tensions flare up between China and Japan. Tienchi Martin-Liao looks at the now infamous events of December 26, 2013: China’s celebration of Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni shrine, a World War II memorial.

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