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In this indictment against Li Huaping (李化平), the Hefei Municipality Shushan District People’s Procuratorate urges the criminal prosecution of Li for "gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place." The Procuratorate cites Li’s participation in activities to protest against the denial of...
Editor’s note: Xu Zhiyong , a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on January 26 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Xu was originally detained in July 2013 after being subjected to four months of house arrest in connection...
“Our motherland is like a garden, and we, the colorful flowers,” the song goes. Dear motherland, I would love to be one of the colors and add to your beauty. But before that, please let me bloom into my own. September 8, 2013, I was on my way home. “2020 already? God, I’m old!” I exclaimed, when I...
Like layers of haze and smog, Mao Zedong's ghost continues to linger over China today. Agnes Smedley (1892-1950), [1] Mao’s Western confidante, using her feminine intuition, noticed that there was a door of Mao's that was never open to anyone. As a matter of fact, Mao had more than one door. Let us...
This is an era in which our lives are constantly bombarded with information. In this era, people all seem content with the bustle and constraints in their lives; and yet, they also appear to be faintly troubled and worried about the future. People seem to be living, but they also seem not to be...
Three witnesses scheduled to testify at the trial of rights defender Zhang Lin ( 张林 ) were held by police at different guesthouses and were prevented from going to the trial, according to Zhang’s mother, Mrs. Duan RuiHua (段瑞华) . The three witnesses were Li Wenge ( 李文革 ) , Qian Jin ( 钱进 ) , and Wang...
I have a friend who opened a coffee shop on the 20th floor of an office building downtown. He did not advertise it or have a business plan. He does not even try to get new customers. The only people who go to his shop are patrons from his previous coffee shop and a few others they bring with them...
Danny Yung on Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Advocacy Arts A well-known expression from the 1950s, tian tian xiang shang — making progress every day
[Original Chinese posted online on May 30, 2012, on China in Perspective ]
This essay issued by China Human Rights Watch Chairman Qin Yongmin on behalf of a Wuhan University professor analyzes the many political and social problems in Chinese society today, and in particular those related to education, the area that the author is most familiar with. The author believes...

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