01/15/2020 – Malaysia under China’s growing media influence, says Freedom House report

Posted on Jan 15, 2020

source: A news report by democracy watchdog Freedom House has cited Malaysia as one of the many developing countries in which China’s Communist regime shapes media content and narratives about China. The report, titled “Beijing’s Global Megaphone” and written by senior research analyst Sarah Cook, says that among the methods used are the publication of op-eds by Chinese ambassadors, the cultivating of local journalists through subsidised trips to China, the offering of slanted but free content to local news providers and the...

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10/26/2019 – Human Rights Activist Finds Truth, Beauty, Goodness in Shen Yun Music

Posted on Oct 26, 2019

来源: Yang Jianli flew in from Washington to Boston to see Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at the Boston Symphony Hall on Oct. 25, 2019. (NTD Television) BOSTON—Chinese dissident Yang Jianli has been busy the past few weeks; so much so, that he missed a concert in Washington he had been looking forward to, and flew to Boston on a free afternoon to catch the famous ensemble. “I flew in from Washington, DC especially to see Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, this is my first time hearing the...

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10/16/2019 – Church of Scientology Celebrates Seventh Anniversary of National Affairs Office in Washington with Humanitarian Awards

Posted on Oct 16, 2019

source: Humanitarian Awards Rev. Susan Taylor, Church of Scientology (center left), International Religious Freedom Round Table Chair Mr. Greg Mitchell (center rear) and Ms. Beth Akiyama, National Affairs Office, (right) praised the work of African American and Chinese Humanitarian Awardees Humanitarian Awards presented to the Coalition to Advance Religious Freedom in China and the Chair of the Commission on 400 Years of African...

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10/01/2019 – CHINA’S NATIONALIST MOMENT Will Hong Kong Rain on Xi’s Parade?

Posted on Oct 1, 2019

source: CHINA’S NATIONALIST MOMENT Will Hong Kong Rain on Xi’s Parade?JIANLI YANG & AARON RHODES For China’s revanchist nationalists, the Hong Kong protests are as much an opportunity as they are a threat. Nationalism takes many forms and can mean different things. To be sure, there are benign varieties. But the nationalism on display in Beijing for China’s National Day celebrations is an aggressive assertion of ethnic and cultural superiority—the product of a mission to dominate and exploit lesser...

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09/17/2019 – From Tiananmen to Hong Kong: An Evolution of Protesting in China

Posted on Sep 17, 2019

source: The main differences boil down to experiences of freedom, realism, and technology. By Travis Sanderson September 17, 2019 Anti-government protesters throw rocks near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.  Credit: AP Photo/Vincent Yu In recent months, Hong Kong’s “summer of discontent” has captivated the world. One question that has sat in the back of many minds and the front of newspapers is whether or not Hong Kong will become another Tiananmen Square, subject...

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09/17/2019 – Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement Why Hong Kong Should Keep Defending Its Democracy

Posted on Sep 17, 2019

source: Daniel Kao Daniel Kao is a data journalist and engineer for The News Lens based in Taipei. He enjoys exploring and creatively sharing stories hidden in data. Without skipping a beat, Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho, dissident artist Badiucao, Hong Kong human rights activist Johnson Yeung (楊政賢) and Chinese dissident Yang Jianli (楊建利) launched into stories of solidarity, resistance, and civil disobedience from Hong Kong’s summer of dissent at an Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) panel on September 13. They recounted the...

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09/14/2019 – Democracy advocates gather in Taipei

Posted on Sep 14, 2019

source: By Davina Tham  /  Staff reporter Hong Kong singer and democracy advocate Denise Ho, right, is joined by independent Legislator Freddy Lim, center, and Human Rights Foundation president and Oslo Freedom Forum founder Thor Halvorssen as she points to a member of the audience at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times Democracy advocates, among them Hong Kong singer-activist Denise Ho (何韻詩) and exiled Chinese dissident Yang Jianli (楊建利), yesterday attended the Oslo Freedom Forum...

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09/04/2019 – Hong Kong: Where the Contradictions Lead…

Posted on Sep 4, 2019

source: By Jianli Yang & Aaron Rhodes on September 4, 2019 China needs to solve the Hong Kong problem, and time is running out before the October 1 National Day celebration, an event crucial to reinforcing the power, authority, and prestige of President Xi Jinping and his regime. But the policies being deployed do not suggest the goal of a peaceful solution to the conflict. Indeed, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Hong Kong’s government have escalated a conflict they need to end within a month, a move that...

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08/16/2019 – In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence

Posted on Aug 16, 2019

source: BY JIANLI YANG AND AARON RHODES, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS — 08/16/19 12:30 PM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL © Getty Images In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected for weekend rallies following the aggressive pro-democracy demonstrationsat Hong Kong International Airport last week, bringing the region to the brink of military intervention by Beijing. Such tactics provide a clear pretext for mainland forces to punish and...

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08/07/2019 – Xi’s Hong Kong Options—and Ours 

Posted on Aug 7, 2019

source: Xi’s Hong Kong Options—and Ours    JIANLI YANG & AARON RHODES Hong Kong can show Xi Jinping that repressing freedom is a no-win proposition. On August 5, a day of unprecedented strikes and demonstrations, thousands of mostly young Hong Kongers gathered around the offices of the Legislative Council, near Admiralty station on Hong Kong Island. The event, constituting the main body of protestors in Hong Kong on that day, looked nothing like the images of violent clashes one typically finds in...

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