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Archive for April 24th, 2010

Residential Surveillance in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

China uses the following policy to keep trouble makers under wraps, at my uni, one of my profs has had this done to him as well…

“whereas on 8 December 2008 Liu Xiaobo, a prominent human rights activist and scholar
and co-author of Charter 2008, was placed under ‘residential surveillance’, a form of pre-
trial detention that can be used for up to six months without any charges being laid, at an
undisclosed location in Beijing,”

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Chna Stealing Clean Tech from the US

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010


“Representative Mark Kirk, a Republican who joined Larsen on a recent trip to China, said that climate change is the most contentious issue during talks with Beijing.

Kirk said the Chinese essentially are seeking ”the stealing of all intellectual property” related to energy efficiency and climate change.

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China Stealing Land

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

From the telegraph.co.uk

China moves to curb developer abuses Property developers often excavate and demolish, leaving lone buildings standing precariously in building sites

A large proportion of China’s estimated 100,000 or so public protests each year are driven by rage over compulsory evictions. Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of Chinese have been forcibly evicted from their homes to make way for one of the greatest property booms of all time.

Rapacious developers, often in cahoots with government officials, rarely pay enough compensation for the property they seize, and instead have been known to employ gangs of thugs to chase out stubborn homeowners. Property development is one of China’s most lucrative industries, with house prices rising 68 per cent in Shanghai last year.

Other tactics include shutting off water and electricity to blocks of homes or beginning construction around houses that are still standing, creating “nail houses”, which stand precariously in the middle of excavated building sites.

Yesterday the State Council, China’s equivalent of a cabinet of ministers, said developers and their demolition companies would be banned from using violence and from shutting off electricity and gas to homes. Under new draft proposals, buildings will not be allowed to be demolished unless 90 per cent of the tenants had signed.

This week, a 68-year-old man named Zeng Huan doused himself in petrol and set himself alight in a street in Yangcheng city. Mr Zeng’s three-storey house was scheduled for demolition in October and no compensation deal has yet been agreed. In November, Tang Fuzhen, a 47-year-old businesswoman in Chengdu, stood on the roof of her home and set herself ablaze.

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Enjoy Wal-Mart

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

This is China. This is a workers compound, people actually live in this hut and make us cheap goods.

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Come to China’s Cannibal Country- Wuxuan, Where they eat More People Then Any Other Place in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

Earlier this year a dissident Chinese writer published the claim that people had not only been killed but eaten in south-west China during the Cultural Revolution. Could this really be true or was it just another piece of back-street gossip? Abroad, former `friends of China’ were particularly upset. So many of their illusions about the Mao era had already been shattered: this was one revelation too far.

The only one way to be absolutely sure was to visit the town of Wuxuan in the south-western province (technically an `autonomous region’) of Guangxi where the worst cases had allegedly occurred. Beneath the covered market in Wuxuan’s main square, sacks of rice and bundles of tobacco were being traded in an early-morning grey mist. The subject of cannibalism is not an easy one to raise, even twenty-five years on, in a country where history is entangled with politics. But within half an hour, I had secured an unambiguous answer.

`Yes, the killings were really bad in Wuxuan,’ said Mr Li, a friendly middle-aged local government clerk. `Just over there’ – he pointed towards the old town – `I saw them rushing down. Then there was a big explosion, right next to the market, and bodies everywhere!’

But were people really eaten was well? `Of course they were; it’s absolutely true, not false at all! And in Wuxuan,’ Mr Li added with a touch of pride, `we ate more people than anywhere else in China!’ Lii is not his real name, although he wrote it down readily with his address in my notebook.

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Chinese Farmers

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Global Pole Shows the World Thinks China Sucks!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

Ha, just kidding, its just the USA, and Europe, mostly France and Germany with about 60 and 70% respectively saying China sucks. ACtually if you look at the numbers, all developed countries think China sucks, and countries with dubious human rights records like Kenya and Nigeria are enamored with them. I guess this really shows the ideological differences in the world. But then again, you dont need me to interpret the data, here it is, you draw your own conclusions.

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Hanging out in China

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Human Rights in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

I was just curious about Chinese human rights violations, so I decided to check out the allegations. Funny thing is that I live in China, so I cannot search those terms, the net is blocked. So either China is scared shitless to expose us to them, or maybe surfing the net freely is not a human right, at least in China.

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Roadside in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 24, 2010

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