The Great Firewall of China looms higher around the Communist Party congress

Quartz, 12 November 2012

China’s biggest political event for a decade is also its biggest secret. With the Communist Party meeting in Beijing for its 18th Congress, the country’s infamous censors are on high alert.

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W&M prez Reveley awarded for First Amendment support

Virginia Gazette, 12 November 2012

RICHMOND – College of William & Mary president Taylor Reveley has been honored with the First Freedom Center’s Distinguished Service Award for advancing freedom of religion and conscience, according to a release.

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China says 18-year-old Tibetan self-immolates

The Guardian, 11 November 2012

Teenager’s death latest of six self-immolations in the last week as China’s communist leadership undergoes transfer of power

An 18-year-old Tibetan villager died after setting himself on fire in northwest China in the latest of a half-dozen such self-immolations reported during the past week as the country’s communist leadership undergoes a once-a-decade transfer of power.

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Tibetan Burnings Rise to 70

RFA, 11 November 2012

A teenager is the latest to set himself ablaze in the eighth self-immolation protest this week.

Another Tibetan teenager burned himself to death Saturday in protest against Chinese rule in Gansu province in the eighth self-immolation this week, sources said.

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‘Fine wine’ hoard highlights China’s problem with fakes

BBC News, 10 November 2012

Police in China have discovered 10,000 bottles labelled as one of the world’s most expensive wines in a deserted house.

If authentic the haul of Chateau Lafite Rothschild would be worth £10m ($16m), but police believe it is fake.

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Xinjiang, Tibet dominate discourse in Chinese Communist meet

Zee News, 10 Novembre 2012

Beijing: The tense situation in ethnic minority Xinjiang and Tibet, where China has deployed large security forces to stem the tide of protests, took centrestage at the ruling Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership Congress on Friday.

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Mass Tibetan Student Protest

RFA, 9 November 2012

Up to 5,000 students demonstrate after three self-immolations this week in a restive county.

Several thousand Tibetan students took to the streets in restive Rebgong (in Chinese, Tongren) county in Qinghai province Friday demanding greater rights following a record number of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule in Tibetan populated areas this week, sources said.

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Exiled Uyghurs call for China reforms

Al Jazeera, 9 November 2012

As Communist Party Congress begins, members of the Muslim minority hope for better treatment from China’s government.

Just hours before her death sentence and execution, Rebiya Kadeer found herself shackled inside Liudaowan Prison in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.

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