China sentences 10 activists over court protest

Originally published by  Monster Sand Crities, 29 Sept 2010

Beijing – China sentenced 10 rights activists to as many as three years in prison on convictions of ‘disturbing public order’ by protesting outside a local court, reports said Wednesday.

The 10 men were arrested after six of them chained themselves together outside the main court in the south-western city of Leshan in Sichuan province in February 2009 to protest several court rulings.

The same Central District People’s Court on Tuesday sentenced Bao Junsheng to three years in prison for ‘gathering a crowd to disturb social order’ and gave four other defendants 30-month prison terms for the same offence, US-based Human Rights in China said.

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Villagers Block Work on Dam

A Chinese mining company in Tibet builds on a sacred site.

Originally published by RFA,30 Sept 2010
By Rigdhen Dolma

Local Tibetans have challenged Chinese work crews trying to build a dam near a mountain considered sacred by area residents, according to Tibetan sources.

The mountain, called Lhachen Naglha Dzambha, rises in Driru [in Chinese, Biru] county in the Nagchu Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), a native of the region now living in exile said.

“The Gyalmo Ngulchu [Salween] river runs through the foothills of this sacred mountain,” the source said.

“Sometime in August this year, a large number of Chinese workers arrived in the area. Local Tibetans were told they were building a dam.”

Representatives from each village in the county then gathered at the site to protest the construction, another Tibetan living in exile said, citing sources in the region.

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Obama: ‘We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan’

Originally published by Washington Post,29 Sept 2010
By Bob Woodward

President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series of urgent, secret meetings on May 19, 2010.

 Less than three weeks earlier, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen born in Pakistan had tried to blow up an SUV in New York City’s Times Square. The crude bomb – which a Pakistan-based terrorist group had taught him to make – smoked but did not explode. Only luck had prevented a catastrophe.

 “We’re living on borrowed time,” Jones told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at their meeting in Islamabad. “We consider the Times Square attempt a successful plot because neither the American nor the Pakistani intelligence agencies could intercept or stop it.”

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China’s turbulent moment

Originally published by Paragould Daily Press,30 Sept 2010
By Austin bay

Chinese “workers are becoming harder to find and to keep,” The Economist magazine recently reported. “Strikes have been unusual in their frequency their longevity and their targets” The Economist argued this is ultimately good news for planet Earth.

This labor “bolshiness” (wonderful ironic word choice) will lead to higher Chinese wages. “What the world lacks,” Economist editors concluded, “is willing customers, not willing workers. Higher Chinese wages will have a similar effect to the stronger exchange rate that America has been calling for, shrinking China’s trade surplus and boosting its spending.”

In other words, Chinese workers will spend, benefiting the global economy. This is good news, if it works out so niftily.

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Writers’ group slams Iran, China over jailing of intellectuals

Originally published by Monster Sand Critics,30 Oct 2010

Beijing/Tokyo – The writers’ group PEN International on Thursday condemned the ‘outrageous’ jailing of public intellectuals by China and Iran, warning of ‘escalating threats to freedom of expression’ in the two nations.

Following a conference in Tokyo, the group wrote an open letter of protest to the Chinese embassy in Japan and condemned Iran’s sentencing on Wednesday of 35-year-old Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan to 19-and-half years in prison.

‘This outrageous sentence of a writer for the expression and transmission of his ideas is grossly unjust,’ John Ralston Saul, the president of PEN International, said.

‘This is the new totalitarianism. Instead of banning books, they are attempting to control the internet; what became a mechanism for freedom in its early days is now under attack around the world,’ Saul said.

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KYRGYZSTAN : Violation of freedom of expression by the interim government must stop

Originally published by FIDH, 28 Sept 2010
FIDH and its member organisation Citizens Against Corruption (CAC) strongly condemn the prohibition, on September 24, by security services of the screening of the Chinese documentary « 10 conditions of love » which tells the story of the well-known Uighur leader Rabiya Kadyr.
On September 24, 2010, the organisers of the international human rights documentary film festival “Bir duyno Kyrgyzstan”, among which CAC, were summoned to a meeting with the direction of the historic museum of Bishkek. Upon arrival, they realised that a member of the security servicies (GSNB) of Kyrgyzstan, and a deputy head of the office of GSNB for the fight against terrorism were also present at the meeting. The organisers of the festival were forbidden from screening the documentary film « 10 conditions of love », claiming that the Uighur diaspora had asked them to delay the projection of the film untill after the parliamentary elections which will take place on October 10.
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China: India’s strategic strangulation

Originally published by Sri Lanka Guardian

By B.Raman

“Their interest in infrastructure development now extends to areas in Nepal and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir beyond their periphery. The Governments of Nepal and Pakistan are not in a position to find the necessary funds for infrastructure development. Hence they look up to China for financial and technical assistance in this regard.”

by B.Raman

(September 28, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Like a homing pigeon, China is pressing ahead with the implementation of its plans for railway link-ups with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal. It is only a question of time before Chinese railway planners and strategic thinkers come out with a plan for a railway link-up with Bangladesh via Myanmar. The initiative for these link-ups came not from China, but from these countries. Once their interest in a railway link-up with China became evident, Beijing pounced on the opportunity and seriously took up a feasibility study and came up with ideas regarding the implementation if the projects were found feasible.

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Internet Access And Human Rights Highlighted Alongside UN Human Rights Council

Originally published by Intellectual Property Watch,28 Sept 2010
By Kaitlin Mara

Can the digital environment be used in a way that promotes real human rights? A group of activists speaking yesterday alongside the ongoing UN Human Rights Council believes that it can, and provided several examples of work they are doing to make that happen.

The internet can facilitate community building, and help coordinate the activities of human rights activists, speakers said. But there are dangers. There is a new action before the European Parliament that would challenge anonymity online, which demonstrates the risk that new technologies could become new tools in the hands of governments in order to control, rather than to encourage more participation, said Marco Perduca, a member of the Italian Senate for the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational & Transparty.

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