Archive for the 'Asia' Category

Truth, lies and Afghanistan

Filed under: Asia | War — by Will Kirkland 02/7/2012 @ 9:40:20 PM
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In the Armed Forces Journal no less…
How military leaders have let us down
I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and … [Keep reading >>]

Eastern Tibet under lockdown following self-immolation of three Tibetan herders

Filed under: Asia | Religion — by Will Kirkland 02/7/2012 @ 9:33:45 PM
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“The Serthar area of eastern Tibet remains under tight lockdown after three Tibetan herders, including a 60-year old man, set themselves on fire on Friday (February 3). This brings the … [Keep reading >>]

China Labor Awakening

Filed under: Asia | Labor / Unions — by Will Kirkland 01/15/2012 @ 12:05:09 PM
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Just as young people in Libya and Egypt, finding examples of self-determination outside their own country, have risen in revolt, so it seems that workers in China are realizing that … [Keep reading >>]

More Tibetan Immolations

Filed under: Asia — by Will Kirkland 01/15/2012 @ 11:34:13 AM
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The Hindustan Times, and other outlets are reporting another self immolation by Tibetans, protesting China’s heavy hand and the exile of the Dalai Lama.
Chinese security forces on Saturday fired into … [Keep reading >>]

More Self Immolations in Tibet

Filed under: Asia | Religion — by Will Kirkland 01/9/2012 @ 2:31:01 PM
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Three Tibetan monks in central China set themselves on fire this weekend, raising to 15 the number of suicides in the last year by Buddhist clergy members protesting aspects of … [Keep reading >>]

Adaptive Authoritarianism…

Filed under: Asia | Citizen Action — by Will Kirkland 12/26/2011 @ 7:05:35 AM
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Interesting blog post at New York Review of Books by Ian Johnson, on the recent Wukan resistance of Beijing rule.  I’ve been following events from afar, with interest.  What series … [Keep reading >>]

North Korea Headless Again

Filed under: Asia | Passings — by Will Kirkland 12/19/2011 @ 12:00:25 PM
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Too late for the morning NY Times, Kim Jong Il, son of Kim Il Sung,  and North Korea’s head of state since his father’s death in 1994, has died at … [Keep reading >>]

Another Brooklyn Bridge For Sale? In Beijing…

Filed under: Asia | Citizen Action — by Will Kirkland 11/10/2011 @ 3:46:59 PM
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The headline that caught my attention in a small inside piece was this:
 Beijing’s air quality center opens its doors to the public for the first time since its establishment in … [Keep reading >>]

Hula Girls: Japanese Coal Miners’ Daughters — A Movie

Filed under: Asia | Movies — by Will Kirkland 09/9/2011 @ 3:42:52 PM
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Around our house there are two streams of movie selections: dark, meaningful films, preferably by “auteurs,” about people overcoming terrible odds immersed in worldly cruelty, or those that are light … [Keep reading >>]

Apple Polluting in China?

Filed under: Asia | Environment | Science & Technology — by Will Kirkland 09/2/2011 @ 2:56:37 PM
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Apple is defending itself against a fresh barrage of criticism from Chinese  environmental activists over alleged pollution by the manufacturers who make its  iconic iPhones, iPads and other products.

In a … [Keep reading >>]

Anna Hazare, Fasting in India, Gets Government Concession

Filed under: Asia | Citizen Action | Corruption — by Will Kirkland 08/26/2011 @ 9:21:08 AM
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“Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has agreed for a parliamentary discussion on a tougher version of an anti-corruption bill following intense pressure brought on the government by a veteran … [Keep reading >>]

Second Tibetan Monk Immolates Self for Home Rule

Filed under: Asia — by Will Kirkland 08/16/2011 @ 7:23:38 AM

“A 29-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk died after setting himself on fire in China to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, the Free Tibet advocacy group said.

The incident, also reported by China’s … [Keep reading >>]

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