The execution of Akmal Shaikh is Europe's cue to stand up to an abusive one-party state and forget trade
The Independent / 3 January 2010
he new year must see an end to ruthless regimes using human pawns in international relations. After the barbaric execution of Akmal Shaikh, the first execution of a European by China since 1951, the EU's new role in foreign relations, which begins this week, must be shaped by a commitment to its values.
The rapidly emerging and formidable force of Chinese netizens
The Chinese regime has imposed the toughest internet censorship in the sensitive year of 2009 which marked the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, 10th anniversary of the persecution against Falun Dafa, and the 60th anniversary of communist rule in China.
Lawyer Carlos Iglesias (second from right) and democracy activist Wei Jingsheng (center) with Falun Gong victims of persecution after testifying in Madrid.
China has the largest population of Internet users in the world, with over 300 million users in 2009. Despite the tough internet censorship, netizens have become a great force to advocate human rights and monitor government officials. They have successfully put pressure on the regime to convict a malfeasant official who was responsible for the mysterious death of Li Qiaoming in a detention center in Yunnan Province; set rape case waitress Deng Yujiao free; and to sentence a corrupt government official, Zhou Jiugeng, to 11 years in prison on charge of taking bribes. They have also exposed some regime officials for spending public money to travel to Las Vegas.
Analysis: Extraordinary contrasts show Canadian PM has Chinese leaders' attention
By Jason Loftus 07/12/09
Extraordinary extremes have marked Prime Minister Stephen Harper's first China trip. Within two days of touching down, Harper scored a deal to open China's borders to Canadian pork, and then a huge pact to allow China's visitors easy approval to come to Canada, something Canadian governments have been trying fruitlessly to secure for years.
In a groundbreaking case, following a two-year investigation, a Spanish judge has accepted charges of genocide and torture in a case filed against five high-ranking CCP officials for their role in the persecution of Falun Gong.
An ongoing struggle between residents and a local ceramic factory over pollution has erupted in protesting, arrests, and riot police presence. When a dozen resident activists of Paibian Village, Jiedong County, Guangdong Province were arrested the morning of Oct. 22, thousands went to the local regime officials, demanding their release.