Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

June 3, 2020

The killing of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and violent repression not just in the United States, but around the world, where pandemic lockdowns have also mixed with authoritarian abuses. • Related: “A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world” India: Brutality day by day India, a multiparty […]

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Africans are fleeing racism in China

April 24, 2020

Thousands of African migrants living in Guangzhou in southern China are being targeted by racist attacks and policies. The problem has become so bad that one African nation has even begun evacuating its citizens from China. The reason? Besides simple prejudice, Africans are being blamed for exposing Chinese people to COVID-19. African students in Chinese […]

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Things are looking up for the world’s rarest wading-bird species

February 21, 2020

And now for some good news about the spoon-billed sandpiper, which has the dubious distinction of being the world’s rarest wading-bird species.  Conservationists netted several big wins in preserving habitat along the spoon-billed sandpiper’s migration route.  And scientists in the United Kingdom announced that they successfully bred the bird in captivity for the first time.   […]

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Does China’s new Tibet policy amount to ethnic cleansing?

January 30, 2020

A new Chinese “ethnic unity” policy is coming to Tibet this May.   Critics, including the Tibetan government-in-exile, say the real agenda is cultural suppression and worse. They fear a new a repeat in Tibet of the widely condemned internment camps and re-education programs China has enforced in the ethnic Uigher region of Xinjiang.  “Comprehensive stability” […]

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American college students are being tracked across campus every day

January 14, 2020

If you are an American college student, your class attendance is likely being tracked, because, advocates say, it makes you a better student.  Yet some student and faculty groups are clamoring for greater oversight of what many see as an emerging “social credit system” that violates their privacy.   They say that these tracking programs are […]

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What strike? GM’s ‘green’ new deal is coming — to China

October 5, 2019

General Motors is making a huge investment in green technology and green jobs, and plans to sell millions of electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles over the next decade. The only problem? The workers and consumers are mostly in China. The iconic American automaker, having been bailed out by American taxpayers, is facing a major strike […]

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