Friday, November 08, 2013

Animal Welfare and Rights (动物福利和权利)

Animal protection remains elusive in China
The New York Times, November 6, 2013
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/amid-reports-of-dog-fighting-animal-protection-remains-elusive-in-china/

Corruption (腐败)

透明国际清廉奖授予中国记者罗昌平 (China journalist Luo Changping wins Transparency International’s Integrity Award)
Deutsche Welle, November 8, 2013
http://bit.ly/17RRXdR

Environment (环境)

专家:中国几乎所有污染物排放量世界第一 (Expert: China is world’s #1 emitter of nearly all pollutants)
China News Service , November 8, 2013
http://dzb.jinbaonet.com/html/2013-11/08/content_254774.htm?div=-1

Freedom of Expression and Privacy (言论自由和隐私)

记者节:中国记者在权钱压力下生存 (Journalist Day: China’s journalists pressured by both power and money)
British Broadcasting Corporation, November 8, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2013/11/131108_china_media_journalistday.shtml

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

Chinese dissident Chen's brother in U.S. to check on "evil" claims
Radio Free Asia, November 7, 2013
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/stands-11072013123822.html

International Human Rights (国际人权)

Chinese citizens join call for excluding China from UN Rights Council
Epoch Times, November 7, 2013
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/349894-chinese-citizens-join-call-for-excluding-china-from-un-rights-council/

Land, Property, Housing (土地、财产、房屋)

Could China's farmers become landowners?
The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2013
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304448204579185181505572944

Natural Resources (自然资源)

China eyes Antarctica's resource bounty
The Guardian, November 8, 2013
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/08/china-antarctica-trip-icebreaker-snow-dragon

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

Why China's Third Plenum matters
British Broadcasting Corporation, November 8, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24846815

Key Party meeting to forge China's future, but don't expect major political reforms
South China Morning Post, November 8, 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1350277/forging-chinas-future

Rule of Law (法治)

上海宣布建法治政府引网民质疑 (Chinese netizens mock and question Shanghai’s announcement to build a government based on rule of law)
British Broadcasting Corporation, November 8, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2013/11/131107_shanghai_government.shtml

See the announcement:
上海市力争在5年内率先基本建成法治政府
The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China, November 7, 2013
hhttp://www.gov.cn/jrzg/2013-11/07/content_2523118.htm

Related Tencent Weibo posts:
REBIRTH , November 7, 2013 【上海力争5年内率先基本建成法治政府】今天最好笑的新闻!你们不是一直标榜你们是法治政府吗?这条新闻的言下之意就是:1-现在还不是。2-还没地方是。3-你们一直在说谎。4-五年基本建成,但不一定会建成。 [Shanghai strives to build the first government with rule of law within 5 years] This is the funniest news today! Has the government not flaunted itself as being one with rule of law? The implications of the news are: 1) Shanghai’s government is not yet one with rule of law. 2) No other governments are yet either. 3) The government has been lying all along. 4) There is no guarantee that a government with rule of law will be completed in five years.
http://t.qq.com/p/t/343442085461620

老头, November 8, 2013
无法无天64年,中国法治梦还要继续做五年![It’s been 64 years without law and order in China, and we have to dream our rule-of-law-in-China dream five more years!]
http://t.qq.com/p/t/233221074394686

Society (社会)

山西省委附近爆炸嫌疑人承认蓄意报复社会 (Explosion suspect arrested, confesses to “intentional retaliation against society”)
CCTV, November 8, 2013
http://news.qq.com/a/20131108/018120.htm

China plays down Shanxi blasts as work of “powerless extremists”
Radio Free Asia, November 7, 2013
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/blasts-11072013151745.html

Related Tencent Weibo posts:
高麟,November 8, 2013
应该说是报复政府吧,是政府对我们老百姓不公的。希望以后这样的是别伤着普通老百姓就是了,也希望别被抓住。 【评】山西省委附近爆炸嫌疑人承认蓄意报复社会 [It should be retaliation against the government. It is the government that is unjust to our people. I hope that if a similar thing happens again, ordinary people are not injured and the suspect is not caught.]
http://t.qq.com/p/t/332445006145698

大自然, November 8, 2013
他的罪大恶极不及醉警无端枪杀无辜孕妇的百分之一, 不及张磊民警枪杀两无辜村民的十分之一,不及醉警抢夺无辜婴儿摔地的十分之一,这些无辜死伤家属情绪都稳定吗?答案是永迈N0 坚持走邪路_为: 一个人能干那么大的事?[His guilt is less than one hundredth of that of a drunk police officer shooting an innocent pregnant woman; less than one tenth of that of police officer Zhang Lei who shot dead two innocent villagers; less than one tenth of that of a drunk police officer who threw a baby to the ground. Would the family members of these innocent victims ever be mentally stable? The answer is NO, never!] http://t.qq.com/p/t/309733029314035

Taiwan (台湾)

中国官媒评论为张悬举旗事件降温 (China’s official media commentary attempts to play down incident of Taiwanese singer hanging national flag)
British Broadcasting Corporation, November 8, 2013
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2013/11/131108_taiwan_china_chang.shtml

Related:
单仁平:张悬举旗风波应在民间自生自灭 (Global Times commentary: we should let these incidents of hanging a flag run their course naturally in society)
Global Times, November 8, 2013
http://opinion.huanqiu.com/opinion_china/2013-11/4543097.html

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

Tiananmen attack linked to police raid on a mosque in Xinjiang
天安门袭击者疑为报复清真寺被拆
The New York Times, November 7, 2013
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20131108/c08xinjiang/dual/

Tightening the screws: deaths in Tiananmen Square unnerve leaders before a crucial gathering
The Economist, November 9, 2013
http://www.economist.com/news/china/21589449-deaths-tiananmen-square-unnerve-leaders-crucial-gathering-tightening-screws

Faster than a speeding bullet:China’s new rail network, already the world’s longest, will soon stretch considerably farther
The Economist, November 9, 2013
http://www.economist.com/news/china/21589447-chinas-new-rail-network-already-worlds-longest-will-soon-stretch-considerably-farther-faster

Opinion (观点)

不必对十八届三中全会抱过高期望 (We should not expect too much from the Third Party Plenary)
The New York Times, November 8, 2013
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20131108/cc08wangqiang/