Monthly Archives: December 2008

Our New Year Recipe

I just found this video from my archive.  It showed how I celebrated New Year with Ned and Ivan at Ivan’s bunker in Beijing.  It was the year 2005.  As usual we cooked up a storm.  It is our pleasure … Continue reading

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To JustRecently: About the “2009 Go China” Video

This is a continuation of a discussion that I have been having with our friend JR at JustRecently’s Beautiful Blog.  I at first intended to post this as a comment at JR’s blog.  Unfortunately it contains too many links and … Continue reading

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More Charter 08 Casualties: Bullog Purged, Ran Yunfei Suspended

Bullog 牛博网, a progressive blog portal, becomes the next victim of a purge that has swept across the blogosphere in China since the release of Charter 08.  As a result, Bullog lost two of its most popular bloggers: Ran Yunfei … Continue reading

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Ivan’s Christmas Present to Our Readers

Click here for a special online Russian lesson, as a Christmas present from our friend Ivan to all of you.

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Tibetans Face Arrests and Tough Sentences for Spreading “Rumours”

Just in the last few days, more news has come out of China about further arrests and jail sentences of Tibetans for alleged “rumour mongering”.  The unusually tough sentences, in particular, indicate Beijing’s determination to block news about the 3.14 … Continue reading

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Multicultural Christmas in Ivan’s bunker

Our friend Ivan, formerly of the China-Blogosphere, has moved back to America.   Here’s an email he sent us for Christmas Eve: Dear Ned and Catherine, Christmas greetings from Idaho! First I want to thank Ned for the case of  vodka, … Continue reading

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Hu Jia’s wife Zeng Jinyan Sent a Video Message to the Sakharov Prize Award Ceremony

From the European Parliament: The award of the 2008 Sakharov prize for human rights to jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia took place at midday Wednesday. In his absence his wife gave an emotional and moving video message from under house … Continue reading

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Update: Ai Xiaoming was not arrested

Chinese Human Rights Defender (CHRD) has published a map that details all known Charter 08-related detentions.  I was able to access the full report and the map this morning.  But apparently the CHRD site has been hacked;  I am not … Continue reading

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European Parliament: Special Ceremony to Honour Hu Jia

From the European Parliament 15-12-2008 – 17:29 : Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought: 20th anniversary and 2008 winner Chinese political activist Hu Jia This year’s Sakharov Prize ceremonies in Strasbourg have a dual character. To celebrate the 20th anniversary … Continue reading

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How not to succeed in journalism

Grimmy will never have a career in journalism, public relations, politics or academia:

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