Monthly Archives: July 2009

Global Times Advocates Detention of All Rio Tinto Staff in China

Global Times, an ultra-nationalistic CCP controlled tabloid attached to People’s Daily, claimed that public opinion demand to see all Rio Tinto staff in China placed under detention. There is nothing new about Global Times’ pouring gasoline onto the flames of … Continue reading

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Australian Writers Condemn China’s Censorship Attempt

The Sydney affiliate of International PEN issued a statement to condemn China’s latest attempt to force the organiser of the Melbourne Film Festival to remove The Ten Conditions of Love from its 2009 program.  Sydney PEN also appealed for the … Continue reading

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China Demands Australian Film-maker to Withdraw Uighur Documentary

The Chinese Government, out of sheer stupidity, is stepping up pressure on Australia to subjugate to its whim.  This time, the target is an Australian film on Rebiya Kadeer, to be screened at the upcoming Melbourne Film Festival.  This is … Continue reading

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Another casualty of political correctness

Due to the ministrations of the Nanny State and its enforcers of politically correct goodthinkfulness, they don’t broadcast cartoons like this one from 1960 anymore.   Go ahead and accuse me and Catherine of a “hate crime” for posting this, but … Continue reading

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Ivan is alive!

Based on our most recent clustrmap of our blog’s visitors, we now have reason to hope that Ivan is still alive. We have had three visitors from Russia, and at least one of them is near Novosibirsk, Siberia.   Or perhaps … Continue reading

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Simon Crean snubbed by China

It is common knowledge in Australia that the Chinese government is very protocol conscious, particularly when it is dealing with officials from other countries.  So when Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean arrived in Shanghai and made representations on behalf of … Continue reading

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Who are the Uighur?

I write this post about the history of the Uighur people as a response to our regular troll Anonymous (aka Ferin), who has a habit of using pseudo-science to justify his discrimination against the majority of non-Han Chinese in this … Continue reading

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Kazakh National Hospitalised in Urumqi Riot

Tonight traffic at this blog has gone way above average with a significant number of clicks going to one of our old posts about Kazahstan. I am not too sure whether this is in relation to a news report from … Continue reading

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The Rio Lesson: Ignore it at Your Own Peril

Thanks to JR at JustRecently’s Weblog for this excellent follow up on a previous discussion about the Rio Tinto spy scandal.  For those who intend to do business with China, please take note of the various case studies quoted in … Continue reading

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Rio Staff made scapegoat for CISA’s incompetence

CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES More evidence has emerged today to indicate that the Rio Tinto staff detained for spying allegations have been made scapegoats for the Chinese Government’s lack of competence in consolidating China’s fragmented steel industry.  However, in … Continue reading

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