Recently a TED video featuring Michael Anti on China's censorship seems to be making the rounds. I think Anti does bring some unique insights to the English speaking audience about China that we don't generally see in Western media; hence I am providing his video below. However, I think Anti can also be a stubborn ideologue who insist on viewing the world through ideological … [Read more...] about On Michael Anti: Behind the Great Firewall of China
Riots in Assam
There has been terrible violence in India's Assam region recently and the violence has spread to other parts of India. Since this is a blog on China, not India, I am not going to dig too much into the cause or even meaning of the riots. But I do want to point out the relatively "favorable" coverage India is getting. In almost all reports I see, India is cast as the force … [Read more...] about Riots in Assam
What Does SOPA (and PIPA) Tell us About “Freedom”?
As you may know, there is a heated high-profile war being waged in the U.S. now over a new bill called SOPA ("Stop Online Piracy Act" in the House) and PIPA ("Protect Intellectual Property Act" in the Senate). The bills have been temporarily put on hold, but the issues highlighted by the controversies will not go away. The purpose of the bills is to enable IP owners to … [Read more...] about What Does SOPA (and PIPA) Tell us About “Freedom”?
A Norwegian’s refusal to be lumped with the “West” in a case of Western censorship
[Updated March 3, 2011: Please refer to comment below. Apparently, this disabling of the link over at Reddit and deletion of the poster comments were done by the poster himself. I will chalk this up as a lesson I need to be more careful in not reading to much into something that isn't. I am sorry, folks and also to Reddit.] An interesting act of moderation yesterday over … [Read more...] about A Norwegian’s refusal to be lumped with the “West” in a case of Western censorship
The Narrative on the Egyptian “Uprising” / “Revolution”
For the last three weeks, we witnessed something extraorgdinary in the Egypt. A unpopular leader is finally brought down by revolts in the street. A gallant people finally brought a hated tyrrant down to his knees. Yet, if one really think about it, even by the most optimistic of figures, at most (perhaps) one million people at one time or another added together protested … [Read more...] about The Narrative on the Egyptian “Uprising” / “Revolution”