Monthly Archives: 十月 2016

Daniel Auerbach and Brett Clark: The Internet and Monopoly Capitalism

digital-disconnectRobert W. McChesney, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet against Democracy (New York: New Press, 2013), 299 pages, $27.95, hardcover. Continue reading

Czech president accused of scrapping Holocaust survivor medal due to Dalai Lama

By Robert Muller | PRAGUE

Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. September 21, 2016.   REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Czech Republic’s President Milos Zeman addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

PRAGUE Czech President Milos Zeman has decided against awarding a state medal to a Holocaust survivor after the man’s nephew, a Czech government minister, met exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama against the president’s wishes, the minister said on Friday. Continue reading


pen-logoPEN International has for many years expressed concern about serious and sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression in China, including through resolutions adopted at its annual Congresses, most recently at its 81st World Congress in October 2015.  Continue reading

Saudi Arabia must not flog Raif Badawi for blogging

Update #9 to RAN 02/13

raif-badawi20 October 2016 – PEN International is deeply concerned by news reports, as yet unconfirmed, that the Saudi government may resume the lashing punishment against blogger Raif Badawi, currently serving a 10-year sentence in Saudi Arabia. The news was announced in a statement by The Raif Badawi Foundation, which said it had received the confirmation from the same source that had notified his family about the first 50 of 1,000 lashes, which Badawi was given on 9 January, 2015. After his first flogging, Badawi’s remaining 950 lashes were postponed indefinitely on medical grounds. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: The Muppet Show in Court


Image via YouTube user: Hong Kong Free Press

Human rights lawyers and journalists are being intimidated by the Chinese government into public confession and denunciation of human rights efforts.

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Hang Lin: Early Modern China and Northeast Asia

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Tutul receives PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Prize 2016 with Margaret Atwood


PEN Pinter prize awardee Margaret Atwood announced tonight Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (Tutul) the winner of the PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Prize.

Bangladeshi publisher, writer and editor Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (known as Tutul) has this evening, 13 October 2016, been named 2016 International Writer of Courage by Margaret Atwood at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony at the British Library. Continue reading

Richard C. Bush: Hong Kong in the Shadow of China- Living with the Leviathan

bush_hong-kong-oct-7A close-up look at the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong 

Hong Kong in the Shadow of China is a reflection on the recent political turmoil in Hong Kong during which the Chinese government insisted on gradual movement toward electoral democracy, and hundreds of thousands of protesters occupied major thoroughfares to push for full democracy now. Fueling this struggle is deep public resentment over growing inequality and how the political system—established by China and dominated by the local business community—reinforces the divide been those who have profited immensely and those who struggle for basics such as housing. Continue reading