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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 05, 2006 Researcher for Times in China Will Appeal Fraud Conviction
QUOTE: Mr. Zhao, who has been in detention for nearly two years, has repeatedly denied both charges. On Monday, Guan Anping, a defense lawyer, described the fraud conviction as “absurd” and said the court’s refusal to allow defense witnesses to testify on Mr. Zhao’s behalf was “definitely a major procedural problem.”
New York Times Sep 05, 2006 Trial Begins for an Icon in Japan
QUOTE: Prosecutors have charged Mr. Horie and his colleagues with manipulating the financial figures of his company to conceal losses and inflate the company’s stock price...Defenders said that the men were accused of abuses that were not necessarily new to the Japanese business establishment, but that they went from heroes to villains because of Japan’s conflicted and still unresolved attitudes toward the freewheeling American-style of capitalism that is creeping into Japan.
New York Times Sep 04, 2006 Rules Ignored, Toxic Sludge Sinks Chinese Village
QUOTE: The broader tension of balancing environmental protection with fast economic growth is not likely to ease. China wants to double the size of its economy by 2020. And yet Mr. Zhou did not hesitate to assign much of the blame for the undercutting of pollution control efforts to corruption and fraud by local officials.
New York Times Sep 03, 2006 The Wrong Battle in Pakistan
QUOTE: So long as elections are brazenly rigged, opposition parties are banned and Washington’s uncritical support remains guaranteed, General Musharraf has little incentive to take up any of these vital challenges. When General Musharraf comes to the United States, he loves to be lauded as a leader in the war on terrorism. Back home, his government too often acts like a garden-variety military dictatorship.
New York Times Sep 01, 2006 Where’s Mao? Chinese Revise History Books
QUOTE: Nearly overnight the country’s most prosperous schools have shelved the Marxist template that had dominated standard history texts since the 1950’s. The changes passed high-level scrutiny, the authors say, and are part of a broader effort to promote a more stable, less violent view of Chinese history that serves today’s economic and political goals.
New York Times Aug 31, 2006 Attorney for Jailed Chinese Activist Cites Obstruction
QUOTE: Defense attorneys for a blind rural activist sentenced to more than four years in prison said that they were prevented from meeting with their client privately on Wednesday and that authorities tried to stop them from preparing an appeal.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2006 Letter From Thailand: Saving Thai Democracy: Will the Cure Kill the Patient?
QUOTE: The question here is, who is threatening democracy and undermining constitutional limitations on government: the people who have taken to the streets and turned their backs on an election, or Mr. Thaksin himself?
New York Times Aug 29, 2006 Indian State to Bypass Microsoft Monopoly
QUOTE: In a new attack on multinational corporations, the Communist government in India’s southern state of Kerala is campaigning to eliminate Microsoft from use in public institutions, just weeks after it imposed a ban on Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
New York Times Aug 29, 2006 China IPod Journos Speak
QUOTE: "We were fulfilling our duties as socially concerned reporters to expose this maltreatment of workers in Shenzhen," said journalist Weng. "Now this court case will make the entire media industry and every Chinese reporter fear writing investigative reports."
Wired Aug 22, 2006 Chinese Court May Rule Soon on Times Researcher
QUOTE: A Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has been jailed for nearly two years on charges of leaking state secrets to the newspaper may learn the verdict in his case as soon as Friday...Meanwhile, the Chinese authorities have also been cracking down on defense lawyers who have tried to use Chinese law to fight against abuses of power, corruption and other issues.
New York Times Aug 10, 2006 A Chinese Outcry: Doesnt a Dog Have Rights?
QUOTE: Officials in Mouding County in southwestern Yunnan Province had ordered the mass extermination of dogs, pets as well as strays, after three people died in a rabies outbreak...pet owners have begun to mobilize — speaking out online and circulating petitions — to try to stop the killings.
New York Times Aug 10, 2006 Search Engines Censured for Censorship: Activists want Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft to do more to disclose to Chinese users how and why their searches are being censored
QUOTE: All year, human-rights and free-speech advocates have been chastising big U.S. Internet companies for helping to censor the Internet in China.
BusinessWeek Aug 06, 2006 Hong Kong Surveillance Law Passes
QUOTE: lawmakers approved legislation here today giving broad authority to the police to conduct covert surveillance, including wiretapping phones, bugging homes and offices and monitoring e-mail.
New York Times Jul 20, 2006 Ban of blogs stirs outrage from India to Silicon Valley
QUOTE: Outraged Internet users from New Delhi to Silicon Valley are blasting India's government for shutting off access to millions of blogs, drawing comparisons of the world's largest democracy to the authoritarian censorship of China and Iran.
San Jose Mercury News Jun 16, 2006 China Moves to Restrict Construction Financing
QUOTE: China might also allow a rise in the value of its currency, the renminbi, or yuan, an act long sought by manufacturing groups in the United States, who argue that Chinese factories are racking up huge export sales with unfair help from artificially cheap money.
Washington Post Jun 12, 2006 Sniffing Out The Freeloaders Who Stress the Grid
QUOTE: About 36 percent of the power consumed in the capital is stolen, according to the Delhi power ministry. The culprits include slum dwellers, small illegal factories, middle-class homeowners, store owners, affluent businessmen and -- recently -- a Hindu temple.
Washington Post Jun 10, 2006 China Cancels 'Da Vinci' Movie
QUOTE: Chinese authorities pulled "The Da Vinci Code" off movie screens nationwide on Friday, apparently as a concession to Chinese Catholic groups that warned that the film threatened social stability.
New York Times Jun 05, 2006 Natives Feel Left Out of China's New West
QUOTE: In the six years since China's central government began its well-financed campaign to spread the benefits of economic growth beyond coastal provinces, the effort has exacerbated the extreme inequality that characterizes the national economy. Gaps have grown between urban and rural China and between the less-developed west and the frenetic east.
Washington Post Jun 01, 2006 U.S. to Seek Resolution On Rights in Burma: Detention of Democracy Leader Decried
QUOTE: The Bush administration said Wednesday that it will press for a Security Council resolution that expresses alarm at Burma's continuing detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy figures, and its failure to extend greater political freedom to the country's 50 million people.
Washington Post May 27, 2006 China Sets State Secrets Trial for Times Researcher in June
QUOTE: Chinese authorities have preliminarily fixed a June 8 trial date for a researcher for The New York Times who is accused of fraud and disclosing state secrets, his lawyer said Friday...The definition of state secrets in China is extremely broad, and can even include routine economic statistics compiled by the government.
New York Times May 23, 2006 AIDS Drug Trial Turned Away: Protests by Prostitutes in Cambodia Ended Tenofovir Testing
QUOTE: Objections have focused on the study's subjects: prostitutes, usually poor, who critics say are being taken advantage of. In trying to get a better deal for those women, they have managed to slow the testing of what many scientists consider the best hope to stop AIDS in the underdeveloped world.
Washington Post May 19, 2006 India's Affirmative Action Rocks the Boat
QUOTE: The anti-reservationists argue that reserving seats at India's few merit-based and uncorrupted institutes of higher learning will dilute standards, bring down student morale, and jump-start a brain drain that had just started to reverse.
BusinessWeek May 14, 2006 China Says One of Its Scientists Faked Computer Chip Research
QUOTE: China said Friday that a prominent university scientist who had developed one of the nation's first homegrown computer chips had fabricated his research and stolen the technology from a foreign company, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
New York Times May 10, 2006 China Demands That Albania Return Ex-U.S. Detainees
QUOTE: China demanded Tuesday that five Chinese Muslims flown to Albania after release from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay be turned over to Chinese authorities for prosecution as terrorists.
Washington Post May 07, 2006 Vietnam's Deep-Rooted Corruption Threatens Development
QUOTE: this is the most far-reaching and politically damaging of several similar scandals that have chipped away over the years at public confidence in the integrity of the country's leaders.
New York Times Apr 23, 2006 Google's China Problem (and China's Google Problem)
QUOTE: One mistake Westerners frequently make about China is to assume that the government is furtive about its censorship. On the contrary, the party is quite matter of fact about it proud, even.
New York Times Dec 23, 2005 China Vows Peaceful Use Of Its Power: White Paper Tries to Ease Fears of Growing Strength
QUOTE: The Chinese government, responding to doubts in the United States and neighboring Asian countries, made what it called a "solemn promise" Thursday that its growing power will never become a threat to other nations.
Washington Post Nov 18, 2005 China Commemorates Leader Whose Death Sparked Riots
QUOTE: The commemoration marks an effort by the current party heads to embrace the memory of a 1980's-era leader who remains popular for his role in guiding China away from Mao's extremist politics.
New York Times Oct 11, 2005 China Will Pursue Reforms and Focus on Poverty: Communist Party's Decision Comes Amid Protests Nationwide
QUOTE: The unrest, which has become a major concern for President Hu Jintao's government, reflects broad dissatisfaction, particularly among farmers, at the wide income disparities created by market reforms and the deepening partnership between party officials and private businesses.
Washington Post Sep 29, 2005 Free Speech Issues Still Problematic For Vietnam: U.S. Urging Release of 5 'Prisoners of Conscience'
QUOTE: A business manager in Hanoi...has spent 42 months in a Vietnamese prison. His crime: downloading an essay titled "What is Democracy?"...
Washington Post Sep 29, 2005 On Chinese Television, What's Cool Is No Longer Correct
QUOTE: ...the government broadcasting authority has been engaged in a purification project, designed to halt... the creep of vulgarity and non-Chinese influences into programs offered by the country's 3,000 national, provincial, city and county stations...
Washington Post Aug 18, 2005 China Lets U.S. Executive Out on Bail
QUOTE: Mr. Ji, a Chinese-born American citizen, was arrested in southern China... Changhong accused him of passing bad checks and reneging on $470 million of debt for televisions that the Chinese company shipped to the United States.
New York Times Aug 13, 2005 A Chinese Banker Is Convicted, and a Message Is Sent
QUOTE: One of China's best-known bankers was convicted of embezzlement Friday and given a death sentence, which was suspended, state news media reported, the latest chapter in a series of banking scandals in China.
New York Times Aug 04, 2005 China Issues New Restrictions Aimed at Protecting Its Culture
QUOTE: New regulations proposed by the Chinese government would keep additional foreign satellite broadcasters from entering the market and would strengthen restrictions on foreign television programs, books, newspapers and theater performances...
New York Times Jul 17, 2005 The Lethal Water Wells of Bangladesh
QUOTE: The two children are victims of what the World Health Organization has declared the "largest mass poisoning of a population in history." Their hand-operated water pump in this town in northwestern Bangladesh produces water laced with arsenic.
New York Times Jul 11, 2005 The Filtered Future: China's bid to divide the Internet.
QUOTE: The end of June marked the deadline for independent Chinese bloggers to register with the government. That requirement is another sign, along with Microsoft's recent admission that its Chinese blog site would block titles like "freedom" and "democracy," of the country's efforts to control the Internet.
Slate Jun 27, 2005 Bollywood smoking ban sparks controversy
QUOTE: India's recent decision to ban smoking in movies and on television has ignited controversy in the popular Bollywood film industry...While some actors have expressed support for the new restrictions, filmmakers claim that the government is infringing on artistic expression.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 22, 2005 China Denies Promoting Use of Drug on Chickens
QUOTE: "China's Agriculture Ministry denied Tuesday that the government had encouraged farmers to use an influenza drug intended for people to treat bird flu in poultry, a practice that researchers say would make the drug ineffective if the virus broke out among humans."
Washington Post Jun 17, 2005 Guilty Plea in Big Financial Scandal in Japan
QUOTE: "Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, the Japanese tycoon, pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of insider trading and filing false financial statements, completing a humiliating downfall for a man once listed as the world's richest."
New York Times Jun 14, 2005 Illegal Rice Found Again in China's Food Supply
QUOTE: "Genetically altered rice, which is not approved for human consumption anywhere in the world, has been found again in China's food supply, this time in one of the country's biggest cities, the environmental group Greenpeace said on Monday."
New York Times Jun 13, 2005 For Chinese, Peasant Revolt Is Rare Victory: Farmers Beat Back Police In Battle Over Pollution
QUOTE: "For four years, they had been complaining that industrial pollution was poisoning the land, stunting the crops and fouling the water in their fertile valley surrounded by forested hills 120 miles south of Hangzhou. And now their protest -- blocking the entrance to an industrial park -- was being put down by force."
Washington Post Jun 08, 2005 China Tightens Restrictions on Bloggers and Web Owners
QUOTE: "In its latest measure to tighten policing of the Internet, China has begun requiring bloggers and owners of personal Web sites to register with the government or be forced offline."
New York Times Jun 06, 2005 China's Unyielding Banking Crisis: Corruption and Cronyism Often Thwart Efforts to Eradicate Bad Debts
QUOTE: "This asset-recovery company was supposed to help nurture a new era in China's financial system. Instead, the campaign to fix China's banks is foundering on the same cronyism and corruption that created the debt crisis."
Washington Post Jun 04, 2005 China a Weak Ally on Piracy: Country Proves to Be Problematic Partner in Cutting Theft
QUOTE: "Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez on Friday engaged in what has become a required ritual for U.S. trade officials visiting China's capital: He walked down the street and surveyed the plentiful supply of pirated Hollywood movies, finding a DVD copy of the new "Star Wars" film selling for a single dollar."
Washington Post Dec 26, 2004 As Nuclear Secrets Emerge in Khan Inquiry, More Are Suspected
QUOTE: ...experts from the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency came upon blueprints for a 10-kiloton atomic bomb in the files of the Libyan weapons program...the detailed design represented a new level of danger...
New York Times Sep 22, 2004 Indonesian Plans to Act Swiftly on Graft Cases: President-Elect to Battle Corruption, Advisers Say
QUOTE: Aides to the retired army general said he would set a tone for his presidency by accelerating highly publicized corruption cases now languishing in the hands of prosecutors.
Washington Post Aug 14, 2004 A Plea for Honesty Transfixes China: Lowly Party Cadre Decries Official Corruption in Open Letter
QUOTE: In a lengthy account of what he depicted as his crusade to jail dishonest local officials and their co-conspirators in business, Huang decried the "underlying rules" by which corrupt Chinese officials protect one another's backs.
Washington Post Feb 20, 2003 Asia's sex trade is 'slavery'
QUOTE: A United Nations official has described the trafficking of women and children across Asia as "the largest slave trade in history".
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Aug 13, 2001 Asia's Growing Sex Market Underlines Aids Risk - Who
QUOTE: Asia may have beaten the worst of the AIDS epidemic with condoms, but the region's growing sex industry highlights the need to promote wider usage to prevent new infections...
New York Times Jul 10, 2001 Japan's Refusal to Revise Textbooks Angers Neighbors
QUOTE: The Japanese government announced today that it would order no further revisions of school textbooks that many critics say whitewash the country's record of imperial-era atrocities in Asia.
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