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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 23, 2008 Myanmar to Accept ‘All Aid Workers’
QUOTE: BANGKOK — Myanmar’s military junta promised Friday to allow into the country “all aid workers” of any nationality, after three weeks of blocking most assistance to cyclone victims, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced.
New York Times May 23, 2008 U.S. in Difficult Position Over Japan’s Rice Plan
QUOTE: They say that the Japanese plan risks setting off a trade dispute with the United States — and may barely dent the price of rice. Yet opposing the Japanese plan could put the United States in a delicate diplomatic position. The price of rice, the most important staple food of the world’s poor, has risen faster than any other cereal, nearly tripling this year alone, according to rice traders. The high prices have caused protests in many countries and, according to World Bank officials, pushed 100 million people back into poverty.
New York Times May 06, 2008 China Petrochemical Project Opposed
QUOTE: Critics of the Pengzhou plan said in interviews on Monday that the government had not done proper environmental reviews of the project, which could pollute the air and water and lead to health hazards.
New York Times Apr 17, 2008 New Freedom, and Peril, in Online Criticism of China
QUOTE: In the wake of the violence that has rocked Tibet and the protests over the Olympic torch relay, online bulletin boards in China have erupted with virulent comments rooted in nationalist sentiments. On some sites, emotional Chinese have exchanged personal information about critics and hunted them down. Such situations have become so common that some users refer to the sites as "human flesh search engines."
Washington Post Apr 14, 2008 New Law Gives Chinese Workers Power, Gives Businesses Nightmares
QUOTE: The law -- designed to combat forced labor, withholding of pay, unwarranted dismissals and other abuses -- represents a major victory for Chinese workers who for decades have complained of companies that would stop at nothing to wring out profits...For companies already struggling with inflation, high energy costs, the falling dollar and an environmental crackdown, however, the new law has been devastating.
Washington Post Apr 13, 2008 Afghan Detainees Sent Home to Face Closed-Door Trials
QUOTE: Afghan detainees held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being transferred home to face closed-door trials in which they are often denied access to defense attorneys and the U.S. evidence being used against them, according to Afghan officials, lawyers and international rights groups.
Washington Post Apr 09, 2008 China Uses Heavy Hand Even With Its Gadflies
QUOTE: Zheng Enchong is a self-taught lawyer and a dogged human rights activist. In many countries, he would be considered a gadfly. But in China during this Olympic year, he is treated like a threat to national security...In recent years, several dozen lawyers have made it their business to use Chinese law to defend people against the government. Like Zheng, a number have suffered retaliation.
Washington Post Apr 03, 2008 Subversion Conviction: Chinese Rights Advocate Gets 3 1/2-Year Prison Term
QUOTE: "The manipulations that led to this guilty verdict are a blatant perversion of justice," T. Kumar, Amnesty's Asia advocacy director, said in a statement. "It is deeply disturbing that officials would so openly turn their backs on commitments to improve human rights in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. Hu Jia must be released immediately and unconditionally."
Washington Post Mar 28, 2008 Palestinians Fear Two-Tier Road System
QUOTE: For the first time, the Supreme Court, albeit in an interim decision, has accepted the idea of separate roads for Palestinians in the occupied areas. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel told the Supreme Court that what was happening on the highway could be the onset of legal apartheid in the West Bank — a charge that makes many Israelis recoil.
New York Times Mar 12, 2008 U.S. Delisting of China Upsets Rights Activists
QUOTE: Human rights activists on Wednesday decried the U.S. State Department's decision to drop China from its list of the world's worst human rights violators...The decision comes at the worst possible time for activists seeking to pressure Beijing to relax restrictions on free speech, release political prisoners and improve human rights protections, Kine added.
Washington Post Dec 29, 2007 China Delays Hong Kong Elections
QUOTE: The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for the democracy aspirations of Hong Kong residents, and another sign that Beijing’s current leaders have scant appetite for experimenting with greater public participation in political decision-making.
New York Times Dec 03, 2007 Party’s Triumph Raises Question of Putin’s Plans
QUOTE: But even politically apathetic Russians have grasped that a lame duck president who has promoted himself in election advertisements has no interest in fading away. What is more, the Kremlin’s harsh treatment of the opposition and the pressure it put on regional subordinates to reel in votes for United Russia demonstrated that it did not want Mr. Putin’s rivals to gain support.
New York Times Nov 26, 2007 New York Manhole Covers, Forged Barefoot in India
QUOTE: Seemingly impervious to the heat from the metal, the workers at one of West Bengal’s many foundries relied on strength and bare hands rather than machinery. Safety precautions were barely in evidence; just a few pairs of eye goggles were seen in use on a recent visit.
New York Times Nov 26, 2007 Japan Hunts the Humpback. Now Comes the Backlash.
QUOTE: Vessels from the groups Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace tail and harass the whaling fleet, while strong protests are lodged by environmental groups, many marine biologists, and officials from the United States, Australia and other countries. But this year those complaints have intensified, largely because Japan has added a new animal to its planned harvest of more than 1,400 whales from seven species — the humpback, Megaptera novaeangliae.
New York Times Nov 25, 2007 Anti-Putin Protesters Arrested in Russia
QUOTE: Still, the Kremlin appears to be showing little tolerance for public displays of opposition to the president. In addition to the police crackdowns, government television networks have all but ignored Other Russia.
New York Times Nov 20, 2007 Genocide tribunal opens with alleged chief torturer
QUOTE: The tribunal was created to bring to trial the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge on charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the Communist movement's violent reign. The tribunal includes three Cambodian and two international jurists and is expected to continue until 2010.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 18, 2007 New Japanese Immigration Controls Worry Foreigners
QUOTE: But the measures, part of an immigration law enacted last year, have been criticized by civil rights groups and foreign residents’ associations as too sweeping and unnecessarily burdensome to foreigners.
New York Times Nov 13, 2007 Lawyer’s Long Fight for Democracy Puts Him in Familiar Place: Jail
QUOTE: On Saturday, as President Bush both pushed Pakistan’s current leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to lift his de facto martial law, and praised him as a friend of the United States, Mr. Ahsan was ending his first week in a solitary cell, this time for leading the lawyers’ movement that has become the symbol of resistance against the Musharraf government.
New York Times Nov 11, 2007 Musharraf Gives No Date for End to Rule
QUOTE: Musharraf repeatedly stated he had not violated the Constitution, which he abolished Nov. 3 and replaced with a provisional constitutional order drawn up by his aides. At one point he said, ''I had to take a drastic measure to save the democratic process.'
New York Times Nov 07, 2007 Georgian President Declares State of Emergency
QUOTE: While the police sweeps cleared the streets at least temporarily, they underlined the intensity of the challenge to the government and reputation of Mr. Saakashvili, who rose to power with peaceful protests in 2003 and has cast himself as a darling of Washington and the most democratic ruler in the Caucasus.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 Protector of Chinese Lake Loses Appeal
QUOTE: The case showed how the Chinese authorities had tightened controls on outspoken, grass-roots environmental leaders even as they vow to do more to reduce pollution.
New York Times Nov 04, 2007 Pakistani PM: State of emergency to last 'as long as necessary'
QUOTE: Meanwhile, up to 500 people had been arrested so far in a roundup of judges, lawyers and political activists, Aziz said. About 1,500 are on a list of people to be arrested, according to police sources and witnesses.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 03, 2007 As Japan Ages, Prisons Adapt to Going Gray
QUOTE: With one of the world’s most rapidly aging societies, Japan is confronting a sharp increase in the number of older criminals and prisoners. Japanese 65 and over now make up the fastest-growing group of criminals.
New York Times Oct 31, 2007 Chinese Chemicals Flow Unchecked to Market
QUOTE: Because the chemical companies are not required to meet even minimal drug-manufacturing standards, there is little to stop them from exporting unapproved, adulterated or counterfeit ingredients. The substandard formulations made from those ingredients often end up in pharmacies in developing countries and for sale on the Internet, where more Americans are turning for cheap medicine.
New York Times Oct 31, 2007 Report Says Army Buys Boy Soldiers in Myanmar
QUOTE: Add to the many hardships in Myanmar today one more danger: being a boy. According to a report to be released Wednesday, the military, struggling to meet recruiting quotas, is buying, kidnapping and terrorizing boys as young as 10 to fill its ranks.
New York Times Oct 24, 2007 Russia Deliberately Delaying the Arrival of Election Observers, Critics Say
QUOTE: Russia has increasingly complained that the OSCE, which has criticized the conduct of numerous elections in former Soviet states, is a vehicle for the West to undermine Russia and its allies. The Kremlin routinely organizes parallel election-monitoring missions to those states; the missions invariably endorse votes that Western observers have condemned as neither free nor fair.
Washington Post Oct 24, 2007 Citizens Wait, Worry in Junta's Climate of Fear
QUOTE: Those active in Burmese politics say the arrests have succeeded in capturing many key organizers of the protests while injecting new fear into people who have lived for more than 40 years under a military dictatorship known for its brutality.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2007 Red river brings cancer, Chinese villagers say
QUOTE: Residents of Liangqiao say their river is polluted because of the iron-ore mine about 35 miles away, which is run by a nationally owned company. Mining for iron-ore exposes naturally occurring heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium, which are both carcinogens. Without proper water treatment facilities, water contaminated with high levels of these metals is hazardous and can possibly cause cancer.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 18, 2007 A Chinese village takes a stand against graft: Locals in the village of Xiantang have occupied their village hall for the past 14 weeks to protest what they say is official graft.
QUOTE: The occupiers are not armed insurrectionists. They are mostly old people who complain that the village committee, led by the local secretary of the Communist Party, took over the land they had farmed, leased or sold it to developers, and kept the money for themselves.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 10, 2007 For China's Censors, Electronic Offenders Are the New Frontier
QUOTE: The Public Security Ministry, which monitors the Internet under guidance from the Central Propaganda Department, has recruited an estimated 30,000 people to snoop on electronic communications. The ministry recently introduced two cartoon characters -- a male and female in police uniforms -- that it said would pop up on computer screens occasionally to remind people that their activity is being tracked.
Washington Post Aug 22, 2007 U.S. Group Accuses Chinese Toy Factories of Labor Abuses
QUOTE: [China Labor Watch] released a report on Tuesday detailing what it called brutal conditions and illegal practices in Chinese toy factories, many of which supply some of the world’s biggest brand-name toy makers, including Walt Disney and Hasbro.
New York Times Aug 21, 2007 Can the Paralympic games give China's disabled a boost? China hopes next year's Paralympics will improve conditions for disabled people.
QUOTE: [While] The Paralympics offer China an equal, if not a greater, chance of national sporting glory… The government is also holding out the prospect of improved access to public facilities for Beijing's large – but mostly invisible – physically disabled population.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 17, 2007 Chinese Media Told to Play Up Positives of Traffic Test
QUOTE: The order... reflected the party's abiding determination to decide what information reaches the Chinese people...
Washington Post Aug 14, 2007 Whistle-blower in China faces prison: Wu Lihong, a Chinese environmental activist, was sentenced Friday to three years in jail.
QUOTE: The treatment of Wu and other whistle-blowers who expose cases of environmental or public-health failings illuminate the Chinese political system's deep aversion to bearers of bad news.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 07, 2007 One Year Out From Olympics, A Test of Openness in Beijing
QUOTE: international human rights groups have accused the government here of reneging on promises of press freedom and other rights that it made to gain the International Olympic Committee's approval to host the Games.
Washington Post Aug 02, 2007 Cambodia's first step toward justice for Khmer Rouge: Kaing Guek Eav, who led the Khmer Rouge's notorious S-21 prison, was indicted Tuesday.
QUOTE: For Cambodians, Duch's journey to the international criminal court represents the culmination of a decades-long wait for justice… [even though] many still worry that the justice handed down will be too late and too narrow to permeate the cover of impunity and secrecy that surrounds Cambodia's Khmer Rouge past.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 01, 2007 China's Local Censors Muffle an Explosion: Media Forbidden To Probe Deaths At Popular Bar
QUOTE: Unfavorable news… is routinely suppressed by multiple layers of [Communist] party propaganda officials in towns, counties, cities and provinces. As a result... the majority of China's 1.3 billion inhabitants -- have grown used to living largely in ignorance of what goes on around them,
Washington Post Jul 10, 2007 Bomb Scare: Japan's dangerous victimization myth.
QUOTE: Engrained in Japan's political culture is the notion that in 1945 the country was a victim rather than an aggressor .... But presenting the atomic-bomb decision as an act of gratuitous destructiveness misrepresents history.
New Republic, The (TNR) Jul 09, 2007 Persistent Censorship In China Produces Art of Compromise
QUOTE: Yan's little compromise illustrates one of the most tragic aspects of the Communist Party censorship that is imposed on journalism and art in China. In many ways, the country's 1.3 billion people are being deprived of the full bloom of their culture...
Washington Post Jul 09, 2007 China's Diplomatic Gain Is Taiwan's Loss
QUOTE: The news came as a shock to many Taiwanese. After 63 years as a faithful ally of this self-ruled island, Costa Rica was switching diplomatic relations to mainland China, acknowledging that money was the big lure.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2007 China Reportedly Urged Omitting Pollution-Death Estimates
QUOTE: Chinese government officials pressed the World Bank into removing estimates of the number of premature deaths linked to pollution in China from a bank report...
New York Times Jul 05, 2007 China Finds Poor Quality in Its Store Shelves
QUOTE: [While] The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the survey… showed quality and safety improvements compared with conditions in the period a year earlier...the announcement also suggested that Chinese consumers are at serious risk of being harmed by purchasing tainted foods, substandard goods and suspect or defective equipment.
New York Times Jul 04, 2007 China Tightens Restrictions on Transplants: New Rules Aim to Curb Sale of Organs, Give Priority to Chinese Over Foreigners
QUOTE: The Chinese government imposed new restrictions on organ transplants for foreigners Tuesday, part of an effort to curtail widely reported abuses...
Washington Post Jun 11, 2007 Sri Lanka Human Rights Panel Is Criticized
QUOTE: An international panel appointed by the government of Sri Lanka has issued a stark indictment of a presidential commission impaneled to investigate serious human rights violations, saying that its activities so far “do not satisfy international norms and standards.”
New York Times Jun 07, 2007 Offshore firm to pay $2.4M to settle H-1B wage case: Patni Computer Systems blamed an 'accounting error'
QUOTE: Labor officials said that Patni failed to pay the prevailing wages due the employees between January 2004 and December 2005. The law requires H-1B employers to pay wages similar to what a U.S. worker would receive for the same kind of work.
Computerworld Jun 07, 2007 Coke Faces New Charges in India, Including ‘Greenwashing’
QUOTE: The Coca-Cola company has been charged with illegally seizing lands communally owned by small farmers and indiscriminately dumping sludge and other industrial hazardous waste onto the surrounding community. This comes as the multinational beverage giant announced a new effort Tuesday to protect rivers on four continents. .... The charges are based on the results of a fact-finding mission led by [the San Francisco-based India Resource Center] to a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the region.
Oneworld South Asia Apr 20, 2007 N. Korea Holds Off On Reactor Pledge: Macau Bank Transfer Still in Dispute
QUOTE: Despite assurances from U.S. and Macau officials, North Korea said Friday it is still negotiating over possession of $25 million in North Korean accounts frozen by Macau banking authorities for 21 months.
Washington Post Apr 19, 2007 Advocates Sue Yahoo In Chinese Torture Case
QUOTE: A human rights group sued Yahoo on Wednesday, accusing the Internet giant of abetting the torture of pro-democracy writers by releasing data that allowed China's government to identify them.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2007 Dow secretly pressurising Indian govt, says Amnesty
QUOTE: Alleging that Dow Chemicals is secretly pressurising Indian government to help rid the company of its legal liabilities related to Bhopal gas disaster, Amnesty International has sought inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into, what it calls, failure of the company to disclose to the shareholders the information about its liabilities regarding the disaster.
Apr 10, 2007 China Dissident Says Confession Was Forced
QUOTE: ...a lengthy confession letter released to the public by the authorities after his conviction, while genuine, had come only after he had been subjected to torture. He said his interrogators repeatedly threatened to punish his wife and children unless he admitted the crimes they said he had committed.
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