No More Chinese Communist Party

February 28, 2010

Beaten to within an inch of his life, Ai Weiwei is still defiant.

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An artist’s struggle for justice in China

When you walk in to Ai Weiwei’s studio in Beijing’s Chuangyi art district, your eye is immediately drawn to the rows of A4 paper that make up a large rectangle on one wall. Each of these sheets of paper bears a set of names. There are 5,250 in total. They are the children who perished in the Sichuan earthquake two years ago.

He attracts so much attention from people with grievances and complaints that you wonder how long his constant barrage of criticism will be tolerated. Other outspoken critics such as Hu Jia and Liu Xiaobo are already in jail.

“I’ve been doing too much, I realise this. It’s a pity I’ve become this figure. Every time I say I shouldn’t do so much because I’m putting myself in an awkward position but life’s not like that. I’m not scared to be in jail, I’d just have to deal with it,” he said.


China insider sees revolution brewing!

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SMH, BEIJING: China’s top expert on social unrest has warned that hardline security policies are taking the country to the brink of ”revolutionary turmoil”.

In contrast with the powerful, assertive and united China that is being projected to the outside world, Yu Jianrong said his prediction of looming internal disaster reflected on-the-ground surveys and also the views of Chinese government ministers.

Deepening social fractures were caused by the Communist Party’s obsession with preserving its monopoly on power through ”state violence” and ”ideology”, rather than justice, Professor Yu said.

Some lawyers, economists and religious and civil society leaders have expressed similar views but it is unusual for someone with Professor Yu’s official standing to make such direct and detailed criticisms of core Communist Party policies.

The latest edition of the newspaper Southern Weekend broke a two-decade taboo by publishing a photo of a youthful Mr Hu with his early mentor, former party chief Hu Yaobang, who was purged in 1987 for his liberal and reformist leanings. But Chinese internet search results for the names of both leaders were yesterday blocked for ”non-compliance with relevant laws”.

”Corrupt officials have such a high and urgent interest in controlling the media and especially the internet,” he said. ”The more they feel that their days are numbered due to the internet and free information, the more ferocious and corrupt they become, in a really vicious circle leading to final collapse.”

February 22, 2010

Yes, they are independant of the communist regime, oh, except for that small detail of having to deny your religious beliefs and having to support the communist party

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‘Independence’, at a price

Nottingham has been keen to emphasise this freedom, describing Ningbo as the “first and only Western university to operate independently from the Chinese Government”.

Yet on closer examination, it is clear that it has had to make significant concessions to the cultural and political parameters within which it is operating.

For example, the university is responsible for enforcing laws forbidding the dissemination of anti-government material.

According to the campus’ website, Lu Junsheng, deputy party secretary of the local Chinese Communist Party Committee branch, is in charge of “the political and ideological education of the students”.

Yes, it’s perfect, the only drawbacks being that you have to give up your faith and cut off your balls at the door, no big deal.

In America, there are thousands of communist fronts wherever you find Chinese people. The Chinese media is almost all in line with the communist party in China. The are of the party extends deeply to all corners of the world.

When you agree to support the communist party, it is not a matter of politics and economy, no it is the matter of hooooorendous crimes against humanity, human rights and very basic freedom, so I don’t see any excuse for moral relativism, saying that we should respect those things, for any reason.

There should be no institution that has the right to tell you not to practice religion, since that is a matter of inner self esteem and many people’s’ fundamental reason to live.

Let’s just call it what it is, you can stay in China, but you have to be a communist party supporter, it’s plain and simple. You can do what you like, as long as you don’t have morals or belief in morals.

Nottingham and Liverpool, come train to be a genius empty shell.

RFA: New Year Letter Slams Party

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Chinese activists want colleagues released during the Year of the Tiger.

“The government has made little effort to change in the past year,” wrote the Sichuan and Chongqing-based activists in an open letter to China’s leaders released online during the Lunar New Year holiday.

“It continues to use oppressive measures against justice in order to protect its dictatorship,” the activists wrote, in particular with regard to the 11-year jail term handed to Liu Xiaobo, who helped draft Charter 08, a document calling for sweeping political change in China.

February 15, 2010

“Communist Party sustained crackdowns on dissent driven by fear”

I find this article, regarding the Chinese communist fear of rights and freedoms, to be relatively deep and reflective.

AFP: When China won the right to stage the Olympic Games, it promised the event would bring significant human rights improvements.

But since Beijing hosted the world in August 2008, the ruling Communist Party has launched a sustained crackdown on dissent which experts say is driven by fear of social unrest and growing concern about the power of the Internet.

Even in largely autonomous Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists have felt a cold wind blowing from Beijing.

“This greater harshness reflects that it is becoming more and more difficult for the party to rein in civil society,” said Nicholas Bequelin, a senior researcher in the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

This past week alone, authorities upheld an 11-year prison term for leading dissident Liu Xiaobo and jailed quake activist Tan Zuoren for five years.

The government has also moved to dampen the power of the more than 380 million people using the Internet. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have been blocked, while Google has threatened to leave China after the Gmail accounts of dissidents were hacked.

“The authorities are really quite scared by things like the Twitter revolution in Iran and also the Charter 08 movement” spearheaded by Liu, said Lam, who teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

February 14, 2010

Top Lawyer in China is an Enormous Threat to the Regime.

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This lawyer is no joke. This Washington Post article outlines how Mr. Gao has been missing for one year and how the communist party officials are treating it, and him. It is very frustrating, but, important to know.

I have read Mr. Gao’s book, ‘A China More Just’, and you can see that he is not a cynical, fearful man willing to do what he has to do to stay in business and avoid trouble. He is a man who clearly sees right from wrong and is not willing to simply stay out of danger like the other lawyers in China who know the fate of a person who dares to say what’s true and right in China.  It is that sense of innocence and justice that the party is afraid of, and they are treating him as a highly threatening element to their system of oppression.  At this time, if Gao is alive, I can only assume that they are working on making him into the kind of person who is willing to compromise on principles, through torture.  They are hoping he will come out of the chambers singing the praises of the party and thanking them for setting him right.  Or, they will kill him, I am very sorry to say. He is brilliant.

Will Google Make a Difference?

I think in saying what they have said and showing that they have some moral character, has already made a difference.

The University Daily Kansan: “Is it more morally responsible for Google to stop censoring search results for the Chinese government, even if that results in them having to close up shop in China, or to continue providing internet services to the Chinese people?

On the pro side, Google can claim (or reclaim) the moral high ground in standing up against censorship and for the free flow of information. The Chinese government has long used the internet as a weapon to silence dissent and control their populace, by limiting just what they have access to do, and then doing things like hacking the email accounts of dissidents. The publicity machine that Google can bring to bear on this issue might force some of the uglier Chinese practices regarding the internet out into the light and show the Chinese people maybe a little bit of what they’ve been missing. I mean, without Youtube, how could they live without Keyboard Cat?”

Well, any company, even English teachers, and especially something like Google, needs to sign contracts outlining the self-censorship. I know Bjork and others who said things during a concert etc. are no longer allowed into China.  I heard that Sharon Stone movies are taken off the shelves in China since she said that the earthquake there was bad karma. So the Communist party uses restriction of access as a guarantee of keeping information repressed. Yahoo was “forced” to divulge info that got a NY Times reporter convicted for spreading information according to so called “Chinese law”. They had to do that. Chinese law is a joke of course and is only in place to keep people oppressed by the party, but to really change things, I think people need to challenge things on a higher level.

So I am just saying, that going up for matters of morality and justice in that kind of environment, you need to know what kind of thing you’re getting into.  Maybe what they should have done, was to at least do something great and be kicked out of China, but if they did any great things, wouldn’t they have to deal with the messy topic of breaking the  so called “Chinese laws” that their contracts stipulate?  All in all, they are doing better than the vast majority of companies.

February 13, 2010

Wife appeals for Chinese rights defender

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AFP: ” The wife of one of China’s best-known rights advocates says she is unable to sleep fearing for his safety one year after he vanished, as US lawmakers nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer, took on some of China’s most controversial causes by defending coal miners, underground Christians, the banned Falungong spiritual movement and ordinary people seeking redress from the government.

Human rights groups say that security personnel snatched him from his home village on February 4 last year and

Lawyer Gao with his wife and two children

that he has not been heard from since.

His wife, Geng He, and their two children staged a daring escape out of China last year to Thailand, from where they were granted asylum in the United States.

Geng said she was haunted by memories of what happened to Gao in the past. In a previous 50-day detention after he wrote a letter to the US Congress, Gao said that guards inflicted him with electric shock, burned his eyes with cigarettes and stuck toothpicks in his genitals.

“Since 2005 my husband was kidnapped six or seven times and every time he would tell me of the torture that he experienced,” Geng told AFP.

“These past few weeks, I can’t sleep until 3 am every night. My heart aches because I recall every single detail,” she said.

“Really, sometimes I feel that it might be better if he were dead than alive. But I am hoping and I am ready to trade my own life for his so that the family can go on,” she said.

She voiced hope that appeals from the United States and other foreign nations would help her husband.

“Unless there is international pressure, I fear that in the future there may be no more lawyers in China who will take up these cases,” she said.

In Beijing earlier Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu refused to answer questions by foreign reporters on Gao’s whereabouts. Last week Ma said, “I guess that he should be where he should be.”

“Though Chen, Gao and Liu are three of the most outstanding Chinese human rights defenders,” they wrote, “few governments or inter-governmental organizations have the courage to brave the Chinese government’s displeasure and honor them.”

China has been increasingly defiant in the face of international pressure on its human rights record. It released no dissidents before Obama’s visit to Beijing in November, moving away from a tradition of goodwill gestures for visits by US leaders.

China’s Crackdown on Dissidents Continues

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TIME: “When a string of Chinese dissidents were arrested or detained last year, the cause was often attributed to the large number of sensitive anniversaries that fell on the 2009 calendar. The first anniversary of the rio

Missing rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng

ts in Tibet, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic all contributed to a defensive official outlook and a cold climate for civil rights in China. But that bleak trend also offered the hope that in the coming year, with a calendar relatively free of delicate periods, China’s grip on free speech and dissent might relax.

So far that hasn’t happened. The Chinese government has cracked down on activists just as aggressively during the first few weeks of 2010 as it did last year.”
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