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Tiananmen Square, 1989: China’s uprising

02 June 2009
The image of a single defiant protester halting a convoy of tanks captured the imagination of millions of people around the world 20 years ago. This lone man facing down the immense power of the army has come to represent the Tiananmen Square uprising of June 1989. It shook China’s rulers to the core.

China Miéville interview: a tale of two cities

12 May 2009
‘The setting of the two cities is one I’d been thinking about for years. I was thinking about a romance or a short story, but then I thought it would work as a crime novel. I’ve always been interested in crime fiction but it isn’t necessarily my home territory.

The Great Game: Afghanistan

28 April 2009
This festival explores the culture and history of Afghanistan, which has been the victim of the machinations of the great powers for almost 200 years.

Quotes from the week's news

17 March 2009
‘We have lent a huge amount of money to the United States. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.’Chinese premier Wen Jiabao

The Chinese economy is trapped by a global slump

24 February 2009
The number of unemployed workers across Asia is set to soar to a staggering 97 million this year, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

China: empty bowls and unemployment

24 February 2009
The global recession has had a huge impact on working class people in China. Since the earthquake in Sichuan province in May last year, over 600,000 migrant workers have left their jobs and returned home from other parts of the country to see their families.

Map of China showing Sichuan

24 February 2009

Trouble in China

02 December 2008
The dramatic fall in the US economy came as official unemployment rates in China were set to rise to 4.5 percent – the highest in a decade.

A bloody struggle to keep Kashmir partitioned

02 December 2008
The Himalayan valley of Kashmir, which sits on the most northerly border of India and Pakistan, has been a repeated source of tension and war between China, India and Pakistan. But the wishes of those who live there have rarely been considered by those who have fought over it.

Shockwaves of the crisis of capitalism spread round the world

25 November 2008
The global ruling class is caught in the grip of panic and confusion. Until only recently there were hopes that the world’s newly emerging economies – such as China and others that had undergone rapid growth – could offer a way out.

Recession creates trouble for China

21 October 2008
Events in the Chinese economy and decisions by the Chinese government will have major consequences for how the global recession develops.

Shockwave hits China and Japan

30 September 2008
The epicentre of the economic earthquake might lie in the US, but its echoes are being felt around the world.


26 August 2008

Buying Olympic gold medals

19 August 2008
The bosses’ Financial Times newspaper is very clear that "Team GB’s" success in the Chinese Olympics shows "you can, literally, buy gold metals". Britain’s Chinese haul of medals has come in what the paper terms "elite sports".

Olympian hoo-hah over China power

12 August 2008
I find the Olympics irritating at the best of times. Two weeks of corporate-sponsored flag-waving in honour of a bunch of muscle-bound dullards is not my cup of tea.


12 August 2008
The West, China and hypocrisy It really does irk how Western governments are acting in a superior manner over China’s human rights abuses. It sounds like something from our colonial past – the moral West versus the uncivilised East.

Sport’s race to the bottom

05 August 2008
This week the Olympic games open in Beijing in China. They will be the highlight of yet another much hyped "summer of sport" we are encouraged to watch and enjoy.

Olympics: Repression behind corporate festival

29 July 2008
In the final weeks before the Olympic games begin in Beijing, the Chinese state has cracked down on "undesirables" – human rights activists, migrant workers from western China and the city’s poor.

What is exploitation?

16 July 2008
The term "exploitation" typically conjures up images of horrendous working conditions, perhaps sweatshops in China or India, or the child labour used by Western clothes manufacturers. We think of people working long hours for little pay in terrible conditions ruthlessly bullied by unscrupulous bosses or gangmasters.

Chinese Whispers: Exposing the exploitation of migrant workers

06 May 2008
John Pilger recently edited a book of articles by investigative journalists including Martha Gellhorn, Robert Fisk, Seymour Hersh and Paul Foot, written over recent decades.

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