'No Decision' Made Yet on Cambodia Loans: World Bank
Cambodian press reports had said loans would resume in December.

Hong Kong Students Call For Direct Talks With Beijing Officials on Democracy
Occupy Central supporters say the government's offers aren't concrete and that protests will continue.

Vietnam blogger jailed for posts about China deported to US
Nguyen Van Hai, known online as Dieu Cay, freed from prison after being jailed in 2012 for ‘anti-state propaganda’ By Kate Hodal in Phnom Penh Freed Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Van Hai arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.  One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents has been released from prison and deported to the US, where he has promised to fight to return to his home country. Blogger Nguyen Van Hai , 62, known online as Dieu Cay , was jailed in 2012 for 12 years for dissemin...

Freed Vietnamese Dissident Arrives in US, Vows to Continue Fight
Nguyen Van Hai says he will work from abroad to free jailed dissident writers in Vietnam.

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy
By MICHAEL FORSYTHE and ALAN WONG Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong watched a live broadcast of a debate between leaders of their movement and city officials.  HONG KONG — After weeks of protests that have shaken this financial hub of 7.2 million people, residents thought they had seen it all.  Then, on Tuesday night, something even more extraordinary happened, on live television: a polite debate between earnest students wearing black “Freedom Now” T-shirts and top Hong Kong lead...

Kenny G Stirs Controversy With Visit to Hong Kong Protest
By DAN LEVIN  Suivre Kenny G Compte certifié ‏ @ officialkennyg in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation Répondre Retweeter Favori Plus RETWEETS 646 FAVORIS 392 . 01:15 - 22 oct. 2014 BEIJING — It seemed innocuous enough on the surface: The smooth-jazz musician Kenny G paid a surprise visit to a  Hong Kong protest site on Wednesday, posing for photos with residents who are demanding the right to free electio...

China’s Great Leap Backward
By Xia Yeliang WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders are meeting in Beijing for a plenary session centered on one topic: the rule of law.  Yet, in recent days, several groups on WeChat (a popular Chinese social network) have described the arrests of nearly 50 Chinese activists who support the protests in Hong Kong.  Others have reported on an official order to ban the publication or sale of books by authors who support the Hong Kong protests, human-rights...

Estimated 2,400 Executions Last Year Put China Far Off Peak
By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW  Jiang Jiatin, accused of leading a criminal gang, listened as he was sentenced to death in a court in Kunming, Yunnan Province, in 2009. The Chinese government regards how many people it puts to death each year a state secret, making it difficult to gain an exact understanding of the scale of capital punishment in a country long thought to execute more people than the rest of the world combined. But according to estimates by the San Francisco-based human rights gr...

Urinary Bladder with Chinese Characteristics
Tempest Over a Chamber Pot as Taiwan Scrutinizes Chinese Tourists’ Manners By AUSTIN RAMZY  A Taiwanese television story on the incident reported at the Din Tai Fung restaurant in the Taipei 101 skyscraper. Reports of Chinese tourists letting their toddlers urinate in public in Taipei have set off fresh debate about the manners of mainland visitors and whether they’re being unfairly stigmatized. Parents allowing their children to relieve themselves over trash cans, pieces of paper or som...

Chinese government hackers target Apple's iCloud users
BY JIM FINKLE, GERRY SHIH AND BEN BLANCHARD Apple CEO Tim Cook looks at a new IMac after a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014. Apple Inc's iCloud storage service in China  was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the campaign. Using what is called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, the hackers interposed their own website between ...

Apple’s iCloud Storage Service Is Aim of Attack by China
The attacks are hosted from iCloud China's servers to which only the Chinese government and state-run telecommunications companies have access.  By PAUL MOZUR, NICOLE PERLROTH and BRIAN X. CHEN A woman setting up her new iPhone 6 last week in Beijing. IPhone 6 users are thought to be the target of the attack. HONG KONG — For Apple in China , trouble seems to be the new normal. Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said on Monday that people trying to use Apple ’s online da...

Two Cambodian Reporters Charged With Extorting Villagers
Their newspaper publishers say they were investigating illegal logging.

Women Bear The Brunt of Abuse in China's 'Black Jails': Report
Report calls on the international community to put pressure on Beijing to release all detainees and pursue those responsible.

North Korea Frees One of Three Detained U.S. Citizens
The Swedish government through its embassy in Pyongyang helps obtain his release.

Clashes in Myanmar's Shan State Leave Two Government Soldiers Dead
Fighting between Ta’ang rebels and government forces ensues in Namsang township.

No Breakthrough in Dialogue Between Hong Kong Government, Students
Protesters remain in occupation at Central and Mong Kok sites, as officials extend an olive branch to student leaders.

Hong Kong's Dampened Umbrella Revolution Shows Beijing's Creative Limits
The wishful thinking that China can conquer Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue, Japan and European tech hubs without freedom of speech and press amounts to Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward in 1958, a dream of industrial progress that fell flat. By Paul Glader After studying China’s attempt to move beyond manufacturing and into the lucrative creative industries of technology, advertising and culture last May, I returned to the US, logged into my IRA and sold all my shares in a China-focus...

Jailed Prominent Vietnamese Blogger Dieu Cay Freed, on Way to US
He has been in jail for more than six years.

Chinese eating exotic pangolin into extinction
For middle-class Chinese, consuming black-market pangolins is now considered a sign of wealth and status By Sebastian Strangio MONG LA, Myanmar — "It's delicious," the Chinese waitress says, pointing at the three metal cages on the pavement. Inside each is a pangolin — an odd-looking creature that, over the past decade, has become the most heavily trafficked wild mammal in the world, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). At the moment, each pangolin resembles...

Is Hong Kong China's Future?
By William Pesek Hopes that Hong Kong would one day transform China in its own image now seem foolish and futile. Beijing appears intent on making the former British colony look more like the mainland -- with a closed political system dominated by the Communist Party.  For Xi Jinping , however, the future may look a lot more like Hong Kong's present than he'd like to admit. Mainland leaders have downplayed hopes of any concessions in talks between student leaders and government officials...

The Hong Kong Protests Are Creating a More Ethnically Unified City
Many members of Hong Kong's non-Chinese community have been swept up in the Umbrella Revolution By Rishi Iyengar / Hong Kong Members from Hong Kong's South Asian community take part in a protest for democracy on October 9, 2014 in the Central district of Hong Kong. Jeffrey Andrews , a 29-year-old social worker of Indian origin, got a call from a Pakistani friend on the night of Sept. 28, when thousands of Hong Kong people, many of them students, had begun to occupy the streets to demand ...

New Film Examines ‘Injustices’ Endured by Guantanamo Uyghurs
The documentary is about the detention of 22 Uyghurs in the controversial facility for more than a decade.

Chinese state attacks Apple's iCloud
Apple’s cloud service facing a ‘man in the middle’ attack in China, with the state implicated By Alex Hern A Chinese man talking on his smartphone walks into an Apple store in Beijing. iCloud users in China are the target of a “man in the middle” attack run by the Chinese state on connections passing into and out of the country, surveillance experts say. The attack on the storage service began on Monday, the same day the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in China for the first time. ...

China is hacking every iPhone user in the country
The scale of the data breach is immense By Heather Timmons Apple users in Beijing pick up their new iPhone 6's.  Chinese authorities just launched “a malicious attack on Apple” that could capture user names and passwords of anyone who logs into the iCloud from anywhere in the country, the well-respected censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports .  With that information, a hacker can view users contacts, photos, messages and personal information stored in the cloud. China has an esti...

NGOs Petition Malaysian Human Rights Body Over Laos Dam
Groups say the Don Sahong project will block migratory fish routes, putting the nutrition and livelihood of millions at risk.

'In The Ongoing Class Struggle, Just Who is Oppressing Whom?'
A former high-ranking official discusses a recent article by the head of a ruling Chinese Communist Party think-tank.

Farmers in North Korea Lose Faith in Crop-Distribution Policy
They say the government has broken its promise ensuring they keep almost one-third of the grain they produce.

Hong Kong High Court Orders Mong Kok Protesters to Leave
Student groups say those who remain risk being held in contempt of court, and it is up to individuals to decide what to do.

China Sets Limits on Local Government Debt Ahead of Year-End Deadlines
Beijing tries to curb backdoor finance schemes through arm's-length corporations.

In Hong Kong and Prague, Notes of Support and Windows on Unrest
By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW  Sometimes art and protest travel across space, time and language , a journey that changes old messages as it creates new ones, like with two John Lennon walls: the original in Prague, the new one in Hong Kong. “To Hong Kong, From Prague, We Support You,” read the giant silver, spray-painted letters on the Lennon Wall in the Czech capital, on the far side of the world from Hong Kong and its movement, called Occupy Central, that erupted in late September.  Esta...

China and Vietnam to resume military ties
Lucy Hornby in Beijing China and Vietnam have agreed to resume military ties and curb their maritime dispute, according to Beijing’s official Xinhua News Agency. The two communist neighbours had been in a maritime face-off since July, when China placed an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. However, relations have reportedly been soothed this weekend by the visit to Beijing of a high-level Vietnamese military delegation. “We should make our troops well-behaved, and not make rem...

Hong Kong protests: CY Leung 'foreign link' claim denied
BBC News Pro-democracy activists have strongly denied Hong Kong leader CY Leung 's claim that "external forces" are involved in protests in the territory. Student activist Alex Chow said the leader's comments were "irresponsible", and said Mr Leung had not provided any evidence to support his claim. Pro-democracy demonstrations have paralysed parts of Hong Kong for the past three weeks. The protesters are calling for fully democratic elections in Hong Kong. They are angered by the Chinese gov...

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters
by FRANK LANGFITT Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned 3 weeks old on Saturday. What began as a roadblock has grown into an urban village, with several hundred tents that attract more than a thousand people at night. The camp is a combination street fair and outdoor art gallery, with political sculptures and posters as well as speeches, movie screenings — even a free library. The vibe at this pop-up protest colony is like an American college campus in the '60s — except it's on a...

Presumed Guilty in China’s War on Corruption, Targets Suffer Abuses
By ANDREW JACOBS and CHRIS BUCKLEY BEIJING — He was starved, pummeled and interrogated for days on end in an ice-cold room where sleeping, sitting or even leaning against a wall were forbidden.  One beating left Wang Guanglong , a midlevel official from China ’s Fujian Province, partly deaf, according to his later testimony.  Suicide, he told relatives and his lawyers afterward, tempted him. In the end, he said, he took a deal: He signed a confession acknowledging he had accepted $2...

China Bans The Term '50 Cents' To Stop Discussion Of An Orwellian Propaganda Program
250,000 to 300,000 belong to the "50 Cent party", a huge set of people hired by the government to post internet comments spinning the news in China's favor — people who are supposedly paid 50 cents of renminbi for every post. By Christina Sterbenz An army of paid trolls spins daily news online in China. The Chinese government doesn't just censor its internet.  It also pays people to leave fake comments that make the country and its communist regime look good. As detailed in " Blocked on ...

Commentary: ‘Democracy a bigger threat to China than ISIS or Ebola’ by Xi Jinping
  The following is an excerpt from a speech made to an emergency meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee regarding the current crisis in Hong Kong. By chinadailyshow Many of you were hoping to spend the next few weeks visiting your mistresses and estates in France. Instead, you have been dragged out of bed at four in the morning, for which I make no apologies. These are tough times, comrades. Not just for me, but for all eight of us. Once again, China faces a threat from one of its g...

Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids' libraries
Xi Jinping's massive repression campaign is beginning to encompass all forms of thought and expression, even moderate ones, not approved by the ruling party. By Peter Ford Picun, China — When she got off school last Thursday, Huang Qiufeng , the high spirited 12-year old daughter of migrant workers, dropped by the local library in this scruffy village on the outskirts of Beijing , as she does from time to time. She found it closed, replaced by a convenience store.  The brightly painted l...

China's Colonial War
22 Killed in Farmers' Market Attack in East Turkestan by Shohret Hoshur A map showing Kashgar prefecture's Maralbeshi county in East Turkestan Four ethnic minority Uyghur men armed with knives and explosives attacked a farmers' market in northwestern China's unrest-plagued East Turkestan this week, leaving 22 people dead, including police officers and the attackers themselves, according to police Saturday. The daring Oct. 12 raid on the majority Han Chinese Farmers Trading Center in Maralbesh...

New Clashes in Hong Kong After Activists Retake Streets
By MICHAEL FORSYTHE and ALAN WONG Protesters and barricades in the Mong Kok neighborhood on Saturday after further clashes with the police erupted overnight.  HONG KONG — The police clashed with hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the densely populated Mong Kok neighborhood early Sunday in the second straight day of violence after demonstrators recaptured blocks of city streets from the police. More than 100 police officers — many with shields, batons and helmets — faced off against ...

Vietnamese Businesses Urge Boycott on Low-End Chinese Products
By Trung Nguyen Vietnamese businesses have called for a boycott of low quality and unsafe Chinese products amid rising anti-China sentiment in the country. The campaign, led by Vu Tien Loc , President of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, encourages consumers to use Made-in-Vietnam goods as a way to show their national loyalty in the face of China’s assertive behavior in the South China Sea. However, Loc told VOA’s Vietnamese Service that he is not asking people to boycott all C...

Saying “No” To Better Serve Patients
Commentary: The retina allows physicians to look into the vascular and nervous systems of the body. These sometimes allow the physicians to make diagnosis of neuro-vascular diseases sooner.     From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Vietnamese Singer Viet Dzung Honored With Highway Naming
Commentary: It is a rare honor that a Vietnamese American get the streets to be named after. Viet Dzung, multi-talented entertainer of the Vietnamese diaspora, who suddenly passed away last year, was honored by the California State Legislature with the … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Promotion Ceremony of Brigadier General Viet Luong Celebrated By Vietnamese Community
This morning,  Colonel Viet Xuan Luong made history by becoming the first Vietnamese-born to get promoted to Brigadier General of the U.S. military, the world’s most powerful military. Not too long ago, Vietnamese military men’s competence and aptitude were usually questioned by … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

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UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights - GlobalPost
UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights GlobalPost 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) pledged to support Vietnam in ensuring and promoting human rights through the 2012-2016 UN One Plan, said UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta on Tuesday. Addressing the launching of the Universal Periodic  ...

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan - Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan Global Voices Online A UN group of human rights experts has found that the detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights defender Le Quoc Quan stands in violation of his right to freedom of expression and a fair trial. Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on  ...

Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam - Los Angeles Times
Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam Los Angeles Times As I tried to enter Vietnam from Cambodia, things were not looking good. I had encountered border troubles before. The Thai border guards didn't seem to know what to make of me and my bright yellow motorcycle. I spent six hours at the border trying to  ...

Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A - UPI.com
Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A UPI.com CAM TRUNG, Vietnam, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A population coordinator in a rural Vietnamese commune distributed beans to children he claimed to be vitamin A, health officials said. Parents brought their young children to a Cam Trung commune clubhouse Sunday  ...

Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital - CBS Local
Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital CBS Local CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago-area Vietnam veteran will get a $12 million medical malpractice settlement from the federal government. John Johnson was a Vietnam Veteran and heart patient. He went in for oral surgery at the Hines V.A. Hospital in 2007,  ...

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