Chinese Human Rights Activist Wang Aizhong Detained By Police

On May 28, human rights activist Wang Aizhong (王爱忠) was detained by police in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China. In the afternoon of Friday, Wang Aizhong reportedly received a phone call from someone who claimed that his car had been damaged. When Wang left his apartment to check on his car, he was… Continue reading Chinese Human Rights Activist Wang Aizhong Detained By Police

John Cena Kowtows to China’s Regime, Apologizes To Chinese Fans For Calling Taiwan A Country

American wrestling star and actor John Cena profusely apologized to Chinese fans on Tuesday (May 25) for calling Taiwan a country. On May 8, Cena had appeared in a promotional video for the release on Taiwan of the film "Fast & Furious 9". "Taiwan will be the first country to see 'Fast & Furious 9,"… Continue reading John Cena Kowtows to China’s Regime, Apologizes To Chinese Fans For Calling Taiwan A Country

The End of an Era – Taiwan Apple Daily News Print Edition Shuts Down

Taiwan Apple Daily head office (by Solomon203 via Wikimedia Commons) On 17 May 2021 the popular news outlet Apple Daily Taiwan shut down its print edition after 18 years. The company's management cited the pandemic as well as the global decline of print media due to the internet as the main reasons why the paper… Continue reading The End of an Era – Taiwan Apple Daily News Print Edition Shuts Down

Militarism in China’s Political System – The Emergence of Warlords in Late Imperial China and Its Influence on the Chinese Communist Party and the Guomindang

"Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,'" said Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong in a speech on November 6, 1938. "Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party." War, revolution and violence are themes… Continue reading Militarism in China’s Political System – The Emergence of Warlords in Late Imperial China and Its Influence on the Chinese Communist Party and the Guomindang

Lenin’s New Economic Policy and Deng Xiaoping’s Reform and Opening Up – Contradictions of Communist Theory and the Embrace of State-Led Markets

Poster of Deng Xiaoping in Lizhi Park (by そらみみ via Wikimedia Commons) When the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’ Party led by Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Russian government and established the world's first Communist dictatorship in 1917, the new regime's aim was to abolish capitalism. “Socialism means the abolition of classes,” declared Lenin… Continue reading Lenin’s New Economic Policy and Deng Xiaoping’s Reform and Opening Up – Contradictions of Communist Theory and the Embrace of State-Led Markets