The Choice between Human Rights and Security in Xinjiang

Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Among many observers of China over the past few decades, it has been hoped that China’s ongoing economic liberalization would bring a blossoming of political freedoms. Unfortunately, such an outcome has failed to materialize. For all of its economic and diplomatic ascensions into the group of developed countries, China remains plagued by […]

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Same Song, Different Verse: The Latest Blow Against Human Rights in Myanmar

Author:  Ashby Henningsen, UMBC ________________________________________________________________________________________ Within the Rakhine state in Myanmar, one of the most beleaguered groups of people in the world continues to face ethnic oppression and brutality. For decades, the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, have struggled to attain equality under from the law in a country that has overtly acted to […]

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“Christ, the Chinese even invented Golf”

Author: Katelyn Shiring, Goucher College _____________________________________________________________________________________________ China confronts the Western nations with an enormous problem: we do not understand it. British scholar Martin Jacques made a prediction in 2009 that the Chinese economy will be equal with the United States’ economy by 2025, and surpass it by 2050, in terms of unadjusted GDP. Earlier this […]

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Macau: The Other Special Administrative Region

Author: William Anderson, Johns Hopkins  ______________________________________________________________ The recent protests in Hong Kong have set off a wave of inquiry into how China administers the Special Administrative Region (SAR) and if true democracy ever will take root. Despite the fact that a significant and vocal pro-democracy movement has existed in Hong Kong since before the handover […]

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Hong Kong: A Region and its Struggle for Democracy

Author: Lauren Meyer, Loyola University _______________________________________________________________ The images are astounding: throngs of people, tens of thousands of citizens, lined up throughout the streets rallying for their voice to be heard. Violence has not ensued; rather demonstrations are taking place in the form of a civil disobedience movement, as protestors remain restrained, though confronted with tear […]

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Finally, Democracy in Fiji: A Window for the United States and its Allies

Author: Abigail Sia, Johns Hopkins _______________________________________________________________ On September 17, 2014, the number of remaining military dictatorships in the Asia-Pacific region decreased from three to two. North Korea and Thailand still remain under military regimes, and the country that successfully shed its military dictatorship is, perhaps surprisingly, a tiny Pacific island nation – Fiji. Yet this […]

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Satellite Detectives in North Korea: The Role of the Citizen-Spy in the Age of the Internet

Author: William Harris, Goucher College 9/29/14 ______________________________________________________________ From a distance, the city is beautiful. Thanks to Google Maps, anyone with an internet connection can look up the city of Hamhŭng, North Korea, and see its gently rolling green hills. If you zoom in close enough, however, you may notice a number of small mounds, expanding […]

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The Gigantic Corporate Tug of War

Author: Katelyn Shiring, Goucher College 9/29/14 ______________________________________________________________ American Internet giants such as Facebook, Google, or eBay do not hold the record for the highest-earning IPO in US history, as one might think. Instead, it belongs to the Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, which had its official IPO on the New York Stock Exchange on September 19, […]

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