5 February 2013

Stories from 5 February 2013

“Christian” Zambia: Blessing or Curse?

  5 February 2013

Mr. Ndhlovu explains the purpose of his book in the last pages. He states that he was motivated to write this book because pastors and politicians who had been abusing the Christian faith to advance their personal agendas had disillusioned him. Munshya wa Munshya reviews Gershom Ndhlovu's new book titled...

Future of Media Censorship in China

  5 February 2013

At ChinaFile, former Southern Weekend editor Chang Ping talks about the Southern Weekend incident from an insider's perspective, including its effect on the prospects for media freedom in China.

U.S. President Barack Obama Supports Immigration Reform

  5 February 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama supported a bipartisan proposal developed by eight senators to overhaul immigration by strengthening border security, verifying the legal status of workers, and allowing university students to continue their university studies. Netizens react.

Escaping Russia's “Vulgar, Primitive” Secularism

RuNet Echo  5 February 2013

Vladimir Putin has given another speech in defense of Russian Orthodox values, this time calling on the Church to study the lessons of the twentieth century. "We must avoid a vulgar, primitive understanding of secularism," he told the Bishops' Council, a massive gathering of Orthodox clergy. Putin's comments are hard to divorce from several conservative legislative efforts in the last year.

Historic ‘Tanka’ Poem Rises from Japan's Nuclear Ashes

  5 February 2013

Drawing from contemporary issues, a Japanese blogger writes an adaptation of a famous piece of tanka - a genre of Japanese poetry - originally published in 1957 by an avant-garde Japanese artist, Shuji Terayama. What will you hear in this piece which has been re-created more than half a century after its original?

Somyot Case Ignites Lese Majeste Debate in Thailand

  5 February 2013

Activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was found guilty by the Bangkok Criminal Court of violating the Lese Majeste (anti-royal insult) law. As editor of the Voice of Taksin magazine, Somyot was slapped with a 10-year jail sentence for publishing articles that ‘insulted’ the monarchy. Somyot's case ignited debate on whether it's time for Thailand to reform the controversial law

Anti-Japan Education in China

  5 February 2013

Cecilia Miao translated a netizen story about the encounter of a Japanese and Chinese children in her family and reflect upon how the nationalistic education has affected the Chinese children in everyday interaction.

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