Below is a scrapbook of links retrieved on 26 October 2014.
Writer Tie Liu 铁流 charged with creating a disturbance
The New York Times: Beijing Formally Charges Writer Who Published Memoirs of Victims of Mao Era
The police in Beijing have formally charged an 81-year-old writer, Tie Liu [real name Huang Zerong 黄泽荣], for privately publishing the testimony of aged or dead victims of Mao Zedong’s wrath and for writing scathing essays about Mao and present-day Communist Party leaders, Mr. Tie’s wife and his lawyer said on Thursday…
…“I had expected bad news,” Mr. Tie’s wife, Ren Hengfang, said in a telephone interview from Beijing. “But this still seems a bit abnormal.”
Ms. Ren said the police visited her on Thursday to tell her that Mr. Tie had been formally arrested on two crimes: illegal business activities and “creating a disturbance.”
See also BBC: China detains writer Tie Liu for ‘provoking trouble’
Legal system and Internet
South China Morning Post: China announces penalty points plan to curb abuse of internet
Regulator announces carrot-and-stick system for internet users, with analysts saying it will target commercial fraud and pornography
Africa: Arms trade and ebola
Sudan Tribune: S. Sudanese rebels asked Beijing not to sell weapons to Juba
October 24, 2014 (NAIROBI) – The opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar asked the Chinese government to stop selling weapons to president Salva Kiir’s government, an official has disclosed.
“During the visit to Beijing on 21st September, our delegation led by the Chairman of External Relations Committee, Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, asked the Chinese government to stop selling weapons to the regime in Juba,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Friday.
“The Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs responded positively in which they informed our delegation that they already instructed their institutions to stop selling and delivery of military equipment to Juba…”
Xi announced Chinese government’s decision to provide relevant countries and international organizations with the fourth batch of assistance worth a total of 500 million RMB Yuan, or roughly US$ 82 million. They will include:
• Providing hospital beds, ambulances, pickup trucks, motorcycles, incinerators, preventive gear and other much-needed supplies to the three epidemic-stricken countries.
• Building a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia where the epidemic is most serious and sending doctors and nurses there for its operation.
• Sending public health experts to the three countries to help with and participate in epidemic prevention and control efforts of their governments, introduce China’s experience and provide guidance to improve work plans and technical guidelines.
• Sending more public health personnel to provide training to local medical and epidemic prevention and control staff…
The New York Times: Modi’s Idea of India
By Pankaj Mishra
Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister and main ideologue of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is stoking old Hindu rage-and-shame over what he calls more than a thousand years of slavery under Muslim and British rule. Earlier this month, while India and Pakistan were engaging in their heaviest fighting in over a decade, Mr. Modi claimed that the “enemy” was now “screaming.”…
…India’s recent economic travails and diminished international standing have frustrated these rising Indians’ sense of entitlement, provoking them to lash out at such handy scapegoats as “racist” and “Orientalist” Westerners and Indian libtards and sepoys. Typical of their ersatz nativism is a book entitled “The New Clash of Civilizations,” which gleefully heralds India’s hegemony worldwide. It was written by Minhaz Merchant, the Anglicized former editor of a defunct lifestyle magazine called Gentleman and now a self-appointed publicist for the prime minister. Many such “Modi Toadies,” as Salman Rushdie calls them, had Western tails once, like the Harvard-economist-turned-book-burner.