Hong Kong: stars face boycott over support for protests

Below is a list of links retrieved on 25 October 2014.

Blogger Zhou Xiaoping
China Digital Times: Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

Image by Rebel Pepper; source: China Digital Times -  Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

Image by Rebel Pepper; source: China Digital Times – Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

In Rebel Pepper’s cartoon, an imperial guard presents Fang Zhouzi to Xi Jinping, snuggled in bed with his concubine, Zhou Xiaoping. “What do you say, my darling?” Xi asks Zhou. “How should we let him know not to pick on you?” Zhou demurs, “It’s totally up to you, dearest ♥︎”

Ebola
Reuters: China to offer $82 million in fourth round of Ebola aid

China said on Friday it would donate 500 million yuan ($82 million) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to battle Ebola, its largest round of aid to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.

This was the fourth round of Chinese aid against Ebola, the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 4,800 people since its worst epidemic on record began earlier this year.

China has sent hundreds of aid workers to Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak and so far has contributed about $40 million in aid to fight the disease, including $6 million to the World Food Programme.

Hong Kong protests
The New York Times: Hong Kong Stars Face Mainland Boycott Over Support for Protests

BEIJING — On the night of Oct. 4, at one of the largest pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong to date, Denise Ho, a local pop singer, performed a new song, “Raise the Umbrella,” a reference to the ubiquitous umbrellas that protesters have used to ward off pepper spray. Tens of thousands waved their lighted-up cellphones in the air, the crowd ecstatic.

But it is unlikely that Ms. Ho will be singing that song in mainland China, where, she said the other day, she gets about 80 percent of her income, mostly from performances. She has had no invitations to perform there since the summer, when she began publicly showing support for the budding pro-democracy movement. A fashion brand recently canceled a job with her, giving no particular reason, she said.

India
The New York Times: Modi’s idea of India
by Pankaj Mishra
Hindu nationalists are vengeful nativists who recoil from the West while promoting their own religious and racial supremacy.