China Said To Restore Blocks On Websites

The Chinese government has begun blocking access to certain websites that it had previously allowed Internet users to access, reports the New York Times.

Liu Jianchao, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, said at his twice-weekly news conference on Tuesday in Beijing that the Chinese government had a right to censor Web sites that violated the country’s laws. He added that “some Web sites,” which he did not identify, had violated China’s law against secession by suggesting that there were two Chinas — a reference to the Beijing government’s longstanding position that mainland China and Taiwan form a single China. Read more →

The “Bleeping” Business of Corruption

Written by Prof. Al Mariam

The Audacity of Corruption: Illinois Style

Corruption here, corruption there, corruption everywhere! It seems the worldwide business of corruption is recession-proof. Last week, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges that he peddled the Senate seat held by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.The foul-mouthed and self-indulgent governor was unrestrained in his sales pitch. Quoting wiretaps, U.S. Read more →

Woyanne army ‘killed villagers’

BBC | December 22, 2008

Ethiopia’s Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group has accused government forces of killing about 50 people in an attack on a village.The ONLF said troops had rounded up the villagers, before gunning them down.It said more than 50 other people were wounded in the attack in the village of Moohaya in the south-east. Ethiopia’s government has not reacted so far. Read more →

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