Kelley Currie Articles

Hope for Burma?

2:44 PM, Aug 19, 2011

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held her first ever meeting with the top civilian official in the Burmese regime, President Thein Sein, in the isolated capital of Naypyidaw.

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China's High Speed Disaster

Propaganda and consequences.
2:18 PM, Jul 29, 2011

On July 23, two high-speed trains collided on an elevated track near the Chinese city of Wenzhou, killing at least 39 people and injuring several hundred. In the days since the crash, shock and sympathy have turned to outrage as the Chinese government's propagandistic, face-saving response to the tragedy has run headlong into the increasingly wired and cynical Chinese public.

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Worsening Crackdown in China

And the still invisible U.S. response.
8:22 AM, Apr 04, 2011

In a post last week about the dramatically deteriorating human rights situation in China, there remained many questions about what had really happened to Dr. Yang Hengjun, the Australian citizen of Chinese descent, who disappeared one week ago and was believed to have been in Chinese custody.

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China's Crackdown on Bloggers and Human Rights Activists

And America's polite response.
2:31 PM, Mar 31, 2011

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu took a question at a press conference on Tuesday about the disappearance of another dissident. Her response, which quickly pinged around the Chinese online community and its English-language China-watching counterparts, was to blithely assert: "I have not heard of that person."

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The Dalai Lama's Slow-Motion Retirement

4:07 PM, Mar 10, 2011

During his annual address to the Tibetan people on March 10, the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet announced that he wished to complete his decades-long effort to divest political authority from the Dalai Lama’s own institution.

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The Subtle Success of China’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’

Displaying China’s thug state for the world to see.
1:14 PM, Mar 08, 2011

In mid-February, a mysterious posting on a Chinese language website called on Chinese citizens to take to the streets for low-risk meet-ups at locations with heavy pedestrian traffic throughout the country, starting on Sunday February 20 at 2 p.m. (Beijing local time). Labeled by the organizers as China's "Jasmine Revolution," the organizers clearly intended to hitch a ride on the democratic momentum the protesters the Middle East and North Africa have gained over the last two months.

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Jon Huntsman's Presidential Ambitions — and What the Chinese Might Think

3:11 PM, Feb 23, 2011

John Thune's announcement that he would not be running for president in 2012 has overshadowed another bit of news on the GOP primary front: current U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, has apparently taken a further step toward running for president, presumably as a Republican, with the launch of a new political action committee, Horizon PAC.

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India's Lama Dilemmas

4:24 PM, Feb 11, 2011

Over the past week, India's lively (and often wildly irresponsible) media has been flogging a sensational story about a tax raid on the monastery housing a prominent Tibetan lama who is presently exiled in India.

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