These days, smothering someone is as good as crowning that person—previously unnoticed but now many people are interested in his views and works. A ‘smothering’ order is a reading list.
As ongoing protests ebb and flow in Hong Kong, supporters on the mainland are being detained by the dozens. Human rights activists say that between 50 and 100 people have been detained and while some have been released, others have not. Family members of those detained have now issued a public statement, circulating on social media, calling for their release. Read on.
Photo of the Day: Defense by Huiying Wang (taken in Hong Kong)
With the PM2.5 spiking up above 400 (groan), it looks like the brief but beautiful autumn weather might be over in Beijing. Residents strapped on their masks and dusted-off their air purifiers this week, as a thick, yellow blanket of smog descended on the city. And this is only the beginning: winter is the worst time for Beijing air quality.
Breathing Beijing’s filthy air is enough to send any scientist to the drawing-board, and with the government’s willingness to fund, several inventors have come up with pretty wacky projects to tackle the problem. Here are some of the strangest ideas on offer:
PM2.5 readings in Hebei province have reached 500 micrograms per cubic meter in the northern province of Hebei, and have been hovering above 300 in nearby Beijing. More at China Digital Times.
Scholar Guo Yushan, who played an instrumental role in helping Chen Guangcheng escape his house arrest in 2012, has been detained. The reason for his detention has been unclear, though he was earlier targeted when his Transition Institute was closed down, likely due to his association with rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong and the New Citizens Movement. Recently, however, Guo had been keeping a low profile, according to his friends and associates. Read on.
CHINA, HONG KONG : Models pose for a photographer during a fashion shoot in a tunnel left empty due to the road being occupied by by pro-democracy protesters, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 8, 2014. Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders pledged to stay on the streets Wednesday in a bid to put pressure on the government ahead of already fraught talks on political reform. Numbers at demonstration sites around the city have dwindled to a few hundred after days of mass rallies to demand fully free elections and police said Wednesday they were employing negotiators to try to persuade protesters to leave the barricades.
The Hong Kong government has cancelled planned talks with student protesters, which had offered some hope of resolution. Protesters are filling the streets once again. Read on.
Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung, whose resignation has been the focus of protesters’ demands over the past week, signed a contract with Australian engineering company UGL that paid him US$6.5 million in fees. Leung reportedly failed to disclose this deal when he was elected chief executive. Read on.
Photo: Untitled (“Step Down”), taken January 9, 2013 by Elsie Lin
I visited six or seven zoos in China, and my assistant went to others. Everywhere we went we saw chimpanzees either locked in cages or performing on stage. There were even groups of chimpanzees locked up in a single cage. China doesn’t have experts on raising chimpanzees – you can’t put them together like that, as they come from different troops. They’ll kill each other. Chimpanzees are really suffering in China.