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“Free Speech Bastion” Taiwan Faces Cross-strait Brain Drain

At The New York Times, Chris Horton and Austin Ramzy write that "Taiwan now draws the sorts of dissidents, rights groups and events that once naturally gravitated to Hong Kong" as the latter’s traditional freedom is eroded by growing mainland influence. The barring of elected pro-dem...

Carrot & Stick: How Beijing Controls its Diaspora

Since Xi Jinping became president in 2012, China has increasingly been criticized for attempting to manipulate its diaspora in order to support political objectives. Peter Mattis in War on the Rocks provides the reasoning: The CCP seeks to influence the outside world, especially the United States, f...

Community of Users Mourn App Shutdown

The State Administration of Radio and Television (formerly the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television) has ordered news and entertainment app parent company Bytedance to shut down Neihan Duanzi, its popular joke-sharing app. This follows a similar order for the compa...

Pianist Cecil Taylor, US jazz innovator, dead at 89: media

NEW YORK: Cecil Taylor, a U.S. jazz pianist who plied his craft with a distinctive percussive style that was not always appreciated even as he helped revolutionize the genre in the 20th century, died on Friday at age 89, the New York Times reported. Taylor's age and his death at home in Brooklyn .....

China Cracks Down on Online Bible Sales

At The New York Times, Ian Johnson reports that Beijing has closed a loophole that allowed online retailers to sell Bibles, the latest in a series of government regulations aimed at enhancing state control of religion in China: The measures to limit Bible sales were announced over the weekend and b...