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The Slaughter – first major review out of the box

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Take a deep breath…

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September 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

Murder on the Chinese Communist Party Express

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If what flashed through your mind when you read that title was a British expat and a Chinese high official’s wife…I hope to persuade you by the end of my article to think quite differently.

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January 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

China’s Big Brother Internet: Ten essential publications

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Google the keywords “Cisco, Falun Gong, lawsuit and China” and you won’t get far in our memory-hole society. So here are my best picks for journalists and everyone else. Copy, distribute, and quibble if you like. But read to the last entry, because it’s important to accurately reflect history and the collective gathering of evidence.  This investigation has never been a silver bullet, but a slow chain reaction. A long time coming perhaps, but be assured that it has now gone critical.

1)   The Great Firewall of China

1997: Groundbreaking article on the early efforts to censor the Chinese web written by the only journalists to actually make it inside the PSB: Geremie R. Barme and Sang Ye.

In an equipment-crowded office in the Air Force Guesthouse on Beijing’s Third Ring Road sits the man in charge of computer and Net surveillance at the Public Security Bureau.

2)   The Anaconda in the Chandelier

2002: Prescient essay on Chinese (and Western) self-censorship by Perry Link.

Normally the great snake doesn’t move.  It doesn’t have to.  It feels no need to be clear about its prohibitions.  Its constant silent message is “You yourself decide,” after which, more often than not, everyone in its shadow makes his or her large and small adjustments–all quite “naturally.” 

3)   Government Counterstrategies

2002: Critical chapter from the RAND publication You’ve Got Dissent! by Michael S. Chase and James C. Mulvenon which traces the first hacking attacks on North American Falun Gong websites back to China.

The name of the organization, “Information Service Center of XinAn Beijing,” sounded innocuous enough, but the street address told a very different story. The address, #14 East Chang’an Street…in Beijing, is that of the Ministry of Public Security, China’s internal security service…

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May 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

Don’t mention the new cold war…

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Kissinger’s piece is here. Mine is here.

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April 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

My Dinner with Chinese Intelligence

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Hacker Nation

“If you are going to read one magazine article today, let it be this one.”  Tom Ricks, ForeignPolicy.com

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July 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Or will it explode?

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A dream deferred: The state of the Chinese Internet, June 4, 2009.

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June 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Harvesting Eastern Lightning: A letter to a Mormon friend

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The most disturbing aspect in the response to my Weekly Standard article (China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest, November 2008) has been the complete silence of the House Christian community to the finding that Eastern Lightning (EL) are also being targeted.

When I wrote the piece I was aware that the House Church Christians do not want to be affiliated with EL, but I also thought that might change “at the edge of the operating table” so to speak.  

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April 18, 2009 at 9:01 am