Economic Woes, Corruption and Civil Unrest Spook China’s Ruling Elite at 18th National Congress
Nov15

Economic Woes, Corruption and Civil Unrest Spook China’s Ruling Elite at 18th National Congress

A rare look inside China’s power transition shows a leadership torn between liberalizing or tightening control In a speech that marked the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th National Congress on November 8, outgoing President Hu Jintao sets the stage for a power transfer that will define the future of China’s political direction by delivering a report which hails the successes of his “Golden...

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U.S. Report on Chinese Telecoms Giants Huawei, ZTE Security Threat “Groundless” says China media
Oct09

U.S. Report on Chinese Telecoms Giants Huawei, ZTE Security Threat “Groundless” says China media

The preliminary findings of an 11 month investigation by the House Intelligence Committee have recommended that two major Chinese telecommunications corporations be barred from operating in the U.S in light of potential state influence from China. In recognition of the potentially crippling effect a cyber attack can have on the U.S, the report alleges that Huawei and ZTE “cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence...

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Not Our Problem: Amazon Digs in Heels When it Comes to Stopping Child Sex Abuse
Aug22

Not Our Problem: Amazon Digs in Heels When it Comes to Stopping Child Sex Abuse

While Amazon often receives glowing press coverage for its business innovations and community friendly initiatives such as going green and supporting gay rights, little mention is made of its questionable judgement when it comes to the matter of child abuse. When news first broke of how Amazon was forced to withdraw a book called the Age of Consent: A sex Tourists Guide by Peter F. Friedmann, children’s rights advocates were...

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Impending Boom in U.S Domestic Drone Market Causes Concern over Privacy and Safety
Jul27

Impending Boom in U.S Domestic Drone Market Causes Concern over Privacy and Safety

With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) preparing to open up U.S. airspace to drones by September 2015, unmanned aircraft could soon become a more common sight in U.S. skies. Drones are being eyed by more than 21,000 state and local law enforcement departments, scientists, journalists, private corporations and more as a viable option to undertake a variety of tasks that include surveillance, border patrol, search and rescue,...

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Shadow War: Emerging Details on Obama’s Secret Drone Program Triggers Concern over Misconduct
Jul23

Shadow War: Emerging Details on Obama’s Secret Drone Program Triggers Concern over Misconduct

The Obama administration’s controversial use of drones as the focal point of its war against Al Qaeda has recently come under media scrutiny due to the inconsistencies of the facts and figures that underlie the secret strikes that are taking place in countries that include Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. Interest groups have pointed out the legal and ethical issues associated with the use of drones especially in regard to potential...

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Rising Crime Rate Spurs Indian Women into Buying Firearms
Jun27

Rising Crime Rate Spurs Indian Women into Buying Firearms

Middle class women take matters in their own hands after losing faith in the authorities to protect them An increasing number of Indian women are turning to firearms to protect themselves from crime. Popular with the educated and well-off middle class, guns purchases are part of the growing trend of the popularization of firearms in a country renowned for its culture of non-violent conflict resolution. With an estimated 40 million...

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Death of Asylum Seekers Spark Renewed Outrage over Australian Government’s Ineffective Refugee Policy
Jun22

Death of Asylum Seekers Spark Renewed Outrage over Australian Government’s Ineffective Refugee Policy

Updates After retrieving a total of 17 bodies, authorities have wrapped up all search and recovery operations. Since last week another vessel has capsized on its way to Christmas Island. The boatload of 130 passengers included two infants and a toddler and a person that required a wheelchair. Four people drowned before emergency services could reach them. Despite two days worth of impassioned discussion and accusations between the...

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The Price of Freedom: North Korean Women Escape into Sex Slavery or Forced Marriage in China
May21

The Price of Freedom: North Korean Women Escape into Sex Slavery or Forced Marriage in China

More than 30 years of China’s One Child Policy has spawned a thriving human trafficking industry which trades in North Korean women escaping from one form of imprisonment to another. The Chinese preference for male children has led to the rather skewed male to female ratio of 120 male children to every 100 female compared to the average sex ratio of 105 males born to every 100 females. Latest figures presented by sociology professor...

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