January 11, 2014

China Does a Brisk Business ... in Organs

Jiayang Fan, New Yorker

The Associated Press

The existence of a flourishing underground organ trade in a country ruled by authoritarian decree rather than written law should not exactly come as a shock. Because the rules and decisions are made by the powerful and for the powerful, the average citizen has little incentive to respect the law. When it comes to health care, where the government has done little to provide a safety net for its citizens, they have all the more reason to take matters into their own hands.

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January 6, 2014
Why China and Japan Might Go to War
James Holmes, National Interest
Let's not understate the likelihood of war in East Asia or kid ourselves that the United States can remain aloof should China and Japan enter the lists. It's tough for Westerners to fathom the nature of the competition or the... more ››
January 7, 2014
Are China, Japan & Korea Fanning Flames of War?
J. Everard, Telegraph
There is no political framework to settle the rancorous confrontation in the South China Sea over the sovereignty of disputed islands between Japan, China and South Korea. more ››
January 7, 2014
Premature Talk of Chinese Hegemony
Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning H'ld
Talk of Chinese hegemony is premature, and reports of America's retreat are greatly exaggerated. Take Obama's decision to fly B-2 and B-52 bombers over Korea and the disputed islands in the East China Sea in March and November,... more ››
January 7, 2014
China and Japan Get All Harry Potter
William Pesek, Bloomberg
London isn’t usually the place to look for clues about rising tensions between China and Japan. But a surreal diplomatic tit-for-tat there speaks volumes about the fast-deteriorating situation in northeast Asia. more ››
January 6, 2014
Weed Won't Hurt U.S. in Contest with China
Matt Schiavenza, Atlantic
The legalization of marijuana, effective New Year's Day in Colorado and Washington, has divided American journalists, who seemed to spend much of the last three days re-litigating the subject. On Thursday, The New York Times'... more ››