January 29, 2014

Fear and Shame: Domestic Violence in China

Kim Lee, New York Times

The All-China Women’s Federation reports that nearly 25 percent of married women in China have experienced domestic violence. But the abuse is far more prevalent than those numbers show: A large percentage of attacks go unreported. When women find the courage to go to the police, they most often meet the kind of resistance I did. Meanwhile, the legal system favors men — even abusive men — leaving desperate women few options.

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January 27, 2014
The End of Childhood in Asia
Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View
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January 27, 2014
Why Is the U.S. Helping China Find Oil?
Adam Pasick, Quartz
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January 26, 2014
China Chokes on U.S. Biotech Corn
Chicago Tribune
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January 26, 2014
Radio Beijing in the Middle East
Joseph Braude, The American Interest
China’s Arabic-language television and radio outreach efforts don’t compare to America’s in traditional measures like audience size. But sometimes how many people are tuning in isn’t as important as who is tuning in. more ››