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Release of human rights blogger who was under house arrest

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first_img RSF_en August 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of human rights blogger who was under house arrest 20 August 2009Reporters Without Borders was relieved to learn in a telephone interview with Zhao Hun (who blogs under the name of Mo Zhixu) today that his house arrest has been lifted. However, the press freedom organisation will pay close attention to the treatment Mo Zhixu receives as the authorities prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October.—–19 August 2009Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that writer Zhao Hun (who blogs under the name of Mo Zhixu) was placed under house arrest yesterday in Beijing. Zhao Hun, who writes about human rights and signed the December 2008 appeal for democracy known as “Charter 08″, had just been elected by the Independent Chinese Pen Centre to head its next session. “This decision to place Zhao Hun under house arrest shows that the government wants to silence all dissent as it prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October”, Reporters Without Borders said. “Furthermore, the authorities have made no attempt to explain their action.”Aged 20 in 1989, Zhao belongs to the generation that participated in the Beijing Spring and was one of the founders of one of China’s most influential blogs, “Bulldog”, which is currently blocked. His home was raided and searched on 3 March, as he was preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the June 1989 crackdown on the student movement.Along with 19 other Chinese intellectuals, Zhao Hun participated in a seminar in Beijing on 10 May on the subject of “The Democracy Movement since 1989″.It is suspected that the decision to place him under house arrest may have been prompted by his election by members of the Independent Chinese Pen Centre (ICPC), an independent writers organisation, to head its next session. Or it could be in response to his support for other dissidents.An article in Chinese on the “Chinese Human Rights website” points out that he was previously placed under house arrest for 10 days immediately prior to the arrest of fellow ICPC member and fellow Charter 08 signatory Liu Xiaobo on 8 December 2008.Zhao Hun was also summoned for questioned by the Beijing authorities on 28 July, the day prior to the arrest of another human rights activist, Xu Zhiyong, the founder of the NGO Gongmeng.Another CIPC member, Uyghur blogger Ilham Tohti, has been held since the rioting in Xinjiang province in July. April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China to go further News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimescenter_img March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

Pepperdine faces BYU in WCC finals

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first_imgMarch 8, 2021 /Sports News – Local Pepperdine faces BYU in WCC finals Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP)-Pepperdine (12-11, 8-6) vs. No. 2 seed Brigham Young (19-5, 10-3)West Coast Conference Tourney Championship, Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada; Monday, 10 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Pepperdine is set to face off against Brigham Young in the Championship of the WCC tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Jan. 27, when the Waves shot 42.4 percent from the field en route to a 76-73 victory.PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Each team has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Alex Barcello, Brandon Averette and Matt Haarms have combined to account for 47 percent of Brigham Young’s scoring this season and 50 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Pepperdine, Colbey Ross, Kessler Edwards and Jade’ Smith have combined to score 56 percent of the team’s points this season, including 59 percent of all Waves points over their last five.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Ross has accounted for 63 percent of all Pepperdine field goals over the last three games. Ross has 21 field goals and 28 assists in those games.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Cougars have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Waves. Brigham Young has an assist on 52 of 84 field goals (61.9 percent) over its past three games while Pepperdine has assists on 42 of 78 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Brigham Young is rated second among WCC teams with an average of 78.6 points per game.center_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

Darren Criss Discusses Penning Lea Michele’s Glee Swan Song

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first_imgDarren Criss may play a singer/song stylist/rock goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but did you know he’s also that in real life? Well, two of those, at least. Earlier this year, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner penned Lea Michele’s swan song for the Glee series finale. Take a look at this video from Deadline as Criss discusses the genesis of the track, titled “This Time,” from sheepishly asking Ryan Murphy about writing original material for the show to hearing Michele bring the song to life. While Glee may be over, you can catch Criss in all his glittery glory as Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre through July 19. View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Darren Crisslast_img read more

Long Island Suffers When Nassau and Suffolk Can’t Get Their Act Together

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Up until last week’s piece on the Nassau Coliseum, the focus of my work for the Long Island Press has been mostly a critical look at recent planning efforts undertaken by Suffolk County. Notable examples include my analysis of the flawed Connect Long Island plan, criticisms concerning the Suffolk County’s lackluster water protection planning efforts, and my take on the recent “regional planning alliance” that was formed to shepherd through the Ronkonkoma Hub.The focus on Suffolk is intentional – simply put, Suffolk County is where the urban planning action (if it can be called that) is on Long Island. With roughly 46,000 acres of vacant open space left, multiple opportunities for redevelopment, and room for expansion, Suffolk is where any meaningful development policies can still be enacted on Long Island. Suffolk County’s policymakers routinely discuss land use issues. In Nassau, they toss tax breaks at political insiders while praying for the best. Even worse is that planning is needed just as much in Nassau as it is in Suffolk. Nassau is a stagnant county, and even worse off in regards to regional planning. Simply put, there is no body of work to build future strategies upon.Suffolk has a rich legacy of planning efforts that over the course of recent administrations has become watered-down and special-interest driven, which is a disservice to the process itself. Good policies have been enacted, continued and expanded, but others leave room for improvement. And that is why I write about these important issues in the first place.Late last week, Suffolk released the latest iteration of its “Comprehensive Master Plan.” Entitled Framework for the Future, this document lays out the county’s growth strategies through 2035. Interestingly enough, Suffolk already produced such a plan in 2011, and the Long Island Regional Planning Council studied Sustainable Strategies for Long Island 2035 in 2010. Both documents are detailed and lengthy (the LIRPC plan is around 230 pages), making the 76-page document just released by Suffolk seem quaint by comparison.Compared to the other efforts, the new report reads like a series of disjointed press releases from the Suffolk County Executive’s office. Essentially it is the same series of solutions that are pushed routinely. A true inventory that quantifies regional needs is missing. Where is a detailed housing analysis, data-backed commercial and industrial analysis, transportation assessment or the like? In the past, the county’s housing studies alone were 120 pages. In total, the latest plan, minus the introductions and the platitudes, has a mere 48 pages of written analysis. Quality vs. quantity is not the argument here because much of what is presented is clearly recycled content from the administration’s previous press releases, statements and Suffolk County reports. The previous studies were lengthy and dense – each page filled with facts, figures and recommendations.By itself, the latest version is not a bad document. The data included in it covers several years as it should. Arguably, the 2011 plan did all of the groundwork already, but what is troubling is that the current document released by the Steve Bellone administration makes no reference to any of the previous 2035 plans, even in passing. There has to be a better way to bring cohesion to these efforts.And they must go beyond photo ops and luncheon appearances featuring smiling county executives. At least, Suffolk provides a fertile ground for policy debate, creation and incubation. Not so west of Route 110. Recently, Nassau’s comptroller of all people had to take the reins to bring about a much needed discussion of the county’s future, hosting a series of public hearings and even going so far as to write a strategic plan in regards to retaining LI’s millennial generation. Time is running out for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Bellone to make a coordinated meaningful difference in meeting the Island’s ever-pressing needs.Our woes don’t respect the county line, and we have to stop planning at the regional level like they do.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more