Category Articles in English

Spain: Two Journalists on Trial after Revealing Corruption in Catalonia

Translated into English by Daniel Bogre Udell. Posted on Global Voices on September 27, 2012. On September 27, 2012 Albano Dante and Marta Sibina, editors of the magazine Cafè amb Llet [ca] of the district Alt Maresme in the Girona province, will face trial in Catalonia, Spain. Josep Maria Via Rodons, president of the Barcelona MAR Health Park […]

Storming the Streets (and Web) on Catalonia’s National Day

Translated into English by Daniel Bogre Udell. Posted on Global Voices on September 11, 2012. Catalonia’s National Day, the Diada Nacional is held every September 11 to remember the defeat of Catalan troops in 1714, during the War of the Spanish Succession, which imposed a rigid centralism in Spain and marked the end of Catalan political autonomy. This […]

China: Bizarre Power Triangle – Sina, the Government and Netizens

Posted on Global Voices on July 31, 2012. Before we get into the rather bizarre power triangle that has come to define Internet communications and technology in China, let’s introduce you to the three characters in this story: Sina: China’s leading Internet company  which is traded on NASDAQ, owns Sina Weibo, the Chinese social network often described as […]

YouTube Show Brings China’s Social Media to an English Audience

Posted on Global Voices on July 17, 2012. Want to know what’s going on on China’s social media but cannot speak Chinese? Keep on reading, then. It’s been four months since Elle Lee (@ElleIconLee) and Casey Lau (@hypercasey) opened a YouTube channel to broadcast Weibo Today, a weekly online show spotlighting trending topics from China’s […]

China: Sparking the ‘Exile is Not Freedom’ Debate

Posted on Global Voices on 5 July 2012. You can read it in Español,  عربي, বাংলা, Malagasy, Italiano, Français. On 27 April, 2012 blind Chinese lawyer and activist, Chen Guangcheng, escaped from a remote village surrounded by security forces in the middle of the night. International media widely covered the story, and the events turned […]

China: In Bo Xilai Saga, Did Social Media Challenge Government?

Posted on Global Voices on 11 May 2012. You can read it in Català, Polski, Français, عربي, Español, srpski, bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, Magyar. Political struggle, murder, corruption, espionage and diplomatic conflict – the downfall of Bo Xilai from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) elite ranks has turned out to be a multi-faceted story. The Bo […]

A look into China’s ‘red aristocracy’

A look into China's 'red aristocracy'

A look into China’s billionaire ‘red aristocracy’

The Stream, a social media community with a daily TV show on Al Jazeera, has put together content from different social media sources about Chinese billionaires, known as the ‘red aristocracy’ for their connections with Communist Party leadership.

Chinese blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng flees house arrest

Chinese blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng has reportedly escaped from his well-guarded house in Dongshigu (Shandong) after more than a year of house arrest. Sources report he entered the US embassy in Beijing. He has put out a video on the Internet denouncing corruption, exposing abuses and expressing “extreme concern” about the consequences his flight may have for his family.

Ironical note: is his escape sponsored by Nike? Just do it?

(This video was published on Global Voices on April 27, 2012).

China: New vBlog Weibo Today

Want to know what happens on China’s social networks but don’t speak Chinese? Blogger Elle Lee has launched its new vBlog Weibo Today, a weekly online show in English where she points out the hottest topics on China’s social networks.

Published on Global Voices.

China: Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Puts Himself Under Web Surveillance

Prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has installed four live webcams at his home in Beijing as a symbolic protest against the police’s 24-hour surveillance of him. [Update: The Chinese authorities ordered Ai to turn off his webcams yesterday on April 4.] Last year on April 3 [zh], Ai Weiwei was arrested at the Beijing airport under […]