News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News June 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Condoleezza Rice urged to address human rights issues during her trip to China June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific A coalition of NGOs, including International Campaign for Tibet, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Human Rights in China and Human Rights First urged today Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to raise the issue of human rights violations during her visit to China, as part of a trip to Asia in advance of the G-8 Summit on July 7-9.“With the eyes of the world on China’s behavior as it prepares for the Olympic Games, the United States and its partners have considerable leverage to wield,” the organizations said.In the letter, the organizations recognized President Bush’s reference to China and human rights and support for a dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives during the 2008 U.S.-EU Summit Declaration.“A unified and sustained approach offers the best opportunity at this critical moment to leverage improvements in China’s poor human rights record” they said.More specifically, the letter recommended President Bush to insist in encouraging China to live up to its commitments with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and to guarantee that there will not be any restrictions on the media prior and during the Olympics Games.The organizations also noted that on June 2, the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee issued a list of restrictions to foreigners, including reporters, and briefly listed other issues with censorship.“In the most recent example, human rights activist Huang Qi, founder of the human rights website 64Tianwang, was arrested in Chengdu, the capital of the earthquake-hit province of Sichuan, on June 10. He is accused of ‘illegal possession of state secrets.’”The letter also mentioned that Tibet, including Sichuan province, has been limited to a few regulated visits by the media, therefore, preventing U.S. officials and the rest of the world from seeing clearly the government’s crackdown. On June 26, the Chinese government authorized journalists to enter the Tibet Autonomous Region, yet they are required to obtain a special permit. “China committed to theInternational Olympic Committee to ‘give the media complete freedom to report when they come to China.’ Simply re-opening the area to foreign tour groups (effective June 25) and allowing journalists to once again apply for permits is not enough to guarantee media access and freedom to report.”The organizations also stated that the results of the “Human Rights Dialogue” between China and the U.S. were disappointing since it did not guaranteed any concrete improvement. “In fact, the decision, announced days after the meeting, to disbar two lawyers who had sought to represent detained Tibetans signaled that the Chinese government’s behavior may be headed in the opposite direction. Moreover, Chinese authorities acted to suppress dissidents during Assistant Secretary Kramer’s visit or prevent appointments with him.”Finally, the organizations expressed disappointment and frustration towards an administration that apparently seeks a dialogue to improve human rights, but it does not seek for more feasible advances in this matter.“We believe that the lack of visible progress from both the U.S. and EU human rights dialogues, positive progress requires the administration to redouble pressure at the highest possible levels.”The organizations also urged Rice to press on tangible results for human rights improvements in China not only prior and during the Olympic Games, but also afterwards. ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go further Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News March 12, 2021 Find out more
The study also found that right-wing populists were over twice as likely as their left-wing counterparts to visit “hyper-partisan news domains”, making up 20.83% of their most visited websites compared to 9.52%. Professor Ralph Schroeder, another author of the study, commented: “Our study shows that populists are highly interested in the politics of climate change. They seek a coherent worldview that bolsters their ideas about climate change and the science of climate change, so that it fits their overall political agenda.” Further research is needed to ascertain any link between climate scepticism and a lack of faith in democratic structures. The study combined the internet browsing history of over 9,000 participants in six countries including the USA and UK with survey data to establish whether there was a link between support for populist parties and climate scepticism. Over 15,000 website visits were tracked over three months. Image: Kerstin Langenberger/CC. BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Four variables were tested to see if they had any link with climate scepticism: political attitudes, awareness of climate change as a result of the efforts of climate activists, the media outlets subjects relied on, and the content of those outlets with regards to climate change. Unlike right-wing populist parties, no link between supporting left-wing populists and climate scepticism was identified. The study also found that non-populists who were less interested in politics were more likely to be climate sceptics than populists. Dr Pu Yan, the lead author of the paper, commented: “Our research shows supporters of right-wing political parties favour policies to tackle climate change to a significantly lesser extent than supporters of other parties. Whilst such parties might have a range of views, the common denominator is that they distrust the scientific consensus.” There is a strong link between climate scepticism and support for right-wing populist political parties, according to a new study from the University of Oxford and Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. The research was inspired by the rise of populist parties in the UK and USA, which often opposed efforts to put combating climate change at the top of the political agenda. The study defined climate ‘sceptics’ as people who denied anthropogenic climate change, which is caused by human activity. According to NASA, at least 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agree that the trend of global warming over the previous century is caused by human activity.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged hit-and-run driver was arrested for allegedly killing a 48-year-old Dix Hills woman in the suspect’s hometown of Deer Park on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Jalpa Patel was crossing Deer Park Avenue, when she was struck by a northbound Jeep Liberty that initially stopped but fled the scene prior to police arrival at 8:30 p.m., police said.Witnesses gave a description of the vehicle to responding officers and a Canine Section officer stopped an SUV that fit the description on Deer Park Avenue shortly later, police said.The driver, 57-year-old Irene Calderaro, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. She will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the Jeep, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who can identify the victim to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
NAFCU – the industry’s Washington Watchdog – has been recognized with award-winning advocacy, and while NAFCU lobbyists were having non-stop meetings on Capitol Hill, the association’s Board of Directors further showcased this prowess while in Washington this week holding high-profile meetings with leaders of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and Federal Reserve.In addition to handling necessary board business, the NAFCU Board – met Monday and Tuesday with bureau Acting Director Mick Mulvaney and Fed Vice Chairman of Supervision Randal Quarles to share credit unions’ perspective on various initiatives being pursued by the agencies.Bureau of Consumer Financial ProtectionDuring Monday’s meeting with Mulvaney, the NAFCU Board shared credit unions’ priorities and regulatory concerns heading into the new year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jennings County, In. — A report from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says a North Vernon woman was killed in a Monday morning traffic accident on U.S. 50 at the Ripley County line.At 6:30 a.m. deputies say two vehicles traveling in opposite directions sideswiped each other. After the impact, the vehicle driven by Brittany Comer went into the wrong lane and was struck by a vehicle driven by Michelle Hoover, 44, of North Vernon. Hoover was declared deceased at the scene. Comer was treated for minor injuries. Jason Hamm, 41, of Brownstown was not injured.The accident remains under investigation.