August 11, 2008

Police State 2.0?

Naomi Klein discusses how China used the Olympics as a chance to tighten security.

Activists in China now find themselves under intense pressure, unable to function even at the limited levels they were able to a year ago. Internet cafes are filled with surveillance cameras, and surfing is carefully watched. At the offices of a labor rights group in Hong Kong, I met the well-known Chinese dissident Jun Tao. He had just fled the mainland in the face of persistent police harassment. After decades of fighting for democracy and human rights, he said the new surveillance technologies had made it "impossible to continue to function in China."

Mikel Dunham on the question of Indian vs. Chinese influence in Nepal. And Nick Cohen on Beijing as an environmental Potemkin village.

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