Archive for October 9th, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Civil Liberties: Is America being Harmonized?

While the Nobel Peace Prize Committee lauds U.S. president Barack Obama, particularly for his foreign policies, Rebecca MacKinnon, one of his self-confessed voters, is less happy with his record, concerning issues of privacy and freedom of expression anyway:

(…) Then there’s the matter of the media shield bill currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The idea is to pass a law that would protect journalists who refuse to divulge their confidential sources in federal court. It was bad enough that the definition of “journalist” has now excluded citizen media, bloggers, and student journalists completely. Even worse, the White House has now proposed changes to the bill that would substantially weaken professional reporters’ protections. (…)

Meantime, fifteen Chinese intellectuals jointly issued an Internet Human Rights Declaration. The Chinese version of it is here, and C.A. Yeung has posted an English translation of it.
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Related:
Great Firewall poised for a Wonderful Future, September 29, 2009
Real-Name Registration may become Mandatory, August 1, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, October 9, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Taiwan in Chinese Antarctica research

Three Taiwanese biologists will join a Chinese research group in Antarctica for periods ranging up to three months, AFP quotes Wang Wei-hsien (王維賢), director of Taiwan’s Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. The Taiwanese group plans to study organic pollution and marine organisms.

China has established three research bases in Antarctica since 1985, writes AFP. According to the China Times (中时电子报), it will be the largest Chinese Antarctica expedition ever.

One of the three Taiwanese biologists will board China’s icebreaker and research vessel Snow Dragon (雪龙号, Xue Long), while the two others will join the research group after arrival of the ship in Antarctica.

Wei Wenliang (魏文良, photo), the State Oceanic Administration Polar Office‘s (国家海洋局极地考察办公室) party secretary, announced that the research vessel will leave Shanghai on Sunday.

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