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Sweden Should Press China To Release Swedish Book Publisher

By Sophie Richardson/Human Rights Watch

This week marks the sixth anniversary since Chinese authorities abducted Gui Minhai, a Swedish book publisher, from his home in Thailand in 2015.

After enduring a forced confession on state media and a sham trial, Gui was briefly freed in 2017, before being rearrested. In 2020, a court handed down a 10-year sentence on questionable charges, and the authorities have provided no information on his whereabouts ever since, forcibly disappearing him. He is feared to be in poor health.

Beijing's recent release of two U.S. citizens who had been arbitrarily prohibited from leaving China, and two Canadians held as diplomatic hostages in exchange for an indicted Huawei executive, is both very welcome news and a cause for profound concern. It confirms Beijing's willingness to use human beings as pawns, and reminds us of those who remain wrongfully detained, like Gui Minhai.

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Posted on October 14, 2021

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

The Flesh Between Us

By SIU Press
Eroticism cut from classical mythology, ritual, and intimacy.

Posted on October 11, 2021

How Slavery Infiltrated California

By Kevin Waite/The Conversation
Whereas enslaved people in the South were often concentrated on large plantations, the bound laborers of the West generally worked behind closed doors or in remote mining regions.

Posted on October 2, 2021

Against Ramp Meters

By Charles Marohn/Minnesota Reformer
Getting more out of existing transportation investments without needing to build any additional capacity is a level of genius that would make any engineer proud. Sadly, the professional consensus on the benefits of ramp meters is wrong.

Posted on September 13, 2021

Making The World Safe For Dictatorship

By Alexander Dukalskis/The Conversation
Using publicly available filings with the U.S. Department of Justice, I counted 33 authoritarian states that collectively paid PR and public affairs firms hundreds of millions of dollars in 2018 and 2019 to manipulate their image. This is only in the U.S., only self-reported, and only overt. The scope is much wider than these numbers suggest.

Posted on September 2, 2021

Institutional Sexual Abuse In The #MeToo Era

By SIU Press
From Hollywood to the sports world to the criminal justice system and beyond.

Posted on August 5, 2021

Scientists Gone Rogue

By Elizabeth Svoboda/Undark
What's more compelling is how the scientists justified their actions.

Posted on July 25, 2021

So You Think You Know What's Good For You?

By Ray Moynihan/The Conversation
"Wellness" is bullshit.

Posted on July 20, 2021

The Beauty Of Your Backyard

By SIU Press
From the minute eastern tailed-blue butterfly to the imperious red-winged blackbird and the reclusive coyote.

Posted on June 30, 2021

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TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
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BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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