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A Lonely Protest in Beijing Inspires Young Chinese to Find Their Voice

As beginner dissenters, they’re timid and scared. But they are experiencing a quiet political awakening, unhappy about censorship, repression and “zero Covid.” Read More







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China’s ‘Absurd’ Covid Propaganda Stirs Rebellion

“We have won the great battle against Covid!”“History will remember those who contributed!”“Extinguish every outbreak!”These are among the many battle-style slogans that Beijing has unleashed to rally support around its […]




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Can Hong Kong Recover as a Global Metropolis After Pandemic Barriers?

HONG KONG — Luxury storefronts have been replaced by pop-up shops selling masks. Whole floors of skyscrapers are deserted. Streets once crammed with locals and visitors jostling for space are […]




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Where Online Hate Speech Can Bring the Police to Your Door

When the police pounded the door before dawn at a home in northwest Germany, a bleary-eyed young man in his boxer shorts answered. The officers asked for his father, who […]




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Battling Violence and Censors, Women in China Become ‘Invisible and Absent’

HONG KONG — When a prominent woman in China’s #MeToo movement took on a powerful man in court, it was the accused, not the accuser, who was held up as […]




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A Chinese Entrepreneur Who Says What Others Only Think

China’s entrepreneur class is grappling with the worst economic slump in decades as the government’s zero Covid policy has shut down cities and kept would-be customers at home. Yet they […]




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Racist and Violent Ideas Jump From Web’s Fringes to Mainstream Sites

“The fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings, could be livestreamed on social media platforms and not taken down within a second says to me […]