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Proud, Scared and Conflicted. What the China Protesters Told Me.

They went to their first demonstrations. They chanted their first protest slogans. They had their first encounters with the police.Then they went home, shivering in disbelief at how they had […]




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China Protests Over ‘Zero Covid’ Follow Months of Economic Pain

The toll of China’s unwavering approach to fighting Covid has rippled through the world’s second-largest economy for months: Youth unemployment reached a record 20 percent, corporate profits sagged, and economic […]




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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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How Some Parents Changed Their Politics in the Pandemic

ORINDA, Calif. — They waved signs that read “Defeat the mandates” and “No vaccines.” They chanted “Protect our kids” and “Our kids, our choice.”Almost everyone in the crowd of more […]




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Chinese Banking Scandal Tests Faith in Communist Party’s Leadership

BEIJING — The saving opportunity with the rural bank in central China looked, to Sun Song, a 26-year-old-businessman, like a great find. It would be linked to his existing account […]




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Proud Boys Regroup, Focusing on School Boards and Town Councils

While the Proud Boys’ membership is not public, Mr. Holt said the group appeared to be growing in small towns and counties.Often, their presence has been enough to disrupt events. […]




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The Game Awards Returns With Glitz and an Industry Asserting Its Muscle

LOS ANGELES — Wearing blazers and bedazzled dresses, downing cocktails, swapping industry gossip, and hobnobbing with some of Hollywood’s biggest names, the stars of America’s video game industry assembled on […]




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Birds Aren’t Real, or Are They? Inside a Gen Z Conspiracy Theory.

Most Birds Aren’t Real members, many of whom are part of an on-the-ground activism network called the Bird Brigade, grew up in a world overrun with misinformation. Some have relatives […]




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Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Russia’s boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms.The messages, sent by Russia’s powerful internet regulator, […]