Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
An under-noticed aspect of Mao's personality cult is that it made him millions in royalties from sales of the Little Red Book and other works. His estate is now apparently worth over US$17 million, and the money keeps piling up because the leadership can't figure out who should get it. (A decision of this magnitude is not going to be made by a mere judge.) Jiang Qing apparently made a claim to it - unsuccessfully, of course - as apparently have two of Mao's children. Here's a recent BBC article on the issue. Thanks to China Digital Times for the tip.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
The just-published 2007 China Law Yearbook reveals that in 2006 state prosecutors approved the arrest of 604 individuals detained by public security and state security police in ESS [i.e., "endangering state security"] cases, up from 296 in 2005. This marks the highest number of ESS arrests in China since 2002.
Obviously, there are also cases that don't get reported, as well as what are effectively political cases brought under a non-political rubric (e.g., convicting Chen Guangcheng of obstructing traffic).
Monday, December 31, 2007
China Labour Bulletin, a worker rights organization based in Hong Kong, has just published a report on the Chinese labor movement from 2005 to 2006. The introductory blurb is below. The full text of the report is here.