January 18, 2012
Simon Leys (Pierre Ryckmans) on Liu Xiaobo
Here's Leys's review of a newly-published collection of Liu Xiaobo's writings in English translation in the New York Review of Books.
January 16, 2012
Serial killers in China
Here's a fascinating article on the subject from the Danwei blog. Among other things, it discusses the case-cracking incentives faced by police. Non-political offenses are rarely the subject of central government attention; crimes like serial murder are generally left to local police, who get no points for solving crimes committed in someone else's jurisdiction, and may indeed have to pay the cost of feeding and housing the suspect until he is sent back (also at their expense) to the jurisdiction that wants him.