Reciprocity or Removal: An Ultimatum for Chinese Confucius Institutes

Confucius Institutes, formed by the Chinese Ministry of Education, systemically plague higher education across the United States. Although intended to be seen as learning centers fostering Chinese language and culture, their true purpose is to project an influence campaign that promotes self-censorship, teaches a revisionist history of China, and suppresses freedom of expression and inquiry.

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Policing Celebrity in China

Television stars are in many ways the leaders of culture. Millions of people watch and emulate the opinions and actions of celebrities. Given this fact, it would make sense that in a communist country such as China, controlling the celebrities would be an absolutely necessary part of the campaign to control the culture. When a figure steps out of line, the communist party responds with striking efficiency, and this is no more evident than with the recent disappearance of Fan Bingbing.

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Cracking Down on Free Speech in Vietnam

Between reports of arbitrary imprisonment, government crackdown, and widespread unaccountability, small amounts of good news can surface from inside communist states. “Mother Mushroom”, who was an activist blogger who was imprisoned by the Vietnamese government, was granted exile in the United States and allowed to leave with her family. While this is certainly excellent, Vietnam as a whole is seeing anything but improvement.


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It’s Time to Stand Up for Xinjiang

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, together with 33 other NGOs and human rights organizations, has today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging them to impose Global Magnitsky sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet.

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