Political Unrest
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Propaganda vs. the people

Hong Kong | China is using state-run media and other tools to shape views on the Hong Kong protests
by June Cheng
Posted 8/14/19, 03:55 pm

As reported in China Snapshot for the past few months, the protests in Hong Kong have arisen out of the concerns of residents: The protesters oppose Beijing’s encroachment on Hong Kong autonomy, want their local government to listen to public opinion, and wish to freely elect their leaders.

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Hong Kong under pressure

Hong Kong | Tensions mount as police and protester clashes escalate, with China threatening intervention
by June Cheng
Posted 8/08/19, 04:50 pm

The images coming out of Hong Kong paint a stark picture: Police in riot gear shooting tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of young protesters. Protesters tearing bricks from the sidewalk to throw at police, starting fires outside police stations, and forming blockades on the roads. Pro-Beijing men in white T-shirts beating protesters with bamboo rods. 

Well-educated Hong Kong youths are learning lessons not taught in school: how to extinguish tear gas canisters, which helmets can best protect against projectiles, and how to administer first aid for tear gas exposure.

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Kashmir crisis deepens India, Pakistan rift

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/08/19, 11:55 am

India’s decision to revoke the autonomous status of the disputed Kashmir region has disrupted travel and trade with Pakistan. The Pakistani Ministry of Railways stopped train service to India on Thursday. A day earlier, Pakistan said it would recall its ambassador to India and suspend trade relations.

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