Political Unrest
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Israel bombs Gaza after militant mortar attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/29/18, 10:49 am

Israeli warplanes dropped bombs in central Gaza on Tuesday after militants in the territory fired more than 25 mortar shells on southern Israeli communities. The bombing marked the largest single attack since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. Security officials in Gaza said the bombing targeted an Islamic Jihad militant training site. Earlier in the day, the Israeli military said it intercepted a majority of the mortar shells and reported no casualties.

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Courtesy Zhuang Liehong

Dreams of democracy

Immigration | New book Patriot Number One profiles Chinese Democracy activists transplanted in New York
by June Cheng
Posted 5/24/18, 05:32 pm

Two years ago I wrote about Wukan, a fishing village in Guangdong province that in 2011 launched a protest over corrupt officials’ land grabs. The protest led to a rare success: The government allowed Wukan residents to elect their own village-level leaders. Yet that experiment ended in 2016, when officials arrested a local elected official, Lin Zuluan, on trumped-up corruption charges.

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Angela Lu Fulton

Acts of defiance

South Korea | North Korean defectors who have spent years countering Communist propaganda now find themselves at odds with the South Korean government
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 5/24/18, 03:17 am

On May 1, four days after the historic handshake between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea, a group of North Korean defectors gathered on the shores of South Korea’s Ganghwa Island, only 8 miles from the North Korean coast. Under a cloudy sky, they threw into the ocean hundreds of watertight plastic bottles filled with rice, USB drives, dollar bills, and antibiotic ointment. Taped to each bottle was a plastic-wrapped book of Genesis and a study guide.

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