Friday morning briefing: Happy Chinese New Year, a spell down and tragedy on the launch pad

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Happy Chinese New Year Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a Chinese New Year’s Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved today. ENMU has a number of students from China who will share […]

GOP lacks frontrunner for presidency

Freedom New Mexico An ancient Chinese curse says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in an interesting time. As Charles Dickens said in a Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the […]

Ticket feature: Chinese acrobatic troupe performing in Alto

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Courtesy photo The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China was first established in the 1950s by the Chinese government. Freedom New Mexico The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, a group straight from Beijing, will be performing 7 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at the Spencer Theater in Alto both nights in their […]

Censorship shouldn’t be business bargaining chip

Freedom Newspapers The Internet behemoth Google announced last week it would stop filtering content for its Chinese-language search Web site in China, a bold decision that could lead to Google being blocked in China. The move hoists a glaring spotlight on Beijing’s ongoing desire to stifle free speech and manipulate Chinese markets. And, while it […]

Free-speech activist now faces jail time

Freedom New Mexico The Chinese blogger and activist known for his efforts to help victims of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 was sentenced to three years in prison late last month. We have become accustomed to the Chinese government’s free-speech-squelching antics and authoritarian policies and this is another example. Chinese authorities claim that blogger Huang […]

China’s need for liberalization highlighted

Freedom New Mexico The closing ceremonies were not quite as spectacular as the opening ceremonies. But they were spectacular enough, capping an Olympics that both from an athletic and a showmanship standpoint had to be counted as a success, though it cost the Chinese government some $40 billion. This year’s games were also notable for […]

Interrogators used Chinese techniques

Freedom New Mexico For some years the story gradually emerging from investigations into the history of how the United States after 9/11 came to embrace what apologists call “enhanced interrogation techniques” and realists call torture has resembled what people in manufacturing call reverse engineering. The United States had signed international conventions and passed domestic laws […]

ENMU students experience Chinese quake

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico A Chinese exchange student from Eastern New Mexico University wrote in a e-mail she was only home 15 minutes when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China on May 12. In her e-mail to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, and to Kayla Paulk a vocal coach and accompanist […]

China’s outrage should be taken with grain of salt

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration’s foreign policy is a mess, given its preference for war and bluster for dealing with adversaries in the Middle East. But the administration has pursued a reasonable policy toward China, still at least a nominally communist regime that has mixed authoritarian political rule with relatively free markets. The […]

China’s treatment of media setting country back

By Freedom Newspapers Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only […]