Taiwan Artists Part of CMJ Music Marathon

by Shaun Tanson NEW YORK, October 26, 2014 (AFP) – More than 1,300 musicians descended on New York for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which provides a stage to emerging artists vying for greater recognition in the industry. While the number of music festivals has soared in recent years, 33-year-old CMJ — originally named for the […] Read More

Yahoo Surges on Alibaba Sales

Yahoo said Tuesday its quarterly profit surged with its sale of shares in Chinese Internet powerhouse Alibaba, and that it was seeing signs of life in its mobile Internet initiatives. Read More

“It’s Getting Colder Because of Global Warming.” — NOT

From the Publisher, Clif Smith Published Thursday, October 9, 2014   Really. How do we know this? Because government-funded computer modelers say so. Many in our community are attorneys and scientists. Attorneys look at the facts. If the facts help their client’s position, they argue the facts. If the facts hurt their client’s position, they […] Read More

Talks Collapse, Hong Kong Protestors Fight On

Crunch talks between Hong Kong's democracy protesters and the government have been called off, just hours after demonstrators vowed to ratchet up their occupation of key parts of the city if their demands were not met. Read More

Ebola Death Toll Close to 3,900

The death toll in the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has edged closer to 3,900, with the virus killing nearly half of the more than 8,000 people infected, UN figures showed Wednesday. Read More

Hong Kong Protestors Agree to Talks With Government

by Laura Mannering, Aaron Tam HONG KONG, October 6, 2014 (AFP) – Hong Kong protest leaders said late Monday they had agreed to hold talks with the government as their numbers dwindled and they faced growing pressure to end their pro-democracy sit-in. The mass rallies that had drawn tens of thousands evaporated Sunday night in […] Read More

Cape Town Nobel Summit Suspended

Cape Town's mayor on Thursday "suspended" a planned summit of Nobel peace laureates, blaming the South African government's "intransigence" in refusing to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama. Read More

Hong Kong Leader Not Willing to Step Down

Hong Kong's embattled leader defiantly rejected demands to resign and sent his deputy to talk to pro-democracy demonstrators, as huge crowds rallied outside his government's besieged headquarters early Friday for a fifth consecutive night. Read More

Democracy Protestors Break Through Hong Kong Government Headquarters

by Aaron Tam HONG KONG, September 26, 2014 (AFP) – Dozens of protesters broke through the gates of Hong Kong’s government headquarters late Friday in an ongoing student demonstration against Beijing’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. Police used pepper spray as around 100 people pushed into the grounds of the complex, some scaling over […] Read More

Nobel Laureates Boycott South African Summit Over Dalai Lama

by Lawrence Bartlett CAPE TOWN, September 25, 2014 (AFP) – Six Nobel peace laureates will boycott a global summit in South Africa next month after the government refused to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, a spokeswoman said Thursday. South Africa denied Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader permission to attend the summit to avoid angering China, which […] Read More

U.S. Condemns Scholar’s Sentence

US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed what he called a "harsh" life sentence handed down Tuesday in China against a prominent Uighur scholar for "separatism," and called for his release. Read More

Uighur Scholar Gets Life in Prison for Separatism

by Tom Hancock BEIJING, September 23, 2014 (AFP) – A prominent academic from China’s mostly-Muslim Uighur minority was jailed for life Tuesday for “separatism”, sparking international outrage over the “harsh” response to criticism of Beijing’s policies in the restive Xinjiang region. The EU, United States and human rights groups had all been calling for the […] Read More

Nobel Peace Laureates: Give Dalai Lama a Visa

by Andrew Beatty JOHANNESBURG, September 15, 2014 (AFP) – Fourteen Nobel Peace laureates urged South Africa to grant the Dalai Lama a visa Monday, after Chinese complaints apparently scuppered a trip by the Tibetan spiritual leader to the “Rainbow Nation”. The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit of Nobel peace prize winners in Cape […] Read More