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

Taiwan Youth Delegates Take A Peek Into San Marino

Taiwan youth delegates Some 16 youth ambassadors from Taiwan stopped by San Marino last Friday to learn a bit about how the City is run and how it compares with their native country. For many of the 19 to 29-year olds, it was their first trip to Southern California. Read More