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Paul J. Mooney
Beijing, China
American freelance journalist based in Beijing
Interests: China, Taiwan, human rights, social issues, politics.
Recent Activity
Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese intellectual who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, is serving an 11-year prison sentence in China on charges of "subversion of state power." The real reason, however, was Liu's role in drafting Charter '08, a document inspired by Charter 77, drafted 30 years earlier in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at China Blues
When a dog is cornered it tends to bark ridiculously. I was reminded of this when reading the Global Times editorial of January 11, 2012 concerning another three Tibetans who have committed self-immolations in recent days. How else can we interpret its effort to blatantly ignore the real cause of... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 15, 2012 at China Blues
Below is my rough translation of a letter by Geng ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at China Blues
Free Tibet reports that two Tibetans comitted self-immolations today, the first such acts for 2012. So far, 14 people have done this since last year, with a total of 15 since 2009. 6 January 2012 Fiery Tibetan protests will continue until the West acts The first self-immolations of 2012 took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at China Blues
On January 1, 2012, Geng He wrote a very moving le... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at China Blues
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Dec 31, 2011
人类的良心——哈维尔先生永垂不朽! via He... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 27, 2011 at China Blues
Vaclav Havel, the Conscience of Humanity by Signers of Charter 08 in China News of the passing on December 18, 2011, of Vaclav Havel, the distinguished playwright and moving force behind “Charter 77,” brought shock and pain to Chinese citizens who three years earlier had signed Charter 08, a manifesto... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at China Blues
Last Friday, China's state-run news media announced that human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng would return to prison to complete his full three-year sentence, supposedly because he violated the terms of his probation. The news was a surprise because the police have illegally detained Mr. Gao for the last 20 months,... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 22, 2011 at China Blues
Wang Lihong (王荔蕻), a rights activist and citizen j... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at China Blues
There have long been rumors floating around Twitter that he may have passed away, or else, that he was beaten so bad that he could not be shown. No one has seen or heard from him directly since April, 2010. Right now, no one even knows where he is, despite the Xinhua report that he's being returned to prison.
Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been held incommunicado by the Chinese authorities for the past 20 months, has been sent back to jail, according to a report on December 16 by the official Xinhua News Agency. The news comes just several days before Gao would have finished his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at China Blues
Category: Duration: (00:22:06)Uploaded: 2011-12-07 06:01:11 via This very disturbing video, apparently shot by a police officer, or someone trusted by the police, shows a brutal roundup of rural Tibetans in 2008 by a roving band of heavily armed police. Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 7, 2011 at China Blues
Tibetans Burn for Their Faith and Freedom, which p... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at China Blues
The following photographs were pubished on 2 December 2011 by the Chinese language website, based in the USA. via Boxun says that the photos were leaked and are taken in the Tibetan areas of Sichuan Province. Kandze Autonomous Prefecture and Ngaba Autonomous Prefecture comprise the Tibetan area of... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 3, 2011 at China Blues
Perry Link, professor at UC Riverside and professor emeritus at Princeton University and John Kamm, director of the Duihua Foundation, weigh in on Chen Min's commentary Why China Won't Listen with letters to the editor of the New York Times. Mr. Chen advocated taking a quiet approach to human rights... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at China Blues
ABC Radio International's Phillip Adams interviews Paul Mooney regarding the recent spate of self-immolations by Tibetan monks, nuns and lay people. Rare footage of a Tibetan nun setting fire to herself can be seen here. Viewer discretion advised. LISTEN NOW DOWNLOAD AUDIO They are being called 'the burning martyrs'. It's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at China Blues
The New York Times recently ran an op-ed piece by Chen Min,a former editorial writer for Southern Weekend and a former managing editor of China Reform magazine, titled, Why China Won't Listen. The author argues that China's Communist leaders don't like to be confronted regarding their human rights abuses and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at China Blues
Chinese poet Liao Yiwu describes his four years in Chinese prisons. Testimony of Torture: Chinese Dissident Exposes Prison Brutality By Susanne Beyer The old man seemed unflappable as he spoke. Sitting in a wheelchair, his wooden cane always close at hand and his thick, silvery gray shock of hair as... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 19, 2011 at China Blues
The following is an account by novelist Murong Xuecun the attempt by himself and several friends to visit the home of Chen Guangcheng, a barefoot, blind lawyer, who remains under house arrest, and who suffers constant abuses at the hands of the authorities. Like the many others who have tried... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at China Blues
Caging a Monster, a speech by popular novelist Mur... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at China Blues
Chinese lawyer Liu Shihui was one of the first rights lawyers and activists to be detained in a government crackdown that began in February 2011. He was viciously beaten by unidentified attackers as he was taking photos of planned street protests in Guangzhou on February 20. Liu was taken away... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at China Blues
A Fragrant Soul During Happier Days On October 27,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at China Blues
It's early morning at the Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La, Yunnan province, and nine monks are fingering prayer beads as they chant in a small room, gold-coloured shawls on their shoulders to ward off the cold mountain air. Photo by Kevin Chang via Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 15, 2011 at China Blues
In July I wrote an article about the abduction and torture of prominent Chinese rights lawyers and activists (Silence of the Dissidents), many of whom were understandably afraid after their release to discuss what had happened to them while in captivity. In recent weeks and months, a number of Chinese... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at China Blues