James Burke

Shen Yun Under Siege: Unmasking Beijing’s War on Traditional Chinese Arts

You may have already watched or heard of a Shen Yun performance, especially given it’s been touring the world for over a decade. But for those unfamiliar with Shen Yun Performing Arts — it’s a non-profit traditional Chinese dance and music performance backed by a symphony orchestra that blends Western and Chinese instruments. Multiple Shen ...

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Traditional Chinese dancers during a Shen Yun Performing Arts performance.

Beijing Hardliners Target Hong Kong Cleric Cardinal Zen

The arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen in Hong Kong on May 11 tells you everything you need to know about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). For China watchers or historians, the arrest of Cardinal Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, was probably not a great surprise given the regime’s track record and its traits. ...

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Hong Kong cleric Cardinal Joseph Zen.

If You Knew Your Seafood Was Caught Using Slave Labor, Would You Eat It?

Many Americans have a notion that slavery ended years ago, but this scourge still exists in some parts of the world, such as in the Thai fishing industry. Slave labor is not a new phenomenon — it’s been going on for years. It’s a big issue considering Thailand is the third largest supplier of seafood. Well, it should ...

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A variety of different seafood on ice at a market.

Charlie Chaplin’s Greatest Speech Ever Made Has Never Been More Relevant

If you haven’t seen what is considered Charlie Chaplin’s greatest speech from The Great Dictator, then you must, and watch it again after that. If you’ve already seen it, then you’ll understand what an amazing speech it is. While it was a satirical political comedy-drama aimed squarely at Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, what Chaplin says remains ...

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Charlie Chaplin in the 'globe scene' sitting on a desk holding a globe dressed as a dictator for the movie 'The Great Dictator.'

Dutch Journalist Goes Undercover in West Papua

This Q&A was originally published on November 30, 2015. Dutch journalist and filmmaker Rohan Radheya spent five months undercover to document West Papua’s ongoing struggle for independence from Indonesia’s brutal rule. During Radheya’s time there, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, lifted a ban on foreign journalists in the province. That occurred in May, but Radheya says it won’t change anything ...

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Dutch Journalist Rohan Radheya photographs senior West Papuan OPM commanders at their headquarters inside the jungles of West Papua.

World’s Silence on This ‘Barbaric Issue Must Stop’

Researchers from an Australian-led study have called for the withdrawal of more than 400 organ transplant research papers from China amid concerns the organs were acquired from prisoners. In the study published this month in the medical journal BMJ Open, researchers said that 445 research papers published in English language medical journals included studies using ...

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Chinese Transplant Doctors Still Admit Falun Gong Practitioners Are Organ Source

Health officials in China have admitted to investigators that they source organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for transplant purposes, says a new report. From October 19 to December 2 last year, investigators spoke via phone with presidents or directors of a number of Chinese hospitals, says the report released last month by the U.S-based ...

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Organ harvesting display.

‘We May See Mass Murder’ in Xinjiang

The possibility that communist authorities in China could kill Turkic Muslims en masse in Xinjiang cannot be ruled out, leaders from a Uyghur group said during a panel discussion held at a Sydney university. Leaders of the U.S.-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) say the international community needs to effectively respond to the ongoing human ...

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