Politics, Editor's Pick

How the CCP Targets Youth Across the Globe

If multiple reports from NGOs and government entities are anything to go by, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is keen on influencing youth across the globe. Accordingly, the CCP targets youth by resorting to various long-term and clandestine policies to spread its propaganda to young people living in other countries. The perception of China in ...

Max Lu

Tiles spelling out fake news, propaganda, manipulate, etc.

Koh-i-Noor: The Legend and Curse of a British Crown Jewel

The 105 carat Koh-i-Noor is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world — and it comes with a curse. The legend states that the diamond is some 5,000 years old, and is also referred to as the Syamantaka jewel. Koh-i-Noor means “Mountain of Light” in Persian, and was 186 carats (or 37.2 g) before Prince ...

Max Lu

The Koh-i-Noor diamond.

China Rules Twitter With an Army of Fake Fans

In this age of social media, such as Twitter, and being an influencer, many country’s government officials are jumping on the bandwagon to stay in touch with the people, and the world, via various social media platforms. Among these sites, Twitter is probably the most popular and well-connected platform. This social media platform uses 140 ...

Max Lu

Liu Xiaoming.

Canadian Men Detained in China Face Trial

Beijing is showing no sign of softness for two Canadian men detained in the country. There was hope that diplomacy could lead to the release of the two men, but now it seems they can’t escape going to trial. The men, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, have been held captive in China for over two ...

Jack Roberts

Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

Lithuania Blocks Chinese Scanning Equipment on National Security Grounds

It appears that China’s ambition of emerging as an Asian superpower has hit a stumbling block. After Australia opted to export their coal to other Asian nations, another country has given a cold shoulder to China for trading activity anomalies. Lithuania’s government has prevented China-based Nuctech’s subsidiary from supplying baggage-scanning equipment for aviation usage. The ...

Max Lu

The Lithuania flag.

Communist Chinese Takeover of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Nearly Complete

The Sino-British Joint Declaration signed on December 19, 1984, allowed Hong Kong to maintain its existing systems and lifestyle, which was ratified by Beijing and Britain in 1997, taking effect for the following 50 years until the year 2047. This included Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. However, before and predominantly since the start of the global ...

Helen London

The Hong Kong skyline.

Study Proves Link Between Political Bias and Social Tie Formation on Twitter

Twitter users are three times more likely to follow back the accounts of strangers if they share the same political bias, according to a new study that sheds light on the phenomenon of “echo chambers” on social media. The peer-reviewed study saw researchers, including from the University of Exeter Business School, conduct a field experiment ...

Troy Oakes

Twitter on a smartphone.