Hong Kong demonstrations continue

The “Umbrella Revolution” enters its sixth day with the demonstrators continuing their peaceful demands for China to honor their one country, two systems promise in 1997.  Hopefully the Chinese government won’t resort to previous tactics but I admit I’m not optimistic.imagecartoon from archives 6/30/2004

25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

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Taiwan & China hold first direct talks since 1949

With the Olympics underway and the non-stop Chris Christie coverage, you’re probably not going to get much mention of this historic development in the American media.  I worked and lived in Taipei for a short time in the late 1980’s and although I wasn’t interested in politics at the time, I remember very well when my taxicab driver proudly explained to me how Taiwan had many big guns pointed on their north shore towards mainland China in the event of an invasion.

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UN Human Rights Council- what’s in a name?

Yesterday 14 new countries were named to the UN Human Rights Council- among them were China, Russia, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia.  I’ll just post this 2001 cartoon from the archives:050501UNHumanRightsComm

Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary

For almost 2 months in 1989 tens of thousands of protesters led by university students occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing.  The protests were triggered by the death of Hu Yaobang, a former Communist Party General Secretary who was forced to resign for his positions on reforming the party .  The students were also demonstrating against corruption in the government, for workers’ rights, and for  freedom of speech and the press.  On June 3, 1989 the Chinese government ordered martial law and cracked down on the protesters in Tiananmen Square, killing an unknown amount (estimates range from the hundreds to thousands). Here’s an article about some survivors from yesterday’s Washington Post.

At the time I was living and working in Los Angeles.  I can still remember sitting at my drawing desk at home when the news started broadcasting those horrifying images from Beijing.  Tiananmen Square-APAssociated Press