Claims that secretive communist regime has carried out a further brutal purge of those the young leader sees as a threat to his authority
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Thursday 19 September 2013
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has compared his plight to that of his father, Bo Yibo, a revolutionary hero, and said that one day his name will be cleared.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
I n this novel Jáchym Topol explores two sites of genocide and asks the question: how should one commemorate past atrocities? The first part of The Devil's Workshop is set in Czechoslovakia. Topol's unnamed narrator grows up in the small fortress town of Terezín, famous for housing a Nazi prison camp during the Second World War. It also served as a ghetto and many inhabitants were deported to Auschwitz and other camps.
Monday 16 September 2013
Businessman appears on state TV in prison garb and handcuffs in latest purge on dissent
Friday 13 September 2013
The outside of the building in East Berlin’s Auguststrasse looked as if it hadn’t been painted since the Second World War – and it probably hadn’t.
Three years in prison if your 'slanderous statements' are shared and RTed: China launches crackdown against online social media
Monday 09 September 2013
China is stepping up its efforts to halt “online rumour-mongering” as part of a broader crackdown on social media, which Chinese people are using more and more to sidestep censorship of political debate.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
Six investigators trying to extract a confession held Yu Qiyi’s head under icy water.
Sunday 01 September 2013
China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations”, the government said today in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption and push for reform.
China’s corruption crackdown goes all the way to the top, with former security tsar to be investigated
Friday 30 August 2013
Member of Communist Party’s most powerful body the latest to be investigated in Xi’s shake-up
China: Bo Xilai corruption trial ends with politician claiming love triangle was reason for his downfall
Monday 26 August 2013
Disgraced statesman denounces wife and former right hand man and attempts to portray himself as honest man surrounded by corruption
Friday 23 August 2013
Thursday 22 August 2013
Florin Cioaba was the son of the Romanian Roma leader Ion Cioaba. His ancestors had been a powerful Roma family for several generations but they were no strangers to misfortune. Ion was deported, with thousands of other Romani people to Transdniestria in 1942 by the pro-Nazi Romanian dictator Ion Antonescu. With most of their property confiscated they were only allowed to carry hand luggage, with which they were supposed to survive the winter.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
OperaUpClose specialises in bold transpositions, best exemplified by its witty setting of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in an IKEA store. For Tosca their writer-director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has effected a different kind of transposition, but one which is entirely logical.
Wednesday 21 August 2013
Princess Irina is the daughter of the last king of Romania
Lothar Bisky: Communist who helped former comrades enter the political mainstream in reunified Germany
Tuesday 20 August 2013
Lothar Bisky, who died on 13 August at the age of 71, was a politican, who after German reunification helped steer discredited East German communists into the mainstream of national politics. He was among a handful of East German Communists who took the helm of the discredited former ruling Socialist Unity Party following the opening of the Berlin Wall and the removal of the hard-line leadership. They transformed the former Stalinist party into a Western-style left-wing movement that still enjoys support, mostly in former Communist areas of eastern Germany.
Monday 19 August 2013
Wang Xuemei claimed that the officially recorded circumstances of British businessman’s death were wrong.
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
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