Category Archive: Paul Mooney

Tibetans Cry Out for Haven From China in Dozens of Self-Immolations

The Daily Beast

By Paul Mooney

Since 2009 more than 50 people—two more just this week—have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing’s harsh rule. Can the world stop more?

The two teenage Tibetans, a monk and a layperson, walked past the eastern gate of the Kirti monastery on Aug. 27, their bodies engulfed in flames as they toppled to the ground. Chinese security forces raced over with fire extinguishers. They carried them to a nearby hospital, where they are believed to have died soon after. Click here to read more »

Chinese Government Institutionalizes People Against Their Will: Chinese Human-Rights Defenders

The Daily Beast

By Paul Mooney

 

Every year, thousands of healthy Chinese are forcibly locked up and ‘treated’ in mental institutions, according to a new report by the Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

 

Prominent human-rights lawyer Jin Guanghong was walking down a street in Beijing one day in April 2011 when he was grabbed by several unidentified men, who threw a black hood over his head and stuffed him into the back of a car. The men, believed to be national security officers, later placed him in a psychiatric hospital where doctors tied him up, force-fed him medicine and gave him unknown injections, all against his will. When he was released about 10 days later, he had no idea about what exactly had happened to him during the frightening ordeal.

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Chukka for love

SCMP

By Paul Mooney

 

With historical evidence that the ancient Persians and Chinese played versions of the sport centuries ago, there are competing claims for the title of cradle of polo. One compelling theory traces its origins to the nomads of Central Asia who spread it from the Mongolian steppes in the east to the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west. Yet it wasn’t until recently that polo found a footing in modern-day Mongolia.

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Rubble in paradise

SCMP

By Paul Mooney

 

Architects’ training often instils them with a strong conservationist streak. Hwang Eu-fung, however, has taken hers to an extreme. Eight years ago, she abandoned her flat, BMW and job with an architectural firm in San Francisco to move into a dilapidated house in the remote Yunnan town of Zhongdian.

 

‘People here never destroyed or sold their houses because they felt they had been given to them by their ancestors,’ Hwang says. Click here to read more »

Darkness at noon

SCMP

By Paul Mooney

 

Ni Yulan sits on her bed tapping away at her laptop as her husband Dong Jiqin skitters about the dingy hotel room lighting candles before the last rays of the sun fade on a recent grey, cold day in Beijing. It is the 37th day since Beijing police cut off the electricity to the couple’s room, and the 16th day without water. The disconnections are an attempt to drive the couple from the dilapidated hotel that police once confined them to. Click here to read more »

Chen’s Brother Likely Returned to Village, Despite Retaliation Danger

The Daily Beast

By Paul Mooney

 

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng’s brother fled his village in a daring escape similar to his brother’s—except Chen Guangfu is now believed to have returned home one day after reaching Beijing. Paul Mooney on the fear of retaliation that has the whole Chen family worried.

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