Fri April 22, 2011

Chinese Truck Drivers Block Road Over Gas Prices

Originally published on Fri April 22, 2011 4:09 pm

Trucks left parked on a road near a Shanghai port Friday. Truck drivers protested for a third day over rising fuel costs and fees, disrupting the flow of goods.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Thousands of truck drivers in the Chinese city of Shanghai staged a third day of protest Friday over rising fuel prices they say are crippling their businesses. Truck drivers blockaded part of the city's port — China's busiest — disrupting the flow of goods.

The protests that began on Wednesday are the latest sign of rising public anger over surging inflation that the country's leaders have failed to tame. They come amid a government crackdown on intellectual and political dissent of any sort.

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Mon April 4, 2011

China Detains Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a prolific tweeter – including tweeting the three occasions last week police visited his Beijing studio, complete with photos
Andy Wong AP

As China presses on with its harshest crackdown in years, one of its most famous artists has been blocked from leaving the country. Artist Ai Weiwei is best-known for helping design Beijing's Olympic stadium, known as the Birds Nest. He was taken into detention at Beijing airport yesterday morning, as he tried to travel to Hong Kong – and onto to Taipei - and has not been heard from since, the highest profile victim yet of Beijing's latest clampdown.

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Sun March 27, 2011

A Snapshot From Syria

As revolution sweeps the Middle East, Syria has become a focal point of protest. Host Liane Hansen talks to Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Landis writes Syria Comet, a blog of Syrian politics and culture.



Fri March 25, 2011
Conflict In Libya

France's Sarkozy Enjoys Burst Of Public Support

While President Obama is facing some criticism over America's role in Libya — it's just the opposite for French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

He pushed for military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from the start of the uprising. A few critics have suggested Sarkozy's motives are linked to boosting his flagging domestic popularity.

But for the most part, Sarkozy's bold actions have earned him a rare respite from the usual barrage of criticism.

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Fri March 25, 2011
The Two-Way

In Syria: 'Difficult To Know Exactly Which Way It Will Go'

There are reports from Syria of authorities opening fire today on protesters in the southern city of Daraa. We've been updating this post since it was first published at 8:10 a.m ET.

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET. Some Deaths Reported:

CNN and the AP are reporting they've been told by witnesses in Daraa that some protesters were killed when authorities opened fire on them today.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET. Witness Says Troops Have Fired On Protesters:

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