China To Create Database of Blacklisted Journalists, But Could It Backfire?

State media reported this past Friday that China plans to create a "database of [Chinese] media professionals with a bad record," this according to Business Week.  While on the surface this might look like a step up in censorship technology on the part of the Chinese government, there might be more to it than that.

High and Dry: China Attacks The Heavens In Hopes of Rain

China is currently in the midst the most devastating drought it has seen in the last fifty years, and projections for the rest of the year show no signs of relief. The matter is of such critical importance that China cannot afford to wait for nature to take its course.

Up In Flames: The Path of Digital News Out Of China

Last night, the CCTV building in Beijing caught fire at around 9 pm, the result of an unfortunate New Years' fireworks blunder. Not surprisingly, no news report appeared on television in the initial few hours after the fire began.Anyone who pays any attention at all to China will know that bad news faces many obstacles on its way to reaching the rest of the world. But in recent years new social media tools ensure that information can spread (pardon the pun) like wildfire. Here's the path that this particular story took.