Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Xie Chaoping's "The Great Relocation"

I have a two-parter up at Asia Times drawing on a book by Chinese investigative journalist Xie Chaoping entitled The Great Relocation

If you follow China news closely, you may have heard of Xie.  He was detained for about four weeks in August-September by a local government that was offended by his book.

Since the Internet is a wonderful place with a powerful disregard for copyright, Xie's book (in Chinese) is readily available on-line.  Xie had to fight well-funded and determined efforts to spike the book and it seems that he left an electronic copy floating around in case his opponents were successful in silencing him.

Some versions are truncated, usually omitting a detailed report on the extra-legal detention of the main local whistleblower in the case--and his escape from his knuckleheaded bureau of public security captors.

The Great Relocation covers the plight of hundreds of thousands of peasants who were moved out of some of Shaanxi's most fertile land in the 1950s to make way for the reservoir of the San Men Xia Dam.

When one reads the account of their fifty year struggle to recover their homeland, their prosperity, and their dignity, every metaphor for the insulted and injured comes to mind:  medieval Crusaders, the anti-government outlaws of On the Water Margin, slaves, Zionists, Roma, Palestinians...

More than just a fine piece of investigatory journalism, The Great Relocation is the Moby Dick of botched dam stories, covering history, technology, politics, criminology, the corruption of power, the nitty-gritty of graft, personal testimony, obsession, and the role of the media in exposing and following the story.

My two-parter provides an overview of the many issues that Xie examines, here and here.


Jorce said...

wholesale moncler clothing
cheap moncler jackets
moncler ski apparel
Moncler ski jacketsg
Moncler down jackets
Moncler Men Jackets
Moncler Women's Jackets
Moncler kids clothing
Moncler vest on sale
Manolo Blahnik Pumps
Manolo Blahnik Sandals
Manolo Blahnik Slingbacks
Manolo Blahnik d'Orsays
Yves Saint Laurent Shoes
Christian Louboutin Ankle Boots

winnie said...
moncler coats
Moncler Kids

herve leger strapless
herve leger skirt
herve leger

moncler piumini
moncler piumino

Moncler jacken
Moncler jacke

boshi said...

2010 your best choice for christmas gift. First, Power Balance silicone Bracelets. They are are sweeping the whole world.
power balance bracelets were first released in January of 2007 and now they become the most popular health bracelets among people of all ages and all walks of life, including some of the super athletes.

Second, Silly bandz. A very famous brand of silicon rubber bands. bakugan toys
silly bandz come in different shapes like objects, animals and letters and this is why these are loved by kids of all ages. The bands are very popular because they come in many colors, shapes and themes. There is no doubt that you will fall in love with them the minute you see them. These bands can wither be used as bracelets or as regular rubber bands. The choice is entirely of the user.

Third, Far away on the mysterious Isle of Zoobles reside hundreds of adorable, little creatures with a magnificent ability, they can magically transform into tiny balls hiding from the unknown, rolling to colorful destinations, sleeping after a long day But beware, you never know when these mischievous Zoobles are going to pop open and surprise you.

Fourth, EFX’s holographic technology contains algorithms and frequencies that interact positively with this energy field in both humans and animals at the cellular level. When placed near the body, especially at key energy centers such as the hands and feet, EFX bracelet’s products will harmonize with the body’s naturally occurring bioelectric frequencies.

厦门 said...

power balance
silly bandz]
wedding dresses develop quality for discerning customers and Experience the comfort, free shipping.
Buy evening dresses with a price guarantee and top rated customer service.enjoy
<a href="

will said...

Nel Moncler fan, sono fermamente vi Moncler Giacche proponiamo. Perché è il materiale migliore, Moncler abbigliamentoè al 100% della salute dei bambini. Se vuoi essere comodo da indossare, moderno, Moncler presaè la scelta migliore è un modo semplice è l'apertura selettore speciale Moncler cappotti per ogni occasione.

hunhefa said...

The consul is also required to send annually to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs mbt trainers a return of the trade at the ports within his consulate ; and to transmit quarterly a weekly account of the prices of agricultural produce, with the course of exchange mbt shoes clearance, and any remarks connected with these subjects which he may consider necessary. He is further required to acquaint his own government with the appearance of any contagious disease five finger shoes at the place of his residence ; to afford relief to any distressed British subjects thrown upon the coast 5 finger shoes, or reaching by chance any place within his district; and to furnish intelligence, obtain supplies, and generally assist any king's ships coming within his consulate.The consuls appointed by our government are generally British subjects; but this is not an invariable rule. Previous coach bags outlet to the year 1814, the greater part of the English consuls abroad, who held commissions under the crown, were merchants at the respective places of their consular residence. Many of those consuls had no salary from government; their emoluments consisted of fees, which they levied upon the tonnage of British ships, aud upon the value of their cargoes. This mode ut remunerating these officers having created dissatisfaction among the commercial classes, a new system was introduced in the year 1826', and an act of Parliament was passed to abolish all consular fees on tonnage and cargoes, and to enable the cruwn to give remunerating salaries to consuls. According coach outlet store online to the system fouuded upon the act of 1820', it was determined " that British consuls should not be in any way concerned, directly or indirectly, in commercial pursuits." This system was acted upon with some few exceptions until the year 1832, when a very considerable reduction was made in the salaries assigned to them, and " permission was given to engage in commercial pursuits," as a set-off against the reduction of salary.

moncler giacca vendita said...

liave nn undulating surface, Moncler Giacche and their soil 1 highly productive; ho southern, including tho Blankenbtirg territory, which lie within tiiolatits of the ITarx, Moncler abbigliamento are composed of a succession of mountains, In part well wooded, and studded wii highly cultivated valleys. The aspect of the whole of the duchy is indicative of stood orderMoncler presa J prosperity- The principal articles of home manufacture exported, are timber, yarn, Moncler cappotti grain, oil, chicory- madder, leather, hops, and ironware, amounting to about £130,000 per —i.

sara chen said...

Shoe hygiene is also important. Use anti-bacterial and anti-odor powders. Shoe deodorants are available in most stores, as well. If applied overnight, these products will take away the unpleasant shoe smell and will kill the bacteria responsible for it.
Christian louboutin studded pumps

Christian louboutin Bianca pumps

Christian louboutin Rolando pumps

Christian louboutin greissimo pumps

Christian louboutin greissimo wedges

Christian louboutin 140 heels

Christian louboutin platform pumps

2011bagnews said...

cheap true religion jeans has shieldscxy some distinctive features,they are True Religion’s signature lowrise leg,flat back pockets with cheap true religion jeans for women for signature “U” embroidery,red and cream twill Buddha patch at waist.It is available in cheap designer jeans thread combination.It arrives with many kinds of washes,pocket designs,and stitching techniques.True Religion Jeans Outlet makes a great interpretation of beauty,mystic,intrigue,love,and romance discount true religion jeans to those who buy its clothing.In addition,True Religion is promoting compliance with the pop-culture definition of beauty.This brand of jeans earns high reputation with fine material and elegant appearance,it is on hot sale true religion jeans for sale.True Religion Jeans Outlet makes a true religion brand jeans great interpretation of beauty,mystic,intrigue,love,and romance to those who buy its clothing.In addition,True Religion is promoting compliance with the pop-culture definition of beauty.

Here is the true religion billy image of True Religion Women of all ages Jeans Women's Becky Inglorius. wholesale true religion jeans It belongs to True Religion true religion wholesale Womens Bootcut collection. It capabilities flat backside pockets embroidered by using signature “U” logo in the contrast true religion jeans wholesale white stitch, an exaggerated red in addition to cream twill Buddha patch in the waist. It really is stitched within Super T thread blend. It comes in ‘Lonestar’ wash. True Religion belongs to the leading clothes brand in the world today. Have any try of this True Religion Women of all ages Tori Excellent T Lonestar, it won’t help you down.

cosplay costumes said...

What a great post! Offer you for sharing it on your site.I’ve been visiting your blog instead of a while conditions and I as a last resort summon up a marvel in your recent posts. Thanks for sharing.

sara chen said...

Step up to a luxurious cruise look with Christian Louboutin s Pomegranate Wedge Sandal. The style and design will definitely bring you to the limelight even if you’re on your simplest attire.The glossy patent calf leather is designed in crisscross bands over the foot and is in a slingback style strap with square buckle fastening. It is even more accented with some signature monogram flower studs that decorate the sides. It also has a smooth leather lining, padded insole and comfortable rubber outsole, for a trouble-free wear.high heels

sara chen said...

Christian Louboutin Bianca 140 platform pumps
Most fashion stylists and aficionados believe that Black is Fashion and to exhibit an all black statement would always be chic. But Christian Louboutin seems to have an appeal to this since the brand has come up with this off-white Magnetic And Alluring Christian Louboutin Daf Booty 160mm Black Calf Leather Platform Boots.
Turn your plain slouchy pants and top into a high class beauty as this pair of Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Spikes 150mm Black Leather Pumps
poses an eye-catching statement having been designed and created with off-white, all leather made upper and heels. The pair has rounded toes, braided multi straps with interwoven gold metal rings through front and an exposed gold zip fastening at back of heel. The heels are towering with the approximate measure of 140mm/ 5.5 inches and a 40mm/ 1.5 inch platform.
Show off your striking summer style or contemporary evening fashion wearing this $1,095 worth of Comfortable Christian Louboutin Bambou 140 Black Suede Platform Pumps On Sale
and just get glamorous! Christian Louboutin pumps at SHOPFORUGGBOOTS.COM