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French press review 19 October 2017

Can we trust the rich not to run away with the tax rebates being proposed in next year's budget? What is the government doing to slow illegal immigration? And is Chinese president Xi Jinping the worthy successor of Chairman Mao?

China's Xi set to codify legal clout, anti-graft campaign at congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party once shunned the rule of law, preferring to rely on what Chairman Mao Zedong called "rule of man" – essentially using the authority of party leaders to govern.

Mao Zedong's "three jewels"

On the eve of the establishment of the PRC, Chairman Mao referred to united front (t?ngy? zhànxiàn ????) work as one of the Party’s “three great fabao” (s?n gè dà f?b?o ?????).  So what is a fabao, what did Mao mean by that expression, and where did he get it? Mao's "fabao" is often glossed as […]

Maverick history teacher has Weibo account removed days after anniversary of Mao's death

last monthChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

"It's a good day. The weather's beautiful and I'm so happy," Yuan Tengfei wrote on Weibo on the 41st anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao. [ more › ]

Alt-Left Insanity: Can U.S. Survive If Liberals Have 'Erased' History?

“Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.” -- Chairman Mao It’s only a couple weeks after Charlottesville and the left is hammering away at American history. Alt-left idiots are ordering the removal of Civil War monuments...Show More Summary

After Charlottesville Chinese Communists Salute America’s ‘Cultural Revolution’

According to the Global Times, some Chinese are joking about an American “cultural revolution,” in reference to their own “cultural revolution” where Chairman Mao murdered millions of people. The Global

Fifty years ago

(August 17, 2017 03:52 PM, by Scott Sumner) Fifty years ago, the Red Guards were rampaging through the streets of Beijing. Chairman Mao issued weird, over-the-top statements about the evils of American capitalism. Free markets were seen as exploitation, as a sort of winner-take-all. Meanwhile, the US was... (0 COMMENTS)

Why is Beijing afraid of Chinese feminists?

In 1968, Chairman Mao Zedong famously declared that Chinese women ought to “hold up half the sky.” Yet in 2015, the government detained China’s “feminist five” for planning to distribute anti-sexual harassment materials in public. Two years later, Beijing is still nervous about gender activism. In May 2017, Guangzhou police searched the houses of feminists who […]

Rare handwritten notes by Chairman Mao of the utmost rarity on the international market

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

A remarkable collection of handwritten notes by Chairman Mao, of the utmost rarity on the international market, will be offered for sale for the first time at Sotheby's on 11 July 2017. Dating from 1975, they reveal Mao?s continuingShow More Summary

Confronting Chairman Trump

More than 40 years ago, Mao Zedong reportedly said, “All is chaos under heaven, and the situation is good.” It’s as good a description as any of Donald Trump’s governing strategy. In the 10 days he’s served as president, Trump has demonstrated,...Show More Summary

Quackery at the VA: Our veterans deserve real medicine, not fake medicine

A reader recounts his tale of being referred for fake medicine at a VA facility. Unfortunately, the VA seems to be papering over its lack of resources in the same way that Chairman Mao did in the 1950s, by "integrating" fake medicine with real medicine.

First China, next the world: The Chinese government gives a big boost to traditional Chinese medicine, just like Chairman Mao did

Everything old is new again in China. Just as Chairman Mao promoted the "integration" of traditional Chinese medicine with "Western" medicine 65 years ago, the Chinese government today is doing the same thing for the same reasons.

Shandong professor fired after his online criticism of Mao Zedong triggers angry protests

9 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

After Deng's comments went viral online, Maoists showed up at the university's gates with banners reading, "Whoever opposes Chairman Mao is an enemy of the people." [ more › ]

Chinese professor sacked after criticizing Mao online

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese professor has been sacked after he criticized Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in an commentary he posted online that enraged leftists.

Family Buys Cadaver Bride For Dead Son, But The Bride Is Still Alive

10 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Image Link) There's a strange funereal practice that was outlawed by Chairman Mao back in 1949 but is starting to make a comeback in China- the practice of buying a cadaver bride to be buried with a family's unmarried son. This "ghost...Show More Summary

Chairman Mao on currency goes from sad to joyful

10 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

from sad to happy This works with other currencies, too, but this example is spectacular.

PCWorld founder David Bunnell remembered: The mutiny, the magazines, the Mao suit

12 months agoTechnology / Apple : Macworld

David Bunnell staged the mutiny that started PCWorld—and he once famously wore a Chairman Mao suit to a company meeting. As we mourn Bunnell’s passing on Tuesday night, PCWorld’s launch and the Mao stunt surface most among the editors...Show More Summary

Chinese Consumers Might Horrify Chairman Mao

Many of us are old enough to remember the photographs of the “Chinese masses” all dressed alike, in the style of Chairman Mao. Those days are gone. China is rapidly on its way to becoming a modern consumer society. That’s good news for a multitude of reasons. Consider this line from a [...]

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