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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice


Tibet protests

Legitimate protest or anti-Chinese prejudice? History or power politics? Feudalism or Imperialism?

The Olympics’ “civilising” legacy: St Louis to Beijing

The progressive ideals of the Olympic movement are part of a complex history that includes deep colonial prejudice. This interplay of politics and ideas, says Susan Brownell, has had a profound influence on the emergence of the United America, Japan and now China as Olympics host

China's soft-power failure

Beijing's triumphal Olympics year is turning tense, with the Tibetan and torch-relay protests now followed by the Sichuan earthquake. The Chinese government's response betrays a deficit in the way the country is ruled, says Li Datong.

(This article was first published on 16 May 2008)

China’s political colours: from monochrome to palette

A China in social and intellectual ferment is finding new ways to slice the national past. What is gained and what lost when the once-dominant "red" vision is supplemented by the revival of "blue" and "yellow" strands, asks Jeffrey N Wasserstrom

Tibet: looking for the truth

The Chinese netizens mobilising against western media distortions should also look in the mirror, says journalist and blogger Chang Ping.

China’s Olympics: after the storm

Beijing's tense months of crisis may in retrospect come to seem the product of a sophisticated image-management campaign, says Kerry Brown

Tibet scholars and China: a letter

A group of leading professors, researchers and specialists of Tibetan studies from around the world call on Hu Jintao to end the use of force against Tibetans in China and to recognise rights to freedom of speech and opinion.

China and Tibet: the true path

Beijing's policy in Tibet is not working. But the cycle of repression and resistance can change, says Wang Lixiong.

China's netizens and Tibet: a Guangzhou report

A viral surge of nationalist sentiment over Tibet has fuelled the hardline official narrative. The longer-term consequences may not be to Beijing's liking, says Ivy Wang.

Tibetan unrest, Chinese lens

An emerging cybernationalism connecting Chinese people at home and abroad is an important force in shaping perceptions of the Tibetan and anti-Olympic protests, says Wenran Jiang.

Tibet: questions of revolt

The ingredients of the crisis that has exploded in Tibet were clear to all but an oblivious and unprepared Beijing government, says Robert Barnett.

Tibet, China, and the west: empires of the mind

The clash over the status and future of Tibet has been transformed by the idea of sovereignty, says Dibyesh Anand.

How to think about Tibet

A greater understanding of Tibet's turmoil and possible future can be found in the experience of a small country in northwest Europe, says Donald S Lopez Jr.

Tibet’s history, China’s power

The growth of a pan-Tibetan identity underlies the current wave of protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, says George Fitzherbert.

The perils of forced modernity: China-Tibet, America-Iraq

The echo of Japan's colonial project in the 1930s resounds in the policies of today's actual and aspiring global powers, says Jeffrey N Wasserstrom.

Tibet: revolt with memories

The opposition to China’s oppressive rule evident in the Tibetan uprising is also an affirmation of the right to be different, says adviser to the Tibetan government-in-exile, Gabriel Lafitte.
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