What does the Bo Xilai scandal tell us about China’s political system?

May 10, 2012 - 10:17 -

A little more than a year ago, I offered an analysis on this blog of the likelihood that the color revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa would trigger a similar movement in China (http://infocus.asiaportal.info/2011/03/02/blogsin-focus2011marchare-flower-revolutions-middle-east-and-north-africa-endangering-stability/). One year later, the

“Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left To Lose?” – West Papua Declares its Independence, Again

November 10, 2011 - 13:58 -

Author: Henri Myrttinen[1] e-mail: henrimyrttinen@gmail.com Introduction On October 19, 2011, in a sports field outside the Papuan provincial capital Jayapura, a solemn declaration was read, proclaiming the independence of West Papua, the restoration of its national symbols, the formation of