A Deeper Look into Hong Kong’s Evolution

March 18, 2021

In the wake of dramatic protests that Western media have covered extensively over the past two years, Keith Zhai and Chun Han Wong, writing for The Wall Street Journal, report that changes are about to take place in Hong Kong. Whether the planned changes will appease last year’s protesters...

The Snipers of Damascus: Chinese Perspectives on Reporting the Syrian War

December 12, 2013

The Syrian conflict through the eyes of a Chinese war correspondent. Syria has been making headline news for over two years as the battle rages on between President Bashar al-Assad’s army and the increasingly fragmented bands of rebel fighters. Meanwhile, Libya, Egypt and other restive...

US-Iran Relations: Can Pragmatism and Dialogue Triumph? (Part 1/2)

October 12, 2013

Despite antagonistic identity politics, US-Iran relations have a history of pragmatic dialogue. This is first of a two part series. Relations between the US and Iran have been compellingly described as a “Sisyphus act.” Sisyphus was a king in Greek mythology. As punishment for his...

The Language of Legitimacy

July 26, 2013

Western media must avoid the trap of self-serving propaganda.  We are all aware of the power of reputation. How we are described by others, matters. It influences people’s perception of us. We can fast develop a bad — or a good — name. The same applies on the macro-level....

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 2/2)

July 24, 2013

Under Rouhani, it will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Manuel Langendorf: Was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ally, Rahim Mashaie, excluded from the election because he is an opponent of Khamenei and the conservative establishment? Was...