Empire Watch

Pollution arrives on winds from China

Along with goods for U.S. markets, China's booming factories are exporting pollution that fouls the air over the Western U.S., a new study has found. "We've outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing ...

Unauthorized GM crops face intensified oversight

China will further step up the supervision of genetically modified food technologies to prevent commercial cultivation of unauthorized varieties, a senior rural affairs official said. The call follows several suspected cases of farmers illegally growing genetically modified crops in the ...
Air Pollution Kills Over 5 Million People Every Year

Air Pollution Kills Over 5 Million People Every Year

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 600,000 children die from toxic air each year.  Not only are the children dying the adults are dying at a rate of 5.5 million a year due to indoor and outdoor pollutions.  Most ...

A House that’s stuck in the 1950’s

The House of Representatives doesn’t represent America as it really is today, said Timothy Egan. The Republican-controlled House governs a “fantasy nation created in talk-radio land,” where black and gay people don’t exist, women remain subservient, and all gun-safety legislation ...

China’s Human Rights Activists Under Scrutiny

Beijing Mass arrests: In one of the biggest crackdowns on civil society groups in decades, Chinese authorities have detained and questioned at least 238 lawyers and human rights activists over the past two weeks. At least 20 activists remain incarcerated, ...
Xinjiang China Torture Camps

TORTURE CAMPS in Xinjiang, China

After Chen Quanguo was appointed Communist Party secretary, he went to Tibet where he saw that they started arresting Uighurs and sending them to torture camps. The people were told that they were going to reeducation camps.  The police took ...

Massacres, guns, and white men

Why are most mass shootings perpetrated by white males? asked Charlotte Childress and Harriet Childress. In the debate over why America suffers so many killing sprees, race and gender are “the elephant in the room.” At Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Columbine— ...

Tremors from fracking

Prague, Okla Tremors from fracking: Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s largest earthquake—a 5.6 magnitude quake near the town of Prague, in 2011—to hydraulic fracturing, supporting claims that the process increases seismic activity. Fracking, as it is known, injects water and chemicals ...
Brides Being Trafficked to China - Antarctica News

Brides Being Trafficked to China

A young girl not from China was forced into a marriage to a man that she didn’t know.  She also didn’t know the language, so she was not totally aware that she was married and because her husband forced himself ...

Chinese waste-to-energy plant will be a mile in circumference

On the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, a fast-growing mega-city in China, the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world is on the horizon. You can bet that this disk-shaped trash-burning plant isn’t going to do any wonders for China’s notoriously bad air quality ...