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‘Chairman Mao will bless you’: Why tourists flock to Mao’s birthplace

‘Chairman Mao will bless you’: Why tourists flock to Mao’s birthplace (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) On a cold and blustery December afternoon, groups of tourists cluster in front of a giant statue of Mao Zedong to have their pictures taken with the founder of modern China. “Bow three…

China unveils $16 million gold and jade statue of Mao Zedong

A gold and jade statue of Mao Zedong worth more than $16 million was unveiled Friday, in the latest example of Communist China’s indecision over how to commemorate its founding father’s 120th anniversary. The statue, 80 cm (32 inches) tall but weighing more than 50 kilograms, was put on display…

Aging Chinese apologize for the ‘evils’ of the Cultural Revolution

As a teenager radicalised by China’s Cultural Revolution, Zhang Hongbing denounced his mother to the authorities. Two months later a firing squad shot her dead. Now after more than 40 years of mounting guilt, Zhang has ruffled the silence that cloaks China’s decade of turmoil with a public confession. Such…

Mao Zedong’s grand-daughter worth more than $815 million according to China’s ‘New Fortune’ magazine

The appearance of a grand-daughter of Mao Zedong, founding father of Communist China, on a list of the country’s richest citizens prompted online accusations of hypocrisy Thursday. Kong Dongmei, now in her early 40s, and husband Chen Dongsheng ranked 242th with personal wealth estimated at five billion yuan ($815 million)…

China shuts political websites in crackdown

Two Chinese political websites said Friday they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticising state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet. Officials told the Mao Flag website, named after late leader Mao Zedong, and the Utopia website, also known…

Ted Nugent calls Africa a ‘country’, quotes MLK to defend Tea Party

Rocker and gun advocate Ted Nugent has found a new cause in the tea parties. He also apparently thinks Africa is a “country” that offers bountiful hunting experiences. Appearing on a broadcast of Fox News’ Hannity on Friday, Nugent defended the conservative protesters, then took the opportunity to launch a…

‘Pink Hitler’ poster upsets Sicilians

PALERMO, Italy (AFP) – A fashion ad campaign showing a pink-clad Adolf Hitler has outraged locals in Sicily where former anti-fascist fighters on Monday demanded the giant posters be torn down. One of the outsized pictures of the Nazi dictator, his swastika armband replaced with a heart, is plastered above…

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