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Four men including a 72 year old former Boeing employee were arrested today for giving trade secrets and other defense technology information to the Chinese. These arrests mark a growing trend in broader Chinese espionage as China expands economically and militarily. (more…)

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In China, middle class people, businessmen, office managers, have been organizing sudden, short mass protests via euphemisms in conversation and text messages, circumventing the Chinese police state to make their voices heard on issues. These people understand Chinese law, their own rights, and have a firm grasp on what is taking place in their neighborhoods and countries. But, the strict police state that is designed to keep down dissent can’t compete with quiet conversations, blogs in code and texting. To Wit:

“They can’t arrest everybody,” said Yao, a 58-year-old protester who asked that his full name not be used because he is a manager at a state-owned enterprise.

And that’s the plain truth for both Chinese police and American police. (more…)

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As Yahoo! Chief Executive Jerry Yang went before congress to apologize for Yahoo! China’s role in the jailing of a Chinese dissident, the ironic theater of this whole event aside, we thought of other recent news items. ATT & Verizon helping in the domestic wiretapping of Americans without being asked,the sub-prime crisis, the private security debacle, etc.

By virtue of their size, resources, and ability, corporations have always been and likely will always be on the chopping block for their sins. They make easy targets, they tend to be in the wrong, and their primary responsibility is to their shareholders and not say, their customers, the general public or the common good. Given the amount of these types of appearances recently, its hard to feel sympathy for them. (more…)

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