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長平 – 永遠的臨界點?

中國積重難返,沉痾難挽,面臨革命引爆點。幾乎不約而同地,滿世界的中國問題專家,都談起了革命的話題。令人仿佛聽到古代造反的歌謠:「蒼天已死,皇天當立,歲在甲子,天下大吉 。」

我仔細閱讀了這些文章,專家的話句句在理。惟一讓人感到困惑的是,這些理大多在若干年前已儼然成立。不僅民眾對腐敗忍無可忍,從鄧小平到溫家寶都在警告不改革就會「亡黨亡國」。意識形態早已經成為皇帝的新衣,說破它的小孩一批又一批地被送進監獄,還有人說只會被當作傻子了。官員的飛揚跋扈,警察的粗暴野蠻,一次又一次突破底線。過去人們常說,中國很多事情要從零開始,現在都已經改成了「要從負數開始」了。

真正的問題似乎不是革命降臨,而是為什麼革命還不降臨?
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Paul Mooney – Self-censorship in SCMP

On April 22, Wang Xiangwei, the new editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post,informed me that my contract with the newspaper would not be renewed when it expired on May 21. I can’t say I was surprised.

Sitting in a hotel restaurant in Hong Kong on a hot April day, Wang stared down at the table as the conversation began, seemingly unwilling to make eye contact. After a few minutes of chit chat, I asked him directly about my contract. He fidgeted and said he would not be able to renew it due to budget problems.

To me it was clear that this was a political decision. For seven months, he had basically blocked me from writing any China stories for the newspaper. During that period, I only had two stories in the China pages of the newspaper–one on panda bears and one on compensation for AIDS victims. Some two dozen other story suggestions went unanswered by the China Desk–in one case a story was approved, but the editor told me Wang had overruled him. A half-dozen emails to Wang pleading to write more for the newspaper went unanswered.
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