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A pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong holds a photo of Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist sentenced to four years in China for her reporting on the Wuhan COVID outbreak. Miguel Candela/EPA

How China is controlling the COVID origins narrative — silencing critics and locking up dissenters

The stakes are high for China as WHO teams arrive to investigate the origins of the coronavirus. Beijing has presented a success story to the world — and will not accept any criticism.
Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, endorsed Joe Biden for president in March. Now she is his vice presidential nominee. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

Before Kamala Harris became Biden’s running mate, Shirley Chisholm and other Black women aimed for the White House

Many African American women have run for president of the US, despite the enormous barriers facing both Black and female candidates. Biden's pick puts a Black woman much closer to the Oval Office.
According to the ABC, newly elected MP Gladys Liu is tied to an organisation that’s part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front, which exerts influence among the Chinese diaspora. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Inside China’s vast influence network – how it works, and the extent of its reach in Australia

United Front's mission is to unite those who can help the Communist Party achieve its goals and neutralise its critics. This includes many influential members of the Chinese diaspora.
Indonesia’s Communist Party had been part of the national political fabric since the 1920s and had contributed both major leaders and influential ideas to the nationalist movement. Wikimedia Commons

Behind the coup that backfired: the demise of Indonesia’s Communist Party

The killing of six army generals on October 1, 1965, became a pretext to destroy Indonesia's communist party.
South African Communist Party general secretary and South Africa’s higher education minister Blade Nzimande addresses the party’s 3rd special congress in Soweto in June. Sowetan/Vathiswa Ruselo

Why communism appears to be gaining favour in South Africa

The SACP is the oldest communist party in Africa, formed in 1921. It is one of only 20 parties which survived the anti-communist purge post independence. Its membership went through cycles over years.
President Xi Jinping has a PhD in Marxism and recently directed more resources to the study of the works of Marx and Mao Zedong. AAP/Jason Reed

To make sense of modern China, you simply can’t ignore Marxism

How does one come to understand China? Many wish to do so, especially in light of China’s growing global influence. For some, language is the key that opens the door. With Chinese language, one is able…

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