Bo’s “Smash Black” Under Heavy Scrutiny
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  • “Once hailed as a pioneering effort to wipe out corruption, critics now say it depicts a security apparatus run amok: framing victims, extracting confessions through torture, extorting business empires and visiting retribution on the political rivals of Mr. Bo and his friends while protecting those with better connections.

    “Even by Chinese Communist Party standards, this is unacceptable,” said Cheng Li, an analyst of the Chinese leadership”

    Even by Chinese Communist Party standards? It sounds like one more page out of Stella Dong’s history of Shanghai (a very good book btw).

    What is it about China that allows corruption and disregard of human rights to become a way of life?

  • From Wikipedia:

    Criminal gangs are found throughout China but are most active in Chongqing, Shanghai, Taiwan, Macau, Tianjin, Shenyang and Guangzhou as well as Hong Kong. The number of people involved in organized crime on the mainland has risen from around 100,000 in 1986 to around 1.5 million in 2000.

    The Chinese Communist Party was able to seize power originally because of its relative lack of corruption. But as May West once said about herself, “I used to be Snow White but I drifted.”

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