China is retaliating against the University of California, San Diego for inviting the Dalai Lama to speak at commencement

Let’s hope U.S. universities are not intimidated by fear of losing Chinese blood-money:

Beijing has a lesson for overseas universities: Don’t invite speakers who oppose the Communist Party to big events.

A branch of the Chinese government has barred Chinese scholars from receiving state funding to study at the University of California, San Diego, according to people at the school. The freeze highlights how Beijing is steadily placing pressure on overseas universities to suppress viewpoints that run counter to Communist Party orthodoxy.

Pro-democracy activists plan National Day march amid calls to sack Occupy co-founder Benny Tai

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy bloc vowed to launch a black T-shirt march on National Day in protest over “political persecution” by the “authoritarian government”, while thousands of pro-establishment protesters gathered on Sunday to demand the sacking of …

Source: Pro-democracy activists plan National Day march amid calls to sack Occupy co-founder Benny Tai

Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students’ case

There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expert group says that a study of 17 of the approximately 123 suspects arrested in the case showed signs of beatings, including, in some cases, dozens of bruises, cuts and scrapes.One suspect said he was nearly asphyxiated with a plastic bag, and medical studies showed another had been slapped on the ears so hard his eardrums broke and his ears bled.

Source: Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students’ case