By Wilfred Wang

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Ruling legitimacy has long been a popular point of departure for researchers and commentators when examining China’s digital media. In the West, digital media is perceived as decentralised and capable of forging popular participations, which challenges and even unsettles the power authority of the state. …

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Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Clemens Tönnies, chairman of top German football club Schalke 04, recently caused a public outcry for uttering racist statements. At a public meeting with 1.600 in the audience, he spoke about “Entrepreneurship with responsibility — ways into the future of food production”. This was in his capacity as founder and owner of the German food industry giant Toennies Lebensmittel, a company specializing in pig and beef cattle slaughtering and processing.

Tönnies criticised tax increases designed to help to fight climate change. …

By Lucy Mayblin

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Despite their current political views, the British government have been advocates of welcoming migrants and refugees into Britain, in what they claim is a ‘long and proud’ tradition. The recent Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper is no exception, suggesting that Britain is an ‘open and tolerant country which has a long history of welcoming migrants and the benefits they bring, as well as meeting our international obligations to refugees’[1].

So how about this ‘long and proud’ tradition? Is it something that we can trace across time? Unfortunately, not — anyone who has studied the history of immigration to Britain will know that it is much easier to find examples of the state passing new legislation to keep migrants out of the country, steadily reducing their social and economic rights and building walls and special detention centres [2]. Add this to a broader context of hostility towards immigrants, one in which today’s Brexit Britain is generally seen as much more tolerant and welcoming, and the ‘long and proud tradition’ starts to look vacant. When we look at the history of asylum and immigration policy in the UK, we find a history of exclusion, dehumanisation, decriminalisation, impoverishment, and the shirking of international responsibilities. …


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