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Making employees crawl in public, a strange management technique in China

 
A cosmetics firm in the central Chinese city of Chongqing has found a unique approach to teaching its employees stress management: forcing them to crawl on all fours around a public monument. Read more…
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Stop Photoshopping officials into porn, authorities ask blackmailers

 
What to do when government officials and company bosses are repeatedly blackmailed by people who have Photoshopped their faces into pornographic pictures? Apparently, put up big billboards to tell them that this isn’t cool. Read more...
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Chinese activist asks Internet users: What does your river look like?

 
Deng Fei, a prominent journalist and social activist, is conducting an interesting survey over Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. He’s asked a simple question: “What is the river like in your hometown? While celebrating Chinese New Year at home, please take a photo of your river and upload it to Weibo for us to see.” This clearly touched a nerve, as it has resulted in hundreds of photos of extremely dirty-looking rivers being sent in from all over the country. Read more and see photos…
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China cracks down on Tibetans' satellite TV "to quell unrest”

 
Chinese authorities in the Kokonor province of historical Tibet (Qinghai province in Chinese) have launched a massive effort to get rid of satellite dishes that broadcast foreign channels, without specifying their motivations. Our Observer believes this is meant to stop information from spreading about a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans enraged with Chinese rule. Read more…
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Chinese company’s team-building exercise confounds viewers

 
This video of a team-building exercise – which was supposed to motivate the employees of a hotel in northeast China – has caused an uproar among Chinese Internet users, some of whom say that these methods remind them of those practiced in North Korea. Read more...
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China arrests hundreds for spreading Mayan apocalypse rumours

 
Hundreds of followers of a sect that is preaching that the world will end on Friday have been detained over the past week in China. Their crime: spreading “false rumours”. Read more…
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Chinese journalist “disappears” after exposing children’s dumpster deaths

 
The tragic story made headlines throughout China: five street children were found suffocated to death after climbing into a dumpster and burning coal to keep warm. Now, the man who first exposed the story has been forced by unknown entities to go “travelling”. His son believes he was taken away so that he will stop giving interviews. Read more...
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