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“The visa question has insidious ways of sowing the seeds of self-censorship,” Dorinda Elliott, the global affairs editor at Condé Nast Traveler, wrote on ChinaFile last month. “I am ashamed to admit that I personally have worried about the risk of reporting on sensitive topics, such as human rights lawyers: what if they don’t let me back in?” Elliott is a longtime China hand who worked as Newsweek’s Beijing bureau chief in the late 1980s.

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The Dark Spot of Nelson Mandela's Legacy

Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis?

Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis? 

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All the Terrible Things Republicans Used to Say About Nelson Mandela

Reaganites called him a terrorist and a phony

Reaganites called him a terrorist and a phony.

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What Does a Chinese Political Gaffe Look Like?

Not the same as Joe Biden's

Not the same as Joe Biden's

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China Doesn't Want You to See This Year's Best Chinese Film

Luckily, I saw it in the U.S.

Luckily, you can see it here.

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The World Has Barely Noticed This Huge Political Development in Gaza

Hamas may be turning away from violence

Hamas may be turning away from violence. 

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From "Black Day" in South Korea to South Carolina's "Secession Day."

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No Way Out

Syria's Palestinian refugees thought Egypt would be safe. Now they want to get to Europe.

On Friday, 50 Syrian and Palestinian refugees detained in the Montaza II police station in Alexandria, Egypt began a hunger strike. Men, women, and even some children are participating.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees confirmed that they refused food Friday morning, and said that it is in touch with the police and the refugees, trying to convince them to eat.

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The Baltic nation must grapple with a national tragedy in addition to the economic and political complications of its entry into the Euro zone in January.

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The blockbuster nuclear deal reached early Sunday morning in Geneva between Iran and the U.S.-led coalition is both less and more consequential than early reports suggest. And there is a good chance that its real value—whether it prevents Iran’s nuclear ambitions or inadvertently opens the door to an Iranian bomb—may not be known until President Barack Obama turns into the home stretch for his second term, after the 2014 midterms.

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