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A Soccer Corruption Case Marks Key Shift In Chinese Attitudes On State Justice

The Chinese people are fed up with their justice system which is rife with corruption and lack of due process. There have been too many cases of wrongful convictions and confessions obtained through torture.

A uniform isn't everything (Kevin Poh)
A uniform isn't everything (Kevin Poh)
Yan Yung

BEIJING - Xie Yalong was the former vice-president of the Chinese Football Association (CFA). In September 2010, he was arrested on suspicion of manipulation of a soccer match and taking bribes.

On the fourth day of his trial, he retracted his confession and denied eight of the twelve charges against him. Xie said the investigator had tortured him to extract a confession. In his final statement, he admitted having taken some bribes, but declared that suspects should not to be tortured.

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Ukraine Has Exposed The Bankruptcy Of Germany's "Never Again" Pacifism

A group of pro-peace German intellectuals published a letter asking the country not to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine, but they're missing the point completely. Germany needs to reinvent itself in order to face today's challenges — and threats.

The Bundestag, or German federal government, meets at the Reichstag building in Berlin.

Sascha Lehnartz

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BERLIN — When even the brightest minds — some of whom have shaped the intellectual life of this republic for decades — suddenly seem at a loss, it can mean one of two things. Either the clever minds are not as clever as we were always led to believe. Or the times have changed so brutally that old pieces of wisdom are suddenly no longer valid.

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If you don't want to give up your childhood faith in the Federal Republic of Germany quite yet, you can settle on the second option.

Alexander Kluge, one of Germany's most versatile artists, founded a television production company, proving that there can even be television for intellectuals. Journalist and prominent feminist Alice Schwarzer has done more for the liberation of women in this country than anyone else. Yet Schwarzer and Kluge, along with another two dozen intellectuals, have written an open letter that basically recommends Ukraine to submit to Vladimir Putin for the sake of the authors' peace of mind.

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