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Tiananmen To Apple Stores, Who Owns Our Modern Spaces?

Apple has opened the doors of its new 175-acre campus, built in the shape of a gigantic UFO, where 12,000 employees will be working. It will cost Apple $5 billion – five times as much as NASA's Juno, which traveled to Jupiter. Because of the design of the main building, the Apple Park has already been renamed by popular agreement into the Spaceship campus. But the question is, will Apple's spaceship, mother of all high technology, be able to take off?

That same day, during the company's first keynote address in the Steve Jobs theatre, the company introduced its new line, products both more expensive and less innovative than in the past. The lukewarm atmosphere, distinguished by the lack of Apple fans, may have distracted from Apple's much bigger ambitions, more enterprising even than the 10-year-anniversary edition of the iPhone and those uniquely contemporary utilitarian watches.

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Chairman Trump? Revisiting What The Donald Shares With Mao

WASHINGTON — The world seems to be stepping into a new era — literally. As if, all of a sudden, the Gregorian calendar is no longer valid and the world needs to start counting from the beginning. On January 20 of the year 2017, according to the old calendar, the new Trumpian calendar will start the first day of the first month in Year 0001.

The world is obsessed with Donald Trump. I work with the news, write both commentary pieces and reported articles, so I have to read through and filter a lot of material every day. In the 25 years that I have been working in the professional news business, I have never experienced a single news story that would occupy so much space as Donald Trump currently does. Perhaps a major act of terrorism? But little if anything else can match Trump for the all-consuming nature of a live story that the whole world is chewing on together.

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China 2.0
Christoph Behrens

Mao's Aqueduct: Biggest Water Project Ever Rises In China

One of Mao's most grandiose ideas — an aqueduct stretching 3,500 kilometers — is becoming reality decades after his death. The project promises relief for China's thirsty north, but has already displaced thousands of people in its path

JINAN — The Yellow River is nothing but a brown-grey mass of moving water, bordered by banks of rubbish, and is one of the most polluted rivers in China. It's a far cry from its former beauty.

The Chinese once called it "Mother River" and the "Cradle of Chinese Civilization." The Yellow River, or Huang He, crosses the entirety of the country, 5,464 kilometers long, from its springs in the highlands of Qinghai in the West to its delta at Jinan, on the Pacific coast. It provides water for nearly 150 million people and 15% of the agricultural fields of China.

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Discount Communism

In 1995, Chairman Mao was no longer such a hot commodity: If you bought one bust of the communist leader at this Beijing market, you got one free.

Zhou Lian

The Emotional Republic Of China

Words and feeling and the party line. Leaning on Western studies of social psychology, the writer deconstructs how the powers that be have taught Chinese people how to feel.

BEIJING — I still remember that summer day. I was seven years old, visiting the factory where my parents worked, when the large speakers broadcasting the Red Songs were suddenly interrupted. It was a public condolence read with a low voice full of grief.

I was playing with other children in front of the gate. My mother came to pull me into the house and told me solemnly that I was not allowed to laugh in public because — our kind Soong Ching-Ling grandma has passed away.

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Harold Thibault

Changsha, How Mao's University Town Exploded Into A Chinese Mega-City

CHANGSHA - When the Dazehu village chief told his constituents that a company was planning to build the tallest skyscraper in the world right there, in the swamps in front of the village, Mrs. Tan’s only reaction was: “All right then...”

It takes more than that to overwhelm this 60-year old woman, who has become used to big changes in the region: Changsha is getting closer every day, bringing its prosperity along. She seems to regret the fact that her village was leveled to the ground in 2002 to build five or six-story high apartment buildings. If only the authorities had waited a few more years, she would have certainly had a chance to live in one of these new skyscrapers.

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