Opinion: In China, defiance of totalitarian rule is spreading as fast as the coronavirus

The people are no longer fearful,’ says Chinese law professor, Xu Zhangrun. ‘As a result of this great virus, the people are enraged and they’ve had enough’. Read the new opinion piece on China’s growing people problem in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. By Patricia Adams, Executive Director of Probe International, for the National Post.

That pipeline again

What’s the difference between the 2018 Federal Court of Appeal decision to quash federal approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and the FCA’s 2020 decision to uphold cabinet’s approval of the project? The heroes and villains have changed places. Read between the lines with legal expert Andrew Roman.

Deng Xiaoping in 1989

On the 30th anniversary of Beijing’s June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre, Probe International Fellow, environmental activist and China’s best-known investigative journalist, Dai Qing, delves deeper into the events leading up to and following the shocking and brutal crackdown that rocked a country on the brink of massive political reform and social change. A book that works as a retrospective documentary in affect, Deng Xiaoping in 1989 challenges the black-and-white dichotomies of “autocracy vs. democracy” and “government vs. students,” including correspondence from military generals who opposed the crackdown, soldiers’ experiences and eyewitness accounts of the “Tank Man,” the unidentified protester who stared down a column of tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square the morning after troops had opened fire on thousands of civilians – an iconic image of resistance since immortalized as a global symbol of pro-democracy protest.

Asset Recovery in OGP: Peer-learning on recovery, return and monitoring – lessons from the field

The 6th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit begins this week in Ottawa. Probe International’s Patricia Adams will moderate a discussion on identifying good practices and challenges in assets return and the promotion of peer-learning in assets recovery and monitoring. Organized by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and the MacArthur Foundation.