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BRICS in Space

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In this article, James Wilson gives a brief summary of the space programs of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Once limited only to the USA and USSR, more and more countries are investing heavily in advanced space programs – despite the fact some are still in receipt of financial aid.

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Japan Through the Eyes of the Chinese

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Having recently returned from China where I taught at a university in one of the country’s biggest cities, I was amazed at how effectively the Chinese government continues to control information in the country. Over the last year, international news has been filled with stories of whistle-blowers and people evading the control of those who would limit their freedom to speech, facilitated largely by increased access to the internet. A new era of grassroots democracy appears to be taking hold all around the world. However, despite a few isolated rumours of a yet-to-emerge ‘Jasmine Revolution’, to me such a phenomenon could not have seemed less likely to occur in China. It is of course common knowledge internationally that the Chinese government suppresses free speech and enforces strict censorship laws, and of course the Chinese themselves are at least vaguely aware of this.But what I found more remarkable was the subtle use of propaganda by the government, which appeared to have great effect on my students without most of them even realising.