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Mao’s legacy defended, and famous swim decoded, for clueless academics-Part 4 of 8 of Ramin Mazaheri’s New China Scholarship

By Jeff J. Brown Pictured above: A picture released by the Chinese official news agency shows some 5,000 Chinese following Chairman Mao Zedong’s example swimming 16 July 1966, in the Yangtze river, near Wuhan, displaying floating portraits of the Great Helmsman and slogans calling for him to live a “10,000 year” life. Crosslinked with: The…

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Daring to go beyond Western propaganda on the Great Leap Forward’s famine: New China Scholarship series, by Ramin Mazaheri, Part 2 of 8

By Jeff J. Brown Pictured above: Western circulated photo of “Chinese famine”. Images don’t lie, they say, but erasing context does—an old Western technique. As explained by  Wikipedia, rarely an impartial source, The Great Chinese Famine (1959—1961) “was caused by social pressure, economic mismanagement, and radical changes in agriculture in addition to weather conditions and…

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