Pro-democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong after Chinese officials announced a plan to pre-screen candidates for Hong Kong's next chief executive. Author Wen Huang joins us to tell us why he thinks it's a sign that democracy is eroding in Hong Kong.
The American Association of University Professors is calling for universities to reconsider their Confucius Institutes. We'll talk to a University of Chicago professor whose article criticizing the institutes has helped fuel the debate.
Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We'll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.
Iraqi musicians have been the target of attacks by extremists who have bombed music shops and forced many concert halls to close, but they have continued to play.On this week's Global Notes we'll listen to Iraqi folk and pop.
There are about one million Chinese citizens living in Africa at the moment. They are a major force of development on the continent. Author Howard French tells us how China is changing Africa.[View the story "Worldview: China's African empire" on Storify]
The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences reports that Beijing is “"barely suitable" for living because of pollution. Judith Shapiro, author of 'China's Environmental Challenges', discusses the Chinese government's battle with toxic air.