Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan


reporter | latest on ? NPR, on ? VICE | Russia Today called me “notorious,” China kicked me out. Formerly London, China/Asia, Doha, California, more ?.

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Like with Germany, it was collective responsibility and ordinary people were complicit but hey, with Russia or China or whatever it's suddenly aw shucks these folks are just trying to get on with their lives and keep their heads low. And that just seems intellectually dishonest.

CZ "Babis’s arguments have been aided by a robust disinformation scene. The week before election day, for example, some voters received text messages telling them they purportedly needed to sign up for a military draft." From @emilyrs :

🤩 Love love love Jill Biden’s red Lunar New Year celebration dress. 🧧🧧

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Apparently it’s the 210th anniversary of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE — a book I love but which I feel is one of the most misunderstood novels. Way less about romance and more about women making practical decisions about marriage and financial security.

USMXCA This is the North America shelf section at the German supermarket in my neighborhood and I find it even more hilarious than the Asian shelf section at US markets at Ralph’s / Albertson’s growing up.

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The International Olympic Committee decision regarding Russia and Belarus is not a surprise given how it dealt with the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. People around the world will still tune in to Paris 2024; the IOC just makes billions feel tawdry about it.

@chrisderose  Also my first memory of a news story. Then there was a three-year blink and suddenly it was 1989 and that was just a wild news year for a kid.

❤️📚 "Barnes & Noble’s resurgence is a reminder that there is nothing inevitable... Great bookstores and libraries still provide something the digital world cannot: a place not just to buy or borrow books, but to be among them." From @ezraklein :

Just listened to this. This was excellent — though sobering.

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As someone who has had my press credentials denied by authoritarian China, I never thought I'd see this crap happen in the US. And this "most reporters are okay but is aggressive" thing is the EXACT line Chinese propaganda printed about me. It's a tactic, people.

News out of Asia is insane today. PH 36 years after People Power in the Philippines, the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos is set to be the next president. Yet it's people power in LK Sri Lanka as PM Rajapaksa steps down and they've literally burned his house down. 🔥

I compared Pakistan's former prime minister, Imran Khan, to populist strongman Jair Bolsonaro. To his credit, he took it okay. In the full interview I also told him he was acting a bit like Sherlock Holmes so there was a lot going on! 📺 Watch! @dwnews :

@elonmusk  asks what @Kasparov63  has done and accuses him of only ever tweeting. Here’s Garry Kasparov warning about Putin’s police state as he’s getting hauled off by Moscow police at a protest in 2007. Report by @nickspicerTV :

Confused about violence on both sides in Hong Kong? Everything you need to know is that police are besieging universities, attacking students and professors. Don’t know what other sledgehammer of a metaphor you need when it comes to ideas/freedom v. autocracy. Let there be light.

Pakistan Twitter! Ya’ll a lively bunch! But no, sorry — I never switch on replies for any posts because I get rape and death threats. Don’t need that in my life. There are no free speech issues! You have the freedom to tweet; I have the freedom to read or not. Tough cookies! 🍪😆

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