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  • China's Worst Environmental Disaster Involved Killing Millions of Birds

    03/27/2017 8:00:38 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 8 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 10, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    One of the first actions taken during Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward program was to kill off “four pests”: rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows. The campaign was known as the “Great Sparrow Campaign” or the “Kill a Sparrow Campaign,” but it was officially called the “Four Pests Campaign.” Historians believe this bizarre countrywide tactic contributed to the millions of deaths caused by the Great Leap Forward. Mao believed that he could force villagers into giant communes, and communist officials used coercion and violence to get them to work.
  • Yang Jisheng: The man who discovered 36 million dead

    11/26/2012 3:53:26 PM PST · by BlueDragon · 29 replies
    BBC News World ^ | 20 November 2012 | Raul Mason
    In the era whose secret he uncovered, a journalist's office would have looked just like the one where Yang Jisheng works now. The tiled floor, the grimy window panes, the desk piled two feet high with papers, envelopes and books. The Mao-era radiators. The cigarette ash and the dust. Under Mao Zedong, Yang's good fortune was to find a job as a reporter with China's state-run Xinhua news agency. His misfortune had been to see his father die of hunger in 1961, at the height of the famine that killed an estimated 36 million people: "When my dad died, I...