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About bmgottli

Benjamin Gottlieb is an investigative reporter, photographer and multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Growing up alongside highway 101 in Sherman Oaks, California, Gottlieb got his start in journalism as the assistant editor of his high school publication, the Knightly Times. Gottlieb received his B.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern socioeconomics and politics, and a minor in Multimedia Writing. During his time at UC Santa Barbara, Gottlieb spent three years as a staff reporter and news editor for his school’s daily newspaper, the Daily Nexus. Gottlieb took First Place for Best Feature Story of 2007 in the California College Media Awards for his piece detailing a weekend with the school’s Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. Gottlieb has interned at both the Santa Barbara Daily Sound and the award-winning alternative weekly, the Santa Barbara Independent. He remains a contributing writer for the Independent, and has published pieces on offshore drilling, prison reform and the 2009 California budget crisis. Gottlieb is currently a Director’s Scholar at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, pursuing a Masters of Arts in Online Journalism. He is also the senior news editor for USC Annenberg Digital News, a reporter for USC Annenberg Radio News and contributes to Patch.com through the One Square Mile project, an experiment in hyper-local reporting.

Women’s soccer a “beautiful flower” for post-disaster Japan

This piece was written prior to the Japanese women’s national soccer team victory in the 2011 World Cup. Hong Kong (CNN) — Japan women’s national football team will square off against favorites the United States Sunday in their first appearance … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s offices in Hong Kong, Macau to come out of hiding

Hong Kong (CNN) — Taiwan’s de facto representative offices in Hong Kong and Macau — China’s two special administration regions (SAR) — will come out of hiding this week after operating incognito for nearly 45 years, a move that experts … Continue reading

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Last laugh? News of the World’s final crossword

The conditions of their surrender were clear: “no libels or any hidden mocking messages of the chief executive” Rebekah Brooks, in the final edition. But these are News of the World employees we are talking about. With the last rendition … Continue reading

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World watches for fair Thai election

This piece originally appeared on CNN.com on July 2, 2011 and can be viewed here. Since the piece was published, Yingluck Shinawatra has won the election and is expected to become the first female PM of Thailand. (CNN) — Thailand’s … Continue reading

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Crops out of concrete: Farming Hong Kong’s urban island

This piece originally appeared on CNN.com. Hong Kong (CNN) — On the roof of a 21-story office building in Hong Kong’s eastern district sits a grassy patch of hope that agriculture can thrive even in one of the world’s most … Continue reading

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Examining Ai Weiwei’s release through the mainland blogosphere

This piece was originally published on CNN.com, International Edition and can be viewed here. Chinese bloggers battled through targeted internet censorship Thursday in the wake of dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s release after nearly three months in police custody. According to … Continue reading

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Observations From The SAR

Hong Kong is a place defined by a dichotomic reality. After just three weeks, I’ve witnessed Hong Kong’s inner struggle firsthand: the juxtaposition of old and new, rich and poor, modernity and traditionalism. And then, there was June 4. To … Continue reading

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Demonstrations In Hong Kong Demand Ai Weiwei’s Release

Protesters gathered by the thousands this weekend in Hong Kong calling for the release of prominent artist Ai Weiwei from custody. As I wrote two weeks ago, the detainment of Ai has captivated the proverbial global audience and will truly … Continue reading

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Mainland Chinese No Longer Permitted To Give Birth In Hong Kong

Mainland Chinese seeking medical care for their newborns in Hong Kong will not be permitted to deliver in public hospitals for the remainder of 2011, the Hong Kong government announced last week. Last year alone, mainland women who opted to … Continue reading

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Arrest of Prominent Chinese Artist Tests Depth of Crackdown

The phrase “Chinese government crackdown” continues to make major headlines. Whether it’s the censorship of key words like “jasmine” on the Internet, the swift termination of protests by Chinese security forces or the arrests of anti-government bloggers, China has clamped … Continue reading

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