October 9, 2013
The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Friday. The Nobel Committee does not reveal the identities of any of the nominees, and information about them is sealed for 50 years. But the committee did report a record number of candidates this year: 259, of which 50 are organizations. The previous record was in 2011, when there were 241 candidates. The deadline for submitting nominations was Feb. 1. Despite the secrecy, rumors and speculation always produce a list of favorites — though the choice of last...
April 3, 2011 |
BEIJING — Ai Weiwei, one of China's most prominent artists and an outspoken critic of the communist regime, was taken from Beijing's airport by security agents Sunday as he was about to board a flight to Hong Kong. Police later raided his studio. Ai is the most high-profile activist to have been detained in a government crackdown in which dozens of bloggers, human rights lawyers and writers have been swept up. The arrests seem related to the government's concern that activists in China want to launch a...
June 3, 2011 |
The world looks to Nobel Peace laureates for depth of vision in human affairs, and their moral stature seems all the greater when they are persecuted by government. We have honored the views of such people as Andrei Sakharov , Lech Walesa and Aung Sang Suu Kyi . Liu Xiaobo , winner of the 2010 Peace Prize, is in a prison in Liaoning, China, for "incitement of subversion of state power. " No one outside the prison has heard from him since Oct. 10, 2010, when his wife was allowed to visit and to pass along his wishes for the...
April 11, 2011
Regarding the April 7 Style article "The times they are a-censored" : How tragic that an icon of the 1960s rearranged his set list to appease an authoritarian government — especially at the time said government has imprisoned a renowned artist (Ai Weiwei) and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Liu Xiaobo). It's bad enough that Western businesses and political leaders have kowtowed to the Chinese for decades to stimulate commerce and exploit the country's large and cowed labor pool, but to see Bob Dylan...
December 24, 2009
WELL, THAT was quick. The "state subversion" trial of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo ended just three hours after it began Wednesday, with a verdict -- almost certainly "guilty" -- expected from the Beijing court on Friday. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison. China has been flexing its newfound economic preeminence on the world stage of late. But back home, its ruling Communist Party remains desperately afraid of dissent and hooked on old-fashioned repression. Mr. Liu is a veteran dissident first jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen uprising.
January 1, 2010
As conveyed in your Dec. 25 article "Chinese dissident sentenced to 11 years on 'subversion' charges," Liu Xiaobo's harsh sentence came as a surprise to many observers. But not to me. In October, my mother, Cao Junping, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Shandong province. The same day, my aunt was sentenced to nine years. Unlike Liu, they are not high-profile dissidents. They are simply two older women who practice Falun Gong. They meditate in their free time and try to follow a moral philosophy centered on the...