Liu Xiaobo, rights activist, 1955 -- 2017
July 13, 2017 10:50 AM   Subscribe

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese professor, political dissident, human rights and civil rights activist, prisoner of conscience, Nobel peace prize laureate (2010, previously), died from liver cancer while under state custody.

Liu's death followed his early "parole" from the 11-year prison sentence while he was in a critical state from late-stage liver cancer.

A collection of links following he recent events, as follows.

From The Guardian: From The New York Times: Fan Jiayang writes for The New Yorker and on his prescience, and rests on the theme of indifference.

In Foreign Policy, James Palmer writes, with scathing condemnation, about China's cynical authoritarianism and the damage done to the citizens' psychological state.

Los Angeles Times, in a timely manner, has Prof. Bruce J. Dickson surveying how the Chinese view democracy and their own society.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, now in the control of Chinese tech tycoon Jack Ma (who denies political ambitions and dismisses the role of political connections in his success, but is noted for his company's role in China's push for a perfect surveillance state), publishes an op-ed titled "How can China become a tech leader if it’s intolerant of free thought?"
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和平

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"Even if I am crushed into powder, I will embrace you in ashes."

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posted by acb at 2:42 PM on July 13, 2017


I wonder to what extent the cancer naturally occurred, or whether they have a programme of adding doses of carcinogens to the food of imprisoned dissidents they don't want to officially execute but would rather did not cause any trouble again. (I think East Germany did something similar, only with radiation.)
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posted by kinnakeet at 5:48 PM on July 13, 2017


This is a worthy obit, thank you. Weep for China, too, still denied the freedom it deserves.
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posted by en forme de poire at 6:19 PM on July 13, 2017


'Teacher of the world' indeed.
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posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 10:30 PM on July 14, 2017


In front of this graffito in Hosier Lane (Melbourne) yesterday were hundreds of bunches of flowers and many quiet Chinese tourists.
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Link got stripped in that comment. Here is another.
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