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Police announced Wednesday the arrests of five people in connection with this week's suicide car crash in the heart of China's capital, calling it a planned terror attack — Beijing's first in recent history — and identifying the attackers as members of a Muslim minority.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of China's crackdown in Tiananmen Square, world leaders have the opportunity to distinguish themselves from leaders of the past who, for the sake of economic progress or in the name of "national security," have turned a blind eye to atrocities committed by Chinese leaders against their own citizenry.
The first English-language collection of poetry written by 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is set for publication. The collection, entitled "June Fourth Elegies," will be translated by the poet Jeffrey Yang.
In a typically sour grapes gesture, China has invented its own peace prize. The ceremony, held on December 9th, is a day ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize function honoring jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Unfortunately, what Nick Kristof does today is ensure that his readers will continue to ignore the moral imperative to help people achieve freedom and democracy.
It stood for one week, but 20 years after its birth and death, the Goddess of Democracy endures as a lasting symbol.