Nobel goes to empty chair
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, today. Or rather, he would have received it had he not been serving 11 years in a Chinese prison for speaking out about human rights.
Liu, a writer, was convicted over seven sentences containing a total of 224 Chinese characters. The PEN American Center runs them all, including:
Since the Communist Party of China (CPC) took power, generations of CPC dictators have cared most about their own power and least about human life.
If there’s any power in remembering the absent and oppressed, then Liu is surely feeling it now.