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In a brave gesture sure to evoke the ire of Beijing’s octogenarian autocrats, the Nobel Prize for Peace has been awarded to the Chinese literary critic and essayist Liu Xiaobo. Liu has been in prison in China since 2008, charged and convicted of “subversion against the state” on account of his stirring advocacy of democracy and human rights, best embodied in Charter ‘08. He has emerged as the de facto leader of the Chartist Movement in China. Read my discussion with Liu’s friend and fellow Chartist Sha Yexin, in which we discuss Liu’s plight, here.
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Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
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Estimated percentage of U.S. gasoline consumption that occurs during traffic jams:
In India, 1.8 million female children were estimated to have died between 1985 and 2005 as an indirect result of domestic violence against their mothers; the boys of abused mothers were not at increased risk of death.
Vanilla latte and lemon pound cake continued to be the best-selling items at the Starbucks at CIA headquarters, where baristas do not write customers’ names on their cups.
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”