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  • Pro-democracy activists mourn the death of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong
    July 13, 2017  

    In the our news wrap Thursday, Chinese political dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo died Thursday of liver cancer. He’d been released from a state prison last month. Also, former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized for dehydration in Canada. Continue reading

  • July 11, 2013    

    Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. His poem — simply called “Massacre” — was an angry, howling rant against the government and a plea for support for the fledgling pro-democracy movement.
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  • July 11, 2013    

    Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. His poem — simply called “Massacre” — was an angry, howling rant against the government and a plea for support for the fledgling pro-democracy movement.
    Continue reading

  • July 10, 2013  

    After the massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989, poet Liao Yiwu responded in anger and sadness with a powerful poem that become popular among activists. But his verse led to his imprisonment. Jeffrey Brown talks to the poet about his work and time in prison, recounted in his new memoir, "For a Song and a Hundred Songs." Continue reading

  • April 10, 2013  

    Blogger Yoani Sanchez, called the most famous Cuban not named Castro, writes about freedom, oppression and life as a dissident in her home country. In this interview from WNET’s MetroFocus, Sanchez talks with Rafael Pi Roman about how her country has suffered, and whether the government is being transformed or weakened. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012  

    Ray Suarez speaks with Steven Lee Myers, diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times, about the latest developments in the saga of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and how his situation rankled American and Chinese officials during high-level diplomatic meetings. Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012  

    Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he now wants to leave China after learning of alleged threats made against his family by Chinese government officials. Ray Suarez reports on the ongoing saga of the blind activist’s fate. Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012  

    “The government officials came into my home, wanted to beat my family to death,” Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said Thursday, indicating he now wants to leave China. Ray Suarez discussed the fast-moving saga of the blind activist with the AP’s Charles Hutzler, the ChinaAid Association’s Bob Fu and professor Susan Shirk. Continue reading

  • May 2, 2012  

    While Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng gave up his U.S. diplomatic sanctuary Wednesday, nearly everything else surrounding the fate of the blind activist remained in dispute. Chen told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he had left the American Embassy under duress. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • April 30, 2012  

    The location of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest, remained a mystery Monday as U.S. and Chinese officials said as little as possible amid a delicate diplomatic situation just ahead of a high-level meeting between the nations. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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