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May 4, 2012

Should Chen Guangcheng be described as a “blind activist”?

  • for Many media outlets have referred to Chen’s blindness as a key crux of his story — which came to light as the result of a daring escape from house arrest, made even more daring because of his lack of vision. The Economist’s current cover headline goes so far as to call his story “Blind Justice.”
  • against Some media outlets, most notably NPR, have avoided the term, saying it’s not key to his story. “His blindness did not give him any particular bravery or insight,” says author Stephen Kuusisto, who has written memoirs about being blind. “It is just a factor in a much larger life.” What do you guys think? source

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20:41 // 2 years ago
May 2, 2012

Chen Guangcheng leaves U.S. embassy in Beijing: But why?

  • what Last week, after months of house arrest, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng went to the U.S. embassy in Beijing after escaping. He posted a dramatic video after the escape. However, this week, he ended up leaving the embassy as part of a deal between the United States and China.
  • why While not confirmed, a friend of Chen’s, activist Zeng Jinyan, suggested on Twitter that the Chinese government threatened his family with harm. While Chen wanted to leave China over the while affair, if he did so, he would likely never see his family again, according to Zeng. source

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11:17 // 2 years ago

Yesterday, The Washington Post was the first news outlet to confirm and talk to blind, house-arrest-escaping Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng after his escape — in a short cell phone call with U.S. ambassador Gary Locke. Here's how it went down: 

“Hello, this is Chen Guangcheng,” came a matter-of-fact, almost cheerful voice.

I introduced myself in halting Chinese, using my Chinese name and the Chinese name for The Washington Post. I asked how Chen was, and where. I asked him to speak slowly, to make sure I could understand.

“Washington Post?” Chen repeated, his voice sounding generally happy.  Chen said he was fine and was in the car headed to the hospital, Chaoyang Hospital.  He repeated the name slowly, three times. 

And that was it. Chen handed the phone back to the ambassador, who said they were stuck in traffic, but promised a full briefing later.

The Post had a prior relationship with Chen Guangcheng, as they wrote an article on the dissident in 2005.

10:42 // 2 years ago
April 29, 2012
Chinese dissident’s escape could endanger his supporters
The blind lawyer had help with his escape: The story of Chen Guangcheng, the self-taught Chinese lawyer who escaped 19 months of home imprisonment, could prove dangerous for the people who supported his escape, with American and Chinese activists concerned that the Chinese government will strike back. Chen is reportedly being held at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, though U.S. officials have not confirmed this. (A top U.S. official showed up Sunday, however,  suggesting they had a crisis on hand.) Most at risk? Hu Jia, an AIDS activist who was put into police custody Saturday; Nanjing-based activist He Peirong, who was arrested Friday; and Guo Yushan, a scholar who hasn’t been heard from since Saturday. “At this point, I’m more worried about Hu, He and Guo than Chen Guangcheng,” said Human Rights Watch’s Nicholas Bequelin. source
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The blind lawyer had help with his escape: The story of Chen Guangcheng, the self-taught Chinese lawyer who escaped 19 months of home imprisonment, could prove dangerous for the people who supported his escape, with American and Chinese activists concerned that the Chinese government will strike back. Chen is reportedly being held at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, though U.S. officials have not confirmed this. (A top U.S. official showed up Sunday, however,  suggesting they had a crisis on hand.) Most at risk? Hu Jia, an AIDS activist who was put into police custody Saturday; Nanjing-based activist He Peirong, who was arrested Friday; and Guo Yushan, a scholar who hasn’t been heard from since Saturday. “At this point, I’m more worried about Hu, He and Guo than Chen Guangcheng,” said Human Rights Watch’s Nicholas Bequelin. source

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9:16 // 2 years ago
April 27, 2012

Blind Chinese dissident pulls off daring escape, posts this YouTube video

For 19 months, the blind activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangcheng was under house arrest for his strong words against the Chinese government — particularly their policies of forced abortions and sterilization. Somehow, he got out, got to the U.S. Embassy, and posted this video, detailing the abuses he and his wife faced. Raise your hand if you think, despite the trouble it took for him to get to this point, this story is amazing.

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January 3, 2012

2012 in gay rights: Hawaii, Delaware legalize civil unions, couples cheer

  • aloha “We really don’t want to wait any longer because we have been together for 33 years waiting for the opportunity and our rights and everything that goes with it,” said Donna Gedge. She and her wife Monica were one of four couples to receive civil unions in Hawaii as the new year rang in Sunday.
  • not alone Now 11 states (plus D.C.) recognize same-sex civil unions or gay marriage. Hawaii and Delaware just joined the ranks of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa (as a good friend of ours reminded everyone last night), Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island. source

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10:30 // 2 years ago
December 31, 2011
My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.
Barack Obama • Speaking specifically about the indefinite detention rules in the National Defense Authorization Act, which were changed specifically to prevent the indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents suspected of terrorism, before the law was passed by Congress. “My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law,” he also noted. The president is fighting two schools of thought on the matter — a number of human rights activists are worried about the ramifications of what they see as unconstitutional, while law enforcement and intelligence officials say the changes will greatly complicate their job. Obama goes far enough as to call the passage where the controversial language is included “unnecessary.”
16:25 // 2 years ago