Surely you all have read Edward Wong’s report in the New York Times about the Nobel Prize award to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The full text of the article is here; direct quotes from the article are included below in italics and followed by my analysis. [Ed Wong writes:] 1. BEIJING — Few nations today stand as more of a challenge to the democratic model … Continue reading Nobel Prize Awarded to Liu Xiaobo: A Critique of New York Times Coverage
Deployments can be brutal, but sometimes it can be very liberating to follow a vague command, pick up your body and your portable office, and just dump the whole mess in a random European city. For instance, Reykjavik. Yes, for some reason which is truly unknown to me, I’m sitting this evening in Iceland’s long midnight twilight, reading a weird but healthy pastiche of Le … Continue reading Afghan Mirage
Ever since the Amercian press corps wandered into dusty Yanan in the rumpled personage of a 30-year old named Edgar Snow in 1935, it seems that Western views of the Chinese Communist Party, and of China itself, have oscillated greatly. At times, China and the West come into convergence as to how to view politics on the mainland. In the late 1930s, both China and … Continue reading If China Did Something Right, Would Anyone Notice?