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China Plans to Execute a Victim of Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Li Yan (Image: Private, via Amnesty International)

The physical abuse started just months after Li Yan married her husband in 2009, and it only grew from there.

Li's husband locked her outside on a balcony in winter, cut off part of her...

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Open Letter to the Chinese Government

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Honorable President Hu, Vice-President Xi, Chairman Wang and Delegates of the 18th National Congress:

I am writing not as my own representative, but as an ambassador for Jesus Christ, who was sent by God to bring good news of salvation into an eternal kingdom that will never perish.  I am...

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'I Forgive Them': On the 23rd Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 6:27 PM


Chai Ling speaks at the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

Two decades ago, the Chinese government's crackdown in Tiananmen Square left hundreds of my fellow students dead. Since then a new generation has grown up in China, and many of...

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An Unhappy Mother's Day in China

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Two weeks ago, the world watched Chen Guangcheng escape.

Wearing a Nike track jacket and aviators, rural China's self-taught lawyer, advocate of women and the disabled, spoke to a camera in a curtained Beijing room. Visibly exhausted and unshaven, Chen, blind since the age of one, told of...

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Chen Guangcheng's Escape: What China Is Trying to Hide From You

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 12:07 PM


It reads like a scene straight out of an action movie.

This week, under cover of night, a blind political activist slipped past dozens of watchful guards, crossed several barricades, and climbed a wall to escape the confines of...

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China Must End Its One-Child Policy If It Wants to Get Serious About Reducing Human Trafficking

(25) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 1:43 AM

China says it has stepped up its efforts to rescue human trafficking victims over the past year, but the irony is inescapable: if the Chinese government had halted its harsh and brutal enforcement of the One-Child Policy during the past 30 years, human trafficking would be a much less severe...

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Time to Think Differently About China

(87) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Will Obama broach the subject of human rights with China's president?

The Chinese government boasts that it has "prevented" more than 400 million lives and plans to keep its One-Child Policy in place "for decades to come."

With the recent tragedies of Ma Jihong, a mother pregnant with her second...

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5 Lessons From a Tiananmen Square Protest Leader for Occupy Wall Street

(29) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 4:22 PM

Before Occupy Wall Street -- before Occupy Chicago, Los Angeles or Washington -- was "Occupy Tiananmen Square." I know because I was there, leading the student-fueled movement, and today I see glimpses of early Tiananmen in the Occupy Wall Street movement. My fellow students and I gathered in the square...

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