Did you know that, during the flare-up over a possible shutdown of the government, Maureen Dowd was yelling at Bob Dylan for blowing our best chance to finally shame China into doing something about its terrible record on human rights? It's all shocking and true.
Zamling sits in a dank concrete hall in a Tibetan slum in the cramped backstreets of Kathmandu. No matter what his dreams might be, this bright and confident college graduate remains a personae non gratae in the eyes of Nepal's authorities.
Guys, seriously, Groupon did a good thing, okay? Because after they aired that Super Bowl ad about Tibetans-being-oppressed-but-who-gives-a-shit-when-we-can-save-money, we're actually talking about Tibet today.
The Obama administration must go beyond mere words, demonstrating that it believes respect for religious freedom is a fundamental strategic interest, and integrating this understanding into its overall China policy.
The United States' ability to improve the world is limited. Economic incentives, military actions, and pro-democracy rhetoric will not push the international community into demanding Liu Xiaobo's release, or prevent other countries from following China's lead.
On October 3rd, police in full riot gear confiscated ballot boxes in Kathmandu and effectively shut down an attempt by 9,000 Tibetans to participate in the vote for their new prime minister and parliament-in-exile.
How far has political discourse fallen that 140 characters, in a language as concise as Chinese, is considered sufficient space to provide political commentary that is not only worth reading, but worth censoring?