Robert Gates agreed to hold talks with China next year. Cybersecurity, oil politics, and China's expanding role in Latin America will all be on the agenda. And if Liu Xiaobo doesn't have his 'get out of jail' card by then, he might be too.
Covert foreign state support for ostensibly independent journalism violates basic principles of the profession's integrity; even if the journalists who benefited from the grants may not have known of the State Department funding.
Sharp has inspired generations of progressives around the world. So why are foreign governments claiming that he and his small research institute are key players in a Bush administration plot against them?