The Internet is admired as a tool for freedom of speech and citizen participation the world over. But in China, and particularly in East Turkestan, it is used to root out critics of government policies.
This Human Rights Day should be more than just an opportunity for politicians to put forth toothless platitudes but instead a time to defend actively the principles in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
For Obama's trip to Asia, the White House paints a full agenda -- Afghanistan, human rights, North Korean nukes, climate change, trade relations, and the economy. But it's really just the economy, stupid.
Wednesday night, the Empire State Building illumined its spire with red and yellow lights in honor of China. While this isn't the first time it's gone red and yellow, it's the first time it's been done for Mao.