Liu Xiaobo biography

first_img to go further News Receive email alerts October 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Liu Xiaobo biography News June 2, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China Who is Liu Xiaobo? French sinologist Jean-Philippe Béja, a specialist in Liu’s work and the Chinese pro-democracy movement, has written a short biography of the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.On 8 October, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time to a Chinese citizen living in China, even if he is serving an 11-year jail sentence in Jinzhou prison in the northeastern province of Liaoning. On learning the news, Liu Xiaobo said: “I dedicate this prize to the lost souls of June 4th.” He was referring to the date of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacreLiu knows the northeast well. He was born in the city of Changchun on 28 December 1955 and went to university there in 1977 after a visit to Inner Mongolia, two years in the countryside in Jilin and a stint with a construction company in Changchun. It was his generation’s standard itinerary. After getting a bachelor’s degree in literature, he was admitted to Beijing Normal University in 1982 to do a master’s degree. It was while studying for a PhD that he became known for an article he wrote criticising China’s “new wave” writers for not cutting the umbilical cord with the authorities. In the speech that made him famous in 1986, he accused the post-Mao cultural establishment of being obsessed with winning Nobel prizes!An heir of the May fourth movement and deliberately provocative, Liu practiced a Nietzschean cult of the individual and took little interest in politics. He had not participated in the 1978-79 Beijing Spring, although he belonged to that generation. The auditorium was packed when he defended his thesis. People were flocking to his lectures at the time and his popularity drew the attention of foreign sinologists. He was invited to Norway (already!) and was a guest professor at Columbia University when the pro-democracy movement erupted in the spring of 1989.While many intellectuals in China were seeking ways to go abroad in case things turned bad, Liu rushed back in order to get involved in the movement. By mid-May, he was spending most of his time alongside the students in Tiananmen Square. He did not hesitate to criticize their behaviour but they did not hold it against him and continued to discuss things with him. On 2 June 1989, when the rumours of an army intervention were getting more insistent, Liu and three of his comrades began a hunger strike against the imminent crackdown. On the night of the massacre, he convinced the students of the need to negotiate a peaceful evacuation of the square with the army. Liu was the one who took charge of the negotiation, thereby preventing even greater bloodshed.He took refuge in the Australian embassy but could not bear to remain in a safe place while citizens and students who had taken part in the movement were being hunted down, arrested and executed. He was arrested while cycling in Beijing on 8 June and spent the next 20 months in Qincheng prison, dubbed the “20th century Bastille” by Wei Jingsheng. It was a different Liu who left the prison: “My eyes were opened by 4 June and the death of the martyrs and now, every time I open my mouth, I ask myself if I am worthy of them.” The courage of those citizens and the determination of the students had moved him deeply, and since then he has never stopped fighting for the authorities to acknowledge the massacre.The young Nietzschean provocateur was no more. From 1991 onwards, Liu devoted himself solely to the defence of fundamental rights. Joining the disparate pro-democracy movement, he launched petition upon petition in defence of those who founded independent unions, those who dared to criticize the authorities and those who stood up to the modern day Leviathan, as well as petitions calling for justice for the victims of the 4 June massacre, obviously. In the course of this struggle, he met Ding Zilin and the Tiananmen Mothers, who were also fighting for the government to acknowledge the massacre. He also fought alongside Bao Zunxin, the cofounder of the Autonomous Association of Beijing Intellectuals, who was fired from the Academy of Social Sciences when he left prison, and joined the opposition. Together they wrote articles and launched petitions.His activities resulted in his being placed under house arrest for nine months in 1995. The next year, veteran dissident Wang Xizhe asked him to co-sign a petition calling for a new period of cooperation between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. “I was not really convinced but I had (and still have) a lot of respect for Wang Xizhe so I signed.” Wang, who lived in Guangzhou, secretly went to Hong Kong after signing, while Liu received a visit from the police. On 8 October 1996, he was sentenced to three years of reeducation through labour. As soon as he was released, he resumed his activities within the movement and launched new petitions. Even if the petitions were not accessible in China, he thought it was necessary to demand respect for one’s rights.The post-4 June Liu Xiaobo is convinced that submitting to despotism is unacceptable. As he has often written, the regime is no longer as violent as it was in Mao Zedong’s time and resisting its lies is no longer so risky. Like Vaclav Havel, he affirms his intention to live the truth. He refuses to write his political articles under a pseudonym, even if that prevents them from being published in China. He refuses to tone down his criticism in order to be published. In short, he rejects any form of compromise with the government and stands by his principles.This does not prevent him from recognising the progress achieved in China, and not just in the economic realm. He is convinced that by resisting, by pressing for their rights to be respected, China’s citizens are forcing the Party to retreat. He hails the progress that has been made by Chinese society (minjian) even if it does not concern him as someone who has lived under political police surveillance ever since leaving prison in 1991.As well as the political columns he writes for the Hong Kong press or posts on the Internet (which he calls “God’s gift to China”), Liu has taken part in all sorts of initiatives aimed at achieving political reform. The latest was Charter 08, a manifesto inspired by Czechoslovakia’s Charter 77. It calls for real democracy in China, with separation of powers, an end to the one-party rule and the creation of a federation so that the ethnic minorities rights are protected. He was not its main author but he made a major contribution to its dissemination as he is able to serve as a bridge between the different generations and different groups of dissidents. He is appreciated as much by old guard Party members loyal to Hu Yaobang as by Democracy Wall activists. A protagonist of the 1989 movement, he enjoys the esteem of that era’s students. His commitment to the defence of civil rights has won him the support of that movement’s activists. This was seen on the day of his trial, when dozens of petitioners turned up in a show of solidarity.Liu does not act like a hero. He is a man who likes to live well, a man who writes love poems to his wife Liu Xia. But behind that apparent gentleness, lies an iron will. Regardless of the risks, he never compromises on his principles and does not think twice about going to prison for the sake of his ideas. Because, in a sense, he is a survivor who feels he is still being watched by all those who were killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre. It was not by chance that he dedicated his Nobel Peace Prize to the “lost souls” of June 4th.Jean-Philippe Béjacenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Jean-Philippe Béja’s interview: News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en Related documents interview_jpbeja-4.mp3MPEG – 351.35 KB China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Celebrando Nuestra Cultura/Celebrating Our Culture at All Saints Church

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a commentcenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Cultural Heritage Celebrando Nuestra Cultura/Celebrating Our Culture at All Saints Church Article and Photo courtesy of ALL SAINTS CHURCH, PASADENA Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 4:08 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy To honor the diversity of All Saints Church’s Latino / Hispanic parishioners and the Pasadena community at Large, The Latino/Hispanic Ministry invites everyone to a festive afternoon as they celebrate Latin American roots and traditions on Saturday, October 12, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in Sweetland Hall and on the Church Grounds.The date Columbus arrived in the Americas is recognized in many countries in Latin America. The most common name for the celebration in Spanish (including in some Latin American communities in the United States) is the Día de la Raza (“day of the race” or “day of the [Hispanic] people”), commemorating the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans. The day was first celebrated in Argentina in 1917, Venezuela and Colombia in 1921, Chile in 1922, and Mexico in 1928. The day was also celebrated under this title in Spain until 1957, when it was changed to the Día de la Hispanidad (“Hispanity Day”), and in Venezuela until 2002, when it was changed to the Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance).Actual observance of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas varies in different parts of the United States, ranging from large-scale parades and alternative events reclaiming the indigenous and African roots of the Americas to complete non-observance.Come and join to celebrate the diversity of Pasadena’s Latino / Hispanic culture with music, food, folkloric dance, family activities, and a community resource fair. For more information contact Norma Sigmund at (626) 583-2734 or [email protected] All Saints Church is at 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena (directly across Euclid from Pasadena City Hall) or visit www.allsaints-pas.org. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Syracuse offense struggles in 2-1 loss to Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Sheridan Street was consoled by teammate Annette Cappellino, who wiped her teammate’s tears. Alex Lamontagne put her shirt over her face as she did her cool-down stretches.SU had scored its first goal since Sept. 18 earlier in the game. Maddie Iozzi launched a corner kick into the top right corner of the goal box, looking for Alana O’Neill. Instead, Virginia Tech’s Laila Gray headed the ball past teammate Mandy McGlynn for an own goal, which tied the game at 1-1 in the 70th minuteAnd even though Syracuse got help from the Hokies, SU (7-5-2, 0-4-1) dropped its matchup with Virginia Tech (9-4-1, 1-3-1 ACC), 2-1, marking the Orange’s fourth loss in a row and 21 days since Syracuse last won a game.“You can’t fault the level of conference play,” head coach Phil Wheddon said.After a historic start, SU has stumbled through its conference slate, and it’s offense struggled once again. Within 15 minutes of the own goal, Virginia Tech scored again, pushing the game out of reach. Syracuse players walked off the field with their heads dropped after their loss Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We need to relax and just take a breath,” Lamontagne said. “We need to make sure we focus on striking the ball and not anything else.”The Hokies finished the first 45 minutes ahead 1-0 and outshot Syracuse 9-2. The Orange, however, had at least one solid chance. In the 43rd minute, Sydney Brackett found herself in a one-on-one situation with a Virginia Tech defender. Stephanie Skilton and Eva Gordon streaked to the net, but the two brought three Hokie defenders with them.Instead of Brackett racing forward and taking a shot in her promising situation, she sent a poor cross behind the feet of Skilton, who was forced to stop her run to save the possession. She ultimately turned the ball over.SU’s offense looked disorganized in the first half but came out in the second half with significantly more energy. Within the first 15 minutes of the second half, Syracuse recorded five shots and looked as if it would finally generate the momentum it’d been lacking.In the 53rd minute, Alana O’Neill passed to a wide open Lamontagne in front of McGlynn, who was rushing to the edge of the box. Lamontagne kicked a left-footed roller underneath McGlynn. The Orange forward fell over McGlynn and rose to her knees to look as her ball traveled just wide to the left of the goal.Sitting in the box on her knees, Lamtontagne dropped her head and covered her face with her shirt.“I just didn’t get good contact on the ball, and I should’ve,” Lamontagne said. “I just miskicked it.”Syracuse got opportunities during the half. Several through balls found their way to Syracuse forwards, who failed to put the ball in the back of the net. The Orange finished with 12 shots and were given the ball 15 times via Virginia Tech fouls.“We’re getting opportunities,” Skilton said. “We just need to find the back of the net.” Comments Published on October 6, 2016 at 11:44 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

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Guardiola says Man City aren’t new Invincibles

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Sunday’s game against Arsenal is set to be the first time Alexis Sanchez faces City since a £60 million ($78.4 million, 67.5 million euros) move to the Etihad Stadium fell through at the end of August.Guardiola refused to be drawn on the prospect of resurrecting that deal, either in January or at the end of the season, when the Chile international’s contract runs out.“The transfer window is closed, so it’s not time to talk about that,” Guardiola said.“I have respect for Arsenal and especially for my own players. In the period that the transfer window is open, I leave other people to talk about that.“You know my opinion on the players I have. On Alexis, you know my opinion, but he’s an Arsenal player so it’s not correct to talk about that, especially before we play them.”Guardiola believes City should be wary not just of Sanchez, but also of Mesut Ozil, another point in a three-pronged attack that also features Alexandre Lacazette.Ozil, like Sanchez, is out of contract next year, but has faced criticism for a lack of goals and assists this season.“I don’t have doubts about him, first in terms of quality,” said Guardiola, who came up against Ozil during his time as Barcelona coach.“I enjoy him and have suffered from him at Real Madrid and here. He gets criticised when the team loses. He is a big target when they lose. But I admire him.“Maybe his body language doesn’t help him too much, but sometimes that confuses the opinion of the critics.“I don’t have doubts about his quality. It’s good for the Premier League to have players of this talent, but hopefully on Sunday he can play a bad, bad, bad game.” Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Pep Guardiola has promised Arsene Wenger that Manchester City have no chance of emulating his Arsenal team’s 2003/04 record of completing a Premier League season unbeaten.Arsenal were dubbed the ‘Invincibles’ after becoming only the second team — after Preston North End in 1888/89 — to go through an English top-flight campaign without losing a game.City are unbeaten after 10 games of the league season, but Wenger has suggested it will be difficult for them to match his side’s achievement and City boss Guardiola agrees with the Arsenal manager.“I would like to say to Arsene that this record belongs to him. We are not going to break it,” Guardiola said on Friday ahead of his side’s home game with Arsenal on Sunday.“He has to be calm. He has to be sure that is not going to happen. It was an exceptional team.“To stay unbeaten in the Premier League is something fantastic. He has to know that we don’t want to break this record, but we want to play well and beat them on Sunday.”City have not lost any of their 16 competitive games this season, winning 14 of them and beating Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties after a draw in the League Cup.They sit five points clear at the top of the table, but Guardiola played down Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s suggestion that City are on course for the title.“We are five points ahead of Manchester United,” he told reporters at City’s Manchester training base.“How many games are left? Twenty-eight. How many points? Eighty-four. We are five in front. It is nothing.“If you say that until next May we are going to play like we have in the last two months, I’d say: ‘Wow, we have a good chance to win the Premier League’. But who is going to assure me we will not get injuries?“Even for the best teams in the world it’s hard to maintain what we have done over the last two months.”– Ozil admiration –last_img read more

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White in three-way tie for West of England Title

first_img30 Apr 2012 White in three-way tie for West of England Title Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey), a member of the England squad, finished as joint winner of the weather-reduced West of England Stoke Play Championship at Royal North Devon Golf Club. The 20 year old finished on 223, seven over par, alongside Charlie McLean (Brickhampton Court, Gloucestershire) and Matthew Daley (Hainsworth Park, Yorkshire), just a stroke ahead of five other players as rain and strong winds forced the event to be reduced to 54 holes. Paul Kinnear (Formby, Lancashire) led on 68 after a fine first day but Daley surged four strokes ahead on 140 after two days, his second round 71 being one of only two sub-par returns as the weather deteriorated over the north Devon coast. But Daley could do no better than 83 in what turned out to be the final round, while McLean shot 75 and White a best-of-the-day 74. Daley might have wrapped up the title but for an unfortunate episode on the 15th green. He fired his approach to three feet but the wind took his putt off the green and he finished with a double-bogey six. White, the reigning Surrey Champion and 2011 Berkshire Trophy winner, climbed through the field with his closing 74, which included a back nine of 38 in driving rain and dipping temperatures. Leading final scores: 223 J White (Chipstead) 71 78 74, C McLean (Brickhampton Court) 72 76 75, M Daley (Hainsworth Park) 69 71 83 224 A Hogan (Newlands) 72 76 76, T Fox (China Fleet) 70 78 76, T Workman (Stinchcombe Hill) 70 78 76, M Williams (Cuddington) 70 77 77, J McCormick (Styal) 71 73 80 Image copyright Tom Ward. Left-right: Matthew Daley and Josh Whitelast_img read more

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