Remembering Tiananmen Square: June Fourth Elegies

A friend today shared some passages from a poem called “Suffocating City Square” from “June Fourth Elegies.” I have the book on my too-long, and rather muddled “Want To Read” list on GoodReads. However, this book of poetry by Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for “his prolonged non-violent struggle … More Remembering Tiananmen Square: June Fourth Elegies

Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Thursday, September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. And here I am, “reblogging” myself. It is a seven year-old post. Yes, it’s odd, I am conceding. However, it’s for a reason: I am ashamed. I am ashamed, and embarrassed, that I wrote the blog post below, rejoicing at the release of Aung San … More Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Prizewinners

When Liu Xiaobo learnt that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, he burst into tears.  His captors, his own government, also reacted emotionally, but they were simply angry.  In 2009, Liu – a man whose gentle intelligence shines from his face – was sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state … More Prizewinners