Magazine November 1, 2010, Issue

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Liu Xiaobo (DPA/Picture-Alliance/Newscom)
The Norwegian Nobel Committee gives the peace prize to a Chinese hero

On the second Friday in October, the customary day, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made its big announcement. This is the committee that determines the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. And, this year, the committee announced for a Chinese dissident — an imprisoned Chinese dissident named Liu Xiaobo. This is a gratifying, even a thrilling, Nobel decision.

Last year’s was much different. The 2009 laureate was, is, President Obama. He has not made human rights or democracy a hallmark of his foreign policy. He has certainly not lent a hand to the Chinese democracy movement. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled …

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