May 14, 2012

When Idealists Are the Realists

Bill Keller, New York Times

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Dissidents are heroic. They speak truth to power and challenge us to be better. They put human faces on the victims of abhorrent regimes. Their stories inspire the less brave.

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TAGGED: China, Realism, Chen Guangcheng


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Crouching Lawyer, Sullen Dragon
Sreeram Chaulia, Times of India
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