Posts Tagged ‘Liu Xiaobo’

A lot of visual inspiration this week :

an empty chair symbolises the absence of imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo who was not allowed to travel to Norway to collect his Nobel Peace Prize today. The image is given even more resonance as CNN says:

“The last time an empty chair was used to represent an absent winner was when German peace activist Carl von Ossietzky won the 1935 award. Ossietzky was under “protective custody” in Nazi Germany and could not come to accept the award in person, nor was he represented by anyone.”

The occasion also provides a good excuse to remind ourselves of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

– the Guardian has a selection of the best photos of the decade sent in by its readers;

– beautiful photos of snow from Magnum;

350.org, an environmental  group which raises awareness by creating huge artworks that are visible from space;

– and finally, Hans Rosling uses visual data to give you the history of 200 countries over 200 years in 4 minutes.  If lessons were like this schoolchildren would love maths:

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On the day that Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, John Simpson, world affairs editor at BBC News, has written a wonderfully appropriate piece on how individuals can change the world:

“At a single day’s trial last December, Mr Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison after having helped to draft Charter 08, a manifesto for political change in China.

The act of official irritability which took away Mr Liu’s freedom is becoming more and more of an international embarrassment to China.

Now, in every country in the world, his name and cause will be known; and more people in dictatorships everywhere will be emboldened to imitate his small act of resistance.”

He also points to a book that is published today – Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity, and Ingenuity Can Change the World – which details how governments which deny their people freedom have been brought down by individuals determined to speak and act as though they are free.

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