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MSNBC: Obama to China: Free Nobel-Winning Dissident

Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights” — a decision that produced a bitter reaction from the Chinese government as well as renewed calls for his release from President Barack Obama and others.

“China has made dramatic progress in economic reform and improving the lives of its people,” Obama, last year’s Nobel peace laureate, said in a statement. “But this award reminds us that political reform has not kept pace, and that the basic human rights of every man, woman and child must be respected. We call on the Chinese government to release Mr. Liu as soon as possible.”

I honestly don’t know where to begin with this one.

Here we have a Chinese citizen–serving an 11-year prison sentence for being deemed a “subversive” by his own  government–being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for truly legitimate reasons: fighting so that the voice of his people can be heard.

On our own shores, we have a sitting U.S. president who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for … for … well, I and a lot of other like-minded people are still trying to figure that one out.  Perhaps it’s because he’s such a great, um, speaker (let me be clear).  Better yet, our recipient of this long-ago-diminished prize is actively trying to stifle speech in his own land.

Unless, of course, you happen to read the Daily Kos.

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  1. Jordan Bell says:

    From the Nobel Prize website:

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/

    Liu Xiaobo – The Nobel Peace Prize 2010 was awarded to Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”.

    Barack Obama – The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 was awarded to Barack H. Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples

    Its unfortunate that a man like Liu, who has spent years struggling for baisc human rights, has to share the title of recipient with the likes of Obama and his empty rhetoric.

    It still boggles me from the recipient list how Yasser Arafat was ever even considered, let alone a recipient of the award.

  2. Gail B. says:

    Seems that the gate has been opened to let insanity flow through!

  3. Boston Blackie says:

    Sometimes, but not very often, the committee actually awards the peace price to someone deserving of it. The chinese government will probably confiscate the million dollar award money and say it is reimbursement to them for Liu Xiaobo’s room and board.

  4. Gail B. says:

    (Thanks, Jeff.)

  5. John Feeny says:

    Gosh…Meat has me feeling so down about myself now…some might call it…self-loathing. My self-esteem is crippled beyond repair. *sigh*

  6. Where's the hurricanes? says:

    Al Gore’s was the ultimate in deserving.

  7. John Buyon says:

    @ Feeny
    How is Obama stifling free speech?
    you people are really confused
    what you people are doing now, what the morning shows do everyday, what the radio says
    those are considered free speech and absolutely no restrictions have been placed on those liberties.

  8. Gail B. says:

    @ John Buyon

    You haven’t heard that Obama doesn’t like Fox News and that his minions are still scratching their heads on how to shut Glenn Beck and others up and still get people to vote for his Marxists?

    @ ThinkingMeat · Idiot Feeny burps up another fable

    You’re calling John Feeny an intellectual coward? Where’s your real name, Meathead?

  9. John Buyon says:

    @ Gail
    you are too paranoid
    Bush was a lot more authoritarian and he didn’t shut down the left wing media yet you think Obama a community organizing pussy is going to shut down the right wing media?
    thats laughable

  10. Meow says:

    3:47 finally, a presidential rating on Obama that is spot on. Monsieur is very observant.

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