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What is this fuss, and who is this Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo?

How many of you cared to remember a name like Liu Xiaobo?

How many of you ever read any translated work of Liu Xiaobo?

How many Chinese ever read an article of Liu Xiaobo? 

Does it make any difference if Liu Xiaobo was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2010?

What if a few multinational news media decided to label Liu Xiaobo an icon for freedom, simply because he was jailed for a few months?

What if Archbishop Desmond Tutu (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work fighting the racist Apartheid system in South Africa) is circulating a petition for the release of Liu Xiaobo?

Liu Xiaobo  was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights“.

Today, Liu Xiaobo remains in jail, as China’s most famous political prisoner.

Xiaobo is serving an 11-year term for his activism demanding that the Chinese government make his country more democratic and make its courts more independent.

His wife, who has never been convicted of any crime, is under house arrest. This is not just.

Before signing any petition, I want to be clear on:

1. Did Xiaobo visited the sweat shop factories and communicated with the modern slaves?

2. Did Xiaobo talked in person with the university chairmen who are pressuring graduate students to work for Foxcom as slaves a couple of days and nights per week?(These slave factories manufacturing Apple iPhone and other products for US multinational companies)

3. Did Xiaobo got engaged on the field and lead activists to demonstrate against infamy and indignities?

It worth that people asking to sign on petition to “enlighten” readers on the field work and engagement of the “hero” so that we learn what it takes to receive a peace award…

 

 Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote: I am humbled to share the Nobel legacy with someone so brave as Xiaobo. Today, with more than 130 other Nobel Prize winners, I am calling on the new Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, to release Liu Xiaobo from prison and his wife, Xia, from house arrest.

Liu Xiaobo and his wife
Sign Desmond’s Petition

This is a historic moment in China.

Every 10 years, the Chinese government hands over power to a new generation of leadership. As of a few weeks ago, Xi Jinping has succeeded his predecessor, Hu Jintao, in leading China — and hopes are that he will open China to reform more than any of his predecessors.

The Chinese government doesn’t usually listen to voices from outside the country. (Or voices from within the country, for that matter!) But the world has a singular opportunity to push for change when China’s leadership changes over every 10 years.

This is our chance! Humans are wonderful, and we can do amazing things when we act together.

I have seen this time and time again with my own eyes.

Click here to sign my petition now, and call on China’s new Premier Xi Jinping to release Nobel Peace Prizer winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Cape Town, South Africa Desmond Tutu via Change.org <mail@change.org>

Note: Do you know that Oslo (Norway) extends only the Nobel peace prize, while Stockholm (Sweden) selects all the other Nobel prizes?

And yet, Oslo was doing a terrible job in its selection for this single prize. For example:

1. Oslo voted for a newly elected president (Obama) before witnessing any peaceful achievement.  Obama is still assassinating people using drones, and adopting double tap tactics in order to kill those coming to rescue the injured and killed from the first missile attack, and Obama has been at it for four years now, hundreds of those drone attacks, killing hundred (90% being civilians)

2. Oslo awarded master terrorist late Israeli PM, Menahim Begin, the peace prize. Begin even managed to terrorize his masters the British colonial mandated power in Palestine and committed genocide on scores of Palestinian villages… And achieved his “peaceful activities” by committing the genocide in the Palestinian camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon 1982.

3. Oslo awarded Shimon Peres the same prize. Peres is the current president of Israel and who launched a preemptive war on Lebanon in 1996,  just after receiving the award and bombed a UN compound in Qana (south Lebanon), killing 100 civilians who came for refuge. This “diplomat” dotted Israel with nuclear weapons from France in the 60’s.

Why I had no choice but to spurn Tony Blair

 wrote in The Observer on Sept.2, 2012: “I couldn’t sit with someone who justified the invasion of Iraq with a lie…”

The immorality of the United States and Great Britain’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilised and polarised the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history.

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Desmond Tutu: pulled out of a seminar which Tony Blair was scheduled to attend. Photograph: Str/REUTERS

Instead of recognising that the world we lived in, with increasingly sophisticated communications, transportations and weapons systems necessitated sophisticated leadership that would bring the global family together, the then-leaders of the US and UK fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart.

They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand, and with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us.

If leaders may lie, then who should tell the truth?

Days before George W Bush and Tony Blair ordered the invasion of Iraq, I called the White House and spoke to Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security adviser, to urge that United Nations weapons inspectors be given more time to confirm or deny the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Should they be able to confirm finding such weapons, I argued, dismantling the threat would have the support of virtually the entire world.

Ms Rice demurred, saying there was too much risk and the President would not postpone any longer.

On what grounds do we decide that Robert Mugabe should go the International Criminal Court, Tony Blair should join the international speakers’ circuit, bBn Laden should be assassinated, but Iraq should be invaded, not because it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as Mr Bush’s chief supporter, Mr Blair, confessed last week, but in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein?

The cost of the decision to rid Iraq of its despotic and murderous leader has been staggering, beginning in Iraq itself.

Last year, an average of 6.5 people died there each day in suicide attacks and vehicle bombs, according to the Iraqi Body Count project. More than 110,000 Iraqis have died in the conflict since 2003 and millions have been displaced. By the end of last year, nearly 4,500 American soldiers had been killed and more than 32,000 wounded.

On these grounds alone, in a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life should be treading the same path as some of their African and Asian peers who have been made to answer for their actions in the Hague.

But even greater costs have been exacted beyond the killing fields, in the hardened hearts and minds of members of the human family across the world.

Has the potential for terrorist attacks decreased? To what extent have we succeeded in bringing the so-called Muslim and Judeo-Christian worlds closer together, in sowing the seeds of understanding and hope?

Leadership and morality are indivisible. Good leaders are the custodians of morality. The question is not whether Saddam Hussein was good or bad or how many of his people he massacred. The point is that Mr Bush and Mr Blair should not have allowed themselves to stoop to his immoral level.

If it is acceptable for leaders to take drastic action on the basis of a lie, without an acknowledgement or an apology when they are found out, what should we teach our children?

My appeal to Mr Blair is not to talk about leadership, but to demonstrate it. You are a member of our family, God’s family. You are made for goodness, for honesty, for morality, for love; so are our brothers and sisters in Iraq, in the US, in Syria, in Israel and Iran.

I did not deem it appropriate to have this discussion at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg last week. As the date drew nearer, I felt an increasingly profound sense of discomfort about attending a summit on “leadership” with Mr Blair.

I extend my humblest and sincerest apologies to Discovery, the summit organisers, the speakers and delegates for the lateness of my decision not to attend.

Dis-investment in Israel is the rage now; (September 12, 2009)

 

            The world community is no longer taking the UN seriously for applying the appropriate pressures on Israel; it is no longer taking the EU and the USA Administration seriously for exercising on Israel applicable human rights laws. Israel has been repeatedly flaunting the laws concerning human rights and the rights of the Palestinians under occupation.  Even the investigation of the atrocities that the Palestinians in Gaza suffered during the invasion from December 2008 to January 2009 is doublful that it will follow the due judicial procedures.

            The international communities of organizations, associations, and even truly democratic States are appealing to boycotting, dis-investing, and sanctioning (BDS) Israel so that it starts respecting international laws.

            Four years ago there were campaigns of boycott and dis-investments to pressure Israel to refrain from resuming building the Wall of Shame that the International Court of Justice has ruled illigal. This campaign has begun in July 2005 and is gaining fresh impetus after the genocidal war in Gaza where more than half the 1,600 victims were civilians and childrens. The entire infrastructure in Gaza was destroyed, including all the UN facilities.

            Powerful political figures and Nobel laureate for peace such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Jimmy Carter have considered that the practices of Israel are a reminder of the aparthide system in South Africa. The BDS campaign against Israel was relaunched during the World Social Forum in Belem (Brazil) on March 30.  The campaign is inciting the consumers not to purchase products made or grown in Israel, especially when proven that these industries are located in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.  The campaign is actively meeting with large surface owners and managers to disseminate information and intelligence as to the prohibited products.

            The Peace Cycle association is pressuring the EU to suspend the cooperation accord for tariff exemptions between Israel and the EU because Israel has failed respecting human rights and the democratic principles that was signed in 1995 and applied since 2000.  This campaign has forced 20% of Israeli exporters to lower their price because they lost substantial share of markets in Jordany, Britain, and the Scandinavian States.

            Cultural, academic, sport, and diplomatic boycotts of Israel have been recurring very often. For example, the musician Roger Waters, the authors Eduardo Galeano, Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, and the film makers Ken Loach and Jean-Luc Godard.

            Hertz refused to be associated to a promotional campaign by El Al airline; Sweden refrained from joining an international air maneuvers because Israel was participating. In Belgium, operation “Dexia out of Israel” lead 14 comunities to pressure this French-Belgium bank to stop financing Israeli collectivities located in Palestinian territories.

            The French transport companies of Alstom and Veolia are having hard time securing contracts from Scandinavian States and Britain for cooperating in transport businesses with Israel.  Other enterprises did not wait to be condemned and dis-invested in Israel; for example, Heineken re-located its affiliate Tempo Drinks from the West Bank; the same was done by the Swedish company Assa Abloy specializing in electro-mechanic security systems.

            Many States are accepting to prosecute judicial cases in human rights natures because Israel justice system has not proven to taking seriously these allegations cases.  The USA has been pressuring Spain, Belgium, and France to desist from prosecuting former Israeli Generals, officers, and ministers who committed mass killings against the Palestinians. For example, Dan Halutz, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Moshe Yaalon, Doron Almog, Giora Eiland, Michael Herzog, and Abraham Dichter have to get special permission from the Israeli cabimet of Minister to travel abroad for fear of being detained by European court of justices.

            Zionism is an ideology of the colonial and racist period; if the people of Israel want to continue adhering to that ideology then they will realize that it is bad business.


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