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dissent | dissent

deborah-shlian's picture
Feb.02.2009
As China faces its own domestic financial crisis, the leadership has received increasing criticism from within the country, most notably the December 10, 2008 Charter ’08, a petition originally signed by 300 dissidents, now with perhaps thousands of additional signatures. Fears of destabilization...
deborah-shlian's picture
Jan.19.2009
On December 10, 2008, more than 2000 Chinese citizens released a signed petition they called Charter 08 to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The name, Charter 08, came from the famous Charter 77 dissident group formed in cold war Czechoslovakia. The...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.30.2008
What is real and what is unreal? In a state of delirium, pumped up with medication, laid up in bed, swathed in white from a lightbulb that hurts the eyes, I can see clearly. I can see the reality of the unreal, the unreality of the real. A cliché would refer to it as truth being stranger than...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Dec.26.2008
An open letter to Gerry Brown, California Attorney General: On December 31st, Time Warner Cable plans to pull fourteen public access channels and studios in Los Angeles a city whose name has, for generations, been synonymous with media and broadcasting. This move will act to solidify recent gains...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Dec.24.2008
 On December 31st, Time Warner Cable plans to pull fourteen public access channels and fourteen studios, in Los Angeles, a city whose name has, for generations, been synonymous with media and broadcasting. This move will act to solidify recent gains in media consolidation, as well as set a...
robert-grudin's picture
Dec.25.2007
"Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic...