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The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in News, Publications | Comments Off on The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal Adopted in Prague on May 26, 2017 Liberal democracy is under threat, and all who cherish it must come to its defense. Democracy is threatened from without by despotic regimes in Russia, China, and other countries that are tightening repression internally and expanding their power globally, filling vacuums left by the fading power, influence, and self-confidence of the long-established democracies. The authoritarians are using old weapons of hard power as well as new social media and a growing arsenal of soft power to create a post-democratic world order in which norms of human rights and the rule of law are replaced by the principle of absolute state sovereignty. Democracy is also being threatened from within. Illiberalism is on the rise in Turkey, Hungary, the Philippines, Venezuela, and other backsliding democracies. In other countries – even long-established democracies – support for liberal democracy has eroded in recent years, especially among younger people who have no memory of the struggles against totalitarianism. Faith in democratic institutions has been declining for some time, as governments seem unable to cope with the complex new challenges of globalization, political processes appear increasingly sclerotic and dysfunctional, and the bureaucracies managing both national and global institutions seem remote and overbearing. Compounding the difficulties, terrorist violence has created a climate of fear that is used by despots and demagogues to justify authoritarian power and restrictions on freedoms. Such problems have caused widespread anxiety, hostility to political elites and cynicism about democracy – feelings that have fueled the rise of anti-system political movements and parties. These sentiments, in turn, have been stoked and inflamed by authoritarian disinformation, which increasingly penetrates the media space of the democracies. The latest Freedom House survey shows that political rights and civil liberties have been on the decline for eleven consecutive years, and this year established democracies dominate the list of countries suffering setbacks in freedom....

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Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line June 11, 2017 By Yang Jianli What do Richard Spencer, Ann Coulter, and the Dalai Lama have in common? Each of them has been the target of college student protests opposing their speeches on campus. But unlike Mr. Spencer and Ms. Coulter, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born on a straw mat in a cowshed to a poor Tibetan family, and is now one of the most beloved and sought after world leaders. The most recent college campus speaker controversy involves the University of California at San Diego‘s invitation to the Dalai Lama to deliver the commencement address on June 17. The invitation has triggered strong opposition from some Chinese students on campus. As an ethnic Han Chinese myself, I am deeply troubled by the reaction of these Chinese students. Not because they are protesting, but because they are so decisively repeating the party line of the Chinese Communist government. Having studied in Americawhere, unlike China, there is freedom of expression and the free flow of information, these Chinese students don’t seem to have taken advantage of these freedoms to go beyond the rhetoric and propaganda taught to them in China and judge for themselves the Dalai Lama’s contribution to humanity. The Chinese student protesters’ say that their primary reasons for opposing this commencement...

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Göran Lindblad: My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Göran Lindblad: My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers

My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers Göran Lindblad Again approaching the day to remember the heroic peaceful protests by students at Tiananmen Square 1989. The totalitarian communist regime responded to the non-violent manifestation with brutal force. Tanks against unarmed shocked the world. As time flies, and current world events consumes daily news media attention, we now, 28 years later need to commemorate and remember the heroes as well as not forget the perpetrators. The best symbol of the...

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IFC/CPFC Statement on the Human Rights Positions Taken by Secretary of State Tillerson and Ambassador Haley

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on IFC/CPFC Statement on the Human Rights Positions Taken by Secretary of State Tillerson and Ambassador Haley

Initiatives for China a.k.a Citizen Power in China (IFC/CPFC) enthusiastically applauds Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s June 4 statement on the 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s June 6th remarks at the United Nations Human Rights Council and in the Graduate Institute of Geneva. We and many other participants in the 1989 pro-democracy movement and families of the massacre victims are very grateful that the Trump Administration has not forgotten the bloody crackdown of...

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Is China Trying to Turn the Tiananmen Square Massacre into Fake News?

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Is China Trying to Turn the Tiananmen Square Massacre into Fake News?

The National Interest Is China Trying to Turn the Tiananmen Square Massacre into Fake News? Beijing has sought to use its leadership position in the UN system to obliterate the memory of Tank Man and Tiananmen Square. Dennis P. Halpin June 6, 2017   George Orwell, who understood the close connection between control of messaging and the shaping of history, wrote in his classic work 1984 that “who controls the past controls the future.” Never has this been truer...

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Will UNESCO Save the Tank Man of China?

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Will UNESCO Save the Tank Man of China?

06/02/2017 09:12 am ET By Yang Jianli and Aaron Rhodes UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program is “an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction.”  But what events deserve a place in this ambitious and influential project? Today the Memory of the World Program faces a crucial test of its intellectual and moral integrity:  Will it include photographs of the...

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Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’

NATIONAL REVIEW Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’ by JAY NORDLINGER June 3, 2017 5:01 PM Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre – the 28th. I’m not much for anniversaries, so I’m writing today. A young man holding grocery bags stepped in front of a column of tanks. The lead tank tried to maneuver around him, but he kept standing in the way of it. Eventually, he climbed up onto the tank. He...

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Remarks by Secretary of State: 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Remarks by Secretary of State: 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Press Statement   Rex W. Tillerson Washington, DC June 4, 2017 This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of a peaceful protest that took place in and around Tiananmen Square. We call again on China to make a full accounting of those killed, detained, or missing due to the events of June 4, 1989. We urge China to cease harassment of family members seeking redress and to release from...

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The Only Liquor That Can Subvert a Regime

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on The Only Liquor That Can Subvert a Regime

–Commemorating the 28th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre by Yang Jianli June 3rd, 2017 I put it in an eye-catching place instead of the wine cabinet. Anyway, the cabinet is not big enough to place this bottle of liquor. This is the world’s most expensive liquor. which used twenty-eight years to brew. Across young to older ages, its raw materials are the blood of the warriors, tears of their beloved and the pain of countless people. This bottle of...

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Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 in News, Op Ed, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’

NATIONAL REVIEW Remembering Tiananmen Square – Including the Two ‘Tank Men’ by JAY NORDLINGER June 3, 2017 5:01 PM Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre – the 28th. I’m not much for anniversaries, so I’m writing today. A young man holding grocery bags stepped in front of a column of tanks. The lead tank tried to maneuver around him, but he kept standing in the way of it. Eventually, he climbed up onto the tank. He...

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