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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 Tiananmen protests and regime massacre is of course the Tank Man. The young protester, holding his shopping bags, standing in front of, and seemingly stopping the tank column. The pictures of Tiananmen Man spread epidemically in the world media at the time. However it is still, now today a very powerful message of the importance of individuals can make a...

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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 a peaceful protest by the Chinese Communist regime, and truly commits to universal rights and fundamental freedoms. IFC believes that the United States’ calling on China to make a full accounting of the tragedy and urging the regime to stop further persecution of the protesters and their families will encourage the Chinese people, and that the satisfactory resolution of the...

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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 than in the age of the internet. The communist leaders in Beijing, spiritual soul mates of Orwell’s shadowy but omnipotent “Big Brother,” realize the critical need to rewrite history for ideological purposes. Thus, it was reported as another anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre was commemorated-perhaps not surprisingly-that Facebook had made a big bow to Big Brother. The online...

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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 “Tank Man,” that is, images of the young Chinese man who, in 1989, heroically stood his ground before a line of army tanks on their way to Tiananmen Square? The photographs are already among the most well-known in the world. The Tank Man’s image is seared into the world’s collective consciousness as an icon of courage, sacrifice, and peaceful protest,...

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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 appeared to chat with someone in the tank. Then he climbed off. To see a video of this remarkable, historic event, go here. At some point, two people pulled him away. And that’s all we know. Who was – who is – “Tank Man,” as he came to be called? No one knows. Where is he? Murdered? Alive? No one...

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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 prison those who have been jailed for striving to keep the memory of Tiananmen Square alive. The United States views the protection of human rights as a fundamental duty of all countries, and we urge the Chinese government to respect the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of all its...

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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 liquor traveled across Asia and Europe to my hands. Its journey started in southwest China from the hands of a brother whom I have never met. It is not for anyone to enjoy at the dinner table. It still has a long way to go, and I am designing its itinerary for more people in the world to see the...

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