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Freedom to Read Week Feb 26 - March 3

book cover imageHow much do you take for granted the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as part of our daily lives here in Canada?  Newly arrived on our shelves is the powerful "No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems" of Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  The writings of this Chinese dissident caused the Chinese government to impose an eleven-year jail sentence on him for "incitement to subvert state power."  Here is an opportunity to read Liu's writings, spanning two decades and giving insight into many aspects of Chinese life.

Liu reasserts his convictions, originally expressed twenty years ago in his 'June Second Hunger Strike Declaration', that "I have no enemies and no hatred.  None of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies."  He writes pragmatically, yet with deep-seated passion, about peasant land disputes, the Han Chinese in Tibet, child slavery, the CCP's Olympic strategy, the internet in China, the contemporary craze for Confucius, and the Tiananment massacre.

This collection of writings not only chronicles a leading dissident's struggle against tyranny but also serves to enrich the record of universal longing for freedom and dignity.  It should also help us, as Canadians, to reflect on the freedoms and rights we enjoy.

book cover imageFor some resources on other Nobel Peace Prize winners, try "The Words of Peace: Selections from the Speeches of the Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize" or watch the DVD "Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma."                       Sheila