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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:09 PM
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US ‘deeply concerned’ over rising trend of detentions in China
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is “deeply concerned” about the rising trend of disappearances and arrests of human rights activists in China after one of the country’s most famous artists was detained.

Ai Weiwei, 53, an avant-garde artist who helped design the futuristic Bird’s Nest stadium at the Beijing Olympics, has been missing since he was stopped Sunday while preparing to fly to Hong Kong. Police also raided his Beijing studio.

Dozens of Chinese lawyers and activists have vanished, been detained or held under house arrest since February when online calls for protests similar to the pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa started cropping up. At least three people have been indicted for subversion. No major public protests have taken place in China.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us_deeply_concer...
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:15 PM
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1. And the US has no moral standing to be "concerned" about another country
given we're doing the same thing here.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:19 PM
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2. Ironic that. And down right amusing coming from a dem admin. Nt
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:24 PM
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3. The US should be "Deeply concerned" about its own
political prisoners, the largest in the world, and those it is torturing; before it sanctimoniously preaches to another country while it locks up the sick and elderly for trying to alleviate their pain from chemo and other distressing diseases on the pretext of a bogus and criminal drug war.
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:26 PM
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4. We have more people per capita in prison in the USA than anyone country in the world. How about
the Us government does something on a problem we have direct control of?
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:41 PM
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7. US has less than 5% of the world's population, yet it holds 25% of the prisoners
Just read it here at DU yesterday, but I can't remember which thread.

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:12 PM
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15. K/R --- !!
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:31 PM
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5. Pot meet kettle, we are the #1 jailer on the Planet.
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Blacksheep214 Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:20 PM
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10. Nailed it!
My thoughts exactly!

Does tsunami relief clear the slate of torture? We're not all bad but when we're bad, we're good at it!

I want my country back! The one I can be proud of!
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:35 PM
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6. Oh, now that's rich! That's really rich!
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:57 PM
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8. Cough, cough..
Bradley Manning.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:17 PM
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9.  us based companies sold the technology to spy on these people
we have no moral standing to criticize any other country in the world
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:24 PM
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11. Not only do we have the largest prisoner population in the world...
don't we also have the only privatized prison system in the world?

This country has no business being "concerned" about what other countries are doing with prisoners.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:13 PM
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16. +1000% --
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:40 PM
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12. Deeply concerned enough to apply economic sanctions or deeply concerned enough to STFU?
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:05 PM
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13. I can see the Chinese now...

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:11 PM
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14. Obama's Guantanamo ... and US's new Prison Industrial System ... what are numbers now???
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 09:12 PM by defendandprotect
Well over 2 million thanks to the BS of the Drug War!!!

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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:23 PM
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17. They weren't very concerned when China stomped into Tibet in 1959. n/t
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:08 PM
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18. What? Are they getting ahead of us?
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:13 PM
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19. Really? Deeply concerned? "The Art of Distraction" by Look!
It's Hailey's comet!

Now what were you saying?
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