Monday, June 04, 2012

There is No "Today" There

Today is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989, except online in China. In the online arms race between those who try to protest the killing of protesters and a government that tries to censor them, even the word "today" is now banned, according to an article about the anniversary in The Christian Science Monitor.

Of course, the United States has had its own bitter history with the suppression of dissent, such as the Kent State massacre on my seventh birthday. One wonders, though, how long the United States will continue to embrace trade with China while forbidding it with Cuba, when no commensurate disparity exists in the human-rights records of the two countries.

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