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Blind Activist Boards for the USA

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng boards a plane for the USA. Here’s video. He’s with his wife and kids. No more torture, unless they go down the line to his other relatives. He’ll be at NYU Law on a fellowship. Was the video exciting? It didn’t do much for us.       [youtube]kzE5wCXsyQQ[/youtube]

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Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng Escapes

[youtube]av25rwEUot8[/youtube]   The blind dissident attorney got some notoriety during an attempted visit by Christian Bale. When we posted the visit during Bale’s Chinese film promotion, people criticized our own critique of Christian Bale. Yes, was it a promo for his film? Perhaps. Has he mentioned the dissident since? No. Yet, Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng is now free. He escaped by the hands of helpers however his family is now under attack as retaliation. What will he do now and where will he go? The video is voiced over in English. (CNN – Chen Guangcheng) Here’s a BBC report below [youtube]b2qHzrgnXjQ[/youtube]  

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Bale, China, Controversy, “Shame on CNN”

Here’s one opinion aside from ours about Christian Bale and his visit to the activist Chen Guangcheng. Shaun Rein in his column claims publicity stunt by CNN. Perhaps it wasn’t for the film’s benefit, but it was to get ratings for the news organization. Big film name, controversy in China = great ratings. CNN set it up the confrontation and Rein calls them out in their journalistic integrity. However, the confrontation did get on the news everywhere, and the film’s title is now much more known than before. Was Bale trying to do something good? Surely, but the flip side has to be looked at as well. (Forbes – Rein)

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