Liu Xiaobo

Nobel Peace Prize Given to Jailed Chinese Dissident -

Given that he has no access to a telephone, it was unlikely that Mr. Liu would immediately learn of the news, his wife, Liu Xia, said. On Friday night, dozens of foreign reporters gathered outside the couple?s building in Beijing but they were prevented from entering by the police, who posted a sign saying the complex residents ?politely refused? to be interviewed. His wife was also barred from leaving her apartment.

 About time to stop worshipping China.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,