Saturday, June 16, 2012
Soft Power Hard Time
Writing at Dissident Voice, Wei Ling Chua observes that as a Western dissident, Julian Assange does not enjoy the soft power of a Chinese dissident. Rather, by exposing war crimes of the US and NATO, he has been attacked by Western governments, corporations, and the media that serves them. As Chua notes, if he were a Chinese dissident, he would probably be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize; instead, he is threatened with extradition, prison, and even execution by Western powers that hypocritically harp about human rights and freedom of the press.