In the West, Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017) is known as a human rights activist. He is also a mourned Nobel Peace Prize winner. He is even said to be called China’s Nelson Mandela. But very fortunately and thankfully, he was not at all China’s Nelson Mandela. Just look at what a terrible mess Nelson Mandela left his country in, with his bad governance of a South Africa that could have become the first developed country in Africa.
One of my online pet peeves is how some reports are written in Western media. They are designed in a way that makes it difficult for the reader to get the message quickly. The writer keeps beating around the bush, but fills up his or her articles with manipulative details, in desperate efforts to try to convince you. Like in any purportedly good narratives, the reports are packed with details intended to “show, instead of telling what a situation is like.” To be fair, this is a clever way of building up to the final conclusion. However, it could well have been announced at the beginning of the article or…