#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 7th, 2013 19:46
#2 By: thaum, November 7th, 2013 20:42
I'll just leave this here.
Keith heeded the writer's call by reaching out to human rights groups but received no response. She then posted the letter on Facebook, which prompted the local Oregonian newspaper to run a front-page article.
#3 By: Javvo Piloto, November 7th, 2013 21:05
Things like this make me totally forget about Guantánamo.
#4 By: Daniel_Tobias, November 7th, 2013 21:08
It's like the old joke of a cookie fortune saying "Help, I'm being held prisoner in the fortune cookie factory," only for real.
#6 By: Rob Northrup, November 7th, 2013 21:11
This is the saddest variation on "Help, I'm being held prisoner in a fortune cookie factory" ever.
#7 By: Mellivora Capensis, November 7th, 2013 21:30
CNN located the ex-prisoner and interviewed him as he narrated a story of "inhumane torture" at the camp.
Their staff in Beijing spent months searching for the man. Finally, they found him and confirmed his identity, but didn’t reveal it to the public. He is a follower of Falun Gong, which most of the world calls a Buddhist-Taoist spiritual movement but the Chinese government considers a dangerous cult. He was sentenced to two and a half years in the Masanjia labor camp.
#8 By: Mellivora Capensis, November 7th, 2013 21:32
Buy American kiddies. Or pretty much anywhere but China.
#9 By: Trauts, November 7th, 2013 21:51
Better yet. Make your own Halloween decorations.
#10 By: incarnedine_v, November 7th, 2013 22:26
yeah, America has far better prison labor facilities, and a good thing too what with the highest prison population per capita in the world.
#11 By: Robert Johnson, November 7th, 2013 22:48
In response to comments here, I'm not sure why one has to chose between which repressive and violent state activities are allowable to discuss. I feel perfectly free to condemn both US and Chinese violence and repression. I generally pay more attention to US sins on the matter because I'm a US citizen, but denunciations of Chinese abusive practices hardly equates to an endorsement of US abusive practices, as some commenters seem to be implying.
#12 By: Dimitrios_Papagiannis, November 7th, 2013 22:57
I was just talking to a Chinese reporter who told me that his family had to pay three years salary to get their father out of a Chinese work camp. I hate how we look the other way with this stuff. It really is inhuman and shows how much we are desensitized by our iphones. I don't think we have the strength for any kind of real large scale intervention as a citizenry.
#13 By: Starshine, November 7th, 2013 23:36
Hey, at least we allow our prisoners to work out and develop underworld connections to facilitate their future criminal enterprises instead of forcing them to make disposable crap for export.
#14 By: marco, November 8th, 2013 00:54
Looks like someone looking for attention.
Yeah, like, maybe, a prisoner in a brutal labour camp. Looking for attention. Attention to the horrible conditions he suffers so we can buy cheap plastic crap.
#15 By: Kelly , November 8th, 2013 01:17
Things like this make me totally forget to care whether or not an asteroid takes out the whole planet.
#17 By: aikimoe, November 8th, 2013 01:51
Human beings have been doing inhuman things and ignoring them when they happen for thousands of years. Our smart phones have nothing to do with it.
#18 By: Boundegar, November 8th, 2013 01:57
Most of us are trying to be better than our medieval ancestors. Not all, to be sure, but most. YMMV.
#19 By: logruszed, November 8th, 2013 02:04
If anyone wanted to import our shit we would have them doing that, instead they are used for other forms of forced for-profit labor, usually to the betterment of the privately owned prison and the company doing the exploiting.
#20 By: aikimoe, November 8th, 2013 02:21
Thankfully, this is true. My point was that the fact that people aren't rising up to fix this problem isn't due to being "desensitized by our iphones."
#21 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, November 8th, 2013 05:21
er ... just wanted you to clarify what that meant, would you mind? Thanks!
#22 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, November 8th, 2013 05:22
By "most" are you implicitly excluding @Medievalist?
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