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***(30)《近现当代真实的中国历史》郭国汀译著
·为抗日救亡战争血洒长空的美国空军飞虎队
·蒋介石打输国共内战的七大原因
·西安事变真相
·宛南事变真相:毛想迫斯大林支持他与蒋介石争权同时借刀杀项英
·史迪威与蒋介石的命运
·腐败无能的满清屈辱史
·宛南事变真相
·西安事变真相
·到底是谁领导了抗日救亡战争?
·抗日救亡战争简史
·毛泽东再批判
·郭国汀 毛泽东批判
·国民党比共产党好得多,蒋介石比毛泽东高贵得多
·文革是人类历史上最荒唐最愚蠢最无知最残暴之举/郭国汀
·老毛和中共是中华民族的千古罪犯
·赫鲁晓夫评论毛泽东
***(31)《孙文传奇》郭国汀译著
·南郭:关于孙文评价与网友们的争论
·有关孙中山评价的争论
·孙中山、蒋介石与苏俄
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·《孙中山传奇》郭国汀编译
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·《共和革命之父孙中山》郭国汀编译
·《共和革命之父孙中山》1、身世
·《共和革命之父孙中山》3、孙文共和民主革命
·《共和革命之父孙中山》6、日本政要支持孙文
·《共和革命之父孙中山》8、义和拳乱
·《共和革命之父孙中山》9、革命派与改良派
·《共和革命之父孙中山》10、孙文革命与华侨和留学生
·《共和革命之父孙中山》11、晚清的改革
·《共和革命之父孙中山传奇》12、四处筹资促革命
·《共和革命之父孙中山》13、黄花岗起义
·《共和革命之父孙中山》14、保路运动
·《共和革命之父孙中山》15、武昌起义
·《共和革命之父孙中山》16、袁世凯趁虚劫权
·《共和革命之父孙中山》17、辛亥革命的意义
·《共和革命之父孙中山》18、捍卫革命精神
·《共和革命之父孙中山》19、宋教仁遇刺
·《共和革命之父孙中山》20、二次革命
·《共和革命之父孙中山》21、袁世凯破坏共和体制
·《共和革命之父孙中山》22、中华革命党
·《共和革命之父孙中山》23、袁世凯称帝闹剧
·《共和革命之父孙中山》24、袁世凯众叛亲离
·《共和革命之父孙中山》25、张勋复辟帝制
·《共和革命之父孙中山》26.孙文护宪
·《共和革命之父孙中山》27.著书立说
·《共和革命之父孙中山》28.新文化运动和五四运动
·29.新文化及五四期间的孙文
·《共和革命之父孙中山》30.东山再起
·《共和革命之父孙中山》31、孙文为何联俄容共?
·《共和革命之父孙中山》32.孙越上海宣言
·《共和革命之父孙中山》33.阴差阳错 逼上梁山
·《共和革命之父孙中山》34.以俄为师
·《共和革命之父孙中山》35.反帝遵儒
·《共和革命之父孙中山》36.关税事件
·《共和革命之父孙中山》37.国民党一大
·《共和革命之父孙中山》38.三民主义
·《共和革命之父孙中山》39.屡战屡北
·《共和革命之父孙中山》40.最后岁月
·《共和革命之父孙中山》41.壮志未酬身先死
·国际权威专家对孙文的客观公正评价
·辛亥革命重大历史与现实意义
***(32)《还原蒋介石》郭国汀译著
·郭国汀谈论毛泽东和蒋介石
·我为何研究孙文,蒋介石及中华民国史?
·《民族英雄蒋介石》
·《还原蒋介石》:身世
·《还原蒋介石》:辛亥革命中的蒋介石
·《还原蒋介石》:二次革命
·《还原蒋介石》:中华革命党
·《还原蒋介石》:袁世凯称帝与张勋复辟
·《还原蒋介石》:军阀混战
·《还原蒋介石》:南北军政府对抗
·《还原蒋介石》:辞职将军蒋介石
·《还原蒋介石》:孝子情深
·《还原蒋介石》:情深义重
·《还原蒋介石》:远见卓识 肝胆相照
·《还原蒋介石》:壮志未酬身先死
·《还原蒋介石》:列宁的对华政策
·《还原蒋介石》:中共的由来
·《还原蒋介石》:孙中山的“联俄容共”
·《还原蒋介石》:共产党篡夺国民党的领导权
·《还原蒋介石》:篡党夺权
·《还原蒋介石》:‘联俄联共,扶助农工’的骗局
·《还原蒋介石》:蒋介石领导北伐
·《还原蒋介石》:中山舰事件真相
·《还原蒋介石》:北伐雄师所向无敌
·《还原蒋介石》:中共恶意制造南京事件
·《还原蒋介石》:共产党阴谋操控反蒋运动
·《还原蒋介石》:上海三次起义
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Lawyers Sentence Tests IOCs Ability to Enforce Olympic Promises

   Lawyers Sentence Tests IOCs Ability to Enforce Olympic Promises By David Kilgour Dec 29, 2006
   
   Former Canadian secretary of state says sentencing Gao Zhisheng unjust
   
   China's probably best-known and one of its most courageous lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, was recently convicted of "inciting subversion" and given a three-year prison sentence. His removal into custody, however, was suspended for five years; his 'political rights' were removed for a year by the Beijing court.

   
   Given the serious nature of the charge, the sentence at first glance appears light, especially given the harsh reality in China that 70 individuals sentenced from the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square back in 1989, 33 Tibetans, and 40 internet journalists, among many others, are scheduled to be still languishing in prison even after the Olympic athletes have left Beijing in 2008.
   
   There has been a general crackdown on human rights across China since the government of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao took power in 2003. This has struck the tiny minority of lawyers brave enough to represent citizens with complaints against government and Party officials about corruption, farmland seizures, and numerous other abuses of the public trust.
   
   In Gao's case, probably three factors explain the seemingly lenient sentence, which, like the verdict in the closed-door trial, was issued without his lawyer of choice or family even being informed beforehand, determined by a party committee, and merely announced by the presiding 'judge'.
   
   International Pressure
   
   First, there has been considerable international pressure and media coverage since Gao was arrested in mid-August. Many across the world said that sending a Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi-like lawyer to prison would have a seriously negative impact on the Beijing Games. The "experts" who said that public lobbying internationally for leniency would achieve the opposite were proven dramatically wrong.
   
   Second, the nature of the sentence was
   http://en.epochtimes.com/news/6-12-22/49653.html clearly intended to position a Damoclean sword over Gao's head during the government's charm offensive to the world before the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are to begin on August 8th 2008. If he speaks out against continuing totalitarian misgovernance and 'carnivore capitalism', officials can dispatch him to the silence of prison, claiming that he has violated the 'political rights' condition of his suspended sentence.
   
   Family Assaulted
   
   It matters little to Party leaders that Gao's permit to practise law was revoked in 2005 because he wrote an open letter to them about the need for religious freedom, independent judges, democracy, and the rule of law; or that his wife, Geng He, and two young children have since been constantly followed, harassed, and intimidated by public security personnel; or that even his 13-year-old daughter, Gege, was recently beaten by police.
   
   The most important reason for the seeming caution exercised by the regime in this case probably stems from the unique character of Gao Zhisheng, who is becoming increasingly known outside China and has recently become the focus of a multinational movement to nominate him for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
   
   Gao, 42, was born in the hillside cave in which his desperately poor family lived in north China. Starting as a migrant worker and then going underground as a coal miner at the age of 15, he later joined the People's Liberation Army, where he met his future wife, obtained a secondary education, and became a member of the Communist party. On discharge, he became a street vendor, but also studied to become a lawyer, and was among the only one percent of self-trained candidates who passed the bar exam in 1994.
   
   Friend of People
   
   Victims of official abuse were soon lining up at his office and he began to win cases against all odds in China's notoriously unjust court system. By 2001, the Ministry of Justice named him one of ten "honour lawyers" in a national television competition, although it rescinded the title four years later when he became a target of the regime.
   
   His defense of farmers losing their land and Christians was serious enough, but doing the same for Falun Gong practitioners, when the regime had banned any lawyer from even representing them, was completely intolerable. It was Gao who wrote to David Matas and me last summer, inviting us to come to China to investigate the stealing of vital organs from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Predictably, no visa was subsequently issued by its embassy in Ottawa to do so; he was detained not long afterwards.
   
   His three open letters to President Hu and others, protesting a range of abuses, including specific cases of torture and murder, caused his law office to be closed by the government. Literally throngs of police soon began to follow him and his family day and night. In a characteristic response, he posted the details of this campaign on a website, resigned from the Party, and later became a publicly-declared Christian.
   
   Litmus Test
   
   The sentence is thus unjust as an undue restraint on freedom of speech and should be lifted completely; Gao's right to practise his profession honourably should be restored as well. The issue for the international community is whether the commitment of the government of China to improve human rights, given in its bid to win the Games, is to have any substance. The treatment afforded to Gao and his family between now and the late summer of 2008 will also provide a good litmus test for the International Olympic Committee and others as to whether promises by host governments of Games are enforceable.
   
   David Kilgour is a former Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) of Canada. The Matas-Kilgour report can be accessed in 18 languages at organharvestinvestigation.net.

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