On August 3, the world lost Nobel Prize laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the conscience of the Cold War. Convicted in 1945 of criticizing Joseph Stalin’s regime, Solzhenitsyn spent years in a Soviet prison camp, nearly succumbing to disease and other hardships. After his release, Solzhenitsyn began publishing materials describing the horrors of the Soviet prison camps, or gulags. His most famous book, The Gulag Archipelago, led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, female gymnasts He Kesin, Yang Yilin, and Jiang Yuyuan electrified the Chinese with their stellar performances. But even as China celebrated, controversy was brewing over whether or not the athletes met the age requirements for competition established by the International Gymnastics Federation.
According to the technology news Website Arstechnica, the Nike shoe company has "decided to put the Chinese government's finely-tuned dissident-hunting skills to work in order to turn up an anonymous conspiracy theorist who posted a 'false accusation' about the company."
Communist China’s ravenous energy appetite has fueled its growing political and economic ties with Iran’s revolutionary government. On July 21, Iran’s Pars Oil & Gas Company and China’s CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corp.) finalized contracts to exploit Iran’s North Pars gas field.