…goes to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The Chinese government has validated his qualifications in the strongest possible terms.
Liu is currently enjoying an 11-year sabbatical sponsored by the Peoples’ Republic.
Update (10 October). The folks at Language Log help us Foreign Devils pronounce our hero’s name.
Update (23 October). The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee explains the selection. My only quibble is with the work “inadvertently” in his first paragraph. Tyrants can act in no other way.