A few months ago, I posted a blog entry mourning the arrest and conviction of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobao. Today, the Nobel Committee awarded Liu the Peace Prize for his bravery. I’ll put aside my technical qualms about how the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded – it seems very much a political decision rather than a serious assessment of peacemakers. That said, there are few dissidents who need the world’s support more and for such an important cause. Hopefully, the prize will at least protect Liu and his family from harm, as it seems to have for Aung San Suu Kyi.