King On International Freedom

Will Inboden connects King's legacy with the uprising in Tunisia in advance of Obama's upcoming visit with the president of China:

Though King's primary devotion in his too-short life was to the civil rights struggle in the United States, he constantly connected this effort with the universal aspirations of all human beings to realize in fact this liberty and dignity. And as he spoke out against the human rights depredations of communist governments, he also condemned the hypocrisy of his beloved America in fighting against communism abroad while denying basic rights at home to a class of its own citizens.

Juan Cole sees a lesson for Iraq.