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Archive for the '2008 Summer Olympics' Category

Beijing 2008: Good News For China, Bad News For Freedom

by @ Monday, August 25th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

Having pulled off what, unfortunately, appears to have been a pretty successful 29th Olympiad, will the People’s Republic of China now become less responsive to world opinion on human rights issues ? Having read this article, I think the answer may well be yes: The 2008 Games seemed likely to go down as a political […]

And So, The Olympics End

by @ Sunday, August 24th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

The 2008 Summer Olympics came to an end today. Surprisingly, The New York TImes was one of the few mainstream media outlets to put the Beijing Olympics in their proper perspective: Beijing got what it wanted out of this globally televised spectacular. It reaped a huge prestige bonanza that it will surely use to promote […]

Obama Watches Olympics, Thinks China Is Better Than U.S.

While the political world digests the after-effects of John McCain’s gaffe about the number of houses he owns, Barack Obama made one of his own yesterday when he praised the Communists in China for creating a better place to live than the United States: Everybody’s watching what’s going on in Beijing right now with the […]

Ignoring The Olympics, And Proud Of It

by @ Thursday, August 14th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

Apparently, I’m not alone: I’m not paying any attention to the Olympics, either. I haven’t seen a single competition, and didn’t watch the opening ceremonies. I don’t think I’ve watched any channel showing it for more than a few seconds. Frankly, the fact that they’re in Beijing is only half the reason.

Hey China, Fly This Flag

by @ Friday, August 8th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

China’s Broken Olympic Promises

by @ Monday, April 21st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

It seems that China is having trouble living up to its promises to the IOC: BEIJING, April 20 — China has spent billions of dollars to fulfill its commitment to stage a grand Olympics. Athletes will compete in world-class stadiums. New highways and train lines crisscross Beijing. China built the world’s largest airport terminal to […]

Historical Ignorance

by @ Monday, April 21st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Dumbasses, Foreign Affairs, History

From a pro-Tibet protest in San Francisco: Umm, it probably would’ve looked something like this:

Quote Of The Day: Olympics Edition

by @ Saturday, April 12th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

They could be holding this year’s Olympics in Vatican City, and I’d still agree with this 100%: The Olympics are a vulgar, ruinous hullabaloo the chief functions of which are to facilitate graft on a spectacular scale and to act as a vehicle for the promotion of despotic values. They are, at best, unedifying and, […]

If Only It Were Really This Simple

by @ Friday, April 11th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

I’m usually a fan, but I’ve got to say that I think Chris Core is being hopelessly optimistic when he takes this position on the Olympics and the protests following the torch around the world: Ok, what is the deal about attacking the Olympic Torch? Have people lost their minds? Yes, I get that some […]

More On The Chinese Torch Guards Thugs

by @ Friday, April 11th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs, Tibet

The blue-and-white suited “guards” that are following the Olympic Torch around the world are continuing to raise suspicions: BEIJING, April 10 — As protesters besiege the Olympic torch on its global tour, a phalanx of tall, tough-looking young Chinese men in blue-and-white running gear have vigorously protected the flame — too vigorously in the eyes […]

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