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Archive for the '2008 Summer Olympics' Category

IOC: Athletes Will Have Freedom Of Speech “Within Limits”

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

In the course of the same news conference, the head of the International Olympic Committee managed to say two completely contradictory things about the ability that international athletes will have to speak out during the Olympic Games in Bejing. First, he says that the IOC stands behind the free speech rights of it’s athletes: BEIJING, […]

McCain Says He Would Skip Beijing Opening Ceremonies

by @ Thursday, April 10th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

Add John McCain’s name to the growing list of politicians calling for a boycott of the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics: Senator John McCain said today that he would not attend the opening ceremonies at the Olympics, barring significant changes in China’s behavior, if he were president. During an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” […]

The Olympic Opening Ceremony Boycott Expands

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has become the latest world leader to announce that he will boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics: LONDON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday that he would not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games this summer. The prime minister has been under intense political […]

The Nazi Origins Of The Olympic Torch

by @ Wednesday, April 9th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

The Los Angeles Times points out that the Olympic Torch Relay didn’t exist before the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics: The Olympic torch relay was invented by the Nazis. According to historians, Adolf Hitler wanted to promote his belief in an Aryan master race by symbolically linking the 1936 Berlin Games to the ancient Greek gods […]

San Francisco Braces For Torch Protests

by @ Wednesday, April 9th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

It’s just after 6am in San Francisco as I write this, and the city is bracing for protests as the Olympic Torch relay begins: SAN FRANCISCO — The Olympic torch arrived at the airport here from Paris in the wee hours Tuesday morning, exited out a side door and was escorted by motorcade to a […]

George Bush & The Olympics: To Kowtow Or Not To Kowtow

by @ Tuesday, April 8th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

Apparently, the White House is vacillating on what to do about the Olympic Opening Ceremonies: WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House left the door open Tuesday to President Bush skipping the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics to protest China’s human rights record and its crackdown in Tibet. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, however, suggested […]

The Beijing Olympics: To Boycott Or Not ?

by @ Tuesday, April 8th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

James Joyner doesn’t think much of a boycott of this year’s Olympics: It’s simply inconceivable that poking a stick in Beijing’s eye will cause them to suddenly become a Jeffersonian democracy, free Tibet, or, indeed, do anything that we want them to do. China’s domestic human rights record is abysmal, to be sure, but it’s […]

Chinese Security Thugs Are Following The Olympic Torch Around The World

by @ Tuesday, April 8th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

Some people in London are speaking up about the behavior of the Chinese “security” officials who are accompanying the Olympic Torch on it’s international relay: Lord Coe last night condemned the army of Chinese “thugs” who accompanied the Olympic torch relay through London. The head of London’s 2012 Games described as “horrible” the burly henchmen […]

Olympic Cowards May Stop Torch Relay

by @ Tuesday, April 8th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

The International Olympic Committee has come up with a way to stop the protests following the Olympic torch around the world. Stop the torch relay altogether: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Security concerns for the Olympic torch’s only North American stop were high Tuesday after its visit to Paris descended into chaos and activists here scaled […]

The Olympic Torch Protests Continue

by @ Monday, April 7th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Summer Olympics, China, Foreign Affairs

The Olympic Torch arrived in Paris today, and it got a worse reception than it did in London: (CNN) — The Olympic torch relay was disrupted Monday by protesters in Paris demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to twice extinguish the flame and put the torch on a bus, according to The Associated Press. […]

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