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cop-out in san francisco

April 10, 2008

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It was the biggest cop-out ever. The city of San Francisco, the sole US stop for the global Olympic torch relay, decided to chicken out rather than face the protesters. Reuters photo The city claimed that in the interest of public safety, it had to pull a bait and switch on both pro- and anti-China […]

olympic protests

April 8, 2008

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On the one hand, watching the world relay of the Olympic flame turn from a “Journey of Harmony” celebration into a debacle is rather satisfying, knowing that the protesters are using this golden opportunity to highlight and take the China government to task for its human rights abuses against its own minorities and its policies […]

china’s phony evidence against the dalai lama

March 31, 2008

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After harping on relentlessly about the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, being behind the recent unrest in Tibet, the Chinese government has finally presented some evidence in an attempt to back its words. But it has only reinforced the world’s opinion of the brutality and Leninist tactics of the Chinese regime. Nor would […]

merkel says nein to beijing olympics

March 28, 2008

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Maybe it is true after all — women leaders can be tougher and ballsier than men. Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to do away with the bobbing and weaving and cut to the chase — she will not be in Beijing for the opening ceremony for this summer’s Olympics, making her the first world […]

tibetan monks cry for freedom

March 27, 2008

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Tibetan Buddhist monks today defied the draconian tactics of the Chinese government by staging a daring and fervent protest of heart-breaking proportions. They burst onto a tightly-orchestrated news briefing held by the Chinese authorities in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, for a select group of foreign journalists, which Beijing had hoped would beam images of a […]

bad air at beijing olympics

March 12, 2008

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The Chinese authorities had better sit up and take notice. The glory that they had hoped to obtain from hosting this summer’s Olympic Games in their capital Beijing, might end up being an embarrassment instead. Athletes had been quietly grumbling about the city’s notoriously bad air quality, thinking up ways to protect their health and […]