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  • China Olympics - British journalist detained by Beijing police after covering Free Tibet protest

    08/12/2008 10:42:57 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 198+ views
    The Guardian (UK) (excerpt) ^ | August 13, 2008 | Tania Branigan and Jonathan Watts
    Excerpt - Speaking by telephone from the back of the police van as he was driven away, Ray said: "I have been roughed up. They dragged me, pulled me and knocked me to the ground. Now they are filming me." He could then be heard asking the officers with him: "Why are you filming? I am a British journalist. I have all the Olympic accreditation I need." Police officers could then be heard asking: "What's your opinion on Tibet?" Ray replied: "I have no opinion on Tibet. I am a journalist." A police officer could then be heard telling him...
  • Goose stepping at Beijing Opening Ceremonies

    08/10/2008 8:55:41 AM PDT · by bobbygardner80 · 35 replies · 362+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 8, 2008 | Mark Starr
    Live Blogging the Opening Ceremonies Mark Starr 12:03--Well they can't keep a secret in this town any better than anywhere else. Li Ning gets the honor. He takes a giant leap--and the final lap around the highest wall inside the stadium to light the cauldron. Fireworks ensue. Good job, China. Let the Games begin! 11:54--The torch is in the building! 11:53--I should have said "doves" with quotation marks. Ever since there was an accidental holocaust of the "peace" birds at one ceremony, the dovishness is strictly symbolic. 100 young women in white gesticulating gently did their dovish best.
  • Why are Freepers Interested in the Chicoms' Olympics? SHOULD we be?

    08/10/2008 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 206 replies · 495+ views
    Vanity | 08/10/08 | Mobile Vulgus
    So how should Freepers feel about the Olympics? Should we write about it, post about it or covering it in any way? I feel that every American (including President Bush) that are in attendance at the Olympics are traitors to democracy and civilization. These commie bastards are our enemies. Each and every Chinese citizen (and I use that term citizen very euphemistically), each man, woman and child are enemies to the USA, the west, and basic civilization. They look at us as enemies and we should return the favor. Look where pretending that "they really don't mean it" got us...
  • At least two dead in northwestern China blasts: state media

    08/09/2008 5:53:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 148+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/09/08 | AFP
    BEIJING (AFP) - At least two people died early Sunday in a series of explosions in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, state media said, in an attack that eyewitnesses said was followed by gunfire. The report did not say who was responsible for the blasts which came little more than a day after the start of the Olympics in Beijing. Uighur separatists in Xinjiang have in video statements threatened to attack the sporting event and Chinese authorities have also warned that "terrorists" from home and abroad pose a massive threat to the Games. The blasts on Sunday occurred between...
  • Why I Can't Watch the Olympic Games: Forced Abortions, Abuses in China

    08/09/2008 11:36:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies · 174+ views
    LifeNews ^ | August 8, 2008 | Steve Mosher
    Had the National Population and Family Planning Commission not rescinded its invitation, I would be in China right now as the Olympics opened. But the Commission, which is responsible for enforcing the one-child policy, belatedly realized that I was a well-known critic of that policy--and of that country's human rights record in general-- and barred the door. I confess to not having been overly disappointed by their decision. Despite the fact that I read, write and speak Chinese, it would have been nearly impossible for me to do anything else in Beijing but the one thing that I will not...
  • Relative of US Olympic coach killed in Beijing

    08/09/2008 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Comparative Advantage · 22 replies · 130+ views
    AP ^ | Aug 9, 2008 | ROHAN SULLIVAN
    A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics on Saturday, team officials and state media said. The man then committed suicide by throwing himself from the second story of the site, the 13th century Drum Tower just five miles from the main Olympics site. The brutal attack shortly after midday was all the more shocking because of the rarity of violent crime against foreigners in tightly controlled China, which has ramped up...
  • China’s Olympic Crackdown

    08/08/2008 10:35:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 105+ views
    NCR ^ | August 10, 2008 | SABRINA ARENA FERRISI
    WASHINGTON — Though it was hoped that the Olympic Games would bring about an opening on religious freedom and human rights in China, the opposite seems to have occurred.That’s according to observers and religious freedom activists. “Instead of improvements in conditions for religious freedom and other human rights, we’ve seen broad efforts to crack down on and control religious activity,” Nina Shea, senior fellow with the Center for Religious Freedom, told the Congressional Task Force for International Religious Freedom June 20. Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, believes that the Chinese government will do anything to avoid...
  • Woman falls from consulate in Olympics protest

    08/07/2008 9:02:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 217+ views
    SFGate ^ | 08/07/08 | Heather Knight
    Woman falls from consulate in Olympics protest Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer Thursday, August 7, 2008 (08-06) 13:03 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A rappelling protester fell two stories from the roof of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco Wednesday, two days before the Olympic Games begin in Beijing and amid worldwide protest against China's human rights record in Tibet. San Francisco police and the State Department are conducting a joint investigation into the incident, including claims that the protester's ropes may have been intentionally cut. The protester was identified as Nyendak Wangden, 22, of Suisun City and a member of...
  • China: Beijing smog makes for a painful jog

    08/07/2008 8:27:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 1,363+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/08/08 | Will Pavia
    Beijing smog makes for a painful jog Will Pavia in Beijing All day yesterday Beijing was obscured by thick grey air, a phenomenon known in the Chinese state media as “overcast and hazy skies”, and described by the rest of the world as smog. Beijingers claim that the smog has thinned slightly in recent weeks, thanks to the factory closures and the one million cars removed from the roads, but still, for the newly arrived visitor, the vast windows of Beijing’s new airport terminal present an astonishing vista of nothingness. “We were gobsmacked when we landed,” an American athlete said....
  • Worldwide protests on eve of China Olympics

    08/07/2008 7:59:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 122+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/7/08 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - Police banned demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy in Paris on Thursday but critics of China's human rights record stepped up protests elsewhere in the world to mark the start of the Beijing Olympics. Police in the French capital said they did not want a repeat of the "violent disturbances" that broke out in April when the Olympic torch passed through Paris, when activists angry at China's crackdown in Tibet disrupted the route. They banned any protests outside the embassy on Thursday and Friday, when the Games officially open, including a demonstration planned Friday by a coalition including...
  • Why Every American Should Care About China

    08/07/2008 6:29:45 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 34 replies · 162+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | 08.06.08 | BoB Woodruff
    Why Every American Should Care About China The Emerging Superpower Is Forging Relationships Where the U.S. Isn't   By BOB WOODRUFF, GABRIELLE TENENBAUM, SUSAN SCHAEFER and MEENA HARTENSTEINAug. 6, 2008   When the Olympics begin Friday in Beijing it will be a "coming out" party of sorts for China. Beijing hopes this will be a bright spot in what has otherwise been a tough year -- the country was hit by a devastating earthquake and rocked by scandals over tainted food and medicine and toxic toys. There have been protests, both within China and in other countries, about its...
  • Beijing Olympics: Students for Free Tibet Deported

    08/06/2008 12:27:26 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 13 replies · 171+ views
    China Daily ^ | August 8th , 2008 | Xinhua
    Two Americans and two British nationals have been ordered to leave China “within a prescribed time limit” after displaying “Free Tibet” banners near an Olympic venue in Beijing on Wednesday, local police said. Two are expected to leave on Wednesday night and the other two on Thursday. “They disrupted public order and violated Chinese laws. Their period of stay in the country will hereby be cut short according to the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens,” the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said in a statement issued late on Wednesday....
  • Bush to rebuke China on human rights, dissidents

    08/06/2008 7:05:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 236+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/06/08
    Bush to rebuke China on human rights, dissidents Wed Aug 6, 2008 9:42am EDT BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush plans to voice deep concerns about human rights in China in a speech on Thursday, hours before he arrives in Beijing for the opening of the Olympic Games. "The United States believes the people of China deserve the fundamental liberty that is the natural right of all human beings," Bush will say in a speech in Bangkok, copies of which were released in advance. "So America stands in firm opposition to China's detention of political dissidents, human rights...
  • Chinese Military Shifts Focus to Ethnic Minorities

    08/06/2008 5:21:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 191+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 08/06/08
    ‘Chinese Military Shifts Focus to Ethnic Minorities’ AUGUST 06, 2008 06:44 The priority of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has changed from deterring Taiwan’s independence to preventing separatist movements by ethnic minorities and fighting terrorism. The Hong Kong daily Ming Pao said yesterday that the change was prompted by growing terrorist activities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang and improving ties between Beijing and Taipei. The Liberation Army Daily said Monday that the Nanjing army, which had deterred Taiwan from declaring independence, conducted large-scale anti-terrorism drills July 30. The exercises included fighter planes and bombers in Xinjiang and the Gobi...
  • China: Two Britons arrested over Tibet flag protest in Beijing (pro-Tibet protest go for big time)

    08/06/2008 12:06:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 164+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/06/08 | Jane Macartney and Will Pavia
    Two Britons arrested over Tibet flag protest in Beijing Jane Macartney and Will Pavia in Beijing Four protesters have been arrested after a Briton and an American scaled two flood-lighting poles near the centre of Beijing's tightly patrolled Olympic park this morning and unfurled banners calling for Tibetan independence. Despite intense security that had been ratcheted up further in preparation for the arrival of the Olympic torch relay in the Chinese capital today, the protesters were able to display Tibetan flags and two 140 square-foot banners beside the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium that will host the Olympics opening ceremony on...
  • China apologises for roughing up journalists on eve of Games

    08/05/2008 10:04:48 PM PDT · by null and void · 3 replies · 91+ views
    Brietbart/AFP ^ | Aug 5 01:18 PM US/Eastern
    Chinese police Tuesday apologised for roughing up two Japanese journalists as Beijing's Olympic commitment to allow foreign media freedom came under scrutiny three days before the Games opened. The apology came after border police "clashed" with the Japanese journalists who had arrived in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang region after an alleged terrorist attack Monday left 16 police dead, Xinhua news agency said. "The local foreign affairs department made an apology Tuesday to two Japanese reporters," Xinhua said. A photographer for the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper was forcibly detained late Monday and kicked by police in the city of Kashgar, his employer said....
  • China fires anti-smog pellets into the sky over Beijing ... as earthquake hits province

    08/05/2008 3:31:06 PM PDT · by thepatriot1 · 8 replies · 175+ views
    Beijing was finally experiencing clear skies today after city authorities apparently used seeding technology to disperse the smog. The report came as a strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the western Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Gansu today, near the site of May's devastating quake that killed at least 70,000 people, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
  • Has China got a terrorist problem?

    08/04/2008 10:04:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 255+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/05/08 | Rosemary Righter
    Has China got a terrorist problem? The Uighur attack in the northwest was shocking but not a precursor to a bigger outrage Rosemary Righter The Olympics will open on Friday inside a triple ring of steel. Anti-terrorism precautions have been an unavoidable feature of the Games since the PLO massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich in 1972, but China has taken things to extremes. It has mobilised 110,000 police and other security forces in Beijing itself, plus 1.4 million security “volunteers” with Red Guard-style armbands and no fewer than 300,000 spy cameras. The security bill for Beijing alone exceeds £3...
  • Despite Some Improvements, China Still Persecuting Believers in Wake of Olympics [OPEN]

    08/04/2008 5:07:48 PM PDT · by delacoert · 2 replies · 45+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sat, Jul. 12 2008 09:42 AM EDT | Dr. Carl Moeller
    The clock is winding down on the start of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. On Aug 8, the historic Games will begin. Over 500,000 visitors will flock to Beijing and 10,000 competitors will participate in 203 events in 28 sports. It will be the most expensive Olympics in history – China has spent $40 billion upgrading infrastructures in and around Beijing. For China, it was suppose to be a “coming out” party. When China was awarded the Games in 2001, the state news agency reported: “The Games will be a milestone in China’s rising international status and...
  • NBC’s Matt Lauer: Opponents of China During Olympics are 'Party Crashers'

    08/04/2008 1:54:40 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 40 replies · 268+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 8/4/2008 | Matthew Balan
    NBC’s Matt Lauer, broadcasting live from the Great Wall of China on Monday’s "Today" show, referred to the "double-edged sword" of the world’s attention being on China for the Summer Olympic Games and asked a Chinese professor about how that "spotlight" might be "co-opted by party crashers who have a bone to pick with this country. He then asked the professor, "How worried are the people here about that?" Lauer, who will be in China during the next weeks for the Olympics, interviewed Professor Teng Dimeng of the Beijing Foreign Studies University 20 minutes into 7 am Eastern hour of...