Eat it, Genocide Olympics!
Their spoof magazine cover, from back in September: It’s looking like a better question with each passing day.
He’s considering a French boycott of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Good for him. Here’s hoping more political leaders follow his example. Lest we lose sight of the real issue, this is what Sarkozy is considering boycotting.
“Any act to disrupt the Olympic torch relay is shameful and unpopular.” – Qin Gang, Chinese spokesman. I wonder how Mr. Qin would describe China’s recent behaviour in Tibet. I think we’re fast approaching the point where a boycott of the Olympics’ opening ceremony is the minimum obligation of every country that claims to respect [...]
The Speaker of the House condemned Chinese brutality in Tibet in unusually strong language today. I’ve never heard of a senior Western government official going this far before: Ms Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, also called on the international community to denounce Chinese rule in Tibet. Good for her. I wish other [...]
There are a collection of photographs here, taken by The Economist‘s China correspondent. It might take a while for the page to display.
From The Economist. It seems to be uglier that I at first thought: Within a couple of hours, fires were blazing in the streets across much of the city. Some buildings caught fire too. A pall of smoke blanketed Lhasa, obscuring the ancient Potala—the city’s most famous monument, which covers a hillside overlooking the city. [...]
Good for the Tibetans! They’ve kicked up the biggest civil disturbance in ‘China’ (Tibet isn’t really part of China; the Chinese annexed it in 1951) since 1989, in the year that the world’s most powerful totalitarian state seeks to ‘normalise’ its image abroad through hosting the Olympics. Let’s hope that some of the Western leaders [...]
Massive thanks to Anthony for posting this on his blog. It’s a clip of Shane and I attempting to fix a toilet in China after Shane (not me, despite his claims) broke it. You can’t see this in the video, but when I lifted up the plug in the cistern, half the toilet’s mechanics flowed [...]
James Fallows piece from the Atlantic website. (Subscription required). Panda slideshow to accompany the above. (Free). If I ever visit China again I’m definitely going to the Wolong Nature Reserve, or “Panda Land”, as Fallows’ slideshow refers to it.
Yes, he may be one of the worst US presidents ever, but he’s the first to have the courage to meet publicly with the Dalai Lama, and this at a time when Sino-American are of unprecedented importance. Of course, some people can’t resist taking shots at him even when he does something good:
According to this post on the rather excellent Foreign Policy blog, China has decided to end its hitherto practice of donating giant pandas to curry favour with other governments. From now on, pandas will only be leaving China on ten-year leases, at a cost of $1 million a year to the fortunate host nation.
Me in the Forbidden City Me and Ormy with chopsticks Shane and my soon-to-be-removed hair Shane, Aussie Shane (in background), myself and Eoin, in the Forbidden City Self-taken picture of Anthony Shane looking cool On the Great Wall Pictures courtesy of Anthony.
Do not want! Anthony has some pictures, with more to come hopefully.keep looking »