Eat it, Genocide Olympics!
W says he fully intends to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing, even if the Chinese flatly refuse to negotiate or even speak with the Dalai Lama. This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, but it does underlying the extent to which his pro-democracy posturing in the last 7 long [...]
“Fitna” is the name of a rather nasty, polemical film by right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders that equates all Islam with violence and, portrays all Muslims as extremists. Or at least that’s what I gather based on the testimonies of those who have seen it. I can’t watch it myself because LiveLeak, the main channel [...]
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.
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 [...]
I wrote something relatively long (by recent standards) on this story and then deleted it by accident. I then rewrote it and lost it again through tired clumsiness. I’m not going to rewrite it again, so I’ll just say that I think it’s a very bad idea and leave it at that.