Category: 2008 Olympics

China Goes Out with a Bang, and the Whimper of the Oppressed is Barely Heard

China Goes Out with a Bang, and the Whimper of the Oppressed is Barely Heard

| August 25, 2008 | 1 Reply

Oh yarf. BEIJING (Reuters) – The Beijing Olympics ended with a blaze of deafening fireworks on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on a Games that dazzled the world with sporting brilliance and showcased the might of modern day China. It looks like China got everything it wanted out of the Olympic Games: a clean bill […]

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China isn't Capitalist. It's Criminal.

China isn't Capitalist. It's Criminal.

| August 22, 2008 | Reply

It not surprising that the Chinese felt the need to cheat their way to Olympic success but it does shock me just a little to know that they stole the national anthems played during the medal ceremonies. I keep hearing what a strong capitalist nation China is, but that’s not strictly true. China is a […]

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China's Olympic "Protest Zones" Just a Lure to Catch Malcontents

China's Olympic "Protest Zones" Just a Lure to Catch Malcontents

| August 20, 2008 | Reply

One of the things that soothed people about China prior to the Olympics was that the government was going to specially designate three “protest zones” inside Beijing, reasonably close to the Olympic venues. Folks who wished to protest the presence of the Games, or the Chinese government’s policies, could apply for a permit and protest […]

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Welcome to the ChiCom-Bashing Party, Pal!

Welcome to the ChiCom-Bashing Party, Pal!

| August 19, 2008 | 2 Replies

I’d like to welcome Megan McArdle to what I’ve been saying for at least two weeks here, pretty much without anyone else noticing. I’d invite her to do a quick rundown of the “2008 Olympics” category on the right sidebar and maybe carry a few of those stories over to her blog where more than […]

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What Happens in China…

What Happens in China…

| August 19, 2008 | Reply

…stays in China, especially gold medals, which the Chinese want so much they’re willing to cheat their heads off to get them. Said cheating includes fielding a gymnastics team full of toddlers. How do we know that? Well, that’s what their passports, issued by the ever so honest Chinese government says. How could it be […]

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2008 Olympic Profile: Ye Guozhu

2008 Olympic Profile: Ye Guozhu

| August 13, 2008 | Reply

July 26, 2008 was supposed to have been a happy day for the friends and family of Ye Guozhu. Expecting to see their loved one after four years, they were stunned to receive a telephone call from the Chinese authorities telling them that their loved one would not be released from prison until October 1 […]

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2008 Olympic Profile: Gao Zhisheng

2008 Olympic Profile: Gao Zhisheng

| August 11, 2008 | Reply

The adherents of the religion known as Falun Gong risk a lot to practice their beliefs. Though I know little about it, Falun Gong seems to be a meditative belief that teaches its members to focus their thoughts inward and how better to cultivate their chi. There is no Falun Gong organization that tracks members […]

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It's Good to be the President

It's Good to be the President

| August 11, 2008 | 1 Reply

I noticed this photo at Robert McCain’s site a day or so ago, but I completely forgot about it because I had gotten tied up in some work-related stuff. He reminded me of it today and he’s right. No caption contest could possibly be funnier than the real story. Here’s the Reuters photo: Seriously, my […]

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2008 Olympic Profile: The People of Beijing, June 3-4, 1989.

2008 Olympic Profile: The People of Beijing, June 3-4, 1989.

| August 10, 2008 | Reply

On April 15, 1989 a man named Hu Yaobang died at a party Political Bureau Meeting in Beijing, China. Hu has once been the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and had been a loyal follower of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping but was forced to resign in 1987 in disgrace. He had […]

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2008 Olympic Profile: Yang Maodong (AKA: Guo Feixiong)

2008 Olympic Profile: Yang Maodong (AKA: Guo Feixiong)

| August 9, 2008 | 9 Replies

In July, 2005, the villagers of Taishi, China decided they had grown tired of being mistreated by the head of the village committee, Chen Jingsheng. They placed a recall referendum on the local election ballot. They got help from a lawyer named Yang Maodong (who also went by the pen name of Guo Feixiong). The […]

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