Tag: China

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

The Humane Thing to Do

The Humane Thing to Do

| August 15, 2008 | 2 Replies

Yesterday I noted a post by National Review’s Jay Nordlinger about the Chinese National Anthem Switcheroo and his commentary on dictatorial regimes. Today, he has a follow-up with a comment I also find worth consideration: It should be pretty uncontroversial to knock the Chinese Politburo in an American publication. Something has gone screwy in our […]

Read More

Distilling Evil to A Single Sentence

Distilling Evil to A Single Sentence

| August 14, 2008 | Reply

Jay Nordlinger” “That’s one of the worst things about Communist and dictatorial regimes: They are cruel to little girls.” I think that is the most beautiful and insightful criticism I’ve ever read about tyranny. It drills down to the very heart of a dictator’s depravity. That’s one of the reasons I appreciate Nordlinger’s writing as […]

Read More

How Sad. China Can't Get People to Watch Its Olympics.

How Sad. China Can't Get People to Watch Its Olympics.

| August 13, 2008 | 2 Replies

Okay, this story makes me smile. BEIJING, Aug. 13 — Chinese Olympic organizers acknowledged Tuesday they were struggling to handle an unforeseen and baffling problem inside Summer Games venues and at the showpiece Olympic Park. Not enough people. Two weeks after announcing they had sold every one of the record 6.8 million tickets offered for […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Ralph Peters is Also Looking for an Olympic Disaster

Ralph Peters is Also Looking for an Olympic Disaster

| August 8, 2008 | Reply

From your lips to God’s ears, Mr. Peters. The butchers in Beijing thought they could buy a happy-face propaganda image, that they could stage-manage the Olympics the way Stalin’s PR boys seduced the New York Times as millions died. Boy, did their ignorance of the suppleness of today’s communications networks backfire. President Hu Jintao and […]

Read More