Richard Spencer blogs for the Telegraph:
Only one topic today, which is Steven Spielberg’s decision to pull out of the Olympic Games. Full coverage is on the main Telegraph news site so I won’t go over it again (and the blogosphere is already analysing it – but how much more is there to say about China’s human rights policies and the Olympics than has been said already?).
Austin Ramzy blogs on Time:
After months of discussion and speculation, Steven Spielberg has announced he’s dropping out as an artistic advisor for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. The director cited the ongoing bloodshed in Darfur and says that Beijing needs to do more to urge Sudan to stop the fighting there. Sudan’s government bears “the bulk of the responsibility for these on-going crimes but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing human suffering there,” his statement reads. “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”