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Richard N. Haass: Don’t Snub Beijing Olympics

Written by Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, from Project Syndicate: China lobbied long and hard to host this summer’s Olympics, and thousands of Chinese literally danced in the streets when...

Why a Beijing Boycott Failed

Calls for leaders and athletes to stay away from the Beijing Games in protest over China’s human rights violations and activities in Africa seemed to have momentum just a few months ago. Why is no one listening anymore?...

… And Why He Should Stay Home

Written by Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow, from Los Angeles Times: President Bush’s announcement that he will attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics came in the wake of brutal crackdowns in Tibet and during a...

Beijing Not Alone When It Comes to Olympic Disputes

From The Christian Science Monitor: Some Olympiads are born controversial, some achieve controversy, and some have controversy thrust upon them. Though few editions of the modern Olympic Games have been as bitterly contested as...

Tibet Through Chinese Eyes

Written by Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, from Newsweek: The recent crisis over the Olympic torch and Tibet represent an epic clash: not just between Tibetans and Beijing, but...

Mia Farrow Calls For Olympic Opening Boycott

From Reuters: U.S. actress Mia Farrow expressed solidarity with Tibetans but said she was focused on pressuring China over its support for Sudan and called on world leaders to boycott the Olympics opening ceremony. Farrow, best...

Be Patriotic? First Be Cool!

A summary of a meeting with Beijing Police who “advised” student groups to cancel patriotic demonstrations. This post originally appeared in a university online forum Shuimu Community (水木社区 ), posted by someone with...

Battle of the Beijing Boycotts

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom writes in the Nation: To boycott or not to boycott, that is the question. Rather, that’s just one of the questions activists are facing right now when it comes to China. At least four different...

U.S. Academic Defends China, Citing Progress

The Wall Street Journal talks to Susan Brownell an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the the University of Missouri- St. Louis who was a nationally-ranked athlete in the United States before winning a gold medal for Beijing...

To Boycott or Not to Boycott? An Olympics Debate

The New Republic hosts a two-part debate over the question, “In light of China’s manifold human rights problems, how should fans, Olympic athletes, presidential candidates, and the U.S. government itself respond to...

China Seen as Biggest Threat to Stability

From the Financial Times: China has overtaken the US as the biggest threat to global stability in the eyes of Europeans, according to a Harris opinion poll for the Financial Times. The recent wave of protests and riots in Tibet...

Carrefour Faces China Boycott Bid

From BBC News: Chinese activists are urging shoppers to stay away from French retailer Carrefour, following the Olympic torch’s troubled passage through Paris. A message circulating on the internet and mobile phones...

Dalai Lama Says His Aides Are Talking to China

In Seattle, the Dalai Lama reveals his representatives are engaged in “private talks” with the Chinese government aimed at resolving questions surrounding last month’s riots. From the New York Times: “Just a...

Don’t Feed China’s Nationalism

In Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria argues against a boycott of the Olympics: At first glance, China’s recent crackdown in Tibet looks like a familiar storyline: a dictatorship represses its people. And of course that’s part...

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