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The “Olympics Diary” of a Tibetan

The following diary was originally posted in Chinese and provides a glimpse into life in a remote Tibetan area as the Olympics were being celebrated in Beijing: The “Olympics Diary” of a Tibetan By Tashibod Today is Tuesday,...

Hu Yong: The “Sacred Flame” in China

Hu Yong, an associate professor of School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University and a blogger, writes on his blog, translated by CDT’s Linjun Fan: The Beijing Olympic Torch relay was brought to every...

Torch Relay Ends with a Bang (Updated with video)

BBC is reporting that four foreigners have been arrested in Beijing for scaling 120-foot light poles and unfurling 140 square foot pro-Tibet banners outside the Bird’s Nest stadium during the final leg of the Olympic torch...

The No-Show Torch

Chinese reporter Guan Jun has written a story about how the city of Benxi spent tens of millions of yuan and harassed local residents in an effort to welcome the Olympic Torch, only to find out that the relay route had been...

Faking the Olympic Spirit in China’s Muslim Region

As the Olympic torch continues its beleaguered relay through China’s Western regions, Der Spiegel reports on how it played in Kashgar: On the day of the torch run, only invited guests from selected “work units”...

Police Out As Torch Hits Xinjiang

From BBC News: Security was tight as the Olympic torch began passing through China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, on a highly sensitive part of its trip to Beijing. Police were out in force as the flame left...

Olympic Torch’s Arrival In Tibet Postponed

From AP: Organizers of the Olympic torch relay said Monday the flame’s arrival in Tibet would be postponed, but declined to give an exact date for the torch’s journey through the region, which has been shrouded in...

Olympic Torch Arrives in Tibetan Areas Amid Tight Security

John Ruwitch reports for Reuters: China paraded the Olympic torch through the mountain town of Shangri-la on Wednesday, the first of several stops it will make in Tibetan areas despite complaints from overseas rights groups....

Olympic Pride Resurges in Wake of Earthquake

The Washington Post reports that enthusiasm for the Olympic torch relay is once again gaining momentum following the Sichuan earthquake: The go-go girls who once swayed on flatbeds trucks along the route were gone, and...

Lin Qiang: Seeking Truth Is More Important Than Saving Face

Lin Qiang (林强), the Deputy Inspector of the Sichuan Education Department, is a Party-recognized model cadre and was given the honor of being one of the Olympic torch bearers. But Lin just submitted a letter to Sichuan provincial...

China Torch Relay: Nanjing

Written by Rana Mitter, lecturer in the history and politics of modern China at Oxford University, from BBC News: For foreigners, Nanjing is not yet one of the major tourist destinations of China. Its attractions are not as...

China’s Soft-Power Failure

Written by Li Datong, former editor of Bingdian (Freezing Point), from openDemocracy: The Chinese government planned the year of the Olympic games in Beijing on 8-24 August 2008 as a demonstration of the country’s pride...



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