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There they go again

There go those Buddhist monks again, impressing me with their devotion to a noble cause. I'm glad to see these protests getting some coverage. For some reason, whether it's misguided PC-ness or a crush on Chinese food and pop culture, China's human-rights abuses don't seem to be attracting much attention around the world. In Brazil, the fawning I've seen over China as an alternative to US imperial power, even from smart people who should know better, is pretty sickening. So, anyway, by refusing to shut up and go away, Tibetan monks win my weekly award for doing the right thing and salvaging my faith in humanity.


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miketroll From: miketroll Date: March 14th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you completely, fff! This afternoon I heard there were large scale riots in Lhasa being brutally put down by the Chinese police / military. The story, alas, failed to make the BBC TV evening news, nudged out by the recovery of a missing 9-year-old girl 24 days after her abduction. That much, at least, is good news.

I shan't be watching any of the Olympic TV coverage - not that I normally watch anyway, but this time I'll make a point of avoiding it. And already the world marathon champion has pulled out of the race because of air pollution in Beijing! So China looks like a poor choice of venue for more than one reason.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 14th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It didn't make the TV news at all? That scares me. I think a lot of the international media is letting China push it around, from Google and Yahoo to the major news outlets. A little thuggery by the Chinese censors is nothing to them compared to the threat of being shut out of an emerging market.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 14th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS I'll be avoiding the Olympic coverage too. The IOC isn't known for clear, unbiased judgment, but even so I have to wonder what they were thinking, giving the Games to what may be the world's most polluted city.
islandmomma From: islandmomma Date: March 15th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you too. The only good these Olympics might do is to get coverage for the human rights atrocities in China. Not to mention their encouragement of the problems in Sudan because they are trading with Sudan (oil of course, roll on alternative energy), but failing to use that economic lever to try to bring pressure on Sudan. Whatever their past might have been right now a totally despicible country.
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