Saturday, March 22, 2008

China's Getting Scared Their Olympic Lollapalooza Won't Be A Pristine Showpiece

The 2008 Olympics were supposed to be China's re-entry into accepted world community after the Tienanmen Square massacre nineteen years ago. When they were given the nod for the games in 2000 a successful extravaganza became priority #1 for the ruling caste, a way to finally sweep aside the world's opprobrium for publically slaughtering protesters and crushing dissent.

Of course the criminal mafia running this country has no problem with their brothers in fascism putting on the ritz while massacring Buddhist monks in Tibet, but a lot of people around the world aren't buying China's happy face facade. This is making the government over there quite uneasy and authoritarian thugs being the same worldwide, they'll try to hide their inner ugly. They're scared shitless with talk of an Olympic boycott.

China might bar Tiananmen broadcasts
"BEIJING - China might bar live television broadcasts from Tiananmen Square during the Beijing Olympics, apparently unnerved by the recent outburst of unrest among Tibetans and fearful of protests in the heart of the Chinese capital.
A ban on live broadcasts would disrupt the plans of NBC and other major international networks, who have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to broadcast the Aug. 8-24 games and are counting on eye-pleasing live shots from the iconic square."

Films censored
"In a move unusual for its frankness, China's film censors have quietly released their private list of what is not acceptable on screen. And it is not a short one."

cute little censors, aren't they

The great firewall of China
"IMAGINE living in a country where bird flu is a constant danger, yet you can't look it up on Google. You're diagnosed with HIV AIDS but you can't search for a Facebook support network. You're trying to research a school project on religion but Wikipedia's content on the subject is blocked. You're in the mood for some distraction but can't access YouTube.
Even worse, imaging living in a country where trying to find this information online could land you in trouble

added - Tibetan revolt has China's empire fraying at the edge

It can only get worse for them now.

Thai Olympic torchbearer withdraws in protest over China's crackdown in Tibet


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