Friday, August 8, 2008

Olympics + Politics


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Watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony, and pictures like the one above, it would be wonderful to put politics aside and celebrate human accomplishment (and some commercialism), but when the hosts themselves bring politics in, its tough to ignore.

From CBS news:

Joey Cheek won gold and silver medals in speed skating at the Torino Olympics a couple years back. He was awarded bonus money of more than $25,000. Money which he promptly handed over to the movement to save Darfur, the region on the border of Sudan where at least 200,000 people have been killed and millions more have been displaced.

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Why would the Chinese revoke Joey Cheek's passport on the eve of the summer games? China is Sudan's biggest customer for oil. And the weapons that kill the innocents in Darfur come from China. And China doesn’t want anyone, especially their own people, to know that.


Facts are tough to ignore. GO USA.

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