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2008-08-06 09:00:45

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Amelia Lam, a 36-year-old teacher's assistant, emigrated from Hong Kong to San Jose five years ago. When she talks about how proud she is that China is hosting the summer Olympics, she almost glows. For Cher Fu of Santa Clara, Calif., all the hype about the Games is a daily reminder of her family's nightmare. Three years ago, she says, her parents were thrown into a Chinese forced-labor camp, tortured and brainwashed. Their crime: belonging to Falun Gong, a spiritual...

2008-08-05 12:00:41

In the lead-up to the Summer Olympics, the Chinese government has launched a security clampdown in Beijing unprecedented in the country [BusinessWeek.com, 07/28/08]. But in other parts of China, the security presence is not as intense, and on Aug. 4, terrorists took advantage. An attack on a border armed-police division in the far western region of Xinjiang killed 16 policemen and injured 16 others, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Two attackers driving a truck threw explosives...

2008-08-04 00:00:17

WASHINGTON -- In only five days, at 7 p.m., television cameras will roll on the final preparations for 8 p.m. on the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year in our century -- when the Olympic Games will open in Beijing. Then, if planning is perfect, China's President Hu Jintao will host President George W. Bush, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and more than 70 other heads of state in the National Stadium -- called the Bird's Nest -- with some...

2008-08-03 12:00:25

By Ken McLaughlin and Linda Goldston, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Aug. 3--Amelia Lam, a 36-year-old teacher's assistant, emigrated from Hong Kong to San Jose five years ago. When she talks about how proud she is that China is hosting the Summer Olympics, she almost glows. For Cher Fu of Santa Clara, all the hype about the Games is a daily reminder of her family's nightmare. Three years ago, she says, her parents were thrown into a Chinese forced-labor camp, tortured and brainwashed....

2008-08-02 12:00:32

Rather than enhancing human rights, the Beijing Olympic Games have led to a human rights crackdown by the Chinese government, activists say. Human rights campaigners say thousands of dissidents, gadflies and malcontents have been arrested this summer in the run-up to the Games because the Chinese Communist Party is determined to avoid having the Olympics used a human rights forum, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The Olympics have reversed the clock, Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong...

2008-08-01 12:00:54

In the months preceding the Beijing Olympics, officials from the International Olympic Committee [IOC] assured wary journalists they would have unfettered access to the Internet while reporting the Games. In April, for instance, IOC official Hein Verbruggen, who was head of the inspection team in Beijing this spring, told reporters the Chinese government would not impose Internet censorship on Olympics journalists. Now, as athletes are arriving and the media center is up and running in...

2008-07-29 12:01:02

By Chris O'Brien, The Washington Times Jul. 28--BEIJING -- A stroll through Beijing's maze of hutong alleyways these days reveals much about the Chinese government's obsession with security ahead of the Olympic Games and its unerring ability to rally its people around a common cause. These quiet lanes are now the barracks of many of the capital's 400,000 "public security volunteers," a citizen army of neighborhood committees acting as the extra eyes and ears to Beijing's Olympic...

2008-07-26 18:00:23

Officials with a Chinese-language TV network allege the Chinese government has shut down its signal from the Eutelsat satellite company. New Tang Dynasty Television official Cathy Zhang alleged the Chinese government pressured Eutelsat to shut down its signal in order to stop the uncensored TV group from broadcasting, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. Zhang, general manager of the network's office in Palo Alto, Calif., said New Tang's controversial programming has proven...

2008-07-25 06:00:29

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "China Focus": "Olympic Media Village Opens, China Opens To Global Media"] BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) - The Olympic Media Village opened on Friday for 21,600 domestic and foreign registered reporters, amid some foreign media's concerns about free reporting in China. Friday's People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's ruling party, ran a commentary appealing to administrations and common people...

2008-07-20 03:00:35

By Tang, David Albert Speer was commissioned by the Chinese government to lay out a masterplan for the access to the Olympic Green in Beijing. His design consisted of one impressive avenue connecting the Forbidden City and the National Stadium in which the opening ceremony will take place. Speer is indeed the son of the infamous Albert, chief architect to Hitler and his minister of armaments. Speer Senior had also laid out his signature axis within Hitler's megalomaniac city 'Welthaupstadt...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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