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Latest Concerns and controversies over the 2008 Summer Olympics Stories

2008-08-25 06:00:29

By Kevin Johnson BEIJING -- To listen to the International Olympic Committee is to hear that the Games of the 29th Olympiad may now represent the standard as perhaps the best-run in the history of the Olympic movement. Completed well in advance of the opening ceremony, most of the venues were eye-popping. World records fell almost by the day. The movement of athletes and spectators was near-flawless in a city known for its paralyzing gridlock. Operations moved so smoothly that the...

2008-08-21 09:00:27

By Audra Ang Associated Press BEIJING -- Two elderly Chinese women who applied to hold a protest during the Olympics were ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said Wednesday. Police later squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration. The women were still at home three days after being officially notified they would have to serve a yearlong term of re-education through labor but were under surveillance by a government-backed neighborhood group, said Li Xuehui, the son of one of the...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

By Paul Farhi The Washington Post The first scandal of the Beijing Olympics is in, and the loser, apparently, is China. As the assembled global media reported this week, Chinese officials last week quietly made a little switch at the opening ceremonies, replacing a 7-year-old singer with a child deemed more attractive, who passed off the first girl's recording as her own on TV. Which raises a question: Lip-syncing is an international scandal? One answer: Under the circumstances, maybe...

2008-08-11 12:00:52

The Beijing Olympics opened on Aug. 8th with a pyrotechnic display of Chinese organization, technology, and talent in the Bird's Nest national stadium. The four-hour show directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou featured more than 15,000 performers including martial arts experts, singers, and musicians performing before an audience of 100,000. Dancers performed skits heralding China's 5,000 years of history and invention while British soprano Sarah Brightman joined Chinese singer Liu Huan in...

2008-08-06 15:00:03

By Joe Havely, Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar Aug. 7--BEIJING -- The Olympic torch has begun the final leg of its long and sometimes controversial global relay, with tens of thousands of supporters cheering the torch's arrival in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Wednesday's carefully stage-managed ceremony began early in the morning in the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, with Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, kicking it off. The ceremony, carried live on national...

2008-08-04 18:00:05

By Stephen Wilson BEIJING - Despite the thorny issues of politics, pollution and media freedoms, IOC president Jacques Rogge said Saturday he has no regrets about holding the Olympics in China and predicted the "magic of the games" will take over once the competition begins. Less than a week before the opening ceremony, Rogge addressed a number of the issues which have made the Beijing Games among the most politically contentious in history. The International Olympic Committee has come...

2008-08-04 09:00:46

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Aug. 1: ___ The Olympics in Beijing promise to be a stirring spectacle, assuming the air pollution clears. This will be China's moment to shine, and we're girding for hour upon hour of televised coverage of some of our favorite Olympic sports. The competition, as always, will be intense. And we don't just mean in front of the camera. Before the first race is run, the first javelin is thrown, the first swimmer slices into...

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 12:00:13

By Andrew Jacobs Juliet Macur contributed reporting. * The Chinese authorities, bowing to criticism from Olympic officials, foreign journalists and Western political leaders, have lifted some of the restrictions that blocked Web sites at the main press center for the Summer Games, although other politically sensitive sites remained inaccessible Friday. The government made no announcement about the partial lifting of its fire wall and it was unclear if the change would be temporary....

2008-08-02 06:00:11

Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post website on 2 August [Report by Peter Simpson in Beijing: "Beijing Yields in Part To Pressure Over Internet Use"; headline as provided by source] The mainland government has yielded to mounting international pressure for it to loosen censorship of the internet and lifted restrictions on several banned websites -but the promise of unfettered access has still not been fulfilled. Journalists in the Olympic Village and the public...


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