Saturday, August 18, 2007

Nothing to see here, folks

The always refreshingly forthright Chinese government is preventing media coverage of a bridge collapse in the southern city of Fenghuang, with some officials even attacking and chasing away reporters trying to cover the accident. --In other news from the Middle Kingdom, it has been reported that over one million people in Beijing have been evicted from their homes in the run-up to next year's Olympics.

Believe it not, I'm not one of those spoilsports who feels that China shouldn't be allowed to play host to the Olympics until it cleans up its human rights record. China is perfect for the Games, when you consider what the Olympics have come to symbolize over the past few decades: fake bonhomie towards other nations; empty political grandstanding and posturing; and internal corruption on a massive scale. Just like everyday life in the People's Republic, in other words.

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