March 2008

China, Tibet, Olympics boycott: Germany's Merkel won't go

Mon, 03/31/2008 - 12:00

There was a time, long, long ago, when athletes from around the ancient world would gather, without clothes and without making political pronouncements, to let it all hang out - their enthusiasm for the spirit of competition, that is - and get on with games in which victories would bring resounding honor to the kingdoms, regions and powerful city-states they represented.

The Great Firewall of China

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

There's a certain kind of news story out of China that never fails to make headlines in the West: government censors attempting to water down a Western film or book with seemingly little cause.

Family seeks whereabouts of jailed Chinese-Canadian activist

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

Human rights activists and family of Huseyin Celil are calling on Ottawa to put more pressure on China to reveal where the 38-year-old Canadian citizen is being imprisoned.

Guantanamo's Uighurs: No Justice in Solitary

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

JURIST Guest Columnist Seema Saifee, a litigator at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York representing several Uighurs detained at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, says the US government continues to damage its own image by holding the men - all cleared for release - in complete isolation in the supermax-style facility known as "Camp VI" ...

A Chinese Muslim's Desperate Plea from Guantanamo

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

The stories of the Uyghurs in Guantánamo -- Muslims from the oppressed Xinjiang province of China, formerly known as East Turkistan -- have long demonstrated chronic injustice on the part of the US authorities to those who know of them, although they have only sporadically registered on the media's radar.

The Cry of Tibet

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

The recent troubles in Tibet are a replay of events that happened two decades ago. On Oct. 1, 1987, Buddhist monks were demonstrating peacefully at the Barkor -- the famous market street around the central cathedral in Lhasa -- when police began beating and arresting them.

Bush urges restraint by China on Tibet, talks

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday urged China to exercise restraint in dealing with protests in Tibet and to talk with representatives of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama pleads for peaceful dialogue on Tibet

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

The Dalai Lama Friday rejected a series of allegations from the Chinese government, saying he does not seek the separation of Tibet and has no desire to "sabotage" the Olympic games.

Diplomats visit Tibet as EU split on Olympic opening boycott by Peter Harmsen

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

China on Friday allowed the first foreign diplomats to visit Tibet following deadly riots, as European nations appeared split on the idea of boycotting the Beijing Olympics opening.

China, Tibet, Olympics: Tension, bad timing and competing versions of what it means

Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:00

No, no, no, no, no. It wasn't supposed to be like this - the run-up to the opening of the Olympic games that China will host for the first time ever, the world's biggest sporting event that is due to open - cough, cough, choke - in the polluted Chinese capital in early August.