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Aug 20, 2008

I hate to poop on the Olympic parade, but the news that two Chinese pensioners have been sentenced to a year's ‘re-education through labour' for applying to demonstrate in one of the Beijing Olympics ‘protest pens' cannot go unremarked.

Aug 20, 2008

At least eight American blogger-activists and several other foreigners have been detained in Beijing as the government intensifies a crackdown on pro-Tibetan protests in the home stretch of the Olympics, rights groups said on Wednesday.

Aug 20, 2008

“Just be patient for a month and a half, and we will know the exact date of building of the Por-Bazhyn fortress by dendrochronology – Tuvan scientist, Vladimir Petrukhin, a scientific worker from Institute of Slavic Studies, answered, when asked which was older, Kara-Bulgusun or Por-Bazhyn.

Aug 20, 2008

As police with riot clubs patrolled nearby, a merchant whispered that he feared a sweeping crackdown in China's northwestern Muslim region once the Olympic spotlight fades.

Aug 19, 2008

The Western press has been awash in coverage of all the negative aspects of China’s Games. There’s horrendous pollution in Beijing, which has forced entire teams to train off-shore in South Korea or Japan and wear masks for much of their stay

Aug 19, 2008

From the outset, Chinese authorities saw the Beijing Olympics as a chance to show the world a perfect, strong China.

Aug 19, 2008

Olympic fever that has swept most of China seems to have limited influence in Lanzhou, considered the geometrical centre of China.

Aug 19, 2008

A group of exiles from China's Muslim ethnic Uighur minority alleged Tuesday that police were planning to crack down on the Xinjiang region, where a series of attacks were carried out during the Olympic Games.

Aug 19, 2008

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia last week denied a request made by six ethnic Uighur Guantanamo detainees to be transferred to less restrictive facilities within the base.

Aug 18, 2008

The three Uighur airline pilots in the Chinese aviation fleet have been ordered from their cockpits by authorities anxious to maintain security during the Olympic Games.

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