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Aug 14, 2007

Much remains to be done before tens of thousands of athletes, sports enthusiasts and journalists turn up in Beijing for the opening of the Olympic Games on August 8 next year.

Aug 14, 2007

Chinese President Hu Jintao begins a tour of three ex-Soviet neighbours on Tuesday aimed at reaching a delicate balance between Beijing\'s energy and security goals and easing regional tensions.

Aug 13, 2007

The Beijing Olympics will launch on Aug. 8, 2008, one year from today. At once a coming-out party for China and a source of great national pride, the games have also raised hopes that Beijing might honor its promises to allow unfettered press freedom and even permit greater freedom of speech for the Chinese people. But as we enter the home stretch before the games, the prospects for media and free expression reform are not good.

Aug 13, 2007

How things have changed! In 1979, some 28 years ago, then-U.S. president Jimmy Carter urged that because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the 1980 Moscow Olympics should be boycotted.

Aug 10, 2007

China said hosting the 2008 Summer Games would be good for human rights. That was cynical, and not true

Aug 10, 2007

Joint military exercises between the six-member Shanghai Co-operation Organisation will continue till August 17; fighting terrorists and criminals is one of their objectives. The games are allowing high-ranking officials from all member states to meet. Moscow is building up its fleet and Beijing needs Russian help to contain the United States.

Aug 10, 2007

China's Uighur people are Turkic Muslims from Central Asia, and the Chinese government has a long history of discriminating against them. Uighur separatists have been calling for an independent state since the 1940s. On today's Underreported, Blaine Kaltman, a sociologist and author of Under the Heel of the Dragon: Islam, Racism, Crime, and the Uighur in China; and Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, join us to talk about the conflicts and mutual suspicion between the Uighurs and China's government.

Aug 9, 2007

The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and the Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights (KCHR) are alarmed about a police crackdown on a human rights picket held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Aug 8, 2007

A third Canadian has been detained in China for protesting Chinese rule in Tibet, a Tibetan rights group said early Wednesday.

Aug 8, 2007

Officials, on track with the planning and building part, turn attention to human rights, sportsmanship and the environment.

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