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China’s True Face

March 19, 2008

 The Host of the Olympics or the Thug of Tibet?

By Wei Jingsheng
The Washington Post
Wednesday, March 19, 2008; Page A15 
As what the Dalai Lama has called “cultural genocide” goes on in Tibet, it is wholly unacceptable that Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee, refuses to take a stand against the Beijing government’s current crackdown on Tibetan protesters. In fact, this is completely at odds with the “spirit of the Olympics.”

Chinese riot police march through the city of Kangding, located ...
Chinese riot police march through the city of Kangding, located around 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Chengdu in Sichuan Province March 17, 2008. Chinese officials declared a “people’s war” of security and propaganda against support for the Dalai Lama in Tibet after the worst unrest in the region for two decades racked the regional capital Lhasa over the past few days, killing at least 10 people. The convulsion of Tibetan anger at the Chinese presence in the region came after days of peaceful protests by monks and was a sharp blow to Beijing’s preparations for the Olympic Games in August, when China wants to showcase prosperity and unity.
Far more than Steven Spielberg, who quit his advisory role for the Summer Games because of China‘s unwillingness to pressure the Sudanese government on genocide in Darfur, the IOC has a special obligation to act. Since promised improvements in China’s human rights were a quid pro quo for awarding the Games to Beijing, how can it proceed as if nothing happened when blood is flowing in the streets of Lhasa?
 Steven Spielberg 
Above: Steven Spielberg, seen in 2006, cut his ties with the Beijing Olympics. The director, while working for China, came to believe that China is not doing enough to help end the conflict in Darfur. (Associated Press photo).And if the Dalai Lama resigns from all his public positions in response to the violence, as he said yesterday that he might, the prospect of resolving the Tibet issue peacefully will be even more hopeless. We will feel very sorry if that comes about — for Tibet and for China.

If the IOC doesn’t move to put pressure on Beijing consistent with its obligations, it risks this Olympics being remembered like the 1936 Games in Berlin. Already, the spirit of the Olympics in Beijing has become associated with the word “genocide,” thanks to Spielberg and the Dalai Lama. Indeed, if the IOC and the rest of the world do not pressure Beijing to stop the crackdown and improve human rights now, a boycott of the Games will widely be seen as justified.

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Peace and Freedom wishes to thank  Wei Jingsheng  who we consider a special friend.

The writer, a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, lives in exile in Washington. He was first arrested in China in 1979 for his activities with the “Democracy Wall” movement and was released in 1993 nine days before the International Olympic Committee voted on Beijing’s bid for the 2000 Games. He was arrested in March 1994 for “plotting against the state” and released in 1997.

Obama’s Pastor “Misunderstood” — Senator to Give Race Address Today

March 18, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

In a page one story, the Washington Post explained the feelings at Barak Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

His flock says the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is the victim of “a modern day lynching.”

The question is how much will this hurt Senator Barak Obama in his quest for the White House not IF this will hurt Mr. Obama.

“A simmering controversy over Wright’s provocative rhetoric and his connection to Sen. Barack Obama ignited last week after some of his old sermons were aired, prompting the Democratic presidential candidate to condemn them and severing Wright’s connection to the campaign. But inside this mega-church that Wright built up from financial ruin, his most loyal listeners offered a different interpretation: It is Wright, and black theology in its entirety, that is misunderstood,” wrote Post reporter Eli Saslow. 

Wright’s protege, the Rev. Otis Moss III, stepped to the pulpit Sunday to say, “No matter what they want,” Moss said, “we will not shut up.”
Supporters say that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood.
Supporters say that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood. (Brian Jackson – AP)

Reverend Wright’s raucus sermons have caused a great deal of discussion and concern amid the Democrat’s primary presidential election campaign.

And Senator Obama now says he will discuss his views on race in a major address to just after 10 AM eastern time.  CNN and the Fox News Channel are expected to carry the Senator’s remarks.

We interviewed a seventy-something year old Black American woman yesterday who told us, “In 1954 I was in college.  When I went to register to vote, I was given a literacy exam by an illiterate White man at the registration office.  He could never have passed it —  but White people didn’t even take it.  The exam was meant to keep Black Americans from voting.  So I know racism.”

“Rev. Wright must have experienced a lot of hurt that makes him say what he says.  But his views are not the views of Barak Obama.  The pastor has one view and Barak has another.  Each has ideas formed by their experience and each has a right to speak out,” she told us.

Several others we spoke to agreed with her.

But the voters will decide this issue.

The sad thing is that race has become a very divisive issue in a campaign meant to unite people toward a common good.

Congregation Defends Obama’s Ex-Pastor

On Defensive, Obama Plans Talk on Race

Bill Clinton Rejects Criticism Over Race

Senator Obama: “Give Me A Break”

Outspoken Minister Out Of Obama Campaign

Senator Obama: That’s Hate Speech, Not a “Sermon”

Obama is now unelectable