March Madness

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Yes indeed. As if tainted cat food, lead paint in kids’ toys, and a history of human rights abuses weren’t enough reasons to boycott China, its products, and the upcoming Beijing Olympics, the violence in Tibet, including the arrest of hundreds of protestors (including nonviolent Buddhist monks) might be the last straw.


The call for a mass boycott of the Olympics is gaining strength. CBC is reporting that France is considering a boycott in response to the violence in Tibet. And the rest of the world is waiting to see what happens - all eyes will certainly be on China to see how it handles this latest debacle.

And there are other concerns about the Olympics – smog, heat and humidity. Indoor athletes should be okay but those competing outside (most of the athletes!) are going to have some problems…And if you have asthma? You might as well forget it. World record marathon runner, Haile Gebrselassie, has stated that he’s skipping the marathon (although trying to qualify for the Ethiopian 10,000m team) because “The marathon will be impossible because of the pollution, heat and humidity."

6 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's turning into a right mess, alright. Pretty much every Chinese national that I know says the same thing: "Bejing is a crap-hole". And of course awful environmental conditions aside, I am getting increasingly concerned about the escalation of the Chinese crackdown on protests.

sp said...

It's really heating up isn't it? I think the global watch on China is very interesting. I'm hopeful that there will be a positive change in the future.

Red said...

You forgot to mention the weird and "wonderful" ways in which the Chinese obtain fur...

I read that eight Italian athletes are considering boycotting the Olympics, but frankly I don't think it should be down to the individual person. It should be a government decision.

Boycotting is all very well, though I don't think it will happen on a significant scale. What I would like to know is: why on earth were the Olympics given to China in the first place? And why is talk of a boycott only gathering pace now, with a handful of months to go?

* (asterisk) said...

It's all too late, I fear...

Wandering Coyote said...

I am so anti-Olympics, it's not funny. This Tibet debacle is disgusting and I can't believe the world is standing so quietly by. Rogge just said the other day that cancelling/boycotting the Olympics would only hurt the athletes. I have to strongly disagree. Of course it will hurt the athletes, but cancelling the games would send a huge message. HUGE. Which begs the question, however: why did Bejing win the bid in the first place? It's ludicrous. It's not like no one knew what China was like beforehand.

Gardenia said...

The world is not standing by Tibet probably because it has no oil.

I thought the people who agreed to set the Olympics in China must have been senile in the first place - - -

Don't know what the big deal is about visiting China - sounds like a hell hole to me other than some pretty scenery and fascinating history. I would rather look at the pictures and read the book. Grump.

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