Category Archives: 2008 Olympics

Naomi Klein on China and the Olympics

From The Real News Network, part one of the four part series of an interview with Naomi Klein.

Naomi Klein:

“I think this is an incredibly efficient, actually, a scarily efficient way of organizing society that’s actually being celebrated here, which is a hybrid of some of the worst elements of authoritarian communism—mass surveillance of the population, total lack of civil liberties, lack of a free press, lack of democratic rights, authoritarian central planning, all harnessed not to advance the goals of social justice, even in name, although there may be some lip service still paid to that, but to advance the goals of global capitalism. So it is Stalinism meets global capitalism…. There are 100,000 security officers just on Olympic duty. And to put that into perspective, the stadium itself, the Bird’s Nest Stadium holds 90,000. So there’s 90,000 spectators and 100,000 secret police keeping control of things in Beijing. So this is an incredible operation. But when you hear people like Lou Dobbs and other commentators talking about the problems in China, it’s always red China, communist China, or the Chi-coms. And it’s really this blast from the past of—you know, it’s almost as if the Cold War never ended.”

That China got the Olympics was a travesty.

Beyond Beijing..

I made this for Enigma at WaterGate Summer.

Meanwhile today..54 Burmese immigrants suffocated to death while being smuggled into Thailand looking for work.

Spielberg bitchslaps China publicly over Darfur

It really isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but for Steven Spielberg to publicly withdraw from his participation in the Beijing Olympics, and to cite his reason as the ongoing violence in Darfur and China’s role..well, its noble.

The Chinese leaders are mulling over their response. Surely this is embarrassing for least I hope it is.

Two-thirds of the oil sold in Sudan is sold to China. In spite of their insistence that they have no power over the thugs that run Sudan, China is part of the problem..a huge part of it. They lobby for the thugs in UN meetings and resolutions, just as an example. Part of Mr. Spielberg’s statement:

“I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual,” he said in a statement. At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur. Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these on-going crimes, but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more.”

Amen to that Mr. Spielberg.