Some First Hand Observations Of China In The Run Up To The Beijing Olympics

1031 words - 4 pages

In 2008, less than 20 years after the Tiananmen Massacre, Beijing will stage the Olympic Games. To compare this prestigious awarding of a fascist regime to that of a previous one is unfair; the 1936 games in Berlin was awarded before Hitler came to power. China today is a posterboy for fascism, a model working definition of those governments I refer to in my history class, where a one-party dictatorship employs a market economy and controls a large number of state corporations. Even if the IOC had misgivings about fascists staging the games in 1936, it has none now; it cares about money.The IOC doesn't care about the rights and wrongs of a country killing its own citizens without the chance to defend themselves. It cares about money.The IOC doesn't care about human rights. It wants money.According to the United Nations, 16 of the 20 most polluted cities are in China, with Beijing perhaps the most polluted of all capitals.The IOC didn't care about the welfare of its athletes in Atlanta in 1996 when it forced them to run the marathon in 40C+ weather nor does it care now. It cares about money.No other capital city permits its citizens to breathe the filthiest air in the world and drink the most contaminated water anywhere from rivers that bubble and stink. But the IOC doesn't care about the host citizens' health. It cares about money.The red of the Chinese flag does not stand for the ideal of revolution from the time of the Paris commune r current communist party flag but instead to the dominant race: the Han. While lip service is paid to its (NUMBER) other nationalities, any autonomy or is superceded to the needs of the Han.The IOC doesn't care about such oppression and cultural genocide. It cares about money.Just like me.AutocracyWhen the counterrevolution finally comes, I bet it'll be over cars. 1400 new cars arrive on Beijing's streets. A DAY!The curbs are high in Beijing. You won't find slopes or slanted paths leading the old or crippled from the chaotic street to the safety of the pavement. China ignores its most disadvantaged. Millions living in abject poverty while the government spends $3 billion on an opera house. The 7% of the country able produce food for 1.3 billion people now shrinking due to the relentless rate of desertification, and yet $3 billion had been earmarked to send a rocket sporting the Chinese flag around the earth 14 times, using the same technology the now defunct Soviet Union used for the same feat four decades previously. Just on the outskirts of Beijing rises the Chateau Zhang Laffitte, a carbon-copy of the original 1650 Château Maisons-Laffitte on the Seine using the same white Chantilly stone. Hundreds of peasants were thrown off their land to allow one man to spend $50 million to build. A country that denies the most basic rights to its most vulnerable (and hence among the world's most vulnerable) to increase the wealth of its minorities sounds like a throwback to the KMT...

Find Another Essay On Some first-hand observations of China in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics

Role of Technology in the Life of the Baseball Bat: A Hand to Hand Journey

1292 words - 5 pages probability for a home run, maximize their hitting power, decrease the amount of energy loss in the collision for a greater ball velocity, and allow for a quicker swing, seeing as these factors are crucial to the success of their careers. Decades and decades of testing and experimentation have gotten the baseball bat to where it is. It first started as a simple plank, but with the growing popularity of the sport along with the constant rivalry, the

"Explore some of the ways Steinbeck leads up to George's final decision to shoot Lennie in 'Of Mice And Men"

1085 words - 5 pages portrays the two by juxtaposing them to a father and son figure. In this assessment, I plan to clearly deconstruct and explore some of the ways Steinbeck leads up to George's final decision to shoot Lennie. The beginning of the novel reveals the Salinas River to be tranquil and peaceful. This becomes clearly evident when Steinbeck describes the "twinkling" water, hopping rabbits and the "deep and so crisp", recumbent leaves. By using this choice

The First Battle of Bull Run by Alan T

617 words - 2 pages ; citizens willing to give up everything for what they believed was right, and who had no choice but to trust their generals with their lives. The Confederate army was under the command of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, while the Union army was commanded by General Irvin McDowell ( The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Manassas (

Women in the Olympics

2309 words - 9 pages a local media outlet from Australia, a poll was run asking if Jones was “fit” enough to swim. When she first competed in the Olympic Games she was 18 and in impeccable shape. At the age of 28, years of hard work had taken its toll on her appearance, but she was still fit as ever. Strangers judged her based on how her body and face had changed over the last ten years but overlooked her years of dedication, motivation and hard work! Finally the

Terrorism In The Olympics

1125 words - 5 pages were unreasonable, and the Israeli side would not budge from its views. In an attempt to save some of the Israeli hostages, two West German ministers of the interior offered themselves as replacements for the hostages. The Arabs refused this offer. It was obvious that the negotiations over the release of the hostages were not going to work. A new plan was put into effect. West German officials started to focus their time on getting the Arabs and

Natural Disasters in Beijing, China

2125 words - 9 pages Natural Disasters in Beijing, China The purpose of this paper is to explore the natural hazards experienced in Beijing. When researching Beijing, I noticed there was a lot of information on a few different kinds of hazards that occur frequently. These hazards are caused by Beijing’s natural climate which is described as a monsoon climate. This climate creates frequently occurring droughts, sandstorms, and a very rainy summer. In this paper I

Characterise and assess Plato's theory of forms/essences in the first half of the Phaedo (up to 95e)

2848 words - 11 pages first formulisation. The enquiry of Socrates and his interlocutors in Plato's early dialogues (especially Charmides, Laches, Euthyphro and Hippias Major) into the nature of essences are further developed in this dialogue and it is these very developments that will be discussed in this paper. In analysing the developments of Plato's theory of Forms it is essential to determine what views Plato is committed to, and from that, what reading it is

History of the Olympics

1597 words - 6 pages , pharaohs, and nobles of the time.      Archeologists found evidence of early athletics on the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs Ptahotep, Akhethotep, and Ramses III. Each of them included a carved depiction of two men in a wrestling scene grappling one another and trying to throw each other to the ground. Some of these scenes show the presence of an official, while others show the defeated athlete on the ground with one hand

History of the Olympics

2625 words - 11 pages program of the 1984 games in Los Angles So now we have the idea that the Olympics is the longest running event (to date), but as for the origins we have only what historians can tell us. There are many different stories about the beginning of the Olympics. Such as... "One myth says that the guardians of the infant god Zeus held the first footrace, or that Zeus himself started the Games to celebrate his victory over his father Cronus for

The Ugaritic Inscription from Tiryns: Some New Observations

783 words - 4 pages ‘-sign. Although C. Gordon has argued that sometimes it is nearly impossible to distinguish ‘-sign and t -sign in Ugaritic script , his argumentation has been convincingly refuted by W. T. Pitard . He specifies three basic forms of ‘-sign occurring in Ugaritic texts : The first of the variants classified by Pitard as type C, seems to be the most similar to the angular wedge detected on the Ugaritic inscription from Tiryns. In such a context, the

Observations of the Human Mind

589 words - 2 pages “Observations of the Human Mind” Perhaps the psychologist Sigmund Freud lives in a different world than we do today. Today’s world is one of much denial. People today have a difficult time believing the writings of Freud. In the “Oedipus Complex” Freud explains how our minds work on a subconscious level (482). However, humans are like Oedipus with regards to the power of dreams, the parental bonding, and the “tragedy of destiny” (479

Similar Essays

The Reality Of A 'green' Olympics For Beijing, China 2008

4017 words - 16 pages various policies to achieve it.However can the Chinese Government keep its promise? As I can see the current air condition here in Beijing, it has no way to bring the city into an environmental friendly standard"The reality of Green Olympics Beijing, China 2008" has been chosen as my topic due to my passion in human geography and sociology. I am going to talk about the three main reasons of causing the city's air (the explosion of car ownership

The Tiananmen Square Protests Of 1989 In Beijing, China

1135 words - 5 pages . Protests had been gaining momentum since 1985, and grew to as much as 1.2 million protestors, led by students, in Beijing in May of 1989. The Chinese government, after asking the protestors to stop, imposed martial law and opened fire on the protestors. These protests angered many people from other countries, such as the United States, and are often characterized by the famous image of a lone protestor standing in front of a line of tanks. China is

Air Pollution And The 2008 Beijing Olympics

1266 words - 5 pages What is air pollution? What are the dangers of air pollution to athletes? How is the air pollution in Beijing? What are the attempts to reduce the air pollution for the Olympic Games? Air pollution has been a major issue all over the world. An average person can breathe in about 20,000 liters of air daily (Team 26026, 1999). Humanity needs to be cautious because some of the air breathed in is polluted. Air pollution comes from all the particles

Welcome To The World Of Talley's Observations

671 words - 3 pages Welcome to the World of Talley’s Observations To those of you who may have read my first article New Definitions for Words Used and Misused, I want to extend a hearty welcome to the World of Tally’s Observations. In the process of further clarification of purpose, I will present the mission of my articles and the introduction of a directory of addresses of subject matter which occupies real estate along the informational highway in