Normally, for each Olympic Games, I am a rabid and avid fan of the Canadian team.
Not this year. Not because the Canadian team isn't worthy.
Nope, its because of this
Yu Jie, a soft-spoken 35-year-old author, stands on a street on the southern outskirts of Beijing. Noisy tree insects called Chan buzz in the heat. He points to the lobby of his apartment building where national security officers are stationed 24 hours a day.
Yu has been put under surveillance during every national holiday since 2004. That's when he was arrested for planning to write a book about China's jail dissidents.
But at the end of July when the surveillance teams arrived in advance of the Olympics, they added a new demand. While Yu is able to wander the neighbourhood he can't leave unless he's driven by his watchers.
But in Yunnan province more than a hundred people were arrested for protesting against pollution
Chinese paramilitary police beat two Japanese journalists Monday night in the border city of Kashgar
As China's human rights record worsens, the Beijing Olympics are becoming a byword for
Beijing's brutality, says Steven W. Mosher, an internationally recognized China expert.
Far from being the grand "coming-out party" that the Chinese regime hoped for, Mosher contends that the Olympic Games have actually fueled abuses.
The Chinese have turned me off of the Olympics. I am a small lonely voice, and it isn't much of a protest, but I will not watch these games.
They say that the Olympics is about sports, and that the games shouldn't be politicized. Tell that to China, who is using these games to fuel their propaganda machine. Their blatant attempts to use the Olympics to project a modern, progressive society contrast with their brutal subjugation of anyone that doesn't buy into the message.
Now if only we would stop importing all of our goods from them.....