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  • More connections with 1936 Paid Member

    Every day brings more bad news for the beleaguered torch. Now they're saying the first torch relay was in -- you guessed it -- 1936. Gordon Brown, Britain's Prime Minister, won't attend the opening ceremonies, and Bush is said to be weighing the same thing. More »
  • The Torch in San Francisco; Tutu Paid Member

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed protesters in San Francisco: "We're not at a moment where we are calling for a boycott of the games because the athletes have spent a lot of time preparing, and you don't want to penalise them unnecessarily. But I am certainly calling on heads of state not to attend the opening ceremony, to register their disapproval, their disgust really," says Tutu. And "fear" and "confusion" in SF as the torch begins its route, greatly changed to avoid protesters. And the airspace above has been declared a no-fly zone for some reaosn.... small planes trailing banners? More »
  • China vows to send torch through Tibet; Rudd's blunt message; another media tour goes awry Paid Member

    China vows the torch will go to Tibet. That's what you call sticking to your guns. Violence won't help Tibet's cause, says Australia's Courier-Mail: Peaceful protest is one thing; violence, water, fire extinguishers and angry mobs will not replace diplomatic pressure and cannot be condoned. This comes after PM Kevin Rudd sent an "unusually blunt message to China over its humans rights abuses. More »
  • The Torch Will Go On Paid Member

    Even though the torch's victory lap is turning into a torture tunnel for Beijing, the journey will continue. Next stop: Buenos Aires. More »
  • Violence in Sri Lanka and Thailand, Natural gas revenue in Burma Paid Member

    Burma's trade hit an all-time peak last year: $8.7 billion, much of it in natural gas exports to Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post. (UPDATE: Danny Fisher has a great post on remembering Burma today, with an amazing, Pulitzer-prize winning photo by Reuters photographer Adrees Latif as well.) The Tamil Tigers ask Norway to intervene in the vicious Sri Lankan civil war. More »
  • Torch arrives in North America Paid Member

    If you're going to San Francisco... The IOC might end the torch's action-packed international tour because of all the protesters. The torch's global journey was supposed to highlight China's growing economic and political power. More »