More on China's anxious mix of almost-freedom (for foreigners) and increased repression (for its own citizens.) A German rights-group criticizes the IOC for its role in the press restrictions.
Sharon Salzberg has a new blog post at Huffington Post.
And the literary giant Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has died. From his Times obituary:
He wrote that while an ordinary man was obliged “not to participate in lies,” artists had greater responsibilities. “It is within the power of writers and artists to do much more: to defeat the lie!”