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Photos: Beijing Snapshots

I should have known that a country that vehemently denied SARS and tried to poison our pets and children might be a little less than forthcoming about the asinine, algae-scented shitshow that is the 2008 Olympics.
Starbucks, Celtics jerseys . . . where are we again?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 09, 2008
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Photos: The surreal spectacle of North Korea's Mass Games

While the world’s eyes are focused on the Olympic Games in Beijing, just 500 miles away another major sporting extravaganza will kick off in the more austere communist capital of Pyongyang. The Mass Games, held twice annually in North Korea, is the most
While everyone else watches the Olympics, Asia's weirdest sporting event transpires in the world's most secretive country
By MICHAEL GAO  |  August 07, 2008
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China, Tibet, and the Olympics

It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008
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Chinese democracy

With Beijing 2008 finally at hand, China’s Tibetan occupation remains Hollywood’s cause célèbre .
A field guide to oppression in the home of the 2008 summer games
By ADAM MATTHEWS  |  August 06, 2008
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Sharing the gold


Idiot box
By MATT BORS  |  August 06, 2008
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Olympian anti-heroes

Greetings, Olympic sports fans!
Sports blotter: Olympic edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 06, 2008


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Beijing sting

Greetings, faithful steward of information!
Exposed: A top-secret government memorandum, obtained this past week by the Phoenix, gives the games away
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 06, 2008
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Jo Jo Taipei

The contemporary cuisine of Taiwan, for its part, is influenced by Chinese, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese colonists.
Seldom enjoyed; thoroughly enjoyable
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 06, 2008
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Mao's ghost

When the 21st century is old enough to support a sense of historical perspective, the date 8/8/08 may well be more significant than 9/11.
The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  August 06, 2008
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Ready or not (mostly not)

Oh, Beijing. You’re like the ex-boyfriend that I wanted so badly to love, but just couldn’t bring myself to face in the morning, once the booze wore off.
Beijing says it's ready for the Olympics. Uh, really, Beijing?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 06, 2008
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The reign of Spain

The winner is (drum roll, please) . . . Spain.
Never mind the Olympics — the Spanish are the big winners of 2008. Are Obama and McCain aware of this new European powerhouse?
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 06, 2008


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Eight is enough

Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 06, 2008