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WASHINGTON, April 12 — For the past two years, China has protected the Sudanese government as the United States and Britain have pushed for United Nations Security Council sanctions against Sudan for the violence in Darfur.
But in the past week, strange things have happened. A senior Chinese official, Zhai Jun, traveled to Sudan to push the Sudanese government to accept a United Nations peacekeeping force. Mr. Zhai even went all the way to Darfur and toured three refugee camps, a rare event for a high-ranking official from China, which has extensive business and oil ties to Sudan and generally avoids telling other countries how to conduct their internal affairs.
So what gives? Credit goes to Hollywood — Mia Farrow and Steven Spielberg in particular. Just when it seemed safe to buy a plane ticket to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, nongovernmental organizations and other groups appear to have scored a surprising success in an effort to link the Olympics, which the Chinese government holds very dear, to the killings in Darfur, which, until recently, Beijing had not seemed too concerned about.
Ms. Farrow, a good-will ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund, has played a crucial role, starting a campaign last month to label the Games in Beijing the “Genocide Olympics” and calling on corporate sponsors and even Mr. Spielberg, who is an artistic adviser to China for the Games, to publicly exhort China to do something about Darfur. In a March 28 op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal, she warned Mr. Spielberg that he could “go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games,” a reference to a German filmmaker who made Nazi propaganda films.
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Re: Darfur Collides With Olympics, and China Yields
I hope the Sore Loser Bush Haters don't try to get America involved in another war, we have had enough of our young people killed trying to help the people that were beeing slaughtered by Saddam.
Germany, France, Russia, China, Japan, Canada, Spain, India let these countrys handle Dafur.
NO MORE WAR
Sean Penn, Clooney, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Kerry, Murtha, Aunt Nancy, put on a vest, pick up a gun and go fight that "Good War" in Dafur yourselves, get France to help you, we have already lost to many American Troops.
Good Luck And God Be With You.
Harry Boy (Genius)
In The Absence Of Law And Order Society Will Surely Destroy Itself