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(Beijing) The 'Genocide Olympics'

Published in The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2007

The 'Genocide Olympics'

By RONAN FARROW and MIA FARROW


"One World, One Dream" is China's slogan for its 2008 Olympics. But there is one nightmare that China shouldn't be allowed to sweep under the rug. That nightmare is Darfur, where more than 400,000 people have been killed and more than two-and-a-half million driven from flaming villages by the Chinese-backed government of Sudan.

That so many corporate sponsors want the world to look away from that atrocity during the games is bad enough. But equally disappointing is the decision of artists like director Steven Spielberg -- who quietly visited China this month as he prepares to help stage the Olympic ceremonies -- to sanitize Beijing's image. Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur's genocide?

China is pouring billions of dollars into Sudan. Beijing purchases an overwhelming majority of Sudan's annual oil exports and state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. -- an official partner of the upcoming Olympic Games -- owns the largest shares in each of Sudan's two major oil consortia. The Sudanese government uses as much as 80% of proceeds from those sales to fund its brutal Janjaweed ***** militia and purchase their instruments of destruction: bombers, assault helicopters, armored vehicles and small arms, most of them of Chinese manufacture. Airstrips constructed and operated by the Chinese have been used to launch bombing campaigns on villages. And China has used its veto power on the U.N. Security Council to repeatedly obstruct efforts by the U.S. and the U.K. to introduce peacekeepers to curtail the slaughter.

As one of the few players whose support is indispensable to Sudan, China has the power to, at the very least, insist that Khartoum accept a robust international peacekeeping force to protect defenseless civilians in Darfur. Beijing is uniquely positioned to put a stop to the slaughter, yet they have so far been unabashed in their refusal to do so.

But there is now one thing that China may hold more dear than their unfettered access to Sudanese oil: their successful staging of the 2008 Summer Olympics. That desire may provide a lone point of leverage with a country that has otherwise been impervious to all criticism.

Whether that opportunity goes unexploited lies in the hands of the high-profile supporters of these Olympic Games. Corporate sponsors like Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, General Electric and McDonalds, and key collaborators like Mr. Spielberg, should be put on notice. For there is another slogan afoot, one that is fast becoming viral amongst advocacy groups; rather than "One World, One Dream," people are beginning to speak of the coming "Genocide Olympics."

Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games? Do the various television sponsors around the world want to share in that shame? Because they will. Unless, of course, all of them add their singularly well-positioned voices to the growing calls for Chinese action to end the slaughter in Darfur.

Imagine if such calls were to succeed in pushing the Chinese government to use its leverage over Sudan to protect civilians in Darfur. The 2008 Beijing Olympics really could become an occasion for pride and celebration, a truly international honoring of the authentic spirit of "one world" and "one dream."

Mr. Farrow, a student at Yale Law School, traveled to Darfur as a UNICEF spokesperson in 2004 and 2006. Ms. Farrow, an actor, has traveled twice to Darfur and twice to neighboring Chad. She has recently returned from Darfur's border with the Central African Republic.

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Darfur collides with Olympics, and China yields

By Helene Cooper Published: April 12, 2007

WASHINGTON: 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. 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.

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 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 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.

Four days later, Spielberg sent a letter to President Hu Jintao of China, condemning the killings in Darfur and asking the Chinese government to use its influence in the region "to bring an end to the human suffering there," according to Spielberg's spokesman, Marvin Levy.

China soon dispatched Zhai to Darfur, a turnaround that served as a classic study of how a pressure campaign, aimed to strike Beijing in a vulnerable spot at a vulnerable time, could accomplish what years of diplomacy could not.

Groups focusing on many issues, including Tibet and human rights, have called for boycotts of the Games next year. But none of those issues have packed the punch of Darfur, where at least 200,000 people — some say as many as 400,000 — mostly non-Arab men, women and children, have died and 2.5 million have been displaced, as government-backed Arab militias called the janjaweed have attacked the local population.

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan has repeatedly refused American, African and European demands that he allow a United Nations peacekeeping force to supplement an underequipped and besieged African Union force of 7,000 soldiers who have been trying, with dwindling success, to restore order in the Darfur region.

"Whatever ingredient went into the decision for him to go, I'm so pleased that he went," Farrow said in a phone interview about Zhai's trip. She called the response from Beijing "extraordinary."

In describing Spielberg's decision to write to the Chinese leader, the filmmaker's spokesman said that while Spielberg "certainly has been aware of the situation in Darfur" it was "only recently that he became aware of China's involvement there."

During a news conference on Wednesday, Zhai called activists who want to boycott the Games "either ignorant or ill natured." But he added, "We suggest the Sudan side show flexibility and accept" the United Nations peacekeepers.

During closed-door diplomatic meetings, Chinese officials have said they do not want any of their Darfur overtures linked to the Olympics, American and European officials said.

In an e-mail message on Thursday, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington warned anew against such a linkage. "If someone wants to pin Olympic Games and Darfur issue together to raise his/her fame, he/she is playing a futile trick," the spokesman, Chu Maoming, wrote.

National pride in China has been surging over the coming Olympics, with a gigantic clock in Tiananmen Square counting down the minutes to the Games, and Olympic souvenir stores sprouting all over with the "One World, One Dream" Beijing Olympics motto.

In public, Bush administration officials have been relatively restrained in welcoming China's new diplomatic zeal.

"We have indications at this point that the Chinese are now taking even a more aggressive role than they have in the past," Andrew Natsios, the Bush administration's special envoy to Sudan, told a Senate panel on Wednesday. "I think they may be the crucial actors."

J. Stephen Morrison, a Sudan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he had been warning Chinese officials that Darfur and the Olympics could collide, to no avail.

"I've been talking to them and telling them this is coming, this is coming," Morrison said. "I told them, there's an infrastructure out there, they need to feed the beast, and you're in their sight." Before, he said, "they kind of shrugged."

But there is growing concern inside China that Darfur is hurting Beijing's image.

"Their equity is to be seen as an ethical, rising global power — that's their goal," Morrison said. "Their goal is not to get in bed with every sleazy government that comes up with a little oil."

It remains unclear if the Hollywood campaign will work — China has not agreed to sanctions yet. But there is also plenty of time between now and the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games in Beijing next year, and more plans are afoot in the activist camp.

On Feb. 10, in an open letter on his Web site addressed to "Darfur activists and advocates," (translations of the letter are available in Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Italian, according to the Web site), a Darfur activist, Eric Reeves, promised what he called the "full-scale launch of a large, organized campaign to highlight China's complicity in the Darfur genocide."

"It's time now, to begin shaming China — demanding that if the Beijing government is going to host the Summer Olympic Games of 2008, they must be responsible partners," Reeves wrote.

One possibility that activists are weighing: trying to get Olympic athletes to carry a replica of the Olympic torch from Darfur to the Chinese border.

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Oh its okay if China does whatever it wants.

Politically
Culturally
Athletically
Criminally
Enviornmentally
Legally
Finacially

its all good.
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The world has been so busy hating Bush, that it willingly has ignored
the dangerous growth and realm of China.

China backs Iran and Syria and North Korea and Venezuela, as well
as Cuba. They like to do this because it spreads their power. But, also
because it makes the USA have to deal with other nations and issues,
and leave them alone.

The Sudan, Darfur, the suffering all has links to China. The spread of
fanatical Islam has been greatly assisted by a compliant and wealthy
China. A nation that kills any attempt to spread it w/i its borders -
by any means.

Why doesn't CNN or the BBC cover that much?

They never will.

The same Congress that wants to have a defeat in Iraq is actually
encouraging the same mindset terrorists in Darfur and Somalia and elsewhere.
They got the forumla down pat. Just do enough damage to get the
US Congress to bail out fast. It's working in Iraq. Why send troops to
Darfur to fight Chinese backed Islamic militants? We've shown as a nation
we have no stomach for a battle. They got the message down pat.

The 2008 Olympics are a shameful enterprise. The world will ignore
the evil China creates and assists in....around the world and in China.
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Sorry, but IMO it's like trying to choose
the lessor of two evil's.

Bush's Administration does have blood
on it's hands just as much.

My point with him and his people is that they lied about
why we went to war. That is the basis of my extreme
dislike for this current US President. It was a War perpetrated
on a lie that has cost over 100,000 lives of innocent civilians
and troops from around the globe that lent their support to
the US when the US's credibility was at a much better place
in the world's and even in many of it's own countrymen.

So, I cannot support your words as though Bush has somehow be
falsely vilified and is any better than China at this point. One's
actions wheather more or less greivous does not negate the others.


Back on Topic,

IMO is really will come down to the sponsors like Coca Cola, McDonald's,
Kodak, GE, Samsung, Panasonic, & others to use their monitary muscle
to force China's hand or have their Games fall apart which will sadly
seemingly shame the government more than stoping a genocide.


JMO.
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Sorry, but IMO it's like trying to choose
the lessor of two evil's.

Bush's Administration does have blood
on it's hands just as much.

My point with him and his people is that they lied about
why we went to war. That is the basis of my extreme
dislike for this current US President. It was a War perpetrated
on a lie that has cost over 100,000 lives of innocent civilians
and troops from around the globe that lent their support to
the US when the US's credibility was at a much better place
in the world's and even in many of it's own countrymen.

So, I cannot support your words as though Bush has somehow be
falsely vilified and is any better than China at this point. One's
actions wheather more or less greivous does not negate the others.


Back on Topic,

IMO is really will come down to the sponsors like Coca Cola, McDonald's,
Kodak, GE, Samsung, Panasonic, & others to use their monitary muscle
to force China's hand or have their Games fall apart which will sadly
seemingly shame the government more than stoping a genocide.


JMO.
Clinton and UN also thought that Saddam had those weapons. Were they also lying?
Anyway I fail to see what the U.S. has to do with this topic. I am pro American but I am also pro Chinese. I like strong governments. India could lear from you but it won't hppen anytime soon.
If China had remained Maoist I would have been anti-Chinese. But they are into capitalism though I feel that Russians are actually doing better then them. Chinese are damaging the environment more then Russians. In Russia a pipeline was carefully constructed as so to avoid the shores of Baikoa (sp?) Lake which could damage ecosystem if there is a leakage in pipeline. I don't think that if this was China they would have reacted the same way.
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Clinton and UN also thought that Saddam had those weapons. Were they also lying?

Anyway I fail to see what the U.S. has to do with this topic.
Their is a difference between thought and invading a country
having falsified or ignored info. they had to the contrary
before selling the war to the people of their country and
the world. So, let's not play that game.

And if you had read or noticed that I was responding to
samsung101, then you'd not have asked the question.

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Chinese are damaging the environment more then Russians.
And?

Being the lesser of two wrongs doesn't make
something or anything less wrong by default.
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Boo!! What a horrible country. Genocide games!!




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Shut the hell up, haters !

Stay away.
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Can't people just enjoy the Olympics?

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I love how the criticism of The Olympics and the choice of
China, is somehow equated to the Iraq War, based on over 10 years
of international information and actions - supported by the UN,
and two votes in a bi-partisan Congress - and that the idea of
deposing a dictator is equal to what China does around the world
overtly and covertly.

China is not our pal.
China is supporting financially genocide in Africa, terrorism in
other parts of the world, North Korea's govt., Venezuela's actions,
helping fund Castro's regime, and keeping Tibet and Taiwan on pins
and needles.
Do you really think the powerful Chinese military will be a force
of good in the world in your lifetime? If so, you're blind.


The Olympic Committee can be bought.
They were.
They picked China regardless of the international pleas of activists
and peace and human rights groups not to choose China.
The Olympic Committee operates much like the UN Security Council -
they can be paid off for votes.




Please do once in a while read the words of Bill Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, Feinstein, Albright, Kerry, Gore, Clark, Tony Blair,
and other world leaders for 10 years prior to the Iraq War -
and they will sound more hawkish, more deliberate, and more
intent on conflict than anything Bush said in trying to
get Congressional and UN approval for moving on Iraq for
not complying with 10 years of UN mandates.

All per the Gulf War 'truce'....ending the military action only
because Saddam promised to comply and verify fully - quickly.
He never did.


Hating George W. Bush is exactly the blind spot the Chinese
have enjoyed to expand their manufacturing empire, which funds
the largest military in the world.

Ask Taiwan and Tibet just how great the Chinese have been to them.
Please get a clue, and put things into perspeective. China grew
only because hundreds of millions of Chinese were butchered by
Mao and his gang, just as Stalin did in Russia, to impose Communism,
to impose the will of the grand leader only. That has changed
in Russia, and it will hopefully change one day in China.
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Just a question: "If you were the people of the Darfur living
in fear of being raped, murdered, and tourtured every day
of your life, would you want people to know this?"
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I love how the criticism of The Olympics and the choice of
China, is somehow equated to the Iraq War, based on over 10 years
of international information and actions - supported by the UN,
and two votes in a bi-partisan Congress - and that the idea of
deposing a dictator is equal to what China does around the world
overtly and covertly.

China is not our pal.
China is supporting financially genocide in Africa, terrorism in
other parts of the world, North Korea's govt., Venezuela's actions,
helping fund Castro's regime, and keeping Tibet and Taiwan on pins
and needles.
Do you really think the powerful Chinese military will be a force
of good in the world in your lifetime? If so, you're blind.


The Olympic Committee can be bought.
They were.
They picked China regardless of the international pleas of activists
and peace and human rights groups not to choose China.
The Olympic Committee operates much like the UN Security Council -
they can be paid off for votes.




Please do once in a while read the words of Bill Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, Feinstein, Albright, Kerry, Gore, Clark, Tony Blair,
and other world leaders for 10 years prior to the Iraq War -
and they will sound more hawkish, more deliberate, and more
intent on conflict than anything Bush said in trying to
get Congressional and UN approval for moving on Iraq for
not complying with 10 years of UN mandates.

All per the Gulf War 'truce'....ending the military action only
because Saddam promised to comply and verify fully - quickly.
He never did.


Hating George W. Bush is exactly the blind spot the Chinese
have enjoyed to expand their manufacturing empire, which funds
the largest military in the world.

Ask Taiwan and Tibet just how great the Chinese have been to them.
Please get a clue, and put things into perspeective. China grew
only because hundreds of millions of Chinese were butchered by
Mao and his gang, just as Stalin did in Russia, to impose Communism,
to impose the will of the grand leader only. That has changed
in Russia, and it will hopefully change one day in China.
I agree. It's a useless country. And I'm going to hate these Olympics. I hope they fail and I hope it's an embarrassment for them.




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