On the front page of today’s online edition of the New York Times, it is being reported that a top dissident has been arrested by the Chinese authorities. I am somewhat angry about this because the Chinese government seems to have decided that instead of trying to deal with the issues that will come under international scrutiny during the Olympics, such as the North Korean refugee crisis, that it is better to sweep things under the rugs.

International / Asia Pacific
Dissident’s Arrest Hints at Olympic Crackdown
By JIM YARDLEY
Published: January 30, 2008

The arrest of an activist who spread information about politically touchy topics is cited as an example of a “cleansing campaign.”

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