Merkel says she will not attend opening of Beijing Olympics

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing.

As pressure built for concerted western protests to China over the crackdown in Tibet, EU leaders prepared to discuss the crisis for the first time today, amid a rift over whether to boycott the Olympics.


It’s a start.

To be sure, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that economic repression is married to political coercion. That Tibetans are jailed by an evil Communist dictatorship in China should not surprise anyone who knows anything about Chinese government/banking/industrial triangulation, hence their top-down autocratic social values.


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