Weasels bow to China’s will. Weasels gave the Olympics to China’s dictators – so how lovely to see this deal now backfiring on both. And how especially nice to see the IOC’s chief spokesweasel, our own unctuous Kevan Gosper, squirm as he tries to explain just how the IOC sold out even free speech. — Andrew Bolt

Showcasing the evils of totalitarianism. As I pointed out in my ‘flame of shame’ piece back in April, the international Olympic brand is in real trouble… With Tibet, Darfur, human rights abuses, censorship, rancid pollution – China is not showcasing a great civilisation but the horrors of its backward and brutal regime. — Trevor Cook

Do it ourselves censorship. This report from Reporters Without Borders details the decision by European satellite company, Eutelsat, to stop broadcasts into Asia of an independent US based Chinese-language broadcaster NTDTV, using the dubious claim that the halt is due to a ‘technical problem’. — Andrew Bartlett

Add spying to Beijing’s crimes. Quoting an SMH story which says “China has installed Internet-spying equipment in all the major hotel chains serving the 2008 Summer Olympics, a US senator charged on Tuesday,” Trevor Cook writes: “Maybe he’s over-reacting but how would you know where they would stop in implementing ‘security’ for the games?” — Trevor Cook

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