from Changing China:

Politics and the Olympics over the years

June 6, 2008

WASHINGTON - The Olympics are supposed to be all about sports, not politics, right?

from India Insight:

Another Himalayan kingdom tumbles, but will Nepal miss its monarchy?

May 28, 2008

Another Himalayan kingdom is falling, a chapter closing on an ancient historical tradition. But will the modern system of democracy do a better job?

from FaithWorld:

China’s Religious Character May Be Deeper Than Thought

May 9, 2008

china-2.jpgThe light being cast on China by the coming Summer Games is far brighter than the flickering Olympic flame now wending its way across that vast country. Politics, society, human rights, the status of Tibet and even the environment have been widely discussed.

from Changing China:

Day 14 – Mission accomplished

May 8, 2008

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The Beijing Olympic torch is held aloft at the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in this image taken from television footage.

from Changing China:

Nick (& Mark & Dave), the torch and Everest – Day 13

May 7, 2008

rtr209tx_comp.jpgIf the word around camp is anything to go by, the final assault on the summit of Everest will begin in the early hours of Thursday morning. Journalists and accompanying officials have spent much of the day taking souvenir photos and snapping up post cards at the "world's highest post office".

from Changing China:

Nick (& Dave & Mark), the torch and Everest – Day 12

May 6, 2008

At an early press conference today the novel inclusion of information we hadn't heard before briefly raised spirits in what has become quite a downbeat media camp.

from Changing China:

Nick (& Dave & Mark), the torch and Everest- Day 10

May 5, 2008

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The foreign media contingent was moved from the huts to rooms inside the media centre late on Saturday evening, due to to the extreme weather. It was welcome, and much warmer. It seems it was by way of compensation for not taking us back to a hotel for a shower and a night in a proper bed, as we had requested. After the recent snow, the roads were apparently too dangerous.

from Changing China:

Nick (& Dave & Mark), the torch and Everest – Day 9

May 3, 2008

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I heard excited cries outside our hut this morning and the optimist in me immediately thought the climbers had reached the summit of Everest with the Olympic torch.

from Photographers' Blog:

Stuck at the base of Everest

May 2, 2008

Day 8 - After travelling 4 days from Lhasa Airport, and spending 4 days at 5200 metres, we are all feeling the effects of altitude but mostly suffering from frustration at the lack of information about the Olympic torch. Mark Chisolm, Reuters Cameraman and Producer, Nick Mulvenney, Reuters Correspondent and myself travelled from Beijing on April 25 to Tibet to cover the Olympic torch's ascent of Mount Everest.       We are currently at a make-shift press centre located near Everest Base Camp. Facilities consist of an extremely good media centre, with amazingly fast internet, a press conference room, that doesn't provide the media with any information (but I will get onto that later), small basic cabins that offer fairly comfortable beds but are just plain freezing, a dining room with excellent food, and last but certainly not least, the toilet block. Oh wow!! I cannot even begin the try and find the words... so I will leave it at that.