For the week of Jan. 30, 2022:
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are almost here, despite the pandemic, despite the Chinese Communist Party’s abuse of Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans and Hong Kongers, and despite its threats to invade Taiwan.
“There’s never been an Olympics quite like what we’re seeing with the Beijing Games,” said Jules Boykoff, political science professor and author.
“I mean, we’re talking about staging an optional sporting spectacle under coronavirus pandemic conditions in a country that is a serial human rights abuser, that has long acted in ways that clash mightily with the lofty ideals that are enshrined in the Olympic Charter. And that may well be blunting the exciting zeitgeist of athlete activism, that you and I have talked about before, and also might be blunting critical reporting because of surveillance of reporters.”
Pacific University of Portland’s Jules Boykoff is the special guest on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast with host Bob Mackin. Listen to the full interview about the most-controversial winter mega-event in history.
Also, hear from Jeff Buziak ahead of the annual walk in memory of his daughter Lindsay Buziak, a victim of the unsolved Feb. 2, 2008 murder in Saanich, B.C. Buziak wants justice for Lindsay and has a message for anyone harming women.
Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.
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