Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 13/02/2008

Beijing Olympics Linked to Crimes Against Humanity – Spielberg

The news on my radio alarm this morning informs that ,

Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning Hollywood director, has withdrawn as artistic advisor to the Beijing Olympics over China’s policy on the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region.

It was only April 2006 when we heard the great news that –  Well, here copied below:

Spielberg and Yimou join Olympics

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s Munich dealt with the 1972 Olympic Games

Film-makers Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou are to join the team designing the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Zhang will lead the team, largely comprised of other Chinese impresarios, while Spielberg will be a consultant.

Zhang’s best-known films include Raise The Red Lantern and costume epic Hero.

Zhang, 54, said: “I’m very honoured. I make a solemn promise to the Chinese people I will complete the task beautifully and successfully.”

Zhang Yimou

Costume epic Hero is one of Zhang’s best-known films

Spielberg, whose last film, Munich, concentrated on the killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, said: “Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding.

“Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life, we are dedicated to making this the most emotional opening ceremony ever.”

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Chinese capital on 8 August 2008.

So, what has brought this great turn around?

In  one word DARFUR

 On February 8, Sudanese government forces and allied militia launched fresh attacks on villages in the northern corridor of West Darfur. Initial reports from sources in West Darfur indicate that at least 150 people were killed in the attacks, which also left thousands of villagers without food or shelter. The attacks were carried out by Janjaweed militia and Sudanese ground troops, supported by attack helicopters and aerial bombardments.

The story outlined, here

Farrow and Spielberg want China to exert political leverage on Sudan to help end the crisis in Darfur (dahr-FOOR’).

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the region and millions more have been displaced.

Spielberg has stepped down as an artistic adviser for the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies, saying he couldn’t do the job if China and other nations aren’t doing enough to ease the suffering in Darfur.

Says Spielberg: “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”

Meanwhile, Farrow joined former Olympic swimmers Shannon Shakespeare and Nikki Dryden in sending an open letter to China’s president, condemning China’s support for the Sudanese government.

Channel 4 gives us the reason

He (Spielberg) went on: “At this point my time and energy must be spent no on Olympic ceremonies but doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”

The Chinese people and governement have some difficult issues to deal with, in the international political arena, in this the year of the RAT

China has a lot of hard work ahead and needs all the resources to keep on track for the Olympics.

This will not stop the Beijing Olympics from being the global sporting event which it rightly will be. 

Do we single out China for the atrocities in Darfur or are going to be objective and see that there are other countries equally guilty of aiding and abetting similar atrocious regimes.?


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