Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Politics Of The Torch

After the 2008 Olympic torch relay became a flashpoint for international human rights and Chinese nationalism, the International Olympic Committee has restricted this year's relay to the host country (with the brief exception of a visit to Dublin).

Having attended the relays in the run-ups to the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympics (at the Lincoln Memorial and on Capitol Hill, respectively), I had never even conceived that there were a politics of the torch (Nazi origins notwithstanding).

But, once again, China changes everything...



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