"I agree with this completely. For the Tibetan people it was not about protesting against the Olympics themseves but it gave them a platform from which they would be able to make their message much more widely known. Also, in boycotting it they were…"
"Hey Alex =) I understand completely where you are coming from, with respect to the Olympics being a seperate institution and cause. However I believe it gave the Tibetans a platform to voice their injustices. I do not think it was selfish or unfair.…"
"I'm not really sure what I think on this one, but what would you think of this argument:
I agree that the Tibetans were not in the wrong in the fact that the injustice done to their country was greater than any damage caused to the Beijing…"
"I agree with April, that many people will have very different opinions on this issue. I believe that they had every right to boycott the Olympics, it is inherent in their natural human rights. Especially in this situation when they were protesting…"
"I don't think anyone will be able to reach a concensus on this one. For me, I think that people, not just Tibetan people, had the right to boycott the olympics if they believed in the Tibetan cause. Thousands of people feel as though their…"
"Thanks for all the info. I for one think it's awful that the stereotypical model is 6ft or higher and skeletal thin. All I think it does is to make overweight women feel less confident about themselves. I don't see any point in the…"
"I think you have to look at what the word justifiable means here.
First, for the individuals (i.e. the celebrities who are giving the money) I think it's justifiable. From their point of view, they are only giving money to increase their…"
Lord Butler is best known for heading a 2004 inquiry into the use of intelligence relating to the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. However, Lord Butler’s career workingwithin the civil service spanned nearly four decades; he has been privatesecretary to five Prime Ministers, served as head of the Home Civil Serviceand, as I recently found out, is a happily married family man with threegrandchildren.I wanted to interview Lord Butler after he came to give a talk about his famous inquiry at my…See More
"I think that the UK can help enormously by helping other countries to develop sustainable methods of farming in under developed countries, and by setting an international example in responding to climate change.
The most important thing though is…"
I was just reading Chenal's blog about the Olympics, and I was wondering what everyone thought about what happened last year with the Tibetans.Sure, they had a serious reasons to boycott the Olympic games, but was it the right thing for them to do? To attempt to destroy a sacred ritual, the passing of the flame, that is part of an international event?See More
"I think everyone's looking at this dilemma only in the short term. I would personally choose a bad democracy over a benign dictatorship any day.
Even if you live in a benign dictatorship, you still run the risk of the next leader being someone…"
"This is one of my favourite episodes in history. I just think it goes to show how unnatural, closeted and stupid war is.
I was thinking about the 1Goal campaign in relation to this and I reckon there are a lots of links."
Google’s withdrawal from China has prompted much speculation. Some see it as a healthy PR move, others a financial and mishap, and then there’s the moral middle ground – it was the right thing to do.The decision was taken when Google discovered that attempts had been made to hack the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists on its servers. This was the last straw for Google, an organization which prides itself on ethical behaviour – the company motto is “Don’t be evil”.Whether the move…See More