Visa rejection spotlighted activist

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Before the 2008 Olympic Games, gold medalist and Team Darfur co-founder/spokesman Joey Cheek had his visa revoked by the Chinese government.

This action by the Chinese to stop human rights activists from poking a stick in its eye proved to backfire in their face.

If the Chinese had quietly allowed Cheek and his activists organization to watch the games in Beijing, most of the world wouldn't even know who Joey Cheek is or what Team Darfur stands for.

But they didn't do that. Instead, they gave no reason for the revocation -- and because of that, just about every media outlet in the world reported on the story, and the revoking of Cheek's visa gave him a platform from which to speak, and speak eloquently, about China's role in the oil-rich country of Sudan. Way to go, China!

Daniel Stephens, Grovetown

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2tired2argueanymore 08/21/08 - 06:54 am
China is full of criminal

China is full of criminal activity both economically and environmentally. This once great country of pride and elegance has become the land of scams and pollution.

deekster 08/21/08 - 11:15 am
It is becoming the new "icon"

It is becoming the new "icon" of global politics. A Facist Government fed by a Capitalist Economy. No not communism. The governent doesn't own everything, just controls everything. They have mastered what brought Germany to power. They seem to be ahead of us in this goal. The real battle in the umcoming election is Facism vs. Socialism.

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