On Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:30 P.M, Anything But Coke, a campaign we started over the break, is organizing a peaceful protest for Wesleyan students to come together to speak out against the injustices in Russia and the corporations that support them.
This past June, President Vladimir Putin of Russia signed into law a bill banning the public support of the LGBT community. Since then, violent hate crimes against the LGBT community have dramatically increased. Now, there is talk of a bill to take children away from same sex parents – who up until now have been living openly and peacefully. LGBT citizens have been forced to flee the country.
What better way to reflect on 2008 then through the year’s photos? The year has been marked by some of the greatest events in the last decade: the U.S. Election, the Olympics, genocide, terrorism, war, natural disasters, economic crisis and much more. Here is a photographic compilation of 2008 from some of the world’s leading publications. If you only have time for one, the Daily Beastcollection is especially poignant.
Slate compiles a handy guide to potential crises that may or may not erupt in China in the coming weeks, while that nation hosts what will probably be the most interesting Olympics in recent memory even without the threats of festering political unrest ignited by dissident groups, terrorist attacks, suffocating smog, rolling blackouts… or a plague of locusts.
Women’s lacrosse midfielder Jade Scott ’09 is profiled in today’s Hartford Courant in an article on four local athletes of Chinese descent and their thoughts/impressions of the Olympics being held in Beijing. Jade, whose maternal grandparents are both Chinese, is taking it a step further: she’ll be a translator for NBC:
Scott, 21, will serve as a translator and tour guide for NBC, which is broadcasting the Games. She also plans to write her senior project on the economic implications of the Olympics.
She also got a sense of how people feel in China [while studying abroad in China last fall].
“A lot of the people I talked to believe their lives will change [after the Olympics],” she said. “It’s hard to tell right now. They knocked down a lot of the older neighborhoods to make way for newer buildings for the Olympics. It’s interesting. Everybody’s excited for the Olympics and very proud. At the same time, some of the traditions are being pushed aside to make way for new possibilities.”
Majora Carter ’88 was involved in an incident with San Francisco authorities yesterday during the Olympic torch relay ceremony.
Carter, a notable Wesleyan alum and clearly an awesome individual, was selected as a torchbearer for part of the San Francisco relay due to her humanitarian work in New York City. AP:
At least one torchbearer decided to show her support for Tibetan independence during her moment in the spotlight. After being passed the Olympic flame, Majora Carter [’88] pulled out a small Tibetan flag that she had hidden in her shirt sleeve.
“The Chinese security and cops were on me like white on rice, it was no joke,” said Carter, 41, who runs a nonprofit organization in New York. “They pulled me out of the race, and then San Francisco police officers pushed me back into the crowd on the side of the street.”
“Apparently, I’m not part of the Olympic torch-bearing entourage anymore,” Carter quipped.
Carter’s maverick move was the most successful act of defiance in the cat-and-mouse game cops played with the thousands railing against China’s crackdown on dissidents in Tibet and its unwillingness to denounce genocide in Darfur.
[EDIT 5:15 pm] A video of Carter explaining her feelings about the incident:
And another video of Carter speaking at a Free Tibet rally shortly after the incident.
Thanks to Izaak Orlansky for the tip, and Leah Lamb of Current Media for the video!