Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Spielberg Pulls Out Of Beijing Olympics

Steven Spielberg had hoped his involvement with the Beijing Olympics as artistic advisor could lead to positive action on the part of China’s President Hu Jintao in Darfur. China holds a great deal of sway in that region and their economic and military contributions could give them a real opportunity to enact a policy change there.

Spielberg’s withdrawal from the Olympics will tarnish China’s star as it heads into a final period of preparation for the event. As China takes the world stage with the Olympics, it has hoped to sweep any human rights issues and foreign affairs problems under the rug. Several groups have been pushing for action ranging from protests to outright boycotts of the games.

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