THE QUESTION

The Olympics open soon, and offer a perfect platform for anti-government protests by ethnic minorities and dissident groups. Who's likely to protest and how should Beijing respond?

Posted by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria on July 28, 2008 12:35 PM

FROM THE PANEL

Former Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covered economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists' Association. Currently a business executive at a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

The No-Fun Olympics

Expect "Beat it," not "Welcome," to be the Games' main theme. Foreign athletes competing with the host team, beware.

Posted by Kin-ming Liu Hong Kong | 65 COMMENTS
Jul 29, 2008 at 11:14 AM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

Expect Pockets of Olympic Dissent

Separate politics and sports? We haven’t for the last fifty-plus years.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 6 COMMENTS
Jul 29, 2008 at 11:13 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Media Speculation Encourages Chinese Crackdown

The intentions here are merely a round of debate and a theoretical exercise, but a Chinese intelligence office will wonder whether this blog page is some sort of a signal for pre-coordinated actions against the Chinese state.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 8 COMMENTS
Jul 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM

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