The whole world turned its eye on Beijing this August in what many were led to believe would be a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit. This summer's Olympics were certainly host to an array of extraordinary athletic achievements. Even I, not at all an avid sports fan, found myself taken in by the spectacle, and particularly by'standout athletes like American swimmer Michael Phelps, who has made his country more than proud.
But as the Olympic flame blew out on Sunday many began to look back on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and wonder what legacy it will leave in its wake. Sadly, the athletic accomplishments of many will be overshadowed by the fact that these Games were little about sports and more about politics, greed, and deception as the international community complicity gave credence to a hostile regime that is fundamentally undemocratic and steeped in human rights abuses and atrocities. The motto for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics was, ironically, "One World, One Dream", chosen out of 210,000 submissions submitted worldwide. Unfortunately, this 'dream' is far from realizable for many of the world's poorest and oppressed and the Olympic host country, far from fostering this dream, continues to exacerbate global inequality with each passing year. We, here are at GlobalSolutions.org, are primarily concerned with China's position on two critical issues: Darfur and the International Criminal Court (ICC).