Olympics in four bullets

  • China attempted to change the name of the team to Taiwan to mean that Taiwan was a subdivision of China, which would have caused the Taiwanese team to pull out, then retracted the attempt.
  • The New York Times accidentally reveals the identity of a Uighur source who was willing to discuss Chinese mistreatment with the reporter.
  • James Fallows reports on the improvements in transportation in Beijing, but notes (with illustrations) that the promised reductions in pollution have not taken place, or at least not to the degree needed.
  • Actual Olympic sports content, basketball in particular.