When I was a kid in India, one of the fondest memories I have is of a family vacation in the foothills of the Himalayas - eating at a tiny Tibetan roadside dhaba, being fed tons of cho-cho-momo and heaping piles of noodles. The food was great, but what struck me was the poor Indian peasant family sitting across from me eating their fill as well. Why? because the food was so cheap and so good that everyone could afford to eat well. I've never forgotten that day.
The family that ran the dhaba were refugees from Tibet, and I was fascinated by the store, the food, and the way they used an abacus to add up the transactions as they happened. That day I became a believer in a free Tibet.
I wrote earlier about China's country branding issues and the upcoming Olympics.
I've also written about how to measure democracy with the "Journalists-in-Jail Index."
And now we have pictures of the Chinese government beating up on Tibetans splashed across the pages of every major newspaper and magazine.
And don't forget YouTube:
This time Chinese officials are blaming the Dalai Lama for the violence. Give me a break. They've even got an army of bloggers and hackers working the media sites posting "pro-chinese" accounts all over the place.
I get a feeling the sponsors of the Olympics are in for a rough ride. Here are the brands which stand to get a black eye:
Johnson and Johnson
And let's not forget the Olympic brand itself. This could do it in completely!
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