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Back to the future: Olympics returning to China, not a choice location

China, which has 1.35 billion people, made approximately that many promises about the improved human rights in the country that would result from Beijing’s hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics. After seven years of breaking those promises and creating an atmosphere more repressive than what existed prior to 2008, the Olympics are going back to Beijing. This time, it will be the 2022 Winter Games, making Beijing the first city to be host of both summer and winter Olympics. Left with a choice between bad and bad on the human rights front, with two authoritarian countries as the only bidders, the International Olympic Committee made the safe pick of Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a...