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The Spielberg Effect: China Agrees To Resume Human Rights Talks

February 27th, 2008

No one could be more proud than Steven Spielberg. With only one letter to the organizers of the games, he managed to accomplished more than untold numbers of leaders have over decades.

Spielberg has expressed regret over his attempt to link politics to the games, but look how things turned out: China has stepped up humanitarian efforts in Darfur, and it has agreed to hold talks on human rights with the United States. All of this accomplished with a single letter!

You almost wish that Spielberg hadn’t done it, though. Now, every celebrity is going to think that they can effect change from Hollywood.

Anyway, not sure what to make of China’s overtures. It could be genuine, or it could be as the NY Times puts it, “a move… aimed at countering criticism from activists ahead of the Olympic Games.”

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