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VOX POPULI: China’s human rights issues hang over the Beijing Olympics

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Athletes and fans were not the only people who gathered for the ancient Olympic Games in Greece.

There were orators who recognized their chance to preach their political convictions to large crowds.

For instance, Gorgias (483-376 BC), a pre-Socratic philosopher, urged the warring cities to seek harmony, while a rhetorician condemned a powerful dictator, according to the book "Gakumon to Shiteno Orinpikku" (The Olympics as an academic subject), co-edited by Yuzuru Hashiba and Nanako Murata.

Those were "festival orations" born of the coming together of people from various........

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