May the Games help break down walls of fear.
The struggles we face daily call for a heroic response.
The Beijing Games have been dogged with global criticism on everything from censorship to pollution. But Chinese people still see them as their government does: a great coming-out party.
Factories have been shut down, and foreign buyers restricted.
Measures include checkpoints around the city and missiles by the Olympic stadium.
Athletes outside the most popular events – gymnastics, track and field, and swimming – win about one third of America’s Olympic medals.
Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for 23 years, won another five-year term Sunday. His party has overseen several prosperous years; critics say it stifles democracy.
Chinese officials say recent antipollution rules are helping. Critics question their data.
The largest online community in the world suffers under a heavy hand.