Proud citizens welcomed the flame back to China Friday, but critics say the autonomous city deferred to Beijing by barring some activists.
Olympic hopefuls gathered in Chicago this week say that boycotts do not work. Athletes who were unable to compete in 1980 concur.
Further demonstrations are expected at upcoming stops, which include Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
In San Francisco's Chinatown, support for the torch relay Wednesday has more to do with cultural pride than political concerns.
The new Beijing may not be best for China.
Security experts question whether claims about Friday's domestic airliner incident amount to state propaganda to bolster a pre-Olympics crackdown.
Keen not to taint Olympics, and under pressure from West, Beijing sends envoy to Khartoum with strong words.
Readers write about credit loans for the higher tax brackets, changes in the National Guard and Reserves, world sports capitals, and the virtue of "flip-flopping."
Chinese officials are treating the Games as proud confirmation of their country's emergence as a global force to be reckoned with.