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Olympic Flame Extinguished In Paris

Paris, for most humans, is the city of eternal love and peace whose flame of liberty shines throughout the world. However, over the past few days the city of love was rather loveless when it came to progress of the Olympic torch through its streets. Lovers may have been holding hands, but protestors were holding signs condemning China for its brutal repression of the Tibetan people and its arrest of dissidents who dared to utter words of freedom. The Olympic relay in Paris matched what happened the day before in London where angry groups continually halted progress of the torch amidst confusion and anger. Once the torch reached France the situation became even more chaotic when groups twice forced the flame to be extinguished.

Chinese spokespeople insisted all was wonderul in the city of love, but the media presented a rather different version of reality than what is being shown in China. Millions of people throughout the world are furious at actions of the Chinese government to make what should be a moment of peace and tranquility into days of anger and frustration. At one point over the weekend, Rama Yade, speaking for President Sarkozy hinted he might boycott opening day ceremonies of the Olympics and then she back tracked and said no such plan was in effect.

It is time for China to behave as the great nation it has become and allow those who dissident to speak honestly without fear of punishment. It is time to sit down with the Dalai Lama and discuss a peaceful future for Tibet. In taking such actions, China will have a flame of peace which never will be extinguished.

Bike Revolution Sweeps Paris And Sweeps Away Pollution!

A revolution in urban transportation is bringing joy to the thousands of Parisian commuters and tourists due to an innovative idea in using bikes as the mode of getting around France’s major city. It began on July 15 of this year due to an innovative idea by JCDecaux, the world’s second largest outdoor advertising company which came up with the idea of establishing 750 computer-aided bike sites(soon to be doubled to 1,460) all over Paris which allow people to rent a bike in order to go from one place to another. At present there are about 20,000 bikes which, on the average, are each used about 10 times a day. Tourists now have an inexpensive mode of travel to wander around Paris and enjoy fresh air as they zoom from place to place. Commuters can get to business appointments without spending sums on taxis. Each bike rents for $1.45 a day or $7.50 a week or $44 a year. There are reports London, Chicago, Moscow and other major cities throughout the world are investigating the possibility of establishing such systems of travel.

This is a wonderful example of creative thinking which can deal with pollution issues without spending enormous sums of money. Hopefully, small personal electric cars can become a new model of urban transportation and end the massive flow of automobiles into major cities throughout the world.