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Both Olympics In Dictatorship & Democratic Convention In Denver To Have Limited Areas For Protests

Both the Olympics in Beijing and the Democratic National Convention in Denver will have limited areas segregated for protests.

Protesters in Denver, according to current plans, will be kept behind a chicken wire or chain link fence.

“Security” is cited.

This is not unlike the “free speech zones” set up at the Democratic convention in Boston in 2004.

Another place where the mobility of protesters will be restricted is at the Olympic games in Beijing.

Restrictions in China will be tighter than in Denver. Still, why are Democrats, yet again, accepting limiting protests to a certain area when people in America are supposed to have a right of free assembly? The restrictions in Boston four years ago were odious.

So-called “security” reasons are easily used by both dictatorships and more open nations, to curtail the inherent right of individuals to express their grievances.

Here is Human Rights Watch on the absence of freedom in China.

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eBay—America’s Black Market

You can sell your counterfeit goods on eBay in the United States, but not in France.

This is the upshot of court rulings in France, Germany, and the U.S.

Courts in Germany and France have ruled that eBay must make strong efforts to be sure that when a Tiffany or Rolex product is sold on eBay, it is the real thing. A court in the United States ruled the opposite.

It is luxury brands that are in the fight with eBay in Europe, but eBay has been the middleman in more downmarket theft as well.

Here is an article about widespread theft rings brought on by online auction services.  

eBay knows people are selling knock-off goods and stolen goods.

Here is an an article from The Financial Times that suggests a middle course as a solution to to disputes between eBay and trademark holders.

Only strong regulation by government can make eBay a reputable business.

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