So much for the new, friendly China. Apparently the “Great Firewall of China” has been replaced, following a brief interval during the Olympics when internet restrictions were eased. Now the bricks are being re-laid, and with fewer gaps to boot: they are now requiring internet cafes to photograph all customers. Not quite to the extent suggested by my inflammatory photoshop job up there, but you get the idea. Two thirds of the population opposed the measure, saying it violated their rights, but as usual the government ignored their complaints and instituted the policy anyway.
Not exactly what everyone was hoping after so many promises were made about human rights enduring past the moment Western journalists left, but hey.