Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Bloomberg Hopes Olympics put Spotlight on China
Thursday, August 07, 2008
New York, NY —
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says when the Olympic Games begin tomorrow in Beijing, he hopes the attention will highlight the progress he says has taken place in China. He said the Olympics also provide a stage for the United States to promote democracy in China.
BLOOMBERG: And it's a good opportunity - I thought the president of the United States stood up this morning and said what a lot of Americans believe: that individual rights aren't as open there as they are in America, and that they should be.
REPORTER: The mayor also approved of the president's decision to attend the games, despite pressure from human rights advocates.