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SPORT / Dave Zirin : John Carlos and the Moment That Still Matters

Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos raise their fists at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Peter Norman (left) wore an OPHR (Olympic Project for Human Rights) badge to show his support.Troy Davis, John Carlos, andthe moment that still … Continue reading

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Afghani Olympics : Will Obama Lose This One Too?

Will Obama learn from his Chicago defeatAnd abandon the no-win Afghanistan marathon? Team Obama needs — as the International Olympics Committee has just done — to be continually reminded that the rest of the world is not an American kick … Continue reading

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Old Glory, Oh Lordy! American Flag Flip-Flopped by Our President

Whoops! Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images. ‘Is Dubya using the flag to make a political statement?’ By Christine / August 12, 2008 George W. Bush seems happy as ever as America’s cheerleader-in-chief at the Beijing Olympics. Too bad … Continue reading

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Worldwide Protests On Eve of China Olympics

Tibetans protest in India ahead of Olympics.Demonstrations ‘pressure Beijing over its rule of Tibet and heavily Muslim Xinjiang province, the arrests of dissidents, Internet censorship and concerns about Chinese foreign policy’August 8, 2008 PARIS – Police banned demonstrations outside the … Continue reading

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Amnesty International : China Using Olympics As ‘Pretext’ For Crackdown

A Chinese paramilitary policeman tries to block photos being taken outside the Olympic Stadium. Photo by AFP.Repression of ‘human rights defenders, journalists and lawyers has intensified’ July 29, 2008 HONG KONG – China is using the Beijing Olympics as a … Continue reading

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SPORT : Sailing the Choked Waters

Chinese fishmen remove green algae from the sea on July 4, 2008 in Qingdao, Shandong, China. More than 1,000 boats and 5,000 fishmen have been mobilized to clean up green algae which has invaded the Olympic sailing venue. Photo by … Continue reading

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Oops! Christian Site’s Homophobia Leads to Big Faux Pas

Calls Olympian Tyson Gay ‘Homosexual’The American Family Association obviously didn’t foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word “gay” with “homosexual” on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow. The group’s … Continue reading

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