Tag: olympics

Why Democratic Nations Must Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

Why Democratic Nations Must Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

World capitals and Olympic committees will soon need to make a consequential decision. They can either reward and reinforce Chinese President Xi Jinping's unprecedented power grab — at home and abroad — by participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in the name of “political neutrality,” or...

The World This Week: Refugees Saving Grace of Rotten Rio Olympics

The World This Week: Refugees Saving Grace of Rotten Rio Olympics

The Olympics are now an exorbitant extravaganza for gladiatorial performances that are paid for by people who cannot afford them. This week, the Olympics began in Rio de Janeiro with a spectacular ceremony as usual. This being Brazil, the games promise to be one hell of a party. The...

Judo as a Sport for Social Justice

Judo as a Sport for Social Justice

Judo cannot change the world, but it can help create the community, empathy and understanding that we need today. As the Rio Olympics are underway, Americans should review the role that sports play in our society and, in particular, in raising our children. While controversies surrounding large...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. As we enter 2014, the world continues to be as kaleidoscopic a swirl of activity as ever. At a time of emails, tweets and cell phones, there is a real risk of drowning in the noise. Our goal is to cut...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. As we enter 2014, the world continues to be as kaleidoscopic a swirl of activity as ever. At a time of emails, tweets and cell phones, there is a real risk of drowning in the noise. Our goal...

The UK Riots: One Year On

The UK Riots: One Year On

The great sense of pride and unity that has swept the UK during the Olympics, has to be utilised in order to inspire and offer better opportunities for the younger generation. What a difference a year makes. This time last year, London and the rest of the United Kingdom were in a state of shock...

The Tricky Game of Olympic Sponsorship

The Tricky Game of Olympic Sponsorship

Sponsoring the Olympics offers powerful brand associations, but is there a compelling return on investment? Lolo Jones, the American track and field star who is competing at the London Summer Games, has never won an Olympic medal. In 2008 in Beijing, she was the favorite to win gold in the...

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