What do our American friends need to understand about all of the events of the Sochi Olympics? That behind the Iron Curtain, things are very bad.
Nothing would be better for American television, which too often ignores the important in favor of the trivial, than Jimmy Fallon making a big fat statement for a show that would attract big ratings by inviting the Pussy Riot band to be guests on his show to perform their art and advance their cause.
I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to explore and develop my ideas without fear of punishment or jail time.
Being ineligible to compete in the Olympics is not a true concern for me right now, but my eligibility in my sport of triathlon is: USA Triathlon follows the IOC's policy on transgender athletes.
Get four big dudes who can really sprint, cram them into one of those 12-foot-long space shuttles, and let's see if they can do a Double McTwist 1260 at 80 mph.
GO! Athletes has created the #Out4Olympics campaign in response to the public outcry over Russia's anti-LGBT policies. I talked to Aagenes about the importance of this campaign and her spin on LGBT issues.
For Pussy Riot, including Nadia Tolokonikova and Masha Alyohkina, who were poised to sing a song satirizing President Vladimir Putin in Sochi during the games yesterday, it is one more trial run going up against one of the world's strong men.
There are several possible causal mechanisms linking skiing and terrorism. I outline some of both the positive and negative associations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently winning the war: Safe Olympics (so far), leading the medal count and even journalists have stopped complaining about unfinished rooms and brown water. But he's lost the battle. Big time.
For an authoritarian state, a law that is rarely, or only very selectively enforced, yet gives agents of the state broad leeway to police their citizens, and leads to wide ranging changes in public and private behavior, is the best kind of law there is.
Although McDonald's has abandoned the #CheersToSochi hashtag, the Cheers to Sochi campaign website is still up and functioning and, according to their press and social media updates, still a conduit to talk to Olympic athletes and teams behind Putin's Lavender Curtain.
Today, professional leagues from the United States to Bulgaria to Taiwan all agree: It's kind of a winter sport. But I've been watching the Winter Olympics for two weeks and still haven't seen any basketball. So what gives?
Sochi has been getting a bad rep when it comes to hotels. But believe it or not, there are some very exceptional accommodations in Sochi (or to some -- the Russian Riviera), that border the region's stunning mountains and Black Sea waters.
Propelled by this personal ambition, the Sochi Olympics appear to be a giant steamroller crushing so many things on its way.
Now that we have the stage and international limelight to hear our cause and the plight of LGBT equality, we need to come together to plan next steps.