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Russian Olympics

Sport as Socio-Political Institution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.03.2015 | Sports
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.

Jesus Was a Marxist, Not a Theologian

George Elerick | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
George Elerick

Sin, from the Hebrew is chait, one of the functions of this kind of sin was that it was defined individually and singularly, meaning that it wasn't something chronically wrong, but something someone bought into -- an ideology.

Russian Muslims In Spotlight As Sochi Olympics Begin

Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion

Security concerns have been a major aspect of this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to current unrest in nearby regions. A Pew Research su...

Why Are The Sochi Olympics The Most Expensive In History?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.06.2014 | Sports

Even before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, records were falling in Sochi. The Games will be the most expensive in history, projected to co...

Inside One Of Russia's Most Bizarre Unseen Rituals

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.20.2013 | Arts

Walk into any restaurant in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi at night, and you'll be greeted by the sounds of a professional chanson singer. He or s...

Why Out Gay Sporting Stars Matter

Rob Stephenson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Stephenson

There are areas of public life -- sports, country music -- in which a disclosure of sexuality still causes ripples. And these ripples are good.

#LoveAlwaysWins: An Olympics Video Russia's Government Doesn't Want People to See

Tanja M. Laden | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tanja M. Laden

All Out mobilizes social networks in order to bring awareness to international LGBT rights, and it's produced a two-minute video to bring attention to Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws in the face of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

A Potemkin Village for an Olympic Home

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

"The North Caucasus is an utterly ignored part of the world. You can't even get there from the Olympic Villages. There's no road," notes Hornstra, the photographer. "But there are so many reasons to examine it as all one part with Sochi and the Olympics."

Pussy Riot, Putin and Pole Vaulting

Sandi Bachom | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Sandi Bachom

On February 21, 2012, Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock band, festooned in primary colored ski masks called, 'balaclavas' stormed the securit...

From One President to Another: An Open Letter to Obama

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Do you really expect Russian leaders to take your rhetoric seriously? I think not, Mr. President.

Boycott Russia? Here's a Better Idea

Gabe Zichermann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gabe Zichermann

Though our best intentions -- and the classic protest playbook -- tell us that a boycott and international pressure is the best approach, Russia's economic and political insularity effectively shields them from any fallout. So what can be done?

U.S. Should Not Boycott Russian Olympics Over LGBT Rights

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cyd Zeigler

The state of LGBT rights in Russia is disgraceful. It's good reason to petition the president for sanctions on Russia or protest in front of the UN. But Russian LGBT rights have nothing to do with the athletes who have put in years of sacrifice and hard work to reach their "one moment in time."