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Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

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Olympic Flush

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Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder in Reeva Steenkamp Shooting Case

Only Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius knows exactly what happened on Feb. 14, 2013, at his home, when the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but murder has now been ruled out as the official explanation.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Patrick Semansky

From Farmworker to Olympian to Activist: A Boxer Fights for His Community

Jose Ramirez could have walked away from Avenal, Calif., where the jobs are drying up like the ground, but he’s determined to save his community.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE

Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Zach Galifianakis to Obama: ‘What Is It Like to Be the Last Black President?’

The president appeared on comedic actor Zach Galifianakis’ satirical online program “Between Two Ferns” to plug the Affordable Care Act. Some of it will make you laugh.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Pokes Holes in Putin’s and Kerry’s Approaches to Ukraine

Ever fervently stated that a country shouldn’t militarily intervene in another country’s internal affairs, especially without pretext, and then invaded a nation anyway? Vladimir Putin and John Kerry know how you feel.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

Pussy Riot

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AP/Morry Gash

Out Women of Sochi Make Gays Everywhere Proud

With three medals in these games, including a gold, skater Ireen Wüst leads the roster not just of gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics, but all athletes.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert Spent All Weekend Watching the Sochi Olympics, and Here Are His Only Complaints

The murky (and possibly deadly) hotel water and the U.S. bobsledder who had to break out of his bathroom are not worthy of the pundit’s attention.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE

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Cheat Sheet: The Tyson Gay File

Last July, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay held the fastest 100-meter time in the world.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE

Sochi or Christie

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE

Milestones in Nation Branding: Kazakhstan to Ditch the Stan?

Kazakhstan’s president is worried the final syllable of the country’s name is scaring off tourists and investors; Edward Snowden was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian lawmakers who may have felt slighted by Obama’s choice of ambassador to Oslo; and now there is an app for Google Glass that will identify you at a glance. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE

Sochi Budget

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE

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Another Non-Terrorist Non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

Sochi Olympic Spirit

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE

Olympic Preparedness

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Olympic Tank

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AP/Yves Logghe

The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE

Game Over for the Human Rights

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE

The Sochi Project

This remarkable photo book explores the impoverished people and conflict-ridden region surrounding Sochi, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It’s not what Putin wants the world to see.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE


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Sochi Mascot

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Sochi Olympics

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And the Olympic Medal for the Most Homophobic Country in the World Goes To…

“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart brings to our attention a lesser known competition happening concurrently with the Sochi Winter Olympics: the Homophobic Olympics. Can you guess who’s winning?

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE

Russian Islamists Threaten Terrorist Attack at Sochi Olympic Games

Islamist militants from Russia’s Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a “present” if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE

Homophobic Russia

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE

Sochi Under High Security

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE

Sochi Winter Olympics

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE

Putin and Olympics

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Russia’s Mascot

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In a Rebuke to Putin, Obama Names Gay Athletes to Olympic Delegation

At the same time, the White House announced that no top-tier government officials will join the official group, a clear slap at Russian anti-homosexual policies and a strong sign of support for gay athletes. Let the games begin.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE

Slate’s Person of the Year: Edward Snowden

Though Pope Francis beat the whistle-blower for the title in Time magazine, Snowden’s story remains one of the most influential of 2013; the Russian government will set up protest zones at the Sochi Winter Olympics; and Instagramming every moment may be altering your memory. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE

The Gentrification of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

As rising prices in the rest of the beloved Brazilian city are pushing more people to live in shantytowns, they may become unaffordable to lower income residents; Bob Dylan has been charged in Paris for comparing Croats to Nazis; meanwhile, a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will put the “corporations are people” argument to the test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE

US Army/Tim Hipps

Olympics Dumps Wrestling to Make Way for New Sport Called Wrestling

A bizarre sequence of events has secured an ancient and original sport a place at the 2020 Olympics, but not without exposing the byzantine workings of the International Olympic Committee.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE

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Should Russia Really Be Banned From the Olympics?

Although the anti-gay laws passed in Russia are reprehensible, is prohibiting the country from hosting or competing in the Olympics the best answer?

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

Soccer Sportsmanship

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE

Olympic Wrestling

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE

IOC Drops Wrestling

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE

Olympic Wrestling Fights Back

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE

Modern Olympics

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE

Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE

Professional Sport

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