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Investigation Points to Rampant Sexual Abuse of Underage Gymnasts Across the U.S.

A wide-ranging review of police and court records reveals an alarming number of cases involving the sexual exploitation of young athletes by gymnastics coaches and mentors at all levels of the sport.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



In Post-Olympics Brazil, a Political Coup Is No Game

The Brazilian Senate voted 60-21 on Wednesday to impeach Dilma Rousseff. Remarkably, most of those who voted to oust her are themselves under investigation for corruption.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 READ MORE


In Impeachment Trial, Dilma Rousseff Makes Defiant Final Plea to Salvage Brazil’s Democracy (Video)

The Brazilian president is about to be impeached by a corrupt Senate. As the country’s media attempt to make the move seem legitimate, journalist Glenn Greenwald explains why Rousseff is right that the entire proceedings are a threat to democracy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Rio Fails to Deliver on ‘Green Olympics’ Pledges

The promise to improve favela conditions, for example, was simply abandoned. Instead, many communities were forcibly removed to make way for Olympic projects.

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Taking Home the Gold









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Comments of the Week: Monsters, Inc.

From the costly—in many senses of that word—spectacle that is the Rio Olympics to the chaos unleashed by the notorious Powell memo, the Truthdig comment boards were host to a virtual phantasmagoria this week.

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Olympic Unity









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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Refugee Olympic Team

The 10 athletes competing without a flag or anthem at the Rio Olympics are challenging conceptions of nationalism, as well as reminding the world that the growing refugee crisis must be addressed.

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Breaking Records









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Comments of the Week: Getting Down to Business

The national mood is charged with tension and anticipation, and this latest roundup of notable and quotable comments certainly picked up on it.

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This Young Syrian Refugee Competing in the Rio Olympics Saved 20 Lives Doing What She Does Best

Eighteen-year-old Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini’s personal story is not only one of talent, but also of survival and heroism.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE


The Opening Ceremony









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Add Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal to the Rich History of Cheating in Sports

Seeking an unfair advantage in sports did not originate in the former Soviet Union, but state-sanctioned cheating is much more common in communist or former communist countries.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE


Let the Games Begin









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Oscar Pistorius to Serve Six Years in Prison for Murdering His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

The South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete got off with less than half of South Africa’s mandatory minimum prison sentence for murder.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE


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Film Review: A Resolute ‘Race’ Through Jesse Owens’ Monumental Story

The movie paints in overly broad strokes, but it captures many of the facts about the history-making track athlete. It also offers a fine perspective on the racial politics of the 1930s and the burgeoning civil rights movement of that day.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE


Olympic Threat









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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.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


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.

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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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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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Posted on Feb 20, 2014 ENLARGE



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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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 ENLARGE



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 ENLARGE



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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









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Olympic Preparedness









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Olympic Tank









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Sochi









Posted on Feb 6, 2014 ENLARGE



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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 ENLARGE



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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Posted on Jan 26, 2014 ENLARGE


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