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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.

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U.S. Readies More Sanctions After Russia Takes Crimea

The White House vowed on Tuesday to level more sanctions against Russia for its moves to take over Crimea.

Posted on Mar 18, 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 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









Posted on Feb 22, 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



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Pussy Rioters Arrested Yet Again, This Time in Sochi Before Planned Protest Performance

Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, among a dozen others, were detained Tuesday in the locale of the 2014 Winter Olympics for their alleged involvement in a theft at the Hotel Adler.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



Ban Ki-moon Condemns Persecution of Homosexuals in Russia

In a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.N. secretary-general condemned attacks on Russia’s LGBT community, amid growing criticism of the country’s “gay propaganda” laws.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



Latest Snowden Revelation Spells Trouble for Anonymous and All of Us

The NSA whistle-blower’s new leak that the British government targeted activist collective Anonymous has sizable and scary implications; in 2013, 85 people were exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit, and it wasn’t just because of scientific advances; meanwhile, strangle rules and regulations are being revealed in Sochi as the Winter Olympics start. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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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


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


Sochi Under High Security









Posted on Jan 11, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jan 7, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Dec 20, 2013 ENLARGE



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 President of Germany’s Boycotting the Sochi Olympics

Joachim Gauck will not attend the Winter Games in Russia in February, despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opposition to a boycott; cats know when their owners are speaking to them, but still ignore them; meanwhile, Vermont has approved single-payer health care. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


Colbert Praises Russia’s ‘Anti-Gay Pride’

“Yeah, we took your rainbow. Suck it gays! Just ... don’t do it in Russia,” shouts Stephen Colbert, celebrating the decision to make Winter Olympics volunteers in Sochi wear overtly colorful uniforms, ostensibly to draw attention away from athletes and supporters protesting Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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