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Friday, September 15, 2000

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  • Race Rebels

    Just a few hours ago, Australian Olympic sprinter Cathy Freeman, lit the cauldron that signifies the beginning the 2000 Olympic summer games in Sydney. Cathy Freeman is an Aboriginal athlete who became a household name after she wrapped herself in the Aboriginal flag rather than the Australian flag when she did her lap of honor at the 1994 Canadian Commonwealth games. A few months ago Freeman told a British newspaper that the Australian government was "insensitive" for refusing to apologize to the Stolen Generation of indigenous Australians. She also told of how her grandmother was a stolen child. Today, Cathy Freeman is Australia’s best chance for a track gold medal.

  • Whose Olympics??

    As the 2000 Summer Olympics opened in Sydney a few hours ago, the world watched a spectacular show of lights, music and dance telling the story of Australia’s history. Or one version of it anyway. Sydney put on its best multicultural face by using traditional Aboriginal myth and music as well as brightly costumed migrant communities to color the opening ceremony. And while the corporate sponsored gala was taking place, indigenous people, migrants, students and anti-globalization activists mobilized in many different parts of Sydney to voice their dissent.