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  • The eyes of the world are focused on China today as the Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing. One big question centers on whether the Olympic Committee and the Chinese government will allow any public protests during the Games. We speak with an activist who was arrested in China and deported after unfurling a Tibet independence banner close to the main Olympic stadium. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 08, 2008 | Story
  • As the 2008 Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing, we speak with sportswriter Dave Zirin. "This is the Olympics the West wanted: games where the grandest prize is not a gold medal but a glittering entree to China’s seemingly endless army of potential consumers," writes Zirin. "This is the reason that George W. Bush will attend the opening ceremonies, the first U.S. President to do so on foreign soil." [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 08, 2008 | Story
  • Thousands of protesters turned out in San Francisco to protest the Olympic torch relay and this year’s Beijing Games. Similar protests condemning China’s human rights abuses have attempted to disrupt the torch along its earlier stops in Athens, Istanbul, Paris and London. We speak with Human Rights Watch’s Minky Worden, who is editor of a new book, China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges...
    Apr 10, 2008 | Story
  • The raised fists of two African-American Olympic medal winners at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, is one of the most iconic images of our time. The man standing on the podium in 1st place, Tommie Smith, talks about that moment and his new autobiography, "Silent Gesture." [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 21, 2007 | Story
  • As London prepares for the 2012 olympics in the aftermath of the July 7 bombings, we look at the history of crackdowns in olympic cities over the past century. Sports writer Dave Zirin chronicles a history of athletes who have stood up to war and racism in the United States, from Muhammad Ali to Pat Tillman. His new book is "What’s My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States." [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 21, 2005 | Story
  • The 2002 Winter Olympics opened in Utah a week ago covered in gale-driven snow and wrapped in a $310 million security blanket to keep the so-called terrorists at bay. Turning Salt Lake City into one of the most heavily guarded placeson Earth was an army of 15,000 troops, police, Secret Service agents, Black Hawk helicopters and F-16 jets armed with anti-aircraft missiles. The patriotic opening ceremony featured the tattered U.S. flag unearthed...
    Feb 15, 2002 | Story
  • Today’s Olympic Games have become increasingly corporate, and primarily about money — for the local economy of the host city as well as for the host country. This year, the city of Salt Lake, not known for its raging tourist industry,wants to know: how much more money will be reaped by Utah’s recreation and tourism industries with the publicity generated by hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games? How much of the hundreds of millions...
    Feb 15, 2002 | Story
  • Now we are going to go back in time to Olympics past. During the 2000 Olympic summer games in Sydney, when Aboriginal Australian Olympic sprinter Cathy Freeman lit the cauldron that signified the beginning of the games, Democracy Now! interviewed two of the most remembered Olympians of all time, bronze medallist John Carlos and gold medallist Tommie Smith. Together they helped create one of the defining moments at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico.
    Feb 15, 2002 | Story
  • As the country gathers in front of the TV night after night to watch the Utah 2002 Winter Olympic Games, othersgather outside Utah Olympic Park to demonstrate to the world that not all Utahns are thrilled about the "corporategames." The protesters range from animal rights groups demonstrating against the Olympic rodeo to welfare rightsgroups, who demand that the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on the Olympics go to education and community...
    Feb 14, 2002 | Story
  • Tonight in Salt Lake City, on the eve of the Olympic Winter Games, the Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony will alsotake place in Salt Lake City. Reebok annually recognizes four activists age 30 or under who they say have madesignificant contributions to the field of human rights. But this year one of the winners has refused to accept the$50,000 award from Reebok. She has done so in protest against the low salaries the company pays its workers...
    Feb 07, 2002 | Story