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Olympics Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Olympics

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  • The president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, is facing increasing pressure to resign in the wake of the Olympic bid corruption scandal that has already led to the resignation of several IOC members. Samaranch is being criticized for creating a climate within the committee that fostered corruption, and for not pursuing a full investigation of how committee members were offered lavish gifts, cash and other...
    Feb 12, 1999 | Story
  • Discerning watchers of the Olympics may have seen CBS reporters sportingthe Nike "swoosh" logo on their jackets. This evidence of the cozyrelationship between news networks and their corporate sponsors is thesubject of an in-house controversy at CBS.
    Feb 17, 1998 | Story
  • Karla Bell is an environmental consultant and a former Greenpeace activist. Among other things, she developed the environmental guidelines for the Sydney Olympic games which will take place in the year 2000. Most recently, she has been working with the Stockholm 2004 Olympic bid committee which they just lost to Athens. As President Clinton seeks fast track authority with which to push international trade agreements, Ms. Bell explains how such...
    Sep 30, 1997 | Story
  • While the rest of the media are busy reporting about the grand athletic accomplishments, the vast logistical problems and, of course, the heat and Southern hospitality of the Atlanta Olympics. Here we lend a critical eye and an analytical voice to this international spectacle, an event that’s as much about nationalism, symbolism, and image as it is about athletic competition.
    Jul 23, 1996 | Story
  • The U.S. Holocaust Museum has just opened an exhibit about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, when Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler used the international sporting event to aggrandize his racist regime, with the full cooperation of Olympic officials from the U.S. Last week, a group of athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympics spoke at the museum. Their stories have become legend to some, but are mostly unknown to younger generations.
    Jul 23, 1996 | Story