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  • 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,...
    Sep 15, 2000 | Story
  • One week into the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Americans are tuning-in in surprisingly low numbers. Many criticize that there is too much soft coverage of the host city–Australian blondes playing volleyball on pristine beaches and restored harbors, and not enough coverage of the Games themselves.
    Sep 22, 2000 | Story
  • Over the weekend, human rights activist and Olympic torchbearer Leslie Kretzu ran barefoot through the streets ofPhiladelphia as an act of solidarity with Nike’s overseas factory workers. Bringing new meaning to this year’sOlympic theme of "celebrating humanity," Leslie used her 0.2 miles of track to draw attention to the unrecognizedmillions who produce the uniforms and equipment that allow athletes to compete in the Olympics.
    Dec 24, 2001 | 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pulitzer Prize wining LA Times columnist David Shaw debates rape survivor and advocate Karen Pomer over whether the media should rethink its guidelines on naming victims of rape and sexual abuse.
    Jul 31, 2003 | 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
  • NBA player Etan Thomas of the Washington Wizards speaks at the rally on the dire impact of the current administration’s policies on the poor, from health care to the death penalty to the war in Iraq and more. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 26, 2005 | Story