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Tennis Legend Navratilova Criticizes United States

HeadlineJun 27, 2002

The tennis legend Martina Navratilova has dealt her adoptive homeland, the United States, a series of scathing criticisms in today’s edition of the German newspaper Die Zeit. Navratilova fled Czechoslovakia twenty-seven years ago, but she writes that her escape was absurd, because she simply exchanged one system which oppressed opinion for another. She says, “Politicians here are skillful propagandists and base decisions solely on money and not on health, morals, or the environment.” Referring to the treatment of Muslims in this country, Navratilova said, “Today, more people have been turned into enemies because of their religion than in both World Wars put together.” Navratilova is a nine-time Wimbledon champion and winner of eighteen grand-slam titles, and is openly gay.

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