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2014 Winter Olympics

Olympics Official Asks ‘Whose Ox Is Getting Gored?’ In US Attack On Russia Anti-Gay Law

by David Badash ● 6:15 PM January 29, 2014
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A Canadian official for the IOC says the only reason there is talk about terrorism in Russia is because the world has grown bored of U.S. attacks on Russia’s anti-gay laws.

2014 Winter Olympics

IOC President Refuses To Meet With Russian LGBT Organizations While In Russia

by David Badash ● 11:26 AM October 30, 2013
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Thomas Bach toured Sochi with Vladimir Putin, declared everything was in great shape and refused to meet with representatives of Russian LGBT organizations.

2014 Winter Olympics

‘Don’t Buy Putin’s Lies’ Queer Nation Tells US Olympic Team In Times Square

by David Badash ● 3:31 PM October 29, 2013
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Today, Queer Nation activists protested against Vladimir Putin’s war on gays, targeting the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the U.S. Olympic Team (USOC), and their sponsors.

2014 Winter Olympics

Putin: I ‘Will Do Everything’ To Make Gays ‘Feel Comfortable’ At Sochi Olympics

by David Badash ● 3:26 PM October 28, 2013
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On Russian television Putin reassured International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach that his “homosexual propaganda” law would not impact visitors during the Winter Olympics.

2014 Winter Olympics

U.S. Olympic Committee Adds ‘Sexual Orientation’ To Its Code Of Conduct

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:28 PM October 14, 2013
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The U.S. Olympic Committee has updated its nondiscrimination policy to include “sexual orientation” hoping other countries and the International Olympic Committee will follow suit.

2014 Winter Olympics

International Olympics Committee: We Are ‘Fully Satisfied’ With Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

by David Badash ● 8:52 AM September 26, 2013
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The chairman of the International Olympics Committee said today the that IOC is “fully satisfied” that Russia’s anti-gay laws do not violate the Olympic charter, allowing the Games to proceed.

2014 Winter Olympics

Will The Olympics’ Newly-Elected President, Putin’s Pal, Fix Sochi’s Anti-Gay Problem?

by David Badash ● 2:29 PM September 11, 2013
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Imagine the world’s surprise when, immediately after the International Olympics Committee elected Thomas Bach their new president yesterday, he received a telephone call from the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

2014 Winter Olympics

Keith Olbermann Slams Sochi Olympics: ‘The Russians Could Arrest The Pope’ (Video)

by David Badash ● 10:19 AM September 10, 2013
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Keith Olbermann last night spent nine minutes being Keith Olbermann by mocking Russia, Vladimir Putin, Putin’s war on gays, the Sochi Olympics, and the IOC — all brilliantly.

2014 Winter Olympics

‘Stop This Campaign!’ Olympics Committee Worried Boycotts ‘Could Ruin A Lot’

by David Badash ● 11:58 AM September 9, 2013
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Russia’s minister in charge of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is worried, and begged the International Olympics Committee to “stop this campaign” of boycotts and anti-Russian sentiment around the world.

2014 Winter Olympics

Photos: LGBT Activists In Times Square Rally To ‘Dump Coke’ For Sponsoring Anti-Gay Olympics

by David Badash ● 12:40 PM August 28, 2013
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Braving a thunderstorm and high humidity, LGBT activists are rallying in New York City’s Times Square right now to draw attention to their “Dump Coke” campaign.

2014 Winter Olympics

Bloomberg Slams IOC: Sponsors Like Coke ‘Will Be Tied To Officially Anti-Gay Olympics’

by David Badash ● 8:54 AM August 27, 2013
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An editorial in the relatively moderate to conservative Bloomberg News takes the International Olympics Committee to task, slamming them for their inaction and willful avoidance of Putin’s war on gays and anti-gay laws.

2014 Winter Olympics

Russian LGBT Journalist: Pressure From West Is Working — ‘They’ve Really Squirmed’ (Video)

by David Badash ● 10:11 AM August 23, 2013
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A Russian LGBT journalist last night said the pressure from the West on Russia is working. “They’ve really squirmed,” Masha Gessen told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes last night.

2014 Winter Olympics

George Takei To Olympic Committee: ‘You Should Be Ashamed — Hang Your Heads’ (Audio)

by David Badash ● 11:24 AM August 21, 2013
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“All you Olympic officials, you should be ashamed — hang your heads,” Takei said today. “The President of the IOC [International Olympics Committee], Jacques Rogge, is a weak and spineless person.”

2014 Winter Olympics

Exclusive: Russian Journalist Oleg Kashin On Putin And A Boycott of Sochi Olympics

by Tanya Domi ● 6:15 PM August 19, 2013
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In this exclusive interview, well-known Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who was nearly beaten to death in 2010, talks with The New Civil Rights Movement about Vladimir Putin’s revenge against the West and a potential boycott of the Sochi Games.