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Commercial(ized) Nationalism on Display at the Olympics

Commercial(ized) Nationalism on Display at the Olympics

Overseas corporations are taking an increasingly important role in telling Americans exactly who they are, as in the case of several ads broadcast during the Olympics.

The Five Extraordinary Features of the Sochi Winter Olympics

The Five Extraordinary Features of the Sochi Winter Olympics

The 22nd Winter Olympics will open in Sochi, Russia. Five extraordinary features – location, cost, history, security and law – will make this event unique.

The Pillars of Qatar’s International Sport Strategy

The Pillars of Qatar’s International Sport Strategy

Qatar has invested in its international brand by hosting major sporting events, developing elite programs and engaging in ‘sport diplomacy’. The result has been a mix of successes and challenges.

Security, Society and the Games

Security, Society and the Games

To file the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics away as a success would ignore the ways in which they have revealed evolutions in the practices of security and its impact on contemporary society and politics.

Nationalism, Racism and the Olympic Industry

Nationalism, Racism and the Olympic Industry

Racism works hand-in-hand with international rivalries and tensions to generate media firestorms. In this respect, the Olympic industry’s reliance on rhetoric of international peace and friendship has long lacked any credibility.

The Historical Context of the War Against Doping in Sport

The Historical Context of the War Against Doping in Sport

Liberal societies must be wary of punishing citizens because they offend other citizens’ aesthetic sensibilities. This is permissible only under exceptional circumstances, and it is dubious that doping in sports qualifies.

London 2012, Terrorism and the Militarization of the City

London 2012, Terrorism and the Militarization of the City

The ways in which security has been approached and implemented by the organisers of London 2012 reflects an ongoing militarization of cities which is worrying.

“One World, One Dream”: The Beijing Olympics

“One World, One Dream”: The Beijing Olympics

Of all the visible symbols of China’s rise to global prominence, perhaps the most compelling was the Opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. But what did the Games reveal about the nature and character of the “new” China, and-equally importantly-what did they seek to conceal from view?

Why Bush should go to the Olympics

Critics have deplored President Bush’s announcement over the weekend of his intent to attend the Beijing Olympics because of China’s poor human rights record and unfulfilled promises to the International Olympic Committee to liberalize before the Games. This is a wrong-headed view. The President should attend the opening ceremonies in August, and have a great time rooting for American athletes.

China, Darfur, and the 2008 Summer Olympics: An Intolerable Contradiction

Despite the common claim that China can’t be moved by international pressure from human rights or advocacy groups, the campaign to link genocide in Darfur to Beijing’s hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games has thoroughly belied this notion. It is a campaign which must not give way to political expediency.

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