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The Pod Delusion / Sochi boycott?

Posted in audio, Pride House, sport, The Pod Delusion by marcnaimark on 2013/08/30

poddelusionAudio file

Do Interventions Work? (2:34) by James O’Malley (ft Prof Reed Wood)
Chemical Weapons Prohibition (17:00) by Drew Rae
Why Are Chemical Weapons Disgusting? (25:27) by Rich Godbehere
The Black Death Is Back (34:46) by James O’Malley (ft Alison Atkin)
Sochi Boycott? (49:00) by Marc Naimark


GayStarNews / Homophobia in sport: The IOC is the problem, let it be the solution

Posted in GayStarNews, Olympics, Pride House, sport, Uncategorized, web by marcnaimark on 2013/08/29

bloggsniocFrom GayStarNews:

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

For example, at the opening of Gay Games VIII in Cologne in 2010, the Federation of Gay Games announced the Principle Five Campaign to get sexual orientation into the Olympic Charter.

This Principle of the Olympic Charter – now Principle Six following a revision of the document to enshrine the IOC’s claim of supremacy over national governments! – states: ‘Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.’

We received no response whatsoever from the IOC at that time, and the issue of the silence of Principle Six with respect to sexual orientation remains. (more…) / Droits des homosexuels: les athlètes de Sotchi n’ont pas à respecter les règles russes de «l’hospitalité»

Posted in Olympics, Pride House,, sport, Uncategorized by marcnaimark on 2013/08/27

blogslatefrhospitalityFrom (with Charley Sullivan):

Nombreux, parmi ceux qui veulent éviter de provoquer des remous lors des Jeux olympiques d’hiver à Sotchi, évoquent le besoin de respecter les lois russes, y compris celles réprimant la liberté d’expression des personnes LGBT et leurs alliés.

Certains justifient ce comportement par l’argument que les sportifs sont des «invités» de leurs «hôtes» russes, et que lorsqu’on est invité chez quelqu’un, on respecte les règles de la maison. Avant son bienvenu changement d’attitude, le coureur américain de demi-fond Nick Symmonds avait comparé le silence discret qu’il prévoyait de maintenir aux derniers Championnats du monde d’athlétisme à Moscou au fait de s’abstenir de trouver à redire sur l’éducation d’un enfant lorsqu’on rend visite à sa famille. A la fin, Symmonds a fini par être l’un des trop rares sportifs courageux à Moscou, mais trop de sportifs et responsables du mouvement sportif semblent accepter cette analogie hasardeuse.

(more…) / Sochi isn’t a host, and Olympic athletes aren’t guests, so stop talking about hospitality

Posted in Olympics, Pride House,, Uncategorized by marcnaimark on 2013/08/26

blogslatehopitalityFrom (with Charley Sullivan):

Many of the people anxious to avoid making waves during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games speak of the need to respect Russian laws, even the dreadful laws repressing the freedom of expression of LGBT people and their allies.

Some base this stance on the argument that athletes are “guests” of their Russian “hosts” and that when you are a guest in someone’s home, you respect the rules of the house. Before a very welcome and sincere change of heart, U.S. runner Nick Symmonds compared the diplomatic silence he planned to keep at the recent World Athletics Championship in Moscow to visiting a family and not telling the parents how to raise their children. In the end, though, Symmonds was one of the few brave athletes to speak out against the anti-gay laws while in Moscow, but far too many athletes and officials seem to accept this analogy.

Just last week, U.S. figure skater Jeremy Abbott is reported as saying, “Russia is hosting us. I’m not going to go into somebody’s house and be like, ‘Um, the way you decorate is hideous, and you need to completely redo this or I’m never coming back.’ It’s a little rude, so I don’t want to say bad things about a country that’s hosting the world, essentially.”

It’s a lousy analogy.