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The Case for a De-centralized Olympic Games


The Olympic Games held at Sochi have only just begun, and already they are marred by their exorbitant cost, much of it owing to corruption and the threat of terrorism by Chechen jihadis.  Environmentalists balk at the industrial stain to Sochi’s pristine ecology, while political activists protest the harassment of homosexuals and the wrongful imprisonment of anti-Putin demonstrators.  Even geologists, namely one Dr. Sergei Volkov, a former consultant to the Russian Olympic Committee, express their concern that a new 31-mile road and railway system between the mountainous Krasnaya Polyana (where the Olympic snow events are to be held) and the nearest airport in Sochi could aggravate a region prone to landslides. Read the rest of this entry

Tokyo 2020: History Repeated?


Since its decision on Sept. 7, 2013 to approve Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has been roundly criticized for its refusal and/or inability to grasp the severity of the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima. The I.O.C.’s detractors are certainly right to express their concerns about how the radioactive contamination in and around Fukushima might affect nearby Tokyo. However, in so doing, they have neglected to describe how else Tokyo’s selection, an inadvertent yet implicit endorsement of Japan’s recent propensity for behaving aggressively, might be disquieting. Read the rest of this entry

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