U.S. presidential contendor Romney [has] done just fine at milking the government and the people when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in the Mormon state of Utah – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. According to a report in Rolling Stone, Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 per cent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.
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”The Olympics are like the heralding of another possible world, the world of solidarity, in which humanity will live together like one great family.” The distinguished Brazilian writer, FREI BETTO, argues for a human-centred Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, which would demonstrate how the Brazilian people are assured of the basic rights of human beings such as food, health and education. Continue reading
THE monopoly media is agog with the “spectacular” Opening Ceremony of the XXX Olympic Games, the flighty appearance of a feudal monarch protected by a hero of British intelligence, a song recycled from the 1960s, Mary Poppins, etc. But what was the significance of this spectacle? What image of Britain is being promoted through this extravaganza? Here is an independent British view of a very British manipulation… Continue reading
UNITED NATIONS (October 19, 2011) — Cuba warned in the United Nations that the benefits of sports for the well-being and health of the people are hampered when mercantilism and business prevail and only a small minority can have access to it. Continue reading
HAVANA (15 April 2008) – José Ramón Fernández, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, has confirmed that the United States is leading the campaign against China and attempting to hinder the organization of the forthcoming Olympic Games.
In his opening speech at the start of the Fourth Cuban Olympiad, Fernández stated that “for the last few months, a fierce campaign has been underway to stage a boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing and affect them in diverse ways. The instigator of this, the United States, is the very same country that is attempting to hurt the most sacred desires of the athletes, the main protagonists of this summer event.” Continue reading