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Seven severe flops served up by the Sochi Olympics | Feb 24 2014 | Jessie Johnston | The Sochi Olympics were so great, right?! Wrong. Don't let the flash deceive you, these Games served up a litany of issues from human rights abuses to environmental destruction.
Video: Pussy Riot direct from Sochi: Putin will teach you how to love | Feb 21 2014 | rabble staff | Pussy Riot ended their stay in Sochi on Thursday by posting a video criticizing the Olympic Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin.
Olympic Hockey: It'll take Grit to overcome Sisu -- are Tories patriotic enough to let it? | Feb 20 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | Now that the plucky Finns have humbled the mighty Russians in men's Olympic hockey, Alberta Diary explains what it's going to take for Canada to beat them.
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Now playing in progressive film: 'City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story' | Feb 14 2014 | Amira Elghawaby | Heart-warming and award-winning, 'City Lax' illustrates how critical sport is in bringing hope and uplift to those who have very little else to look forward to.
Gay Pride marchers wave rainbow flags atop Calgary's Mewata Armoury tank
Rooting for the Olympics underdog | Feb 12 2014 | Penney Kome | At the Sochi Winter Games, every LGBT athlete's win is treated like Jesse Owens' victories at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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Russia, Rob Ford and homophobia: Why it's important to talk about fear | Feb 11 2014 | Roy Mitchell | Rob Ford ordered the removal of the rainbow flag, raised in solidarity with the LGBTQ people in Russia, and subsequently unleashed a wave of fear and anger at what the Ford regime could do next.
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Vancouver's Olympic Games overstated legacy and ignored true costs | Feb 7 2014 | Marvin Shaffer | The 2010 Games were not without controversy and Canadians still wonder whether it was all worthwhile. Unfortunately, that fundamental question was never properly addressed.
Lessons from Vancouver for Sochi Activists | Feb 7 2014 | Megan Stacey | Sharing lessons and great examples from the Vancouver Olympics to help activists organize around issues at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi
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Sochi Winter Olympics highlight constellation of abuses standard in Putin's Russia | Feb 6 2014 | Amy Goodman | The Sochi Winter Olympics begin tomorrow and continue to highlight the abuses that are now standard in Putin's Russia. People from all nations continue to speak out, but at what cost and what benefit?
Funding Olympics, Cutting the Arts | Feb 6 2014 | Holly Adams | A look at the arts-cut legacy of the Vancouver Olympics.
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Sochi vs. Vancouver: Does either Olympic city really win? | Feb 5 2014 | Chris Shaw | The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are fast approaching and Chris Shaw just can't help but comparing the appalling social issues, environmental destruction and financial costs with Vancouver 2010.
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Sochi Olympics construction endangers local water resevoirs | Jan 27 2014 | Brent Patterson | A quarry near Sochi that had been used as a source of materials for the construction of venues and luxury hotels for the 2014 Winter Olympics is now a gigantic landfill site for construction waste.

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Global media spotlight on campaign to kick Rio Tinto off Olympic podium
News media from around the world are reporting on an international campaign that calls on the International Olympic Committee to drop Rio Tinto as an official supplier of the 2012 Olympics.

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