Author Note: In light of the indiscriminate action of the Russian Government against Ukraine it seems more poignant than ‘ever’ that we should have taken action some time back and boycotted these Olympics!
The recent controversy surrounding the Russia’s Winter Olympics… not to mention continuing complaints as to the damage the construction work has contributed to the environment, and the races indigenous to the area of the development! Also, the Russian’s Parliament’s recent introduction of homophobic legislation; this makes it a moral imperative, that we take an equally strong stance against this country’s increasing anti-democratic governance.
In its all too familiar attempts to subvert the truth – the Russian Regime is carrying out a further systematic crackdown on the freedom of the press in the country:
~Russia Silencing Journalists.
After all, Greece is actually not only the home of the Olympic Games, but it is also the original birthplace of democracy… but ‘every’ time the International Olympic Committee – are morally required to take a stance for what is ‘right…’ instead they seek to pitifully absolve themselves of responsibility!
But the Olympic Movement… in too many respects… has not been the ‘flag ship’ for democracy throughout recent history – it should have been… harking right back to even the Black Civil Rights Movement in America; particularly the incident, which took place at the 1968 games, which absolutely epitomises the International Olympic Committee’s crass adherence to convention, and their overt misplaced concern that the Olympic Games has an easy ride – at the expense of what should be the more important priority, the principle of courage, and those who seek to stand for what they passionately believe in, which is of course , actually the values the Games should truly represent!
As you can see in this article:
The Olympic Committee spokesman, said of these brave men’s gesture: “this a deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit.”
This is a absolute nonsense… the spirit of the Olympics should be ‘first’ and “foremost” the promotion of democracy, truth and the right to the peoples of the world to – freedom of expression. Whatever, the colour, race, religious belief, or of course ‘their sexual orientation!’
These are the “principles” the Olympic Movement… should be upholding, not in effect ‘colluding’ with the “blatant” prejudice and discrimination, which too many power corrupt regimes of these countries are subjecting upon their ‘own’ people, and also therefore the… global community!
The Russian Regime is corrupt… the false pretender President – Putin is guilty of carrying out ‘all manner’ of abuses – against the people of Russia, from imprisonment to torture and murder!
# Here is a considerably lengthy compendium – of the corrupt Regime’s abuse of power, and why we should ‘all’ be concerned about… the country, which is after all is still – the second… in fact some would argue is ‘the’ biggest – nuclear power in the world:
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, arrested on “trumped” up charges of fraud, when he had challenged Putin the previous year about corruption in Russia, and actively supported & funded those who opposed the regime. As well, as many other brave individuals have fallen under his shadow. Yet we in the West we barely do anything, increasing the blood on our own hands. When Khodorkovsky was arrested we should have imposed some level of sanctions – then, instead of allowing Putin’s corrupt regime to remove dissent, and increase its power base, in the ten years – since.
He was arrested on 25 October 2003, to appear before investigators as a “witness,” so right from the outset in this case, the Russian Authorities behaved abhorrently dishonestly, and on a decidedly false pretence… as within hours of initially supposedly appearing as a witness, he was being taken into custody, and was charged with fraud:
Not forgetting of course… those outstandingly brave girls in Pussy Riot, who since being shamefully and falsely imprisoned, have been assaulted and hospitalised for being overworked – at the jail they were in:
In fact what the girls are in reality having to endure amounts to little short of – torture; I just wish the women, and men – of the West, but particularly perhaps the… women of Western Europe… not in the least Britain – would realise what is actually at stake, and how much they risk squandering – when they do not choose to fully fight for and progress their own rights, in a manner, which respects all of us… as equals.
We must demonstrate the same spirit and bravery Pussy Riot have, and others… around the world,
if we are ever to win ‘true’ freedom!!! :