Where was contemporary Russia in the Olympic opening ceremony? In its carefully pruned and beautified history.
I Want the Olympics to Succeed. On TV, the Opening Ceremony Did.
February 08, 2014
Hey, you try making a feel-good story about Russian history.
The Woman Lighting the Sochi Olympic Flame Tweeted a Racist, Doctored Picture of President Obama
February 07, 2014
Irina Rodnina tweeted this doctored photo of Barack and Michelle—so why did Putin invite her to light the Olympic flame.
A Week Before the Olympics, the Kremlin is Attacking Russia's Last Independent TV Channel
January 31, 2014
As you read this, the Kremlin is preparing for the Winter Olympics by pushing Dozhd TV, Russia’s last independent television station, off a cliff.
This Is What ‘Progress’ Looks Like in Pre-World Cup Brazil
November 26, 2013
The developing world has provided 90 percent of worldwide urban population growth recently, and in 2008 made human beings majority-urbanite for the first time in history. You could perhaps find no better emblem of this trend than Brazil.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Bob Costas
December 05, 2012
Why is Bob Costas holding back on gun control? Because that's who Bob Costas is.
A Brief History Of “Trickle-Down Government”
October 17, 2012
Mitt Romney keeps talking about "trickle-down government." What does that mean?
Whether or not Mitt Romney’s multiple gaffes in London end up hurting his presidential campaign, they’re a good opportunity to remember that political skirmishes have always been part of the world’s premier international sporting event. Which should come as no surprise: Given that the athletics are themselves considered displays of national prowess, it’s only natural that they become proxies for grander geopolitical struggles. But which events would compete for the gold (so to speak) for most outlandish Olympics political conflict ever?
November 23, 2011
It was an odd and unexpected moment when, on October 18 at the CNN debate in Las Vegas, the normally even-keeled Mitt Romney suddenly lost his cool. Challenged by Rick Perry about once having employed illegal immigrants as lawn workers, Romney initially answered with a chuckle and strained smile; but, when Perry kept interrupting his attempt at a reply, Romney’s temperature shot skyward. “Anderson?” he called to the moderator, and, when no help arrived, he turned on Perry, his voice rising to a shout and his eyes flashing with anger. “Would you please wait?” he barked at Perry.
The Olympics: Did Tourists Help China's Economy?
April 26, 2011
Not one, not two, but three different Olympic Games are in the news today. In California, a Sacramento group has announced a bid to bring the 2022 Winter Games to Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, south of the equator, the government of Rio de Janeiro has launched an international contest to choose who will build its Olympic Park for the 2016 Summer Games. Most importantly, though, today is the final day for fans to purchase tickets to the 2012 Summer Games in London.