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Leave Your Politics at Home During the Olympics

Do Now Round-Ups | February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leave Your Politics at Home During the Olympics

First held in 1896 in Athens, Greece to promote peace, The Olympics has served as a stage for politics in several instances. This past week, students discussed whether or not political issues should be raised at The Olympics in our #DoNowOlympics post. We asked students Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices?

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Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

Do Now: Government and Civics | February 14, 2014 | 475 Comments

Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door. Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices?

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