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Olympics Hit by Crisis Over Iran-Israel Contest

“Iran’s world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili refused to compete against an Israeli Sunday, triggering a fresh crisis at the Olympic Games (news – web sites) where race, creed or color are barred from interfering in sport.


The International Judo Federation (IJF) failed to agree how to deal with the politically explosive issue at an emergency meeting and said it would hold further talks Monday.


The burning issue was whether any penalty would hit Miresmaeili alone or the entire Iranian team, as the intrusion of the Middle East’s bitter politics threatened to fly in the face of the Olympic ideal.” (Yahoo! News)

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Annals of the Invasion of Privacy

Apparently, security screeners on the Staten Island Ferry are trying to confiscate ‘inappropriate’ books as security threats. As did the writer, perhaps you ought to put the ACLU’s phone numbers in your phone book and carry a printout of relevant parts of the Bill of Rights…and pray things are different after Inauguration Day. But at least for those of you in the New York area, expect the ridiculousness, outrage and offense quotient to rise at least until after the Republican convention.

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Olympics Hit by Crisis Over Iran-Israel Contest

“Iran’s world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili refused to compete against an Israeli Sunday, triggering a fresh crisis at the Olympic Games (news – web sites) where race, creed or color are barred from interfering in sport.


The International Judo Federation (IJF) failed to agree how to deal with the politically explosive issue at an emergency meeting and said it would hold further talks Monday.


The burning issue was whether any penalty would hit Miresmaeili alone or the entire Iranian team, as the intrusion of the Middle East’s bitter politics threatened to fly in the face of the Olympic ideal.” (Yahoo! News)