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The goal of Olympism is to place everywhere sport at the service of the harmonious development of the human being, with a view to encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity. (The Olympic Charter) The Olympics - ideals and reality by M. Ghosh>>>
Olympic problems - "The cost of staging the Athens Olympic Games has blown out by more than Euro 1 billion and Athens resembles a construction site"...
by Artem Horich>>>
Winning Profits, Losing Rights: The global sportswear industry - Excerpts reproduced from the PLAY FAIR AT THE OLYMPICS REPORT by Oxfam
In 490 B.C. Phidippidis, the most celebrated runner in antiquity arrived in Athens at the end of his final race. He was carrying news of a great Athenian victory in the face of a overwhelming odds against Persian forces on the plains of Marathon, 42 km. away. Legend tells that Phidippidis arrived in Athens and with his last breath uttered the word "Nike" - the name of the Greek goddess of victory - before he collapsed and died. His achievement inspired one of the showpiece events of the modern Olympic games. During the summer of 2004, the image of Phidippidis will figure prominently in the marketing of the 28th Olympic Games, which will be held in Athens. Finest athletes in the world are to embark on their effort of a lifetime. Many will set new world records. They will run faster, throw farther, and leap higher than ever before. And, as the contests are fought and the medals are distributed, the corporate gods of the modern Olympics will be in close attendance. Nike along with Adidas, Reebok, Puma, ASICS and Mizuno are investing billions of dollars in advertising and branding for the Olympics. For these corporate giants of the sportswear industry, the Athens games provide an opportunity to expand profits and build markets through an association with sportig success and the Olympian ideal. While the world's media spend two weeks focusing on the struggle for sporting success, away from the cameras thousands of workers - mostly women in the developing world - employed to produce the tracksuits, trainers, vests and team uniforms will be engaged in a different type struggle. They too are breaking records for the global sportswear industry: working ever faster for ever longer periods of time under arduous conditions for poverty level wages, to produce more goods and more profits. Yet for them there are no medals, rewards, or recognition from the industry that they service. >>>
Peculiarities of the National Love of Sports - by Olesya Butsenko>>>
                                        
I love Olympics I do not love Olympics
Message of Peace Too much emphasis on competition undermines peace
Universal, Democratic Any state participates, even dictatorial regimes, no quality criterion
Team spirit National prestige oriented not recognition of individual athletes
Healthy body Stresses on Body's Biomechanics and not Spirit
Builds public private partnership Too commercialized where sponsors rule
Unified global standards Non-inclusive of all cultures (no indigenous sports)
All types of sports included Certain types of sports foster a culture of violence
Winners are role models Dogmatic culture of celebrity
Trains competitiveness Values of competition and not participation
Political forum to show real achievements Source of enhanced government control in host states due to rise in terrorism threats

13-29 August 2004, the Olympic Games returns to its roots in Athens, the birthplace of the event. Over 10,000 athletes from 200 nations take part in more than 300 different competitions, in front of a worldwide television audience of over a billion. Their home will be the Olympic Stadium redesigned by Spanish 'wunderkind', Santiago Calatrava. The owl used to be one of the symbols of ancient Athens. The owl, so legend has it, nested in the temple dedicated to the goddess Athena on the Acropolis; shortly after it was built.
Legend says that every evening the owl would fly around the entire Greek empire, before returning to Athena to tell her all that it had seen. The owl was thought to be a symbol of good luck if it was seen. The original name "Glaukopis", meaning "shining eyed", was shortened to Glaux. During the sixth century B.C. the owl was impressed on one side of Athenian silver coins, together with the branch of an olive tree, the goddess' gift to her city.
These coins, nicknamed "owls", became one of the most widely circulated currencies in the ancient world. >>>





WAR AND PEACE: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? How to defend from the defenders?
A LETTER BACK TO THE HOMELAND: A Short Story by Vitaliy Kononov>>>
Agent Orange babies - "The Vietnam War ended in 1975, but the scourge of dioxin contamination from a herbicide known as Agent Orange did not".. by Nguen Minh Heinh>>>
The Afghani saga by M. Hassan Kakkar>>>
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS - 50 points about their effects - "The new genetic science raises more troubling issues than any other technological revolution in history. In reprogramming the genetic code of life, do we risk a fatal interruption of millions of years of evolutionary development? Might not the artificial creation of life spell the end of the natural world?"... by Nathan B. Batalion >>>
PROBLEMS OF A DIGITAL SCALE

"Good Bye", Old Computers! "With the wave of PC-boom the mountains of toxic e-waste will also grow. The EU directives will force manufacturers as of August 2005 to engage in recycling and utilization of the old electronic appliances"...
by Reinhard Hoenighaus, Hamburg, Germany>>>
Problem of spam e-mail>>>
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