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Discrimination Olympics: Meddling with Muslims in Sochi
Aljazeera via Yahoo! ^ | Khaled A Beydoun

Posted on 02/17/2014 7:20:20 PM PST by cunning_fish

Sochi's more than 20,000 Muslims helped build the infrastructure and stages for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, where Muslim athletes from a range of participating nations will compete within these multi-million-dollar stadia, slopes, and structures, vying for gold and the glory that comes with Olympic victory.

However, for Muslims in Sochi, the rampant Islamophobia has cast a shadow of concern and danger during these Olympic Games. Coverage of the Sochi games mentions Islam and Muslims exclusively in the form of terrorist threat , head-scarved " black widows ", and, the familiar conflation of religious observance with national security concerns.

While the Opening Ceremony showcased the well-crafted face of a " New Russia ", age-old Russian hate toward the LGBTQ community, and indeed, both indigenous and visiting Muslims, are also prominently displayed in Sochi.

During its buildup, NBC's Bob Costas stated that the Sochi Games will, "take place against a backdrop of questions about policy differences, security, cost overruns and human rights issues, including Russia's anti-gay propaganda law".

The firestorm against Sochi's brazen homophobia leading up and during the Olympics was fierce, capped by President Barack Obama sending a US delegation led by openly gay athletes . The message, from news desks and the Oval Office, was clear - the US opposed the structural homophobia built into the Sochi Olympics.

No similar statements were made of the pervasive Islamophobia encircling the Games. Rather, the media and political rhetoric in the US toward Muslims and Islam are aligned with those of Russia, and linked inextricably to terrorism. American misalignment with Russia's per se homophobia, and its converging interests with Moscow's framing of Muslim threat, highlights the ever more relevant observation of Derrick Bell, who held that: "Domestic civil rights policies are only promoted when they advance majoritarian (white) interests abroad."

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: islam; obama; olympics; russia; sochi; sport; waronterror

1 posted on 02/17/2014 7:20:20 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish
Islam is incompatible with the Olympics.

Greece specifically.

2 posted on 02/17/2014 7:23:45 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cunning_fish
age-old Russian hate toward the LGBTQ community,

Yes the islamics are famous for their treatment of the lg...

3 posted on 02/17/2014 7:28:07 PM PST by DUMBGRUNT
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To: cunning_fish

Soooo, what’s your point!? :-)


4 posted on 02/17/2014 7:29:53 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: cunning_fish

Pretty funny when you think about it. Muslims would kill homosexuals if they were in charge. All Russians want to do is keep homosexuals away from kids, and keep people informed on who is doing terrorist bombings(muslims).


5 posted on 02/17/2014 7:29:58 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: SgtHooper

Barf Alert?


6 posted on 02/17/2014 7:35:34 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

I don’t get it, why is everyone so suspicious of muslims?


7 posted on 02/17/2014 7:43:20 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: cunning_fish

Derrick Bell? DERRICK BELL?! LOL! Al-Stupido is quoting a racist and complaining about racism when the majority of those muslims “working” in Sochi are paler than you and I.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 7:52:09 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: cunning_fish

I know there are various shooting sports in O. but i didn’t know there was a suicide bomb event. Do the muzzies own that event with gold, silver and bronze medals? Does someone put the winners heads on the tiered podium so they can get their awards?


9 posted on 02/17/2014 7:55:04 PM PST by kvanbrunt2
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To: cunning_fish

boo frickin hoo. Interesting how Al Jezeera always finds a way to make it about islamophobia.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 8:00:58 PM PST by Nifster
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To: cunning_fish

So what does Al-Jazeera think of “gay marriage,” I wonder?


11 posted on 02/17/2014 8:05:03 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: cunning_fish

Behave like rabid dogs, be treated like rabid dogs.


12 posted on 02/17/2014 8:06:50 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: cunning_fish

Who killed Jews at the Munich Olympics? Muslims!


13 posted on 02/17/2014 8:28:49 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: cunning_fish

Muslim athletes? Now THERE is a contradiction in terms.


14 posted on 02/17/2014 8:37:15 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

The moozlums are just upset that they have not been able to blow dozens of athletes into a bloody pulp. Poor losers, I guess.


15 posted on 02/17/2014 9:15:51 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cunning_fish

Hey Khaled, don’t tell us, tell Vlad.

He’d be more than happy to hear you out.

:: snort ::


16 posted on 02/17/2014 9:43:36 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: cloudmountain

Like throat cutting and be-heading and Bombing churches and synagogs and killing the so called “infedels”. Sports of the great religion.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 10:00:55 PM PST by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Busko

The scary thing to me would be to know that muslims
built the facilities. Who knows what they built in?


18 posted on 02/17/2014 10:05:31 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cunning_fish

If the shoe fits.....
choose to be an adherent of a violent abusive intolerant
6th century pseudo religion that openly advocates for the
murder of ANYONE who refuses to submit then you have no
body to blame but yourself when you are treated as a violent
abusive murdering animal.


19 posted on 02/17/2014 10:43:48 PM PST by nvscanman
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To: logic101.net

Mainly because every terrorist attack for 1400 years was implemented for and by Muslim jihadists...


20 posted on 02/18/2014 3:56:15 AM PST by Ms. Blunt
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To: cunning_fish

Did I miss something? Was it the Catholic Youth Association that issued threats against the Olympics? Islamaphobia? My butt.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 4:42:09 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Ms. Blunt

Not every terrorist attack. OK City and Northern Ireland come to mind. Muslims probably only account for 99.8% of attacks....


22 posted on 02/18/2014 4:51:11 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: cloudmountain
Muslim athletes? Now THERE is a contradiction in terms.

It takes a certain talent to be able to swim in a burqa and not drown.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 5:36:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise
This isn't a new sight for me.
Living in Saudi Arabia five years on the ARAMCO camp, right along the beach, in Ras Tanura, the crows would come to the camp on the weekends (Thursdays and Fridays) in their full crow's outfit and bathe just as the photo shows.

I once saw an old woman lift up her veil to look at the produce in our local town. I was next to her and she looked up at me. OOooooo, OOOGLY, hardly any teeth, rheumy eyes, all bent over and the smell. I could describe MANY things about the middle east but it was IMPOSSIBLE to describe the SMELL

24 posted on 02/18/2014 7:07:01 PM PST by cloudmountain
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