July 27, 2012 by SCNCC
Via Democracy Now! July, 26, 2012 :
Britain has launched its biggest peacetime security operation ever ahead of the opening of the Summer Olympics. Nearly 20,000 armed forces personnel are now providing security — almost double the number of British troops currently serving in Afghanistan. The Olympic Games are estimated to cost British taxpayers a staggering $17 billion. At the same time, Brits near the Olympic Park have been subjected to sweeping censorship laws enacted by their government at the behest of the International Olympic Committee. Meanwhile, activists are outraged that the Olympics’ long list of sponsors include companies, such as Dow Chemicals and BP. They say the corporations’ human rights records are at odds with the Olympic ideals of global peace and goodwill.
Here’s Democracy Now! speaking with Jules Boykoff, a professor and author who is currently writing a book on dissent and the Olympics. He played for the US Olympic soccer team in international competition from 1989-1991.
Jules Boykoff teaches political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is the author of “The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch US American Social Movements” (Routledge, 2006), and “Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States” (AK Press, 2007). Boykoff is a former professional soccer player who represented the US Olympic Team in international competition.