This is a video from Democracy NOW! in the USA about torture in Afghanistan. It says about itself:
Discovery Channel Accused of Political Censorship for Dropping Oscar-Nominated Doc on U.S. Torture
Days after its Academy Award nomination, the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side was dropped by the Discovery Channel over concerns it was “controversial.” The film investigates some of the most egregious abuses associated with the so-called “war on terror,” including the US torture of prisoners. We get reaction from filmmaker Alex Gibney.
From Associated Press:
The IOC suspended Iraq’s national Olympic committee in June after Baghdad dismissed elected officials and installed its own people who are not recognized by the IOC.
The IOC Charter forbids political interference in the Olympic movement.
This AP item only speaks about sports being interfered with by the Iraqi government in the Green Zone in Baghdad. However, who, in turn, interferes with that government? Exactly: the Iraqi government in the Green Zone lives at the points of the guns of United States soldiers and United States mercenaries like Blackwater in that Green Zone. The US Bush administration interferes with them.
That there will no Iraqi athletes at the Beijing Olympic games is not just a defeat for Iraqi politicians. It is a defeat for George W. Bush.
Many politicians use sports for political purposes. They want sportsmen and sportswomen to promote their policies. They really hate it when sportspeople instead voice theeir own dissident viewpoints. George W. Bush would have really liked it if athletes from occupied Iraq and occupied Afghanistan would have “proved” his hollow propaganda claims about his occupation supposedly “democratising” Iraq and Afghanistan in Beijing. Because the real situations in Iraq and Afghanistan themselves are disproving it.
The masses of the Afghan people live in famine and violence in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan which proves even worse than Taliban rule, especially for women. The plan was that an Afghan woman in a tracksuit would finish ‘a minute or more’ behind the winning runners in Beijing; and that that would distract TV audiences’ attention away from the reality of the lives of women (and men) in Afghanistan. However, the young woman athlete in the equation refused to play her assigned role of obedient robot; and instead joined the millions of refugees from Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan.
Iraqi sportspeople have also refused to play their assigned roles of obedient robots for George W. Bush’s brave new Iraq; speaking out against the horrors of George W. Bush’s brave new Iraq, and/or ‘voting with their feet‘ against it by joining the millions of refugees from it. Now, with the IOC decision, even the worst threats and other pressure against athletes will not cajole them to play that robot role; at least not in Beijing.
Associated Press update 29 July 2008:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Olympic Committee ruled Tuesday that Iraq could participate in the Beijing games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the independence of its national Olympics panel.
Chris Bambery on sports and society: here.