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    Tweeting: An Olympic Sport?

    The London Olympics have been dubbed the “social media Olympics.” Again, social media find their way into the big story of the day, but keeping perspective is important. Only a fraction of Internet users spend much time on Twitter (8 percent), and the virtual world pales in comparison with real … More

    Women's Gymnastics and the Fairness Olympics

    Today, 24 young women will defy gravity on vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor, vying for the gold medal in the women’s all around artistic gymnastics finals. But a few of the best gymnasts are missing from the lineup. Anastasia Grishina of Russia, Jennifer Pinches of Great Britain, Jinnan Yao … More

    Olympics a Reminder for Public Vigilance Against Terrorism

    As the seventh anniversary of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks recently came to pass, we were reminded by a series of events across the U.K. that the persistent threat from terrorism remains. In the shadow of the impending Olympics, a mere three weeks away, such reminders compel both our nation’s … More

    Counterterrorism and the London Olympics

    Providing security for the 2012 London Olympic Games will be no easy task. It is expected that 120 heads of state will visit Britain during the games. About 450,000 people are likely to be accredited to access the 46 Olympic and Paralympic sports venues, all of whom will need to … More

    Iran’s Queasiness with Western Values Continues

    In case anyone was unconvinced about Iran’s hostility toward everything associated with Western values, recent provocations leave no doubt. After blocking the Olympics website, refusing to admit a Davis Cup tennis player, and slandering the Olympic logo for being “racist,” Iran’s latest flaunt is its threat to sue Google. Why? … More

    Missiles on London Rooftops: Overreaction or Good Practice?

    In what the Associated Press and the Washington Post Online are calling a “shocking” revelation, the British Ministry of Defense was considering emplacing a surface-to-air missile system on the top of a civilian apartment complex as part of its defensive measures for the pending summer Olympics. One of the residents … More

    Morning Bell: Reagan, Obama and the Berlin Wall

    On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin and said: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. … More

    Can You Blame Obama for Olympic Loss?

    After today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil would be the host of the 2016 Olympics, supporters and opponents of the President immediately began debating his impact on the decision. This was a debate that had been simmering for a week, due in no … More

    "Obama Bounce" Not Enough To Capture Olympics

    President Obama and Mrs. Obama have done it again — demonstrating, that is, that personal appeal only goes only so far when it comes to public diplomacy and international relations. The couple just about blew the Danish media away with their emotional and personal appeals for the 2016 Olympics to … More

    Who Gets the Green Medal? Not the Obamas

    Michelle Obama flew to Denmark on Wednesday to pitch Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Olympics. President Obama arrived in Copenhagen this morning to make his own pitch, saying that it could repair the American image.  Chicago was knocked out in the first round of votes, but that’s beside … More