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FPA: The Olympics and Great Power Competition

Map of Summer Olympics locations. Countries th...

Map of Summer Olympics locations. Countries that have hosted one Summer Olympics are shaded green, while countries that have hosted two or more are shaded blue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Patrick Frost, Foreign Policy Association, August 15, 2012 

…A country’s performance at the Olympics does not always mean that it has reached success at more meaningful metrics of well being and power (economic growth, employment, health, safety), but the two are not mutually exclusive. Creating and sustaining world class athletes takes resources and a culture that promotes competitiveness. The Olympics’ wide variety of events, from ping pong to weightlifting, also allows a country to showcase its diversity… (more)  http://ow.ly/1lYE93

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EEF: Russia furiously preparing for Sochi Games

 

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Sochi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eastern European Forum, August 12, 2012

The rest of the world might still be thinking warm thoughts, but for the organizers of the next Olympic Games – the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics – there is a massive project underway to build a resort city on the Black Sea almost from scratch, and with it, the center of the universe for sports played on ice and snow.
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GunpowderandLead: Terrorism, Economics, and the London Olympics

GunpowderandLead: Terrorism, Economics, and the London Olympics http://ow.ly/1lFnuf

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IISS: UK spy chief’s Iran warning may go too far: analysts

Cascades of gas centrifuges are used to enrich...

Cascades of gas centrifuges are used to enrich uranium ore to concentrate its fissionable isotopes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Agence France Presse) July 13, 2012

“Most Western intelligence agencies believe that Iran has not made the decision to acquire a nuclear weapon, but is amassing the capability to weaponise when it decides to do so,” analyst Dina Esfandiary of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies told AFP.

 “He (Sawers) seems to be completely glossing over that,” she said.

“At the moment, Iran has enough low-enriched uranium for four or five bombs if further enriched,” she said, explaining that only highly-enriched uranium can be used for weapons. (more) http://ow.ly/1louLh

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