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    [Called Out Editors Note - we never thought we d ever be sending out summaries of stories regarding Russia. Things change. This is so like the 1936 Olympics
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 18, 2013
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      [Called Out Editors’ Note – we never thought we’d ever be sending out summaries of stories regarding Russia.  Things change.  This is so like the 1936 Olympics in pre WW II Germany.  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana (1893 – 1952)]

       

      Olympics Official Asks Russia Not to Persecute Gay Athletes During Games

      by Stephen Wilson

      Associated Press

      Monday Aug 5, 2013

       

      International Olympic officials should use "all the avenues possible" with the Russian government to ensure that athletes competing at next year’s Winter Games in Sochi aren’t affected by a new anti-gay law, IOC presidential candidate Richard Carrion said Friday.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147816

       

       

      Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      8 August 2013, 2:12pm

       

      The petition calls for the Winter Olympics to take place in Vancouver, the same as in 2010

      A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/08/petition-calls-for-2014-winter-olympics-to-be-relocated-to-vancouver/

       

       

      Stephen Fry warns David Cameron: Putin is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews

      by Stephen Fry
      7 August 2013, 11:36am

       

      The actor, author and television presenter Stephen Fry has written an open letter to David Cameron, International Olympics Committee President Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe, urging them to ban the 2014 Winter Olympics due to take place in the Russian city of Sochi – because of Russia’s treatment and discrimination of LGBT people.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/07/stephen-fry-compares-russian-winter-olympics-to-nazi-hosted-1936-olympics-in-letter-to-david-cameron/

       

       

      Obama: I have ‘no patience’ for Russia’s anti-gay laws

      by Scott Roberts
      7 August 2013, 10:58am

       

      President Obama says he has “no patience” for countries, like Russia, that intimidate and harm individuals based on their sexual orientation.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/07/obama-i-have-no-patience-for-russias-anti-gay-laws/

       

       

      Activists Confront Russian Envoy Over Anti-Gay Law

      Associated Press

      Friday Aug 9, 2013

       

      UNITED NATIONS -- Gay rights activists confronted Russia’s U.N. ambassador Thursday and tried to hand over a petition with more than 340,000 signatures urging world leaders to help eliminate anti-gay laws in Russia ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147976

       

       

      IOC Wants Reassurances on Russia Anti-Gay Law

      by Raf Casert

      Associated Press

      Friday Aug 9, 2013

       

      The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147979

       

       

      Brazil Army Must Recognize Same-Sex Civil Union

      Associated Press

      Friday Aug 9, 2013

       

      A court has ordered Brazil’s Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147998NBC Reassures Gay Employees About Sochi Trip

       

       

      NBC Reassures Gay Employees About Sochi Trip

      by David Bauder

      Associated Press

      Friday Aug 9, 2013

       

      NBC is assuring its gay and lesbian employees who may cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi that it will do everything possible to keep them safe following Russia’s passage of anti-gay law.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148006

       

       

      US: NBC reassures gay and lesbian employees of safety during Winter Olympics

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      9 August 2013, 11:20pm

       

      US television network NBC has attempted to reassure its gay and lesbian employees who may work during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, that they will be kept safe despite the passage of anti-gay laws.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/09/us-nbc-reassures-gay-and-lesbian-employees-of-safety-during-winter-olympics/

       

       

      LGBT sport groups urge IOC to make sure Winter Olympics are safe for gay athletes

      by Scott Roberts
      9 August 2013, 5:39pm

       

      Several LGBT sport and human rights organisations have called on the International Olympic Committee to make sure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia is safe for LGBT athletes to attend.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/09/lgbt-sport-groups-urge-ioc-to-make-sure-winter-olympics-are-safe-for-gay-athletes/

       

       

      UN Russian Ambassador says anti-gay law will remain in effect during Winter Olympics

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      9 August 2013, 4:55pm

       

      The Russian Ambassador the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, has addressed gay rights campaigners to say that recently introduced anti-gay laws will remain in effect during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/09/un-russian-ambassador-says-anti-gay-law-will-remain-in-effect-during-winter-olympics/

       

       

      Entertainment World Leads Outcry Against Russia

      by Stephen Wilson

      Associated Press

      Saturday Aug 10, 2013

       

      From Hollywood to Broadway, the entertainment industry is using its star power and financial muscle to raise a storm of protest over the anti-gay legislation in Russia that is battering the image of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148018

       

       

      Stephen Fry: Olympic Athletes should perform a gesture to oppose Putin treating gays as sub-humans

      by James Park
      10 August 2013, 4:22pm

       

      peaking at the Whitehall protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws, Stephen Fry said that athletes taking part in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 should perform a simple gesture to show their solidarity with the LGBT community.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/10/stephen-fry-olympic-athletes-should-perform-a-gesture-to-oppose-putin-treating-gays-as-sub-humans/

       

       

      Q&A on Anti-Gay Legislation in Russia

      by Laura Mills

      Associated Press

      Monday Aug 12, 2013

       

      The law on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors" was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin on July 29. Originally titled the law on "homosexual propaganda," the bill criminalizes public expression of support for nontraditional relationships. Russian lawmakers say the law doesn’t outlaw homosexuality but merely discourages discussion of it among people younger than 18. However, the law has outraged Russian liberals and some sectors of the international community just six months before the start of the Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148041

       

       

      Russia Official Confirms Anti-Gay Law Won’t be Suspended for Olympics

      by Jason St. Amand

      National News Editor

      Monday Aug 12, 2013

       

      "homosexual propaganda" law will not be suspended during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, according to Russia’s official state news agency, RIA Novosti.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148069

       

       

      International Olympic Committee ’Cross’ With Russia Over Anti-Gay Law

      Associated Press

      Monday Aug 12, 2013

       

      The Olympic leadership is "cross" with Russia for implementing anti-gay legislation ahead of the Winter Games, a senior IOC official said Monday, insisting that there must be no restrictions on athletes in Sochi next year.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148068

       

       

      Russian Interior Ministry confirms that gay rights activists will face arrest during Winter Olympic games

      by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
      12 August 2013, 11:39pm

       

      The Russian Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police, has confirmed that those who break Russia’s ban on the promotion of gay lifestyles to minors will face arrest at the Sochi Winter Olympics Games next year.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/russian-interior-ministry-confirms-that-gay-rights-activists-will-face-arrest-during-winter-olympic-games/

       

       

      French Sports Minister expresses ‘worry’ over Russian anti-gay law

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      12 August 2013, 11:32pm

       

      The French Sports Minister has said to her Russian counterpart she is “worried” by recently introduced anti-gay laws in the country.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/french-sports-minister-expresses-worry-over-russian-anti-gay-law/

       

       

      Olympics Committee member: ‘Russia must respect the Olympic Charter, or we will say goodbye to them’

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      12 August 2013, 5:21pm

       

      During an interview with a senior member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) from last week, the question of whether to relocate the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics because of recently introduced anti-gay laws, was raised for the first time.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/olympics-committee-member-russia-must-respect-the-olympic-charter-or-we-will-say-goodbye-to-them/

       

       

      Russia confirms that anti-gay laws will be enforced during Sochi Winter Olympics

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      12 August 2013, 4:34pm

       

      The Interior Ministry in Russia has confirmed that recently introduced anti-gay legislation will remain in force during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/russia-confirms-that-anti-gay-laws-will-be-enforced-during-sochi-winter-olympics/

       

       

      German Foreign Minister: Treatment of gay people in Russia unacceptable

      by Daniel Carter
      12 August 2013, 4:26pm

       

      German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has criticised Russia’s treatment of gay people, branding it unacceptable.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/german-foreign-minister-treatment-of-gay-people-in-russia-unacceptable/

       

       

      Video: Russian State-run TV host says ‘Gays’ hearts should be burned rather than used for organ donation’

       

      Update: 12:50 13/08/13 It has become clear that Dmitriy Kiselyov has had no involvement in the Koktebel Jazz Festival for several years, and the festival has confirmed that it does not share his views. 

      Footage has emerged of a Russian State-run television host who is seen saying that gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s li

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      Will Kazakhstan Adopt RussiaÆs Anti-Gay Law? by Jason St. Amand National News Editor Monday Aug 19, 2013 Kazakhstan could be the next country to pass a law
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 5, 2013
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        Will Kazakhstan Adopt Russia’s Anti-Gay Law?

        by Jason St. Amand

        National News Editor

        Monday Aug 19, 2013

        Kazakhstan could be the next country to pass a law that prohibits spreading "homosexual propaganda" as the country’s lawmakers are pushing to legalize a bill, mirroring Russia’s controversial anti-gay law, according to Kazakhstan’s news site Tengri News.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148328

         

         

        IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games

        by Corinne Pinfold
        18 August 2013, 12:46pm

        International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said he is committed to ensuring the Sochi Winter Olympics are accessible to all, despite discriminatory laws enacted in host country Russia.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/18/ioc-president-we-will-ensure-there-is-no-anti-lgbt-discrimination-during-the-games/

         

         

        Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’

        by Corinne Pinfold
        18 August 2013, 3:06pm

        Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country’s discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is an “invented problem”.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/18/russian-sports-minister-uproar-over-anti-propaganda-law-is-an-invented-problem/

         

         

        Russia: Finnish minister waves rainbow flag at Moscow athletics, despite anti-gay laws

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        19 August 2013, 3:17pm

        The Finnish minister for culture and sports attended the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last week, and on Saturday, despite harsh anti-gay laws, flew a rainbow flag at the event.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/19/russia-finnish-minister-waves-rainbow-flag-at-moscow-athletics-despite-anti-gay-laws/

         

         

        United Nations human rights office urges Russia and Moldova to repeal anti-gay laws

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        19 August 2013, 7:14pm

        The human rights office of the United Nations has spoken out to condemn Russia’s law, passed in June, which bans homosexual “propaganda”, and has urged for Russia, as well as Moldova, to repeal such laws, and for other countries to scrap the potential adoption of identical legislation.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/19/united-nations-human-rights-office-urges-russia-and-moldova-to-repeal-anti-gay-laws/

         

         

        Sweden: Olympic Committee bans political protests against anti-gay legislation at Sochi Olympics

        by Daniel Carter
        20 August 2013, 2:27pm

        The head of Sweden’s Olympic Committee, Stefan Lindeberg has ruled that political protests against Russia’s anti-gay legislation will not be tolerated at the Sochi Olympics next year.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/20/sweden-olympic-committee-bans-political-protests-against-anti-gay-legislation-at-sochi-olympics/

         

         

        Gay Reporter Condemns Anti-Gay Laws on Russian Television

        by Michael  Cox

        Editorial Assistant

        Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

        An American reporter was kicked off a Russian television news broadcast after he protested the country’s anti-gay laws during a segment, and a Russian TV host was fired after coming out on the air.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148465

         

         

        Russia Defends Anti-Gay Law In Letter to IOC

        by Stephen Wilson

        Associated Press

        Thursday Aug 22, 2013

        LONDON -- The Russian government assured the IOC on Thursday it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defending the law against gay "propaganda" that has provoked an international backlash.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148468

         

         

        Human Rights Groups Urge Visa To Speak Against Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

        by Jason St. Amand

        National News Editor

        Thursday Aug 22, 2013

        Two human rights groups are urging Visa officials to speak out against Russia’s highly controversial anti-gay law, as the credit card company is one of the 10 marquee sponsors of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, BuzzFeed reports.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148490

         

         

        Column: Pro-gay Protests at Sochi Games? Dream on

        by John Leicester

        Associated Press

        Thursday Aug 22, 2013

        Perhaps the most under-worked journalists at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were those tasked with spotting any protests by athletes. Since Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and their fellow, far less famous Olympians didn’t yell "Free political prisoners!" or wave Tibetan flags, the reporters had little or no meat for stories.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148506

         

         

        Putin Bans Rallies in Sochi Near the 2014 Olympics

        Associated Press

        Friday Aug 23, 2013

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148538

         

         

        IOC ’Comforted’ Russia Will Respect IOC Charter

        Associated Press

        Friday Aug 23, 2013

        International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge says he is "comforted" that Russia has agreed to respect the Olympic Charter’s ban on any kind of discrimination following its adoption of a law against gay "propaganda" that has sparked an international backlash.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148547

         

         

        Russia: Vladimir Putin signs decree banning protests for duration of Sochi games

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        23 August 2013, 5:00pm

        A decree banning demonstrations and rallies has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will take place over the duration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/23/russia-vladimir-putin-signs-decree-banning-protests-for-duration-of-sochi-games/

         

         

        Olympic Committee President: We are content with reassurances from Russia over anti-gay legislation

        by Daniel Carter
        22 August 2013, 6:16pm

        The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released a statement saying it is content with the reassurances given by Russia over an anti-gay law signed in June for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/22/olympic-committee-president-we-are-content-with-reassurances-from-russia-over-anti-gay-legislation/

         

         

        Russia defends anti-gay law in open letter to International Olympic Committee

        by Daniel Carter
        22 August 2013, 3:16pm

        The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received a letter from the Russian Government defending an anti-gay law introduced in the country in June, saying it will remain in place during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but also saying gay people will not be discriminated against at the games.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/22/russia-defends-anti-gay-law-in-open-letter-to-international-olympic-committee/

         

         

        FIFA President Awaits Russian Answer on Anti-Gay Law

        by Graham Dunbar

        Associated Press

        Sunday Aug 25, 2013

        FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects a reply within days from Russia, the 2018 World Cup host, clarifying its law prohibiting gay "propaganda."

        Blatter told The Associated Press on Sunday that he asked "by letter and by personal contacts" up to Russian President Vladimir Putin for details about legislation that has provoked an international outcry leading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148577

         

         

        Gay Activists in Amsterdam Protest Russian Policy

        by Toby Sterling

        Associated Press

        Sunday Aug 25, 2013

        More than 2,000 gay rights supporters protested in Amsterdam’s largest square Sunday, carrying signs, singing songs and chanting slogans to condemn the Russian government’s homosexuality policies.

        Demonstrators especially criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, with performers leading the crowd in cheering "Putin Out!" An enormous blow-up doll caricaturing the president flanked one side of the stage - flexing his muscles, bare-chested, and draped in a rainbow flag.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148580

         

         

        IOC Vice President: There will be no discrimination at the Sochi Winter Olympics

        by Scott Roberts
        26 August 2013, 7:03pm

        One of the candidates running to become the next President of the International Olympic Committee says he’s confident the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/26/ioc-vice-president-there-will-be-no-discrimination-at-the-sochi-winter-olympics/

         

         

        Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy

        by Scott Roberts
        26 August 2013, 1:42pm

        Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/26/russia-may-reintroduce-gay-blood-ban-and-provide-voluntary-gay-conversion-therapy/

         

         

        Russia: Putin critic vows to allow gay pride rallies in Moscow if elected as Mayor

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        24 August 2013, 8:30pm

        One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics has said gay pride marches would be permitted in Moscow, if he is elected as the city’s next Mayor.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/24/russia-putin-critic-vows-to-allow-gay-pride-rallies-in-moscow-if-elected-as-mayor/

         

         

        Russia Casts Wider Homophobic Net, Targets Gay Blood Donors

        by Kilian Melloy

        Monday Aug 26, 2013

        A Russian lawmaker has proposed a measure that would effectively widen that government’s recent anti-gay legislative activity to include another area of civic life: Blood donations. The rhetoric used to justify the proposal is similar in tenor to rationalizations offered for the Russian Duma’s highly controversial law, passed in June, making pro-gay "propaganda" a criminal offense.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148599

         

         

        Hockey player: The world has to respect Russia’s anti-gay law during the Sochi Games

        by Daniel Carter
        28 August 2013, 1:39pm

        Professional Russian ice hockey player, Ilya Kovalchuk has defended Russia’s anti-gay law which was passed in June. He called on fellow athletes to respect the law in the run up to Sochi Olympics next year.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/28/hockey-player-the-world-has-to-respect-russias-anti-gay-law-during-the-sochi-games/

         

         

        ILGA-Europe: ‘EU leaders must confront Putin over human rights crisis’

        by Scott Roberts
        29 August 2013, 6:43pm

        LGBT campaign group ILGA-Europe has called on the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to speak out against homophobic persecution in Russia.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/29/ilga-europe-eu-leaders-must-confront-putin-over-human-rights-crisis/

         

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