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To Restore Olympic Shine, Start with the Medals

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By Payal Sampat

March 4, 2014

The Sochi Games couldn’t have gone much better for Vladimir Putin. He has successfully used the prestige of the Olympics to bolster his reputation in Russia—all while blanketing concerns like gay rights, free speech and corruption under a layer of wet Sochi snow. (Though his intervention in Ukraine may dwarf all). For the reputation of the Olympics, however, the Sochi Games leave a mixed legacy. The world is now wondering whether the Olympics, a showcase for values like excellence and fair play, are as morally agnostic as they seem.

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Tagged with: mining, gold, dirty gold, olympics


Romania Votes “No” on Rosia Montana Open-Pit Mine

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By Payal Sampat

November 12, 2013

Good news: The Romanian parliament rejected the proposed Rosia Montana open-pit gold mine on Monday, after months of protests on the streets of Bucharest and around the world. As we've blogged about before, this mine proposal epitomizes “dirty gold” for many reasons.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, romania, rosia montana, gabriel


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