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Month: August 2004

Iran refuses to compete with Israeli

by David Veksler David Veksler 6 Comments

ATHENS (Reuters) – Iran’s world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili refused to compete against an Israeli Sunday, triggering a fresh crisis at the Olympic Games where race, creed or color are not allowed to interfere with sport.

“This is a general policy of our country to refrain from competing against athletes of the Zionist regime and Arash Miresmaeili has observed this policy,” [the Iranian National Olympic Committee in Tehran ] said.

I wonder how the IOC will deal with this, given the anti-Semitism predominant in Europe.

OSCE "observers" to monitor US elections

by David Veksler David Veksler 3 Comments

A bunch of countries from Europe are sending “observers” to the U.S. to tell us whether American elections are fair. A number of them have recently experienced civil war, massive election fraud, and de-facto dictatorships. Virtually all oppose the policies of the current administration.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A team of international observers will monitor the presidential election in November, according to the U.S. State Department.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was invited to monitor the election by the State Department. The observers will come from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
It will be the first time such a team has been present for a U.S. presidential election.
“The U.S. is obliged to invite us, as all OSCE countries should,” spokeswoman Urdur Gunnarsdottir said. “It’s not legally binding, but it’s a political commitment. They signed a document 10 years ago to ask OSCE to observe elections.”
Thirteen Democratic members of the House of Representatives, raising the specter of possible civil rights violations that they said took place in Florida and elsewhere in the 2000 election, wrote to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in July, asking him to send observers.