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The Russia Winter Olympics: To boycott or not to boycott

“The victim’s naked body had been dumped in a courtyard in the city of Volgograd. His skull was smashed and he had been raped with beer bottles.”

This is from the latest news report that I have read describing another reportedly homophobic brutal murder in Russia. Sadly, this incident is not an isolated one. It fits into a much wider picture of discrimination and prejudice. A report  from ILGA –Europe measuring everything from hate crime to family recognition found that Russia was the hardest country in Europe in which to be homosexual.

In addition, this summer saw the passing of a law banning, “gay propaganda”. The list of human rights concerns for the LGBT population of Russia could go on and on.

In the past few weeks however, this long-standing blight has been hurtled into the consciousness of the western liberal mind.  The hook of the winter Olympics and the ever contentious issue of boycott has got the chattering classes…well chattering.

For myself, I don’t know what I think about the proposed boycott (although I feel quite comfortable condemning the above mentioned and other human rights abuses).

And so, I thought I would draw your attention to some of the more interesting things I have read and let you make up your own mind. In the meantime, hopefully this process will hopefully help me make up my mind.

No shortage of opinions but still not sure what mine is!

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To Boycott the census or not to boycott the census?

Lockhead is the biggest supplier to the US military

 For many, the involvement of US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin in undertaking the UK census is unacceptable.  The census, which takes place once every ten years, is due to take place on March 27th 2011.  Personally, I find it deplorable that a company which has been shown to arm oppressive regimes could then be tasked to undertake this sort of task.

A boycott has been organised and supported by a number of organisations including CAAT and the stop the war coalition.  Interestingly, the Green Party has called for people to take part in the census despite still maintaining an opposition to Lockheed’s involvement, which is different to their previous position.  Here I will link two opposing arguments about whether or not you should boycott the census.  Both start from the premises that Lockerhead should not be involved.  The first is by Symon Hill, taken from the think tank Ekklesia blog.  The second is by Don Paskini, taken from the notorious “liberal conspiracy” blog.  Let me know what you think!

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