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Obama in Berlin

It is hard to give a speech here in America that will people to stand up and cheer. Now, to give a speech in a foreign country that is about hope and freedom and have them stand up, that is saying something. Barack Obama did exactly that. A portion of his speech (whole speech): But in the darkest hours, the people of Berlin kept the flame of hope burning. The people of Berlin refused to give up. And on one fall day, hundreds of thousands of Berliners came here, to the Tiergarten, and heard the city’s mayor implore the world not

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Berlin, Moscow, Beijing

It’s just over a year until the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. These Olympics, like the 1936 games in Berlin and the 1980 games in Moscow, will be held in a dictatorship. After the invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter ordered a boycott of the Moscow Olympics. While it’s not on the table for 2008, I’d support the same step for America regarding the Beijing games. The government of China denies political, religious and other freedoms to over a billion people. A new book entitled Nazi Games—The Olympics of 1936 by David Clay Large says the German government made significant propaganda gains

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John Woodruff ran and won in Berlin

With all of the attention that Jessie Owens got most people forgot that other Black American Athletes ran and won in Berlin in 1936.  At 91 John Woodruff still remembers triumph against racism.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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