July 17, 2013 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee has reacted quickly -- and negatively -- to a suggestion that Americans should boycott the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, if that country grants asylum to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised the idea this week. "If there are any lessons to be learned from the American boycott of 1980, it is that Olympic boycotts do not work," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. "Our boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games did not contribute to a successful resolution of the underlying conflict.
August 25, 1986 |
Cuba will boycott the 1988 summer Olympic Games in Seoul if North Korea is not allowed to stage the games jointly, former Cuban athlete Alberto Juantorena said today. Juantorena, in Stuttgart as Cuban delegate to the International Amateur Athletic Federation congress, said: "If the discussions between South and North Korea about sharing the games do not succeed, we will definitely not be going."
February 11, 2000 |
French and Belgian diplomats boycotted a speech Thursday by Austria's new foreign minister, who took over as head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The boycott was a protest against the participation of Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party in Austria's new coalition Cabinet, members of the French OSCE delegation told the Austria Press Agency. Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner downplayed the snub.
August 9, 2013 |
The United States Olympic Committee, saying the Games "bring people together," was pleased to hear that President Barack Obama said there should be no boycott of the 2014 Sochi Games despite differences with the host nation. U.S. disputes with Russia include the granting of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden (who leaked national security documents), recent anti-gay legislation and support for Syria's president in a bloody civil war. “I do not think it's appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama told reporters during a news conference at the White House on Friday.
July 14, 1996
In an era of massive layoffs and declining benefits, it's depressing to see Walt Disney Co. receiving boycott threats for providing health insurance to partners of gay employees ("Baptists Urge Disney Boycott Over Values," June 13). If the Southern Baptists were truly interested in promoting family values, they would be taking on companies that slash jobs or offer few or no benefits to their employees. To try to bully a company into removing people's health insurance is spiteful, malicious and remarkably unchristian.
May 4, 2001 |
Nearly 200 eighth-graders boycotted a state science exam with their parents' blessing in this well-to-do community of doctors, corporate executives and other high achievers. The school district in Scarsdale, a New York City suburb, said 195 of its 290 eighth-graders skipped the test to protest standardized exams and the increasing amount of classroom time spent preparing for them.
August 17, 1996
Sixty years ago, composer George Gershwin was condemned by Nazis for being Jewish and banned from Germany at the beginning of that country's darkest chapter. Today, Chancellor Helmut Kohl stood by as the under-30s arm of his Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Germany's governing party, launched a boycott of Tom Cruise's movie "Mission: Impossible" solely because of his membership in the Church of Scientology (Morning Report, Calendar, Aug. 9). This is an act of religious discrimination, which is unconstitutional according to the German Constitution.
April 17, 1988
I read with great disappointment the April 6 story regarding the firing of the advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi DFS, by RJR Nabisco over "philosophical differences" related to the ad firm's Northwest Airlines campaign. This campaign was neither related to nor detrimental to Nabisco products. I always have viewed the diversification of tobacco companies into other businesses as reasonable and necessary for their survival against the day when tobacco revenue would decrease or cease.
October 1, 2009 |
Despite a new prime-time perch and a larger audience, NBC comedian Jay Leno is fishing for guests from a substantially smaller pool of talent. Rival networks ABC and CBS are discouraging their stars from appearing on the prime-time talk show. They are determined not to let Leno's 10 p.m. program undercut viewership of their costly dramas when they are trying to build audiences at the start of the TV season. The boycott highlights an unintended consequence of NBC's decision to move the veteran late-night comedian into prime time: making it harder to book some TV stars whose appearances could boost Leno's ratings.
August 27, 1986 |
In an effort to block a boycott by officials, Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas will offer a package of concessions at a meeting in Glendora tonight of the executive committee of the Southern California Football Officials Assn.