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Police officers pose for photos.
Torch bearers Dinigeer Yilamujiang and Jiawen Zhao of Team China light the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium on Feb. 4 in Beijing, China.
Torch bearers Dinigeer Yilamujiang and Jiawen Zhao of Team China light the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium on Feb. 4 in Beijing, China.

The Forced Smiles of Beijing’s Olympics

The Communist Party’s victims are not even allowed silence.

Olympic British speed skater Farrell Treacy in Beijing.
Olympic British speed skater Farrell Treacy in Beijing.

U.N. Chief Rebuffs U.S. Request to Skip Beijing Olympics

U.S. envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield presses António Guterres to confront China over rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Spectators wearing "Where is Peng Shuai?" T-shirts,  are pictured in the stands during the women's singles final match  of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29.
Spectators wearing "Where is Peng Shuai?" T-shirts, are pictured in the stands during the women's singles final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29.

China Can’t Silence Olympic Athletes

Democratic states need to warn Beijing against punishing Olympians who speak out.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya and first lady Chantal Biya wave to the crowd at the Africa Cup of Nations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Jan. 9.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya and first lady Chantal Biya wave to the crowd at the Africa Cup of Nations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Jan. 9.

Biya Basks in Soccer Spotlight in Hopes of Propaganda Win

Cameroon’s regime wouldn’t be the first to use sports to whitewash a brutal conflict.

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations at Stade d'Olembé in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Jan. 9.
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations at Stade d'Olembé in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Jan. 9.

Cameroon Hosts Africa Cup of Nations Amid Ongoing Violence

The soccer tournament is being held in the middle of ongoing conflict—and is still fighting for the world’s respect.

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Mohamed-Salah-Long-Game-episode-3-2-site

The Long Game Podcast: How Mohamed Salah Won Over Soccer Fans

How Liverpool’s star player changed hearts and minds.

People take photographs of fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 23.
People take photographs of fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 23.

The Inevitably Awkward Tokyo Olympics

Athletes rebuked competitive norms as COVID-19 became the most normal part of the Tokyo Games.

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Palestinian-Youth-Sports-Honey-Thaljieh-The-Long-Game-episode-3-2-site

The Long Game Podcast: How A Palestinian Female Footballer Started a Movement

Honey Thalijeh grew up under Israeli military occupation but found a way forward through football.

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Hijabi-Athletes-Batouly-Camara-The-Long-Game-podcast-foreign-policy-3-2-site

The Long Game Podcast: A Professional Basketball Player’s Hijab Journey

A Muslim athlete shares her story of expressing her true identity while on the court.

Peng Shuai plays at a tennis tournament in New Zealand.
Peng Shuai plays at a tennis tournament in New Zealand.

What’s Going on With China’s Missing Tennis Star?

Peng Shuai’s disappearance has mobilized the international community—and puts China’s Olympic dreams under even more scrutiny.

Workers walk by an Olympic billboard.
Workers walk by an Olympic billboard.

Beijing Must Face Olympic Consequences for Human Rights Abuses

Moving the Games offers a rare opportunity to weaken Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Protesters shout slogans as they hold flyers in Hong Kong on October 15, 2019, during a rally in support of NBA basketball Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
Protesters shout slogans as they hold flyers in Hong Kong on October 15, 2019, during a rally in support of NBA basketball Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Chinese Censorship Is Going Global

Beijing is not content to stop stifling free speech at the water’s edge. Western companies and institutions must put liberty before profits.

Miles Thompson plays lacrosse
Miles Thompson plays lacrosse

Gaming the State System

Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth?

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