from Photographers' Blog:

Tainted paradise

March 29, 2014

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Sergio Moraes

Back in the 1960s, when I was just a kid, I remember watching swimmers in Guanabara Bay and seeing dolphins race alongside the ferries that transported people to and from the city of Niteroi and Paqueta Island. Beaches like Icarai in Niteroi and Cocota on Governor’s Island were very popular.

from The Great Debate:

Putin’s anti-Olympic creed

By Strobe Talbott
February 28, 2014

The Putin era in Russia, now in its 15th year, has given birth to the ongoing diplomatic challenge of reading what’s going on behind the Kremlin leader’s steely eyes.

from Full Focus:

Best of Sochi

February 24, 2014

A look at the best photos from the Sochi Winter Olympics.

from Breakingviews:

Welcome to Sochi, Putin’s Potemkin village

February 7, 2014

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate UK:

The Sochi Olympics: Russia’s Double-Curse?

By Guest Contributor
February 6, 2014

Vadislav Zubok--Professor Vladislav Zubok is Head of the Russia in Global Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from MacroScope:

ECB – stick or twist?

By Mike Peacock
February 6, 2014

 

The European Central Bank meets today with emerging market disorder high on its agenda.

from Stories I’d like to see:

Is NBC soft on Sochi terror threats, political stalling, and the lawyer who could nail Christie

By Steven Brill
February 4, 2014

1. Is NBC soft on Sochi terror threats? Or are its rivals overdoing it?

I may be imagining it, but while the other network news organizations are giving full, even avid, coverage to the threat of terrorism at the coming Sochi Olympics, NBC -- which is televising the games -- seems to be playing it down. Or at least not playing it up.

from India Insight:

Catching them young to revive India’s glorious hockey past

January 22, 2014

It’s just after sunrise on a foggy winter morning in north India. Most people are snuggled up in quilts, but a group of teenagers with hockey sticks is out on the field. The ragtag bunch chasing a ball in Khera Garhi village, about 20 kilometres from central Delhi, shares a dream -- to play in India’s field hockey team.

from The Great Debate:

Putin’s (un)happy new year

By William E. Pomeranz
December 31, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has bid farewell to 2013 with his state of the nation address, followed closely by his annual 4-plus-hour marathon news conference. He even managed to appear magnanimous, notably in his decision to pardon the imprisoned oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovksy.

from The Great Debate:

International pressure works on Putin

By Ben Judah and Gerald Knaus
December 19, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin had expected the grandest of guests for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi -- presidents, billionaires, the global big players.