February 12, 2014

Sports and Politics Don't Mix

George Jonas, National Post

The Associated Press

Why not boycott Sochi? I know zeitgeist means the spirit of the times, but what does the spirit of the times mean?”

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TAGGED: Sochi Olympics, Olympics


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