2012 London Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22329/all en Russia scandalized by Olympic mascot choice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110301/sochi-winter-olympics-mascot <p> How could a hip snow leopard, a cute rabbit and a pudgy polar bear cause such an outcry?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/110301/sochi-winter-olympics-mascot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Dmitry Medvedev Sochi Sports Travel/Tourism Vladimir Putin Wildlife News Europe Culture & Lifestyle Russia Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:50:32 +0000 Miriam Elder 5627829 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil former bank chief to head Olympic authority http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/brazil-former-bank-chief-head-olympic-authority <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Henrique Meirelles ran Brazil central bank under Lula </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erik German </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Brazil&rsquo;s longest-serving central Bank chief, Henrique Meirelles, has been tapped to head the country&rsquo;s preparations for 2016 Olympics, <a href="http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/03/15/brazils-nuclear-power-no-change/" target="_blank">the BBC reports</a>. Meirelles, who led Brazil&rsquo;s central bank under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is expected to be confirmed by the senate in the coming weeks.&nbsp;</p> 2012 London Olympics Brazil BRIC Yard Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:38:00 +0000 Erik German 5630927 at http://www.globalpost.com Tokyo's Summer Olympics bid to include quake-hit areas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/110625/earthquake-japan-nuclear-tokyo-olympics-fukushima <p> Tsunekazu Takeda, the Japan Olympic Committee chief, said he wants the 2020 Summer Games to be a &ldquo;symbol of recovery&rdquo; for Japan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/110625/earthquake-japan-nuclear-tokyo-olympics-fukushima" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Japan Economy Japan Tsunami Natural Disasters Nuclear Sports Japan Sat, 25 Jun 2011 19:44:00 +0000 News Desk 5655719 at http://www.globalpost.com South Korea: Pyeongchang's Olympic makeover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110707/south-korea-pyeonchang-winter-olympic-2018 <p> PYEONGCHANG &mdash; More than national pride infuses the roughly 46,000 people nestled in Pyeongchang&#39;s hills as they plan for a rise in business during the run-up to the Olympics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110707/south-korea-pyeonchang-winter-olympic-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Sports Travel/Tourism World Leaders Entertainment Emerging Markets South Korea Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:06:00 +0000 Donald Kirk 5669750 at http://www.globalpost.com What you should know about Pyeongchang http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/south-korea-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-2018 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nude marathons, name changes and, no, it's not in North Korea. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> If upon hearing that the Winter Olympics 2018 were be held in Pyeongchang, you thought for a minute that was North Korea, you&#39;re not alone.</p> <p> Pyeongchang used to be Pyongchang &mdash; just a few letters off from Pyongyang, you&#39;ll note &mdash; but they threw in the exta &quot;e&quot; to avoid confusion in 2014.</p> <p> <strong>(Read more: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110707/south-korea-pyeonchang-winter-olympic-2018">Pyeongchang&#39;s Olympic makeover</a>)</strong></p> <p> From politics to cuisine, here are some other highlights from The New Republic&#39;s <a href="http://www.tnr.com/slideshow/world/91455/pyeongchang-winter-olympics-south-korea">Pyeongchang primer</a>:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/sports/11iht-oly.4549412.html">Pyeongchang</a> is located in Gangwon province, which is divided between the North and South. Gangwon governor Kim Jin Sun said that holding the Olympics there would help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.</li> <li> Every year, during the <a href="http://en.yes-pc.net/">Daegwallyeong Snow Flower Festival</a>, Pyeongchang holds a nude marathon.</li> <li> During the Korean War, American troops reportedly shelled the area heavily.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/south-korea-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Sports Travel/Tourism South Korea The Rice Bowl Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:07:07 +0000 Emily Lodish 5669783 at http://www.globalpost.com Six cities, including Baku, bid to host 2020 Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110902/2020-olympics-ioc-bid-cities-baku-doha-madrid-rome-tokyo-istanbul <p> The United States, South Africa and Dubai had also considered bidding for the 2020 Olympics.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110902/2020-olympics-ioc-bid-cities-baku-doha-madrid-rome-tokyo-istanbul" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Azerbaijan Qatar Sports Europe Middle East Italy Japan Spain Turkey Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:25:24 +0000 News Desk 5674525 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location: Occupy Wall Street Occupies the World http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5678080 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Protesters march in cities worldwide</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solana Pyne </div> </div> </div> <p> Demonstrators in major world cities march in concert with New York City&#39;s Occupy Wall Street protests.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="360" alt="Video: Occupy Wall Street Occupies the World" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/73b57df8ef837-original.jpg?1318811104" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:10:17 06:08</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("73b57df8ef837", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> 2012 London Olympics Cairo Demonstrations Egypt Mexico City Occupy World Protests Tokyo Politics Japan Mexico United Kingdom Video Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:08:00 +0000 Solana Pyne 5678080 at http://www.globalpost.com UK: Elderly man reunited with $110,000 he left in Heathrow airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/uk-elderly-man-reunited-110000-he-left-heathrow-airport A Thai man in his 80s was reunited with thousands of dollars' worth of savings, after accidentally leaving them in a bag in Heathrow Airport in London.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/uk-elderly-man-reunited-110000-he-left-heathrow-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Thailand United Kingdom United Kingdom Thailand Weird Wide Web Sat, 22 Oct 2011 13:37:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5678867 at http://www.globalpost.com Occupy London protestors urged to leave St Paul's http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111026/occupy-london-protestors-urged-leave-st-pauls <p> Occupy London Stock Exchange protestors have been told to go home by both the mayor and the bishop of London. The protest camp has forced St Paul&#39;s Cathedral to remain closed since Friday, costing it thousands of pounds in lost visitor revenues.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111026/occupy-london-protestors-urged-leave-st-pauls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Occupy World Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy United Kingdom Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:24:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5679274 at http://www.globalpost.com Occupy London protesters 'repossess' empty UBS bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111118/occupy-london-protesters-repossess-empty-ubs-bank <p> Occupy London protesters say the empty UBS office block in Hackney, east London, is their third encampment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111118/occupy-london-protesters-repossess-empty-ubs-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Occupy World Global Economy United Kingdom Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:11:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5681748 at http://www.globalpost.com London's 2012 Olympics add 13,500 troops to security plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111215/londons-2012-olympics-add-13500-troops-security-p <p> Up to 13,500 British troops have been enlisted to guard the 2012 summer Olympics in London. That is more troops than the UK currently has in Afghanistan, and will make the games Britain&#39;s largest peacetime military operation.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111215/londons-2012-olympics-add-13500-troops-security-p" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics security london olympic games Business Europe Culture & Lifestyle Global Economy United Kingdom Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:04:00 +0000 Talia Ralph 5684369 at http://www.globalpost.com London Olympics 2012, part 1 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/london-olympics-2012-part-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first of an occasional series charting the highlights and the foul-ups as Britain's capital prepares to host the global sporting carnival this summer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Olympics take place from July 27 through August 12. As you can imagine there has been incredible local demand for tickets. An estimated 6.6 million tickets to all events in 26 Olympic sports are being sold to the public, a further 2.2 million are being allocated to sponsors.</p> <p> Last spring, in the first phase of sales, 22 million people applied for 3 million tickets. This has been a huge source of friction between the public and the London 2012 organizers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/london-olympics-2012-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Home Regions synchronized swimming Usain Bolt Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 05 Jan 2012 09:40:45 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686034 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain: You want infrastructure projects, we got infrastructure projects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/britain-you-want-infrastructure-projects-we-got-infrastructure-pr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British government announces it will build a new high speed rail link from London to Birmingham. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Britain&#39;s Tory-led coalition government gave the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16494354">green light</a> today to the biggest domestic rail project since the 19th century.</p> <p> HS2 will link London to Birmingham, the country&#39;s second largest city. Distance: 140 miles. The cost: &pound;32.7 billion ($50.6 billion). Completion date: 2026.</p> <p> It is then supposed to be extended further north to Manchester and Leeds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/britain-you-want-infrastructure-projects-we-got-infrastructure-pr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Amtrak Birmingham Bloomberg Crossrail David Cameron high-speed rail Home HS2 infrastructure projects Leeds Manchester Regions Republicans Villaraigosa Americas Europe United Kingdom United States Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:48:05 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686829 at http://www.globalpost.com London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/london-olympics-2012-opening-ceremony <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Director Danny Boyle unveils plans for July 27 extravaganza </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/entertainment/110223/danny-boyle-frankenstein">Danny Boyle</a> is a hot, hot film and stage director - think Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours - but he is taking a break to stage the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics this summer.</p> <p> His plans were announced today - think William Shakespeare and The Tempest with soundtrack by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDj7DCTzF5g">Underworld</a>.</p> <p class="rtecenter"> &quot;The isle is full of noises</p> <p class="rtecenter"> &nbsp; Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/london-olympics-2012-opening-ceremony" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 127 Hours 2012 London Olympics Danny Boyle Home Slumdog Millionaire The Tempest William Shakespeare Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:51:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5689184 at http://www.globalpost.com Dickens at 200 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/dickens-at-200 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In Britain and around the world people mark the bi-centenary of the "inimitable" Charles Dickens birth. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Today is Charles Dickens&#39;s 200th birthday and that is a big deal. Not just in Britain, where Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are celebrating the event in <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16914295">Poet&#39;s Corner</a> of Westminster Abbey but in countries from Albania to Zimbabwe are holding a read-a-thon from the author&#39;s work.</p> <p> Dickens&#39; biographer, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/07/letter-charles-dickens-200th-birthday?INTCMP=SRCH">Claire Tomalin</a>, has written him (or his ghost) a letter published in The Guardian that is worth a look. She notes that Dickens himself went to a ceremony to mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare&#39;s birth, which is an interesting way to allude to the fact that Dickens is the only English writer who comes close to Shakespeare for the sheer scale of creativity and for his enduring popularity.</p> <p> I&#39;m a bit caught up in the celebrating - I recently read Tomalin&#39;s thorough and lengthy biography, Charles Dickens: A Life, in a couple of days, couldn&#39;t put it down. This surprises me because I am not a big fan of his work.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/dickens-at-200" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Camden Town Charles Dickens Claire Tomalin David Copperfield debtor's prison Dickens Bi-centenary Home Karl Rove Oliver Twist Prince Charles Regions Rush Limbaugh Scrooge Simon Callow Entertainment Europe Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:13:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5690693 at http://www.globalpost.com