Ioc: Russia Won’t Discriminate Against Gays In Sochi
Russia’s Putin to battle zombies in video game
After the enormous opposition you saw from the Congress and from the American people, no one believes that the president would go ahead and use force in Syria. Watch: Charlie Rose interviews Syria’s President Bashar Assad, below. KERRY: Well, but that was before you had the U.N. report. It was before you had the agreement in– in Geneva. That was before you had Syria owning up to its weapons and before you had Syria signing up to agree to live by a certain standard. So if Syria doesn’t live by that standard, I can assure you this President of the United States is not going to take off the table unilaterally an prerogative that a commander-in-chief has. Thursday evening, Russia agreed, and now the deal to force Syria to give up its chemical arsenal will go to the United Nations Security Council, where passage is expected. The resolution is punishment for the Syrian dictatorship’s use of nerve gas to kill rebellious citizens in August. In the other major development, Secretary Kerry told us the United States is “grateful” to Iran for its sudden willingness to negotiate over its nuclear program . And late today, Iran’s foreign minister said world powers have agreed to fast-track those talks. Iran has been suffering under severe economic sanctions because of its nuclear ambitions. Kerry was specific about what the United States wants to see to make sure the Iranians are not building a bomb.
???I do not know why we have to apologise in front of Westerners. The preaching tone that they adopted in this area does not suit us.??? The law orders fines for individuals and organisations deemed to have violated the law, and, unusually, also singles out foreigners who risk fines of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,106), detention for 15 days and deportation. Many commenters believe Russia underestimated the international reaction to the law, which now risks overshadowing the Sochi Winter Games, the biggest event in its post-Soviet history. But Milonov, who describes himself as a ???man of European culture??? defends the law as part of a promotion of family values in Russia and the protection of children. ???We have to defend the future of our children,??? said Milonov, who has children aged four and one. He railed against the legalisation of gay marriage in some European countries, describing it as a ???symptom of an illness in society, a spiritual degradation???. ???Ninety-five percent of Russians are against gay marriage. Gays do not have any support in Russian society.???
Killy said the commission considered the issue carefully and in the end was fully convinced that Russia will respect the Olympic charter, which prohibits discrimination of any kind. He said the IOC had received written assurances from Russian officials there would be no discrimination. “The Olympic Charter states that all segregation is completely prohibited, whether it be on the grounds of race, religion, color or other, on the Olympic territory,” he said in French. “That will be the case, we are convinced. Another thing I must add: the IOC doesn’t really have the right to discuss the laws in the country where the Olympic Games are organized. As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied, and that is the case.” Russian officials insist the law is designed to protect children and doesn’t infringe on the rights of gays. “Regarding this law, if people of traditional sexual orientation spread propaganda of non-traditional sex to children, then they will also be held accountable,” said Dmitry Kozak, a deputy prime minister in charge of overseeing preparations for the Sochi Olympics. “So there is simply no need to talk about discrimination.” The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the U.S., condemned the IOC’s assessment of the Russian law. “If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “The safety of millions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completed neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world.” He noted that Killy spoke a day after gay rights activists were arrested outside the Moscow headquarters of the Sochi Olympics organizing committee for protesting the law. In Strasbourg, France, a leading European human rights watchdog that counts Russia among its 47 member states said the law “raises serious issues” under its 60-year-old human rights convention. The Council of Europe’s committee of ministers released a statement Thursday that “invited” Russian authorities to take measures to raise awareness about the fundamental rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
In the game, a character based on the Russian leader aided by an alcoholic American named Mike will go all Daryl Dixon on the undead hordes when they interrupt a press conference. Said hordes are reportedly led by eternal Russian boogie man, Rasputin. No word on whether hes a zombie, too. And no word on whether Putin keeps his shirt on. According to Variety , Belgian video developer Michele Rocco Smeets explains, Putin has this tough guy image and hes not afraid to get his hands dirty. He hunts, he rides, he shoots. A leader should be strong, and in my opinion Putin is the only world leader who really fulfils this image. That sounds like a seriously swoony crush. Lets hope Michele is a woman, because Putin, as we know, has a severe problem with man-on-man crushes . Oh, no. It doesnt look like thats the case . Michele is man.