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Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

Mark Galeotti is an important voice on the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s overarching ambition and all things Russian. Crikey’s Follow Friday series explains why you should add him to your feed.

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Rundle: a gold medal in incompetence for Cameron govt

The UK government is under fire for a shortfall in security personnel for the London Olympics. It’s a blow against the idea renewed by the Cameron government that privatisation is a source of efficiency.

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All that glitters is not necessarily gold as US athlete sells iconic medal

Legendary American athlete and symbol of the American civil rights movement Tommie Smith is selling his gold medal, made famous by the iconic Black Power salute photo. But there’s an Australian angle to this story we should never forget, writes Leigh Josey.

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Stokes poised to take controlling interest in Seven

Kerry Stokes has moved moved to increase and protect his interest in Seven, writes Glenn Dyer.

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The IOC is not nice. We knew that, didn’t we?

The IOC knew all along that they would, but thought it convenient to lie about it. Quelle surprise. By Bernard Keane.

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The torch: we did but see it passing by. In a bus.

When is a torch relay not a torch relay? When its the relay for the beijing Games. In Chiina, an anonymous ex-pat tries to catch a glimpse.

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