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Iran thinks 2012 Olympic Logo is racist

Take a look at this article from ESPN.  Iran is threatening a boycott of the 2012 Olympics in London, citing the logo as racist.  The logo, which is an artistic(?) take on 2012, can be seen as “Zion” if one squints and reads the first 2, then the 1, then the 0, and then turns one’s head sideways for the last 2 so that it looks like an N.  If Iran successfully creates a boycott of Muslim states, I will be surprised.


More Qatari soccer money

Don’t be confused by this BBC News article calling soccer “football.”   FC Barcelona now has the highest shirt sponsorship in all of soccer, with a new £125m deal over five years from the Qatar Foundation. 

The Qatar Foundation is a non-profit organisation concerned primarily with education projects in the Middle East.  It is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, the wife of the Emir, who was central to Qatar’s final World Cup bid last week.

The interesting issue will be reconciling two logos on one shirt, as Barcelona intends to keep the UNICEF logo on the shirt as well.