With the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia under 40 days away, security is becoming a serious concern for many. It will be the first time that the Russian Federation has hosted the Winter Games.
While the event is already very heavily secured, the recent deaths of at least 16 people in a suicide bombing in southern Russia may call for additional security. No one and no organization has taken responsibility for the attack, but several months ago a rebel leader of a terrorist group did call on Muslims to prevent the Olympics from occurring.
“An open question is how much authority he really has over these different groups,” said Jeffrey Mankoff, deputy director and fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “A lot of the attacks seem to be inspired by, but not directly controlled by him.”
“If you are a terrorist group, the Olympics are going to be a very inviting target,” said Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Institution’s Arms Control and Non-proliferation Initiative. “I think you’re going to see at the Olympics a very heavily security presence,” he added.
The government has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers, police, and security personnel to protect the 2014 Winter Olympics.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a trade-off: Israeli recognition of 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily on Sunday.
The mutual recognition will constitute the core of a framework agreement to be signed by the end of January, and negotiated in greater detail during the following months.
The #5 Stanford Cardinals will face the #4 Michigan State Spartans in the 100th Rose Bowl game televised on ESPN. However, prior to this historic Rose Bowl will be the annual Rose Parade or the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2014.
In this parade Mr. Aubrey Loots and Mr. Danny Leclair are set to say “I do” on a cake-shaped float by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The float is called, “Living the Dream: Love is the Best Protection,” and it was created to celebrate gay marriage advocates.
The parade coordinators have received complaints from people with an opposing view. “I am a 79 year old Los Angeles native and have not missed a parade since I was about 4 years old. I have watched my LAST one due to your decision to allow this unbiblical, gay marriage to take place on one of your floats,” a man wrote on Facebook.
A separate Facebook page has been created called “Boycott the 2014 Rose Parade.” One post says, “Gay ‘marriage’ is still illegal in over 30 states. Why would the Tournament of Roses promote something illegal like that?”
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses released a statement to the Los Angeles Times saying they are “pleased” to have the foundation participate in this year’s event.
By displaying the dream of lesbians and gay men being together, Kenslea said he thinks this wedding is the perfect way to honor the theme of the parade: “Dreams Come True”. The couple was selected from 15 others who wanted to wed on the float.
Leclair said he couldn’t wait to be legally married to the person he’s committed his life to and been with for the past 12 years.