Jules Boykoff

Jules Boykoff teaches political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is the author of "The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch US American Social Movements" (Routledge, 2006), and "Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States" (AK Press, 2007). Boykoff is a former professional soccer player who represented the US Olympic Team in international competition.

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With public support of the sport falling flat, Fifa has insisted on spending $14bn – and counting – on the World Cup, even at the expense of crucial social programs. (Photograph: Joe Raedle / Getty) Views
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 12:15pm
Why You Should Root for the World Cup Protesters
The World Cup launches in Brazil on Thursday, but there's no need to wait for dramatic action – the festival of dissent has already begun. In the past week alone, activists from the Homeless Workers Movement marched on the São Paulo stadium where host Brazil will square off against Croatia in the...
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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:09am
Sochi Games Are Apt Venue for Athlete Activism
The United States has a long, inglorious tradition of attacking political athletes who push for progressive social change in their prime, only to praise them decades later. Recently U.S.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 2:21pm
The International Olympic Committee’s Selective Morality
The International Olympic Committee is mired in a political morass, thanks to the regressive anti-gay legislation signed into law this summer by Russian President Vladimir Putin that outlaws “propaganda of non-traditional relationships to minors.” Violators of the law are subject to sharp fines—$1500 for individuals and $30,000 for organizations—whil
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Friday, July 5, 2013 - 8:19am
At Brazil’s Confederations Cup, A Dress Rehearsal for Dissent
Brazil just finished hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup , a two-week soccer tournament that brings together six regional champions from around the world as well as the reigning World Cup winner. Brazil’s shimmering, 3-0 victory over Spain in the cup fin
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Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:05am
WikiLeaks and the 2014 Sochi Olympics
Precisely ten months from today, the 2014 Winter Olympics will open in Sochi, Russia.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 2:19pm
Coal Exports Emerging as Major Climate Fight in the Pacific Northwest
In the Pacific Northwest, activists and their allies are ramping up for a full-throttle battle over a proposal to haul coal across the west for export to China. Big Coal’s latest master plan promises to generate a second epicenter of climate-change resistance—our very own Keystone XL pipeline showdown .
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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 12:11pm
The Path Forward on Climate Change: Sandy Is the Mandate
When the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy forced US presidential candidates to temporarily suspend their campaigns, one could be forgiven for thinking the superstorm was an act of a merciful God. But as we saw, Sandy had no mercy and we, the human race, are playing a central role in this unfolding climate drama. In the wake of Barack Obama’s decisive re-election, it’s time for him to vigorously address the most pressing issue of our time: climate disruption. Sandy is the mandate.
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Friday, July 20, 2012 - 8:06am
Policing Dissent at London 2012
The Olympic Games are set to kick off in London, replete with a sheepalicious £27m opening ceremony choreographed by Danny Boyle. Boyle’s live-animal master-plans have raised the hackles of animal rights groups, but Olympics-induced dissent spans far beyond the Peta circuit. With a jaw-dropping five-ring price-tag, dodgy corporate sponsorships, a militarised public sphere, and a hyper-vigilant brand protection racket revving its corporate engine, it’s hard to blame Londoners for wanting to take to the streets.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 6:28am
Olympian Arrogance
While Europe roils in economic turmoil, London is preparing for a lavish jamboree of international good will: in a few weeks, the city will host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 6:34am
Protest Is Coming to the London Olympics
To be in London, two months before the 2012 Summer Olympics, is to feel a bit like a fish in an aquarium, with people constantly poking at the glass. Cameras adorn nearly every street corner and police vehicles are more prevalent than double-decker buses.
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