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March 14, 2011
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March 14, 2011

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Protested

By Iran's national Olympic committee, the logo for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (below). In a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge, Iran's secretary general for the Games, Bahram Afsharzadeh, reportedly argued that the design—which was unveiled four years ago after an $800,000 development effort, and which features the jaggedly-stylized numerals 2012—spells out Zion, which in the Bible refers to Jerusalem. Following Iran's longstanding opposition to Israel's existence, Afsharzadeh called the logo "racist" and threatened that Iran would boycott the Games. (He called on other Muslim nations to follow suit.) Iran's is not the first objection to the London logo. In 2007, when the design was made public, bloggers saw in the artwork everything from Nazi symbolism (a swastika and the Waffen SS) to an obscene depiction of Bart and Lisa Simpson. Last week the IOC put such interpretations to rest. "The ... logo represents the figure 2012," said one official. "Nothing else."

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