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The London Olympics' Toxic Legacy?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:29 By Paul Jay, The Real News Network | Video

The Games were meant to help revitalize London's east end. Have they instead been used as a land grab by big business?

Now that the dust is settling after the London Summer Olympics, many from the local community are left wondering who the Olympics benefited. This story features local Councillor, Ian Rathbone of Hackney Council, one of the poorest boroughs in all of Britain. Local residents turned into campaigners forming the Save Leyton Marsh Campaign when their local public green space was appropriated by the Olympic Delivery Authority for a Olympic basketball training facility. Members of Occupy London also became involved in the local campaign when the locals couldn't sustain it on their own. Has the Olympics been an excuse for a land grab by cash-strapped local authorities and big business?

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Paul Jay

Paul Jay is CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. As Senior Editor of TRNN Paul has overseen the production of over 4,500 news stories and is the Host of our news analysis programming. As Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's independent flagship debate show counterSpin he produced over 2,000 shows during its 10 yrs on air. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 films under his belt and was founding Chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (now the largest in North America).


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The London Olympics' Toxic Legacy?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:29 By Paul Jay, The Real News Network | Video

The Games were meant to help revitalize London's east end. Have they instead been used as a land grab by big business?

Now that the dust is settling after the London Summer Olympics, many from the local community are left wondering who the Olympics benefited. This story features local Councillor, Ian Rathbone of Hackney Council, one of the poorest boroughs in all of Britain. Local residents turned into campaigners forming the Save Leyton Marsh Campaign when their local public green space was appropriated by the Olympic Delivery Authority for a Olympic basketball training facility. Members of Occupy London also became involved in the local campaign when the locals couldn't sustain it on their own. Has the Olympics been an excuse for a land grab by cash-strapped local authorities and big business?

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Paul Jay

Paul Jay is CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. As Senior Editor of TRNN Paul has overseen the production of over 4,500 news stories and is the Host of our news analysis programming. As Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's independent flagship debate show counterSpin he produced over 2,000 shows during its 10 yrs on air. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 films under his belt and was founding Chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (now the largest in North America).


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