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1968, 2009

In the 1968 Olympics black gloves raised on the victory stand in Mexico City by Tommie Smith and John Carlos were part of a protest representing minority rights that resonated throughout much of the world (Peter Norman of Australia wore a human rights badge in support); now, forty-one years later, it is the wearing of green wristbands in support of fair elections that has led to the banning of four Iranian soccer players for life. Symbols are still potent, while the world seems only harsher.

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