As hooligans in Jerusalem shout anti-Arab slogans and threaten individual Arabs, giving rise to the word ‘Zio-fascists’, Israel prepares to invade Gaza yet again, while Kiev shells villages and towns as it prepares to besiege Eastern Ukraine’s two largest cities. The Gaza invasion is clearly an effort to torpedo the Palestinian unity government, while the Ukraine offensive is just as clearly a US-led attempt to draw Russia into a shooting war with NATO. Both illustrate the increasingly fascistic nature of globalization. The question is whether Europe, which has known the horrors of fascism up close, will continue to go along with Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s plans.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am|
For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.
|By: Jules Boykoff Saturday July 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
The soccer World Cup is upon us! On the pitch it has been scintillating tournament thus far, with Lionel Messi carrying Argentina, Tim Howard carrying the United States, Arjen Robben carrying the Netherlands, and James Rodriguez carrying Colombia. Meanwhile British Airways carried the English squad on their early journey home and rumors of Cameroonian match-fixing have carried the day in the global media.
While players from around the world have provided us with dazzling moments of skill, stamina, and sangfroid, things haven’t been so pretty off the field. For anyone who wants to better understand the seamy machinations thrumming behind the World Cup’s spectacular outer shell, Dave Zirin is your guy. His new book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy is indispensable reading.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am|
Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.
One way or another, women will make their own decisions.
|By: Crane-Station Saturday June 21, 2014 12:49 pm|
“hanks to a Brazilian sign language interpreter’s amazing creativity, a young soccer fan who is blind and deaf was able to experience a bit of World Cup soccer earlier this month”
Also, Around the World (Cup) in Eight Photos shows eight lovely photographs of soccer/football fans from around the globe.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday June 12, 2014 10:34 am|
A 5000 tent city has been built near the Arena de Sao Paulo, where Brazil will play its opening match against Croatia for the World Cup.
The tent city has been dubbed “Copa do Povo” (“The People’s Cup”) by organizers of the Homeless Worker’s Movement to protest poverty in the country:
|By: Attaturk Tuesday June 10, 2014 1:30 am|
Much is made of the old bromide “Bread and Circuses” as how the elite of ancient Rome (“the I percent”) placated the masses by giving them free grain and sporting events to make them forget the stratified social order. True or not, times have certainly changed.
|By: Peterr Saturday December 21, 2013 9:15 am|
Remember high school?
The kid on the outside wants to be part of the cool group, and one of the insiders starts to show some interest in the outsider. “Will you . . .” asks the insider, and the outsider waffles. “Once you start hanging out with me, folks will think you’re at least as cool as that other semi-cool kid . . . and maybe cooler” says the insider, and still the outsider waffles. Then word get out about the things the insider has been doing behind the outsider’s back, and the outsider sees how that other semi-cool kid gets treated better. And still the cool kid asks “Will you . . .” At this point in the story, you know what happens next: the outsider looks for a way to get back.
Which brings us to Brazil and Boeing . . .
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 17, 2013 1:05 pm|
“These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power,” says Snowden.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 5, 2013 1:31 pm|
Since Brazil was outraged over NSA surveillance earlier this year, the country is being cast as hypocritical for condemning the US for spying when it, too, engages in spying. However, what was revealed on Brazil spying operations is not even remotely similar or equivalent to NSA operations.