You cannot beat a good P.R. campaign

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:30 am

Is Qatar taking advice from FIFA as well as the NFL?


Agent of Change

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 1:30 am

I did not realize the reinstitution of slavery was considered a positive social development.

MENA Mashup: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

By: Friday April 25, 2014 6:42 pm

Several recent articles had caught my eye, and prodded me to look back on the real Benghazi clusterf*ck…!

Time to write another check…

By: Monday February 17, 2014 1:30 am

The ever going battle between the world’s two largest sports organizations (the International Olympic Committee and FIFA) over who is the most venal and corrupt continues.

Qatar’s World Cup Spectacle Brought to You by Slavery

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 8:30 am

The big controversies surrounding Qatar as the site of the 2022 World Cup have been the shady bidding process and fears that the desert heat will ruin the soccer games. But in the past few days, the spotlight has finally begun to move to longstanding concerns over the treatment of the migrant workers who will be building the physical infrastructure for the sporting bonanza.

But most importantly, the checks are still clearing

By: Monday November 18, 2013 1:30 am

FIFA, the governing body of international football is one of the the most corrupt sports organization in the world, which is saying something with the International Olympic Committee’s having as its secret motto: Higher, Boozier, Unmarked Bills Only.

A limitless black hole of misery

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 1:30 am

When Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010 there were charges of corruption (well-founded) in the voting; and the continuing questions of how any sport is going to be played outdoors in 120 degree heat (obviously well-founded).

Nick Turse, The Snags, Snares, and Snafus of Covering the U.S. Military

By: Monday July 8, 2013 7:30 pm

The 30-year-old history of U.S. foreign policy: now, there’s a dynamite issue! Explosive, in fact. Far too dangerous, it turns out, for Americans to be informed about or have access to basic documents about — so you might conclude from a recent report at Steven Aftergood’s website Secrecy News.

According to him, “A 1991 statute mandated that the State Department publish the documentary record of U.S. foreign policy (known as Foreign Relations of the United States, or FRUS) no later than 30 years after the events described.” They were years behind when President Obama, still in his sunshine mode, hit the Oval Office and ordered State “to complete the processing of the backlog of 25-year-old records awaiting declassification by the end of December 2013.”

MENA Mashup: Jubhat al-Nusra, McInsane, Morsi, and Qatar

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 6:10 pm

From the RT blurb… The US claims it has found a way to make sure the arms it sends to the rebels in Syria won’t fall into the wrong hands. This comes after leaked reports from the CIA that it’s about to start funneling heavy weapons to rebel fighters.

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