German Anger at US Spying Continues

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am

In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.


Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: 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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

By: 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.

How a Deaf and Blind Brazil Fan Follows the World Cup

By: 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.

5000 Tent City “Copa do Povo” Springs Up on Doorstep of Sao Paulo World Cup Stadium

By: 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:

Bread crumbs and you can’t come to the Circus

By: 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.

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).

Massive Protests Rock Brazil

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:20 am

An estimated 100,000 Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest police violence and political corruption. The protests are being called the largest in a generation.

One Republican World

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 1:30 am

Oh the places the Republicans could help us go.

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