World Cup

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

June 14, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in more than a decade…

2018 World Cup offers Chechnya opportunity to play Middle Eastern politics

May 29, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. When strongman Ramzan Kadyrov last month opened The Local, a United Arab Emirates-funded luxury hotel in the Chechen capital of Grozny and prepared to receive Egypt’s World Cup qualifying national team as its first guests, he was cashing in on more than the Russian region’s Muslim identity. Eager…

Dave Zirin: Abolish FIFA

June 17, 2014

Sports journalist Dave Zirin says bribery and corruption are endemic to FIFA, and discusses what could take its place in the world of soccer

Protesters Clash with Police in Brazil – Dave Zirin on World Cup 2014 (1/2)

June 12, 2014

Dave Zirin, author of “Dancing with The Devil”, on why Brazilian protesters are fighting against the sport they love

Brazilian Military Deployed, Civil Unrest Intensifies Two Days Before World Cup

June 9, 2014

The Brazilian government deploys more than 200,000 troops after workers across sectors continue to strike. Amnesty International warns the Brazilian government’s response to protests and strikes could lead to indiscriminate violence.

Remembering Mandela

December 5, 2013
Patrick Bond: Mandela deserves great credit for ending racial apartheid in South Africa, but his legacy includes the continuation of mass poverty

Modern Day Slavery

September 29, 2013
The Guardian: Abuse and exploitation of migrant workers preparing emirate for 2022

Brazil Protests

June 24, 2013
Waves of protests continue in Brazil as demonstrators demand government take decisive action to address their demands

Latin America

June 21, 2013
More than a million people demonstrate in a hundred cities across Brazil, and raise new demands.