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Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



World Cup: The Globalized Game

In the July issue of Harper’s Magazine, sports writer Simon Kuper tracks the World Cup’s transformation from a postwar proxy for establishing claims to national supremacy to an expression of the border dissolving tendencies of globalization.

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Hype and Hysteria Drown Out Europe’s Real Concerns

The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, which is sheer nonsense.

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The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt

Although most of the Western media describe the current crisis in the Ukraine as a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, many of the shock troops who have manned barricades in Kiev and the western city of Lviv these past months have little interest in either democracy or Western liberalism.

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Libya’s Parliament Dumps PM Zeidan, Elects al-Thinni, Over Oil Tanker Crisis

In a series of dramatic political moves, the Libyan General National Congress on Tuesday made a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

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East China Sea Tensions

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Wrapped in the Flag

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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

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A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe

We have still not woken up to whom we have become, to the fatal erosion of domestic and international law and the senseless waste of lives, resources and trillions of dollars to wage wars that ultimately we can never win.

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An Ode to the World Cup

The wait is over. In a perfectly timed dose of fanatic nationalism, the World Cup is poised to finally kick off in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday.

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Bill Maher: America Is Greedy, Not Good

The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck.

Posted on May 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Israel’s Racist in Chief

It was unthinkable, when I was based as a correspondent in Jerusalem two decades ago, that an Israeli politician who openly advocated ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory, as well as forcing Arabs in Israel to take loyalty oaths or be forcibly relocated to the West Bank, could sit on the Cabinet.

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Austrian Rightist’s Postmortem Outing?

Two weeks after the death of Joerg Haider, former leader of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, media attention has moved from Haider’s fascistic political life to his personal life, with the politician’s sexual identity undergoing a bit of a queering, much to the surprise of his ultranationalistic supporters. Haider was a 58-year-old married father of two.

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Waving the American Flag

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What a past few years it has been for the American flag ... embraced throughout the world after the Sept. 11 attacks; denounced throughout the world not long after; subject to a Republican attempt to make it fireproof during the last two national election cycles….
So with flags waving high during this Fourth of July, Truthdig invites its readers to reflect in the comments box on the nature of patriotism and nationalism. Here are some primers from E.J. Dionne, Howard Zinn and John Kerry (more)

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