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Trapped in Qatar: Workers Say They Haven’t Been Paid in a Year (Video)

The rush to build up Qatar’s infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup has come at an appalling human cost.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Stadium Subsidies Financed By Pension Cuts

As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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The People’s Game, Part Three: The 2014 Copa do Mundo as a Window to the World

The World Cup is the world’s most popular spectacle and, as such, speaks volumes about the state of humanity today.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE


Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

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Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



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


Does the U.S. Owe Iraq?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iraq falls apart, the VA goes after whistle-blowers, the Washington football team loses its racist trademarks, and more on Gore Vidal.

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Does the U.S. Owe Iraq?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iraq falls apart, the VA goes after whistle-blowers, the Washington football team loses its racist trademarks, and more on Gore Vidal.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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The Joy of the World Cup

Henry Kissinger was wrong to dismiss Chile as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” On Wednesday, the South American nation was a scalpel that excised the soul of Spain.

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The People’s Game Part Two: Brazil Rejects Neo-Liberal Soccer

What FIFA has imposed on Brazil is a kind of soccer that is nearly unrecognizable, and thus heretical, to the people who have, over the course of more than a century, made the sport into a national religion.

Posted on Jun 17, 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.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE


Native Americans Force Sports Fans to Think About Racism

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of Northern California paid a “substantial” amount of money to air a one-minute version of this ad in seven major American cities during the NBA Finals. It is compelling, persuasive and powerful.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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The People’s Game Part One: When Soccer Conquered the World

The first in a three-part series examines the history of international soccer as it informs the World Cup, which begins Thursday.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE


Google Highlights the Age of the Gay Athlete

LGBT athletes are breaking barriers in so many sports it’s hard to keep track. Google and YouTube are sharing in the pride of gay and lesbian athletes with a new video that has been living in that extremely rare ad spot on the Google home page.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



NBA Commissioner Denies Donald Sterling’s Hearing Delay Bid

Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA would not grant Donald Sterling an extension for a planned hearing and added he is confident it will be able to force the Los Angeles Clippers owner to sell the team.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE


How to Talk to Your Kids About Michael Sam

Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in the NFL and oh my god did he just plant one on his boyfriend?

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE


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Kevin Durant Remembers Where He Comes From

The most moving part of NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant’s tearjerker acceptance speech was the thanks he gave his mother, who, under difficult circumstances, raised four children without a spouse or, sometimes, food.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



NBA to Name Chief Executive to Oversee Clippers

With Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life from NBA activities, the league said Saturday it would name a chief executive to oversee the club.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Eminent Domain: The Real Solution to Scumbag Sports Owners

Why aren’t the football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other major sports franchises so many of us so passionately love and support not owned by the communities that give them their life?

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Accused Racist Donald Sterling Banned for Life From the NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that he is doing everything in his power to get Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the league after a recorded racist tirade attributed to Sterling.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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The Sterling Racism Scandal: What About Associating With Muslim People?

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Tokowitz Sterling has a long history of discriminatory practices.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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The Racists Among Us

Let’s not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


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Anti-Gay Churches Chap ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s Ass

Need proof that America’s attitudes about gay marriage are changing? Listen to wrestler Steve Austin, he of the “Stone Cold Stunner,” use salty language to declare his support for same-sex couples.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE


College Sports Has Its First Openly Gay Male Star

Derrick Gordon is young, talented and gay. He tells Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler that life in the closet and teasing from his teammates almost caused him to quit basketball.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE


Derogatory Monikers

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Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Let Them Eat NCAA Brackets

There are many modern-day analogies to Marie Antoinette’s attitude toward the proles during the 18th century, but nothing quite like Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar giveaway.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow

By the 2080s, two-thirds of the cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924 are likely to be too warm to be able to do so again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE


How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Arizona Governor Expected to Veto Gay Jim Crow

Gov. Jan Brewer is a tea party darling, but she doesn’t want to lose the Super Bowl or Apple’s business.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Out Women of Sochi Make Gays Everywhere Proud

With three medals in these games, including a gold, skater Ireen Wüst leads the roster not just of gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics, but all athletes.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Kobe Bryant Plays for a Destiny He Realized at Age 6

If this weekend’s All-Star Game was a retirement party for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers look pretty dumb giving him $48.5 million over the next two years.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE


Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam Gets a Standing Ovation From Missouri Fans

At halftime during a basketball game Saturday, Mizzou students and spectators gave a rousing ovation to their star footballer Michael Sam, who is widely expected to become the first openly gay NFL player when he is inevitably drafted in May.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Sam

The NFL hopeful could be another nail in the coffin of sexual hate in professional sports.

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 READ MORE


Out of the Closet

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Breaking NFL Barriers

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Cheat Sheet: The Tyson Gay File

Last July, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay held the fastest 100-meter time in the world.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something

While it’s cold in much of the U.S., Australia has been sweltering through record-breaking heat. One player at the Australia Open said her plastic water bottle began to melt.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


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Russian Islamists Threaten Terrorist Attack at Sochi Olympic Games

Islamist militants from Russia’s Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a “present” if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE


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