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Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

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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.

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Let’s Go

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The Goalie

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Hobby Lobby Goal

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Here’s What Justice Ginsburg Has to Say About the Hobby Lobby Case

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote 35 pages in her dissent on the recent decision that’s a huge loss for women’s rights; Ann Coulter’s World Cup freakout is about conservatives’ loss of control; meanwhile, Finland has a dirty secret involving Israel that may be putting the country’s image into question. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 1, 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.

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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.

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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


Iraq’s World Cup Soccer Quest

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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.

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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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Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gunplay, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

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Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gun play, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 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



The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer

Have you ever entered an empty stadium? Try it. Stand in the middle of the field and listen. There is nothing less empty than an empty stadium. There is nothing less mute than stands bereft of spectators.

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The People’s Revolt Challenging 2014 World Cup

Sportswriter Dave Zirin tackles the growing unrest in Brazil in which thousands of police officers have joined bus drivers for day two of a massive strike in São Paulo, just weeks before the World Cup—one of the sports world’s biggest spectacles—is set to begin.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Qatar an ‘Open Jail’ for Nepalese Laborers Working in Slave-Like Conditions

The Gulf state of Qatar is building sites for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament on the backs of thousands of Nepalese migrants working in appalling conditions. Dozens died this summer alone, many of them young men felled by heart failure.

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Why I Won’t Go to the World Cup

As Brazilians erupted in protest last week, filmmaker Carla Dauden posted a short video Monday explaining that preparations for the 2014 World Cup were draining her country of money that should be spent on the well-being of its people.

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Brazil Seeks to Evict Indigenous Community to Make Way for Sports Contests

Brazilian authorities want to kick 30 members of the Maracana tribe out of a former indigenous museum where they have been living for six years in order to build support structures for the 2014 World Cup.

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FIFA Corruption

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Racism Worries Surround 2018 Cup

News that the 2018 World Cup will be played in Russia is stirring some alarm, as a rise in neo-Nazi activity and racist killings in the country have led many soccer fans of color to wonder aloud if Russia is an appropriate place to host the international tournament.

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Paul the Octopus Is Dead

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FIFA Drops Probe Into N. Korea’s Alleged Abuse of Team

FIFA announced Wednesday it has closed its inquiry into widespread reports that North Korea punished its soccer team and coach after their poor showing at the World Cup. (continued)

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N. Korea Deserves a Hard Kick for Abusing Its Soccer Team (Update)

The sport’s international governing body is looking into reports that the defeated players were exhibited in Pyongyang as targets of condemnation. Kim Jong Il must be confronted in this case.

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Spain Wins the World Cup

For the first time in the country’s history, Spain has won soccer’s coveted World Cup, defeating the Netherlands’ national team on Sunday in a tense match that ended after a late goal in extra time.

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Germans Threaten to Eat Their Psychic Octopus

Have you heard of Paul, the German octopus of British extraction who has a perfect 6-0 record in predicting World Cup matches? Well, he chose Spain to win and, for his betrayal of the fatherland, some Germans are demanding he be turned into paella—or worse.

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Drug Traffickers Catch World Cup Fever

Whatever your take is on drugs, you have to give traffickers some credit for their innovation: A fake World Cup trophy has been seized by police in Colombia after the 14-inch, 24-pound replica was discovered by investigators and found to be made entirely of cocaine.

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Iranian Foreign Minister Links World Cup Losses, Nuclear Sanctions

This is perhaps just a highly undiplomatic way of saying nyah nyah, but Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has elected to hit the U.S., France and England where it counts (well, at least in England and France) ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE


Anger Management

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The World and the Soccer

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Condom With ‘Teeth’ Sticks It to Rapists

Sigmund Freud famously wrote about the fabled “vagina dentata,” or toothed vagina—a symbol of terror and fascination embedded in the folklore of many a culture. Now, a South African doctor has taken that idea ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Rooting Against Team USA

Harper’s Ken Silverstein explains “why I hate Landon Donovan” in this feel-good post. “Tragically,” Silverstein concludes, “it appears the U.S. soccer team will likely continue to plague the Cup with its God-awful soccer.” Guess not everyone’s on the bandwagon.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Watching the World Cup in the West Bank

The 465-mile-long wall that divides the Palestinian territories from neighboring Israel is both illegal and an eyesore, but one West Bank restaurant owner has decided to use the barrier for good: to screen every match of the World Cup soccer tournament.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Soccer Is Sooo Gay

It’s about time that soccer came out of the closet, and the Onion’s shrewd satirical sports reporters are on that case like a horde of sweaty, brawny footie players on a polka-dotted ball. You doubt this timely news bulletin? Well then, two words for you: World Cup.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 READ MORE


Soccer: The Year of Africa

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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.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE



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The Costs of a World Cup

The World Cup is coming and South Africa has overhauled its athletic infrastructure in preparation. But while only four games will be played in the city of Nelspruit, the government has spent $137 million on a new stadium there while many of its denizens live without electricity.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE



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20 Is Enough

Polygamous South African President Jacob Zuma has apologized for fathering his 20th child with a woman who is not one of his three wives. Many health activists are arguing that the 67-year-old is setting bad example, given that South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV and AIDS.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Rights Groups Give FIFA a Yellow Card

Zimbabwean human rights groups have called out soccer’s international governing body for handing Robert Mugabe, the country’s notorious leader, a “propaganda coup” when he was permitted to hold up the World Cup trophy while it made its way through the African continent.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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S. African Strike Threatens World Cup

Talk about a trump card. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is set to be a momentous occasion for the country to show itself off to the world. But a strike by 70,000 construction workers demanding pay increases has halted work on the stadiums being built for the tournament.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


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North Korea Qualifies for 2010 World Cup

After an uninspiring scoreless draw with fellow autocratic state Saudi Arabia, it seems that North Korea’s football (soccer) team has managed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The qualification raises the possibility of a cup confrontation with South Korea—or even the U.S.—next summer.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


South Africa Prepares for World Cup, Prostitution

A plan to legalize sex work in time for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup has many in the country upset. While supporters believe criminalization puts women in harm’s way, religious groups and others argue that “family values” trump the interests of both the national economy and individual workers.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


Will Racism Bring Violence to World Cup?

Soccer fans mocked with monkey noises and spit on Nigerian forward Adebowale Ogungbure as he left a soccer field in Germany in late March. It sounds like a story from another decade, but this type of violent racism might just destroy this year’s World Cup. The NYT offers a must-read piece about the recent surge in racist sentiment among European soccer fans.

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