VALLETTA, MALTA—It is the memories of the dead children that keep Marco Cauchi up at night. “I have recovered hundreds of corpses from the sea. And when you find decomposed children — it is not nice. Then you go home and you see your own children,” said Cauchi. “How different the world seems when you … Continue reading Malta, Migrants and Drowning
There are some blogs that should be repeated every few months. This is one that I posted in 2011, when we going through another FIFA corruption scandal. Now the international sports world is witnessing another; the post is worth reading again: Dear Concerned Football Fan, So you are are upset by the latest corruption scandal … Continue reading Save International Sport – Buy Puma!
As the horror of the latest ISIL atrocity hits the headlines (the beheading of 18 people, including Peter Kassig, an American medical worker) here are two questions to understand why the western military response to ISIL will, largely, not work. First question: If you are Canadian can you tell the difference between a French-Canadian and … Continue reading Two Questions to show Why Bombing ISIL is Not Always a Great Idea
Below is an article I wrote for The Australian newspaper this weekend about what the Eckert/Garcia Report summary meant to their country. It could be applied, sadly, in many other places. “For goodness sake, don’t say too much! Australia is bidding for the right to host the World Cup in 2022 and we do not … Continue reading Australia’s Humiliation
There must be someone, somewhere, who believes the FIFA take on the Qatari World Cup debacle. I am not sure who they are or where they live: presumably some gentle, naïve soul who sheltered from the world lives peaceably herding yaks in Mongolia or is cut off from communication in a distant Himalayan valley. For … Continue reading Does Anyone Believe FIFA?
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear… It is a very bad time to be a journalist. Much of my profession is engaged in a form of mass hysteria that would do credit to a 16th century tulip boom, a 19th century charlatan rainmaker or the great 20th century Y2K scam. So lets take a breath and state the … Continue reading You will not die of Ebola and How the News Industry Works