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Nov
16

FIFA trial: It’s a mob affair

Alleged FIFA crime boss For years, reporters have been fond of saying “FIFA mafia”, “Mobsters of Football”. It has made for good copy, sold lots of media space – but what words do we use now that there really is a trial that focuses on the widespread criminal activity inside FIFA? The Brooklyn Federal Court … Continue reading FIFA trial: It’s a mob affair

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Nov
9

Communists, Criminals or Both? The October Revolution

The door is thick and well padded, but it was not enough to protect the leaders of the first Russian revolution. It is located in a room in the labyrinth-like Hermitage Palace on the seafront of Saint Petersburg. Today, the Hermitage is the world’s largest museum. In October 1917, it was the headquarters of the … Continue reading Communists, Criminals or Both? The October Revolution

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Nov
7

It’s a Mob Trial: FIFA in America

New York – Here at the Brooklyn Federal Court House, one of the most significant legal trials in sports history is underway.  Two-and-a-half years ago, Swiss Police kicked open the doors of the Baur-au-Lac Hotel in Zurich and began arresting high-ranking FIFA officials.  After long stretches of legal wrangling – during which twenty-four officials pled … Continue reading It’s a Mob Trial: FIFA in America

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Oct
26

Kurds = Scottish Highlanders without their restraint

If you blinked, you would have missed it. For less than three weeks, it looked as if the Kurds might have their own independent country. The Kurds control a mountainous area in northern Iraq and since the British occupation in 1920 they have been pushing for their own independent country. Last month, the Kurds held … Continue reading Kurds = Scottish Highlanders without their restraint

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Oct
19

The Gambler, The Killer and the Unexplored Motive

It has been over-two weeks since Stephen Paddock went into a Las Vegas hotel room, took out 19 automatic machine guns and shot hundreds of people enjoying a country music concert in front of the hotel. In a 10-minute spree, Paddock killed 59 people and injured over-two-hundred others – some of them critically. Since that … Continue reading The Gambler, The Killer and the Unexplored Motive

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Aug
26

How NATO Covers-up Child Abuse in Afghanistan and Helps the Taliban

This is an appalling, grotesque – but true – story. As Donald Trump unveils a new military strategy in Afghanistan, here is a story that will have you twisting with rage but understanding why NATO is failing in that country. If you have not been paying attention to the western intervention in Afghanistan since 2001, … Continue reading How NATO Covers-up Child Abuse in Afghanistan and Helps the Taliban

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Aug
17

Why UEFA Should Monitor the FC Astana vs. Celtic Game

Ninety percent of match-fixing in football is easy to prevent. One of the keys to a successfully fighting corruption is to recognize ‘choke point games’. These are games – 3rd match in opening round of the World Cup, 6th match in Group Stage of Champions League or any Italian game featuring a team in danger … Continue reading Why UEFA Should Monitor the FC Astana vs. Celtic Game

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Aug
9

Fixing Wrestling, Academics and the Olympics

As the sporting world wrestles with yet more revelations of doping at the Olympics, an excellent analysis of alleged corruption in the Rio Olympics wrestling tournament  has been published by the fight website www.flowrestling.com I single out their articles for a couple of reason. First, to a neutral reader the idea of ‘fixing’ and ‘wrestling’ … Continue reading Fixing Wrestling, Academics and the Olympics

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Aug
4

Why Neymar is Cheap at 220 Million Euro

It is not about the sport. The sporting giants like Jürgen Klopp and Arsène Wenger have weighed in to denounce the transfer of Barcelona’s Brazilian star Neymar for 220 million Euro to Paris Saint-Germain. They claim it is against the spirit of sport and is “beyond rationality”. Their rival José Mourinho at Manchester United, somewhat, … Continue reading Why Neymar is Cheap at 220 Million Euro

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Jul
28

Secret Transcripts of the Middle East Soccer Argument

There is an argument going up and down the halls of power in Washington. No, it has nothing (well, not directly) to do with Donald Trump. Rather on one side are keen, hungry FBI agents and their Department of Justice counterparts. These police and prosecutors are usually clothed in dark suits, dresses with shoulder pads … Continue reading Secret Transcripts of the Middle East Soccer Argument

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