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Sep
20

The ‘Secret’ Report for WADA

Below is the confidential paper on building an investigative culture in a corrupt sports world that I wrote for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Think Tank held in Lausanne on September 20th. It was supposed to be secret but some craven twit leaked it to his pals in the media within 24-hours of it being … Continue reading The ‘Secret’ Report for WADA

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Sep
7

60 Minutes Sport, the Qataris & the Tobacco Industry

There used to be a public health phenomena called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Workers in Qatar The idea was that dirty ducts and air vents inside modern buildings were making people sick. In the early 1990s, SBS was linked to lung cancer, asthma and a number of respiratory diseases. Medical conferences were held. Academic journal … Continue reading 60 Minutes Sport, the Qataris & the Tobacco Industry

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Aug
29

“You don’t have the vocabulary to understand the suffering”

One of our great ones has gone. What do you say about a friend who has so many awards, accomplishments and so much acclaim? My friend and mentor – Ursula Franklin – did not just write books, they wrote books about her. She was a public intellectual, a professor, an activist, an author, a Quaker … Continue reading “You don’t have the vocabulary to understand the suffering”

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Aug
23

Rio Olympics: 3 Gold Medals and 2 F-Marks

Back from a personal boycott of the Rio Olympics caused by the cowardly attitude of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Russian doping scandal.   Here are three gold medals and a couple of F marks that should be awarded. Gold Medal to the Rio de Janeiro police It is hard not to like the … Continue reading Rio Olympics: 3 Gold Medals and 2 F-Marks

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Aug
1

If You Love Sports, Switch Off the Rio Olympics

Ten Points on the Russian Sports Doping Scandal 1. The only way to get clean, dope-free sport is for fans around the world to switch off the Rio de Janeiro Olympics: I do not write this lightly. Nor do I write about the rampant corrupton of the Brazilian construction industry, the potential spread of the … Continue reading If You Love Sports, Switch Off the Rio Olympics

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Jul
18

Russian Doping & Fixing: A Normal Way of Business

In the light of Richard McLaren’s report on doping in Russia.  Here is a backgrounder from The Fix on corruption in Russian sports.  Kaliningrad is a grim, grey city stuck at the far western end of Russia. It is full of crumbling dockyards, high unemployment, and mobsters. The city is an odd outpost of the … Continue reading Russian Doping & Fixing: A Normal Way of Business

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Jul
12

HSBC: A Get out of Jail-Free Pass

HSBC laundered money for criminals and thugs. with HSBC whistleblower Everett Stern.  His work helped reveal the web of corruption within the bank. Today, on the release of the report that shows the US authorities did not press criminal charges against the bank’s top executives despite the recommendation of their own staff, there will be … Continue reading HSBC: A Get out of Jail-Free Pass

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Jun
29

Broken Kingdom: why people voted Leave

It is a divided city in a divided country, separated by a chasm of anger. Billingsgate, India Docks and Limehouse are iconic names of London’s East End. These are some of the areas where German bombs fell in the Blitz of the Second World War and the community – the famous “East Enders” – were … Continue reading Broken Kingdom: why people voted Leave

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Jun
24

The 18,000 Reasons Why the UK Voted for Brexit

London:  This was not a referendum about 1973 – the year when Britain entered the European Union (EU).  Nor was it a referendum about 1991 – the year when all the European Union countries agreed under the Maastricht Treaty, essentially, to expand a free trade agreement into a political and parliamentary union. No, last night’s … Continue reading The 18,000 Reasons Why the UK Voted for Brexit

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Jun
17

Sports and the Russian Mafia

On the news that the Russian track and field athletes are banned from the Rio Olympics. Good decision. Two points, five lessons and the links between sports and the Russian Mafia. The Russian anti-doping system in sport was largely a sham: a Potemkin village of a program designed to give the appearance of an effective … Continue reading Sports and the Russian Mafia

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