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Nov
7

The U.S. Election & the $19.2 Trillion Question That No One Talks About

It is the most important question facing America and in this election, filled with personal attacks, few candidates have spoken about it.  A feature article I wrote for the Toronto Star: HOW BIG BANKERS BUY WASHINGTON AND AVOID PRISON The list is long and shameful. The Wachovia Bank helped launder hundreds of millions for Mexican … Continue reading The U.S. Election & the $19.2 Trillion Question That No One Talks About

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Oct
24

Gambling at Manchester United & How to Survive Aleppo

It was a dark night in October 2009. I was in a street bar in Asia. The girls were in the front. The serious men who did the business were at the back.  They were in suits. Scotch whisky bottles open beside them. Their favourite girls pouring their drinks and pouting. They were some of … Continue reading Gambling at Manchester United & How to Survive Aleppo

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Oct
17

Donald Trump may still win the U.S. Presidential Election

I know, I know, I know… most of the media is telling you otherwise. They claim that the U.S. campaign is over. The only thing that they, the journalists, need to do is plan their dresses and tuxedos for the Clinton inauguration ball. Everything else is a formality. The evidence they are using is poll … Continue reading Donald Trump may still win the U.S. Presidential Election

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Oct
7

How to Investigate Sports Corruption without upsetting the Senior Executives

Lets judge them using their own words. Today, (October 7) the Qatari-sponsored International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) prepares to officially launch another alphabet soup of an organisation – the Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) or possibly they will announce a shift in their own organization’s deck chairs while attempting to convince the sports world … Continue reading How to Investigate Sports Corruption without upsetting the Senior Executives

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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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