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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

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

Mafia Threats and the To Do List for European Football

He is one of the most powerful men in world football. We met at the offices of a very prominent European Football Association.  He was there with a colleague. I was there to speak to them about match-fixing.  The officials were interested, purportedly, in better protecting their sport.   However, when his colleague, briefly, left the … Continue reading Mafia Threats and the To Do List for European Football

Fighting Justin

Five years ago, Canadian politics changed inside a boxing ring.  The then backbencher MP Justin Trudeau fought the Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. Trudeau won so convincingly that he began his rise to power.   Now on the anniversary of the fight Toronto Star contributor Declan Hill – who also fought that night – jumped in the … Continue reading Fighting Justin

The Greatest Case of Commercial Blindness in the History of Sports Integrity

There are all kinds of examples of inappropriate blindness. There was Captain Smith of the SS Titanic not seeing the iceberg. There was Admiral Nelson putting the telescope to his eye patch not to see the signal to retreat. There was Johnny Papalia the mafia thug who beat up the head of Toronto’s illegal gambling … Continue reading The Greatest Case of Commercial Blindness in the History of Sports Integrity

Penis Size, Golden Showers and the Sorry State of American Journalism

“You’re the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media is the opposition party.” Stephen Bannon is right. Sadly, he may even be right in the second part of his now-famous quote to the New York Times, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just … Continue reading Penis Size, Golden Showers and the Sorry State of American Journalism