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
The Power Behind ISIL, the Breath-Taking Hypocrisy of South African Officials and the Qatari Disappearances
Back from a wonderful, golden summer. Spent some of it reading books in various superb locations so starting next week will be a series of reviews. I will start with a book that purports to teach people ‘how to gamble like a professional’. However, lets us start with ISIL, SAFA and the Qatari Police ‘disappearing’ … Continue reading The Power Behind ISIL, the Breath-Taking Hypocrisy of South African Officials and the Qatari Disappearances
Note: Over the summer, I am re-printing a number of columns that are still timely. Here is one to be read at the beginning of the English football season. ** The first week in European football always throws up the usual roster of conspiracy theories and depressed Arsenal fans who, after one match, realize that … Continue reading Hill’s Patented and Highly-Scientific Method of Figuring Out Who Will the Premier League
** Note: Over the summer, I am re-printing a number of columns that are still timely. Here is one first published September 2013 in response to a campaign of disinformation coming out of Singapore. ** Oh those poor people! One has to spare a moment of sympathy for the poor lads and lasses at the … Continue reading So Why Did It Take You So Long?
Note: Over the summer, I am re-printing a number of columns that are still timely. Here is one first published June 2013 just before the G8 conference in Belfast but now during the ‘Marching Season’ still worth a read. Of all the soccer games in the world, this is one of the most symbolically significant: … Continue reading Falls Road versus the Shankill Road
It was not a fix. I know, I know, I know. My inbox has been full of people inquiring about match-fixing: but watching Brazil being dismantled by a wonderful German team there was no corruption, no conspiracy, no manipulation in the background by Asian fixers. Germany beat Brazil because they were a better team. I … Continue reading What Happened to Brazil and the Asian Gambling Market
Just pay the players. The Brazilian government announced that they spent $17 billion dollars on infrastructure and stadiums for this tournament. FIFA announced that World Cup generates $4 billion dollars in television rights and sponsorship. And they cannot pay all the players? They cannot ensure that some of the people who are actually putting on … Continue reading Tales of Cameroon Fixing, ISIL vs. The Sunni Tribes and Who is Wilson Raj Perumal?