Monthly Archives: December 2014

‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts see high-school basketball team disinvited from event

Markieff and Marcus Morris

Phoenix Suns’ Markieff Morris, left, and his brother, Marcus, warm up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks | Matt York/AP

  • Mendocino High School teams out of Fort Bragg, California tournament
  • Too few members of girls team promised not to wear the shirts

NFL players wear ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts to warm-up

AP (Dec. 27) – A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

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US annexation: ‘The Principality of Outer Baldonia’ in Nova Scotia

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By LACHLAN MACKINNON*

Last year, I was contacted by Phillip Hayward of Southern Cross University to write an article on a “micronation” that had been established on an island off the south shore of Nova Scotia in 1949. Micronations, generally defined as territories declared independent by persons or groups despite the unlikelihood of receiving any official form of recognition, have cropped up around the world since the 1960s. Having been unfamiliar with the concept, I was excited to explore the history of “The Principality of Outer Baldonia.” Continue reading

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Cuban baseball beyond domestic stadiums

baseball-softball(October, 2014) – The magic of Cuban baseball keeps gaining ground in the world’s major leagues as Cuba has allowed its players to take part in top foreign tournaments under a policy that is being improved constantly. Continue reading

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Ecuador: Soccer leads to peace in Quito’s Pisuli neighbourhood

On the slopes of the northwest corner of Quito, is the neighbourhood of Pisuli.

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Incidents of racism and fascism in European football

A banner on display of the SS Galicia Division of the Nazi German army during the Sept. 6, 2013 World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and San Marino in Lviv | Mark Rachkevych, Kiev Post

Incidents reported to Fare during October 2014

(21 November 2014)  – The following incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to Fare during October 2014. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred.

All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eye-witness or media accounts. A Fare observer scheme is also currently at place at UEFA club competitions to monitor discriminatory behaviour. Continue reading

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Qatar hires ‘$8 fake fans’ to fill empty stadiums

Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha, Qatar (Reuters/Fadi Al-Assaad)

Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha, Qatar | Reuters/Fadi Al-Assaad

Migrant workers in Qatar get one dollar an hour for sitting in the stadiums and pretending to have fun, to applaud and to do the wave, AP reports. Sometimes they even were asked to dress like Qataris in white robes and head-scarves.

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Legendary Olympian puts Charles Barkley in his place

John Carlos | New York Daily News / Hermann, Marc, A.

John Carlos | New York Daily News / HERMANN, MARC, A.

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John Carlos and Charles Barkley are both “mavericks”, but only one ever put his life and livelihood on the line. Both have political opinions, one progressive and the other crude and self-serving. The former are little known, the latter are widely propagated. One champions popular resistance to state-sanctioned murder, the other police impunity. One gets by, the other is a big property owner and businessman, who enriched himself by capitalizing on his considerable skills through professional sport and TV, with an estimated net worth of $30 million. One website says he pulled in an obscene $46 million between November 2013 and November 2014, a nearly $20 million lead over his closest competition amongst pro athletes: Continue reading

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