Excerpt from an article by MAC SLAVO*
How far will the US establishment go to prop up support for its many wars and make average Americans believe they are overseas fighting for ‘freedom’?
Apparently, flag waving, crowd saluting, veteran tributes and declarations of support for the troops and other nods to the military/guard that take place at the average professional sports game during half time weren’t spontaneous displays of patriotism.
Instead, they were stage-managed military PR events that came with a price tag for taxpayers. Continue reading
Israel will cry foul, but its suspension from international soccer could be a game changer. GIDEON LEVY in Haaretz
FIFA Preident Sepp Blatter greets members of the Palestinian Al-Amari refugee camp team at the Blatter Soccer Academy in Ramallah on May 15, 2011. Does he know that Mohammed al-Qatari, a soccer student whose future Blatter predicted to be bright, was killed by an IDF bullet straight to the chest from 70 metres away, while protesting the last war in Gaza. FIFA votes on the expulsion of Israel on May 29.
(May 17) – The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA. On May 29, a move might be made that could become a game changer. It could start a chain reaction whose end is hard to predict. If soccer’s governing body shows Israel a red card, as the Palestinians demand, it could mean that soccer becomes the source of transformation. Continue reading
Written by Bayern Central (May 13) – FC Bayern München fought in its Champions League semi return leg against Barcelona but its attempt at a comeback was destroyed by a high defensive line. A detailed look at how it unfolded.
Gaza’s sports facilities – already suffering under siege – were reduced into rubble by Israeli bombs. The deliberate devastation reinforces the just demand for the right of the Palestinian people for self-determination.
Israel’s 51-day military offensive in late summer 2014 reportedly killed 32 athletes and wounded 27 others while also destroying some 30 sports facilities, including gyms and stadiums. The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Gaza estimated the overall damage in the sports sector to exceed three million dollars. – Mohammed Asad
, Middle East Eye
By PETER LARSON*
Show Israel the Red Card is the motto of a UK organization called “Red Card Israeli Racism”
The Canadian Soccer Association will have a say in whether Israel is given the “red card’ by FIFA’s Congress on May 29th. Read more on how this is likely to play out based on my recent conversation with the CSA General Secretary, Peter Montopoli.
The Palestinian Football Association has tabled a motion at FIFA’s annual congress to suspend Israel from international soccer until it stops its harassment of the Palestinian National Soccer team. I tried several times to contact Victor Montagliani, President of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) about the upcoming FIFA congress and the proposed vote. Unable to get any response, I then wrote him an open letter, urging him to carefully consider the motion put forward by the Palestinian Football Association to suspend Israel from FIFA. Continue reading
It was the final of the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase competition at a big money “amateur” NCAA PAC-12 track and field meet, the Pepsi Team Invitational, held at the University of Oregon. Tanguy Pepiot, a runner from France for the Oregon Ducks – one of over 7,000 foreign college athletes imported by US universities to boost their programs – had a large lead with about 100 metres left. As he approached the finish line he looked to the crowd and raised his right arm twice hoping to increase the noise level of the home team crowd a few decibels as he coasted to the finish. University of Washington’s Meron Simon, from 10 metres behind, tracked him down, overtook the senior and won the race by .10-seconds. Tanguy’s face at the end is priceless:
As for Tanguy, he obviously wasn’t happy (see end of video) and said, “I saw the crowd, and it was very loud. I just wanted to celebrate winning in front of our crowd. I was excited about it. But the race wasn’t over. … It wasn’t very smart. But it was a learning experience.”
Along with the never-say-die attitude of Meron Simon, and the old adages of “the race is not over until it’s over” or “don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” I believe there is another moral in this story that is missing from the many American commentaries on this race: the negation of the ideals of amateur sport, sportsmanship, e.g., respect for one’s opponents, that is characteristic of too much American and Canadian professional sport. I remember seeing different competitions internationally where the winner would not leave the finish line until the last competitor would cross, and then shake his or her hand.
Quarterback Tom Brady, it seems, probably had knowledge of footballs being deflated. Maybe. | MADDIE MEYER / GETTY IMAGES
Where cheating is an organized system: “If employees of the Patriots could pull off cheating for over a year, get caught in obvious lies, leave text message evidence, impede NFL investigators, and come out of it with a report that cannot definitively say they cheated, then it raises some questions. First: Why wouldn’t you cheat, any way you could? Second: Who else is cheating, with their doofuses, trying to gain an angle in this merciless league? Third: Imagine if the NFL spent this much time and effort investigating how it handles concussions, and tried for the truth.” And, fourth, what if the criminal justice system was investigating this sports cartel, as the alleged offence in the “deflategate” is, in fact, a criminal offence under law, e.g., fraud, rather than an in-house, private investigation?
By BRUCE ARTHUR in the Toronto Star
By JAMES M DORSEY*
A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup host, and the imminent publication of a Sunday Times book documenting Qatari political interference in world soccer body FIFA’s 2011 presidential election that returned Sepp Blatter to office at the behest of the FIFA president casts a shadow over next month’s FIFA election and is likely to renew debate about the integrity of the Qatari bid.
On this January 4, 2014 picture taken in Santiago, players of the CD Palestino first division football club wear new jerseys, in which the number one was replaced with a 1948 Palestine map. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images (Click to enlarge)
Palestine Square | The blog of the Institute for Palestine Studies
In 1920, Palestinian immigrants to Chile founded the Club Deportivo Palestino soccer team in the capital, Santiago. Today, among Chile’s 300,000 Palestinians – one of the largest Palestinian communities outside the Middle East – the team is simply known as Palestino. Continue reading
“The Organization of American Historians hereby adds its voice to the growing demands by Native American organizations, our sister disciplines, and conscientious people of all ethnic backgrounds, to change the name and logo of the Washington ‘Redskins.’ Continue reading