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How the revolution transformed sports in Cuba

The following is an edited version of the speech made by Rigoberto Zarza, Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Jamaica, at the Media Launch of the 12th Annual Renewal of the Wesley Powell National Track & Field Meet in Jamaica. This article was first posted on this website on December 11, 2014 and is being reposted on the occasion of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.wesley powell media launch jamaica dec 3 2014 c2 Continue reading

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FC Barcelona sanctioned for buying child players

Camp Nou | Philipp Rümmele/Flickr

(Jan 2) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed FC Barcelona’s transfer ban appeal and confirmed that the club has breached the rules regarding protection of minors. The verdict may be a step against the use of underage footballers.

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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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Canadian Hockey League: In defence of the rights of junior hockey players

CHLIn 2012, an unsuccessful attempt was initiated to launch a Canadian Hockey League Players Association (CHLPA) to restrict the exploitation of youth by private capital. It was amazing how quickly the powerful sports media, which is tied hand-in-glove with professional hockey and the big telecom interests, admitted to “abuses” while suffocating the organizers with a barrage of innuendo. RYAN LUNN reports on a new initiative to defend the rights of young athletes. Continue reading

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Coca-Cola – Colombia: Replay of the 1970s & 1980s

Coca-Cola is a leading corporate sponsor of FIFA and the Olympics and marketed as an iconic symbol of the “American way of life.” We are printing the following indepth report on its practice for the information of readers; its abuses in Colombia, now being integrated into NATO: “Replay of the 1970s & 1980s.”

SINALTRAINAL’s leadership has steadfastly showed the courage and determination to stand up against Coca-Cola, paramilitary threats and death squads. Union President Javier Correa leads demonstraion in Colombia (Photo from “The Coca-Cola Case”)

Strong labor unions are critical to improve wages, working conditions and human rights for all workers and for democracies to flourish. For workers in Colombia and Guatemala, a strong union can also mean the difference between life and death. According to “The Coke Machine,” by Michael Blanding, published in September 2010, “…the union members do look to the lawsuit and the Killer Coke Campaign as the reason they are still alive.” Continue reading

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Children are something you sell…

FC Barcelona trains a number of kids each year in its football academy, La Masia | La Masia, FC Barcalona's youth academy in Spain by hiytel/Flickr

FC Barcelona trains a number of kids each year in its football academy, La Masia | La Masia, FC Barcalona’s youth academy in Spain by hiytel/Flickr

By Lars Andersson , Kristian Boye

Major European clubs and anonymous investment funds are fighting across cities, countries and continents over football’s new gold – talented minors.

Football has become a billion dollar industry with astronomical turnovers. An increasing number of people want a part of its glamorous world of money, power and honour, dazzling billions of people around the world.

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Thousands of children have been traded already

All Over Press Photo

All Over Press Photo

By Lars Andersson , Kristian Boye

UPDATED: FIFA has punished FC Barcelona for trading children. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The trade of minors is standard practice in European football – and has been for years. Now, for the first time since the sanctions against the Spanish club were issued, FIFA responds to enquiries regarding the case.

Updated 23 April 2014, first edition published 9 April 2014:

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Fists of freedom: An Olympic story not taught in school

By DAVE ZIRIN*

Olympic Project for Human Rights button, worn by activist athletes in the 1968 Olympic games, originally called for a boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games. The iconic photo appears in many history textbooks, stripped of the story of the planned boycott and demands, creating the appearance of a solitary act of defiance.

Olympic Project for Human Rights button, worn by activist athletes in the 1968 Olympic games, originally called for a boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games. The iconic photo appears in many history textbooks, stripped of the story of the planned boycott and demands, creating the appearance of a solitary act of defiance.

It has been almost 44 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the medal stand following the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and created what must be considered the most enduring, riveting image in the history of either sports or protest. But while the image has stood the test of time, the struggle that led to that moment has been cast aside. Continue reading

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Elegy for Peter Norman

By JOSH HEALEY*

Tommie Smith (left) and John Carlos carry Peter Norman’s coffin | Wayne Taylor.

Tommie Smith (left) and John Carlos carry Peter Norman’s coffin | Wayne Taylor.

I don’t like whiteness. And as a white person looking for some heroes, it’s lonely out here. The museum’s empty.
—Macon Detournay from Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach

two fists
attacked the atmosphere
of Olympic Stadium
Mexico City, 1968

Tommie Smith and John Carlos
took gold and bronze
then took Black Power
center stage

that image
tacked on my bedroom wall
centered on the two men
about to receive more hate mail
than Hank Aaron and Muhammad Ali combined

you, Pete,
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