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Questions About Qatar's World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost

James Dorsey | Posted 04.17.2015 | Sports
James 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 hos...

Ben Walsh

Why FIFA Won't Disclose How Much It Pays Its Executives

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports

A lack of transparency at one of the world's most important sports institutions.

FIFA President Blatter Signals Mounting Pressure on Qatar to Tackle Migrant Worker Problems

James Dorsey | Posted 03.19.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take substantive steps to fend off attempts to deprive it of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

International Sports Associations Caught Between $ Signs and Human Rights Ideals

James Dorsey | Posted 03.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

To achieve its goal and avert any risk of being deprived of the right to host the World Cup, Qatar will have to follow through on its promises to significantly improve workers' working and living conditions.

Zimbabwe Gets Kicked Out of 2018 World Cup Qualifying

AP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Sports

You gotta pay to play.

Is African Soccer the NBA's New Breeding Ground?

Ange Kagame | Posted 03.04.2015 | Sports
Ange Kagame

If legends such as Hakeem Olajuwon can become one of the world's best NBA Players, and Luol Deng an all-star, then imagine the potential that would exist if basketball was just as much a part of African culture as soccer is.

Qatar Asks for Time to Implement Labour Reforms

James Dorsey | Posted 04.05.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports is a cultural public diplomacy tool for Qatar to embed and endear itself at multiple layers of the international community. To achieve that however, it has to be seen as a forward looking 21st century state rather than a wealthy energy producer that adheres to no longer acceptable concepts of human and labour relations.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.

Defiant FIFA Defending World Cup Votes

AP | JOHN LEICESTER | Posted 12.19.2014 | Sports

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cup...

FIFA: No Equal Pay For Women Any Time Soon

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2015 | Sports

By Steve Keating OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA se...

FIFA Refuses To Help World Cup Workers

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | Sports

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the welfare of migrant workers involved in building facilities for the 2022 World Cup in ...

Brazil's Silva Sets His 'Ocean View' on North America

Salvatore Bono | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

Inspired by the beaches that surround him and the life he lives with his feet in the sand, Silva has created the perfect summer time record that makes anxious to see the season go. I recently spoke to Silva about his new album, country, and influences.

Dave Jamieson

FIFA Is Keeping Its Corruption Report Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Joining a growing international chorus, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) on Thursday asked soccer's international governing body to release the fi...

Gulf Proxy War: UAE Seeks to Further Damage Qatar's Already Tarnished Image

James Dorsey | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are locked into a propaganda war with public relations agencies and front organizations as proxies that is backfiring on both Gulf states.

The Artichoke and The Soccer Ball: Russia Gains Advantage

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The sanctions on Russia aren't working, and can't work. The plight of French farmers shows how the sanctions can be self-destructive, and the news from UEFA are a signal that Russia is still a trusted partner and an ideological ally of the European Union.

FIFA Executive Says He Doesn't Think 2022 World Cup Will Be In Qatar

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | Sports

* Zwanziger is member of FIFA Executive Committee * Plans under way to shift World Cup to European winter (Updates with FIFA reaction...

World Cup 'Hits The Poorest Hardest'

BBC | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices

The Swiss-based NGO, Terre des Hommes, which is dedicated to stopping child exploitation in developing countries, wants to see a number of financial a...

Tom Hanks Joins FIFA Turf War

AP | ANNE M. PETERSON | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A...

Qatar's New World Cup City Is A Modern Marvel

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

Qatar is going HUGE for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In preparation to host soccer's most major event, the Qatari government has shelled out an estimat...

No World Cup? Brazil Is Still a Must-See Destination (Photos)

Stephanie Be | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

No, FIFA and the Olympics aren't stimulating the economy. I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't enjoy the events because of the injustice. I'm advising you that the framing of the events as a stimulant for positive tourism is misleading.

Learning to Lose in Argentina

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

From its security policy to suspicious, crony nationalizations, and down to its corrupt officials still in office, the Argentine president refuses to learn when she has lost. Without admitting defeat, ideology is left naked to face undeniable reality. Today this ideology is only useful to protect the corrupt and hide scandals. Power is never eternal, and for Kirchner it is finally running out.

FIFA Rejects Calls To Strip Russia Of World Cup

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Ge...

Dear FIFA

Rodrigo Salazar | Posted 09.20.2014 | Sports
Rodrigo Salazar

My "love letter" to Sepp Blatter, to the tune of Jay Z's "Dear Summer".

The World Cup Final Was The Most Watched Soccer Game In U.S. History

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Even without the home team involved, the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the Uni...

Qatari Labor Report Offers Solutions But Is Unlikely to Reduce Pressure on World Cup Host

James Dorsey | Posted 09.13.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A long-awaited Qatar Foundation report recommends a radical overhaul of the labor recruitment system in Asian labor exporting countries as well as the Gulf state that expects to host the 2022 World Cup. The report, however, stops short of calling for the abolition of Qatar's widely criticized kafala or sponsorship system.