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Qatari soft power efforts: two steps forward, one step backwards

James Dorsey | Posted 11.18.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Efforts to leverage Qatar's 2022 World Cup hosting rights to create the soft power the Gulf state needs to punch above its weight ...

Qatar calls into question its sincerity in pushing World Cup-driven reform

James Dorsey | Posted 11.10.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey For much of the last six years since winning the hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar appeared to be taking a slow and tort...

Martina Navratilova: Sports Governing Bodies Must Take Responsibility For Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 10.13.2016 | Sports

WASHINGTON ― The world’s major international sporting organizations must act to prevent human rights abuses around their marquee events, tennis gr...

FIFA Is Being Sued Over The Treatment Of Qatar World Cup Workers

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 10.11.2016 | Sports

ZURICH/DOHA - A Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited while working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar is suing FIFA for allegedly fail...

A study in soft power strategy: Iceland 1, Qatar -1

James Dorsey | Posted 10.10.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M Dorsey The soccer soft power contrast between Qatar and Iceland speaks volumes. A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstra...

Israeli-Palestinian struggle returns to the soccer pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 09.25.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused world soccer body FIFA of allowing FIFA-sanctioned matches to be played on occupied land in t...

Struggling for Women's Rights: International Sports Associations Duck the Gun

James Dorsey | Posted 09.21.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey This is an expanded version of remarks made at Interdisciplinary Net's Politics, Money and Sport Places, and Mega Events workshop ...

The Spirit Of Our Faith Is Not A Corpse: The Theodicy Of Sports Theology

Chris Fici | Posted 08.15.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

What exactly is the substance of the spirit of our faith? Why do we cling to something as irrational as faith in the face of the rational, visceral reality of so much suffering, corruption, and violence?

Why We Need To Make The Next Olympics 'The People's Games'

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

As the world tunes into the Rio 2016 Olympics, I feel ambivalent: torn between hoping the Games will deliver for Rio and for Brazil and knowing that, without radical reform, the selection processes for Olympic host cities will continue to have serious negative consequences, often for the most disadvantaged in our societies.

Among The Thugs Again: The Nasty Ghost Of Hooliganism

Chris Fici | Posted 07.11.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

Among the Thugs is also a deeply religious book, for it reveals to us what happens when devotion becomes the motivation and mechanism of violence. Devotion curdling into violence is a virus which continues to infect our bodies of faith.

The Sacrifices We Parents Make -- Even When We Don't Understand Why

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.06.2016 | Parents
The University of Central Florida Forum

Here in Florida, soccer is still my daughter's first love. It's what she wants to do in high school, in college, as a career (as well as speak six languages). Soccer is her life. And, I'm there to support her because that is what parents do.

Soccer And Tennis: Two Sports Needing More Than A Facelift

Stafford Betty | Posted 06.28.2016 | Sports
Stafford Betty

The commissioners who make and guard the rules need always to keep in mind the spectator. Professional soccer and tennis are forms of entertainment, and what entertains best is probably the way the sport should go.

Top Soccer Official Says Trump Presidency Would Hurt U.S. World Cup Bid

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.08.2016 | Sports

A Donald Trump presidency could have a negative impact on the United States' efforts to host the 2026 World Cup, U.S. Soccer Federation President Suni...

Sepp Blatter And His FIFA Cronies Paid Themselves $80 Million

Reuters | Justin Block | Posted 06.03.2016 | Sports

ZURICH - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a "coordinated attempt" to enrich themselves through annu...

Donald Trump, Soccer Snitch Chuck Blazer and Trump University: A Match Made in Trump Tower

Mary Papenfuss | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Mary Papenfuss

Long ago and not so far away two Queens boys met at the top of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and spotted a kindred spirit. They were both super-charged New Yorkers on the make and would strive mightily to become something few would ever imagine they could be.

FIFA: More Leadership Positions for Women

Moya Dodd | Posted 05.27.2016 | Sports
Moya Dodd

Football is finding its inner woman. Come September, six elected women will take their place as full voting members on the FIFA Council. I hope to be one of them.

FIFA's Appointing a Woman to Its Governing Body Is Only the First Step Towards Leveling the Playing Field

Legal Momentum | Posted 05.26.2016 | Sports
Legal Momentum

Legal Momentum applauds the appointment of Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as the first woman secretary general of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced her appointment by the FIFA Council on May 13, 2016.

EA Sports Is Betting Millions You'll Watch This Guy Play 'FIFA'

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 05.25.2016 | Sports

NEW YORK -- Mohamad Al-Bacha was shook. He stared blankly out over the capacity crowd of 1,500 in Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, dropped his Xbox co...

FIFA Finally Appoints A Woman To A Key Position

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 05.13.2016 | Sports

At many companies, societal gender roles rule the workforce: Women earn less than men, they get promoted less frequently and generally have less power...

PLCs? We Need PBCs!

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

It was poor advice from the famous economist Milton Friedman that the only duty of a corporation is to maximize its return on investment. Instead, Ell...

FIFA, Human Rights and Politics: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

James Dorsey | Posted 04.23.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

World soccer body FIFA's creation of a watchdog to monitor the living and working conditions of migrant labour employed on World Cup 2022-related construction sites constitutes the second time in a month that Qatar has been warned that it needs to demonstrate sincerity in its reform of the Gulf state's controversial labour system.

FIFA’s Finally Taking World Cup Human Rights Abuses Seriously

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 04.22.2016 | Sports

Reforming FIFA, the governing body for international soccer perhaps best known for employing executives accused of corruption, is not an overnight pro...

Why FIFA's New President Must Act Now to Prevent a World Cup Built on Abuse

Salil Shetty | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Salil Shetty

Qatari authorities and FIFA, world football's governing body, were quick to dismiss our findings when we published them last month. But when FIFA's new President Gianni Infantino visits Qatar this week, he must confront the issue head on.

Report Tells FIFA To Protect Human Rights Or Move World Cup From Qatar

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 04.14.2016 | Sports

International soccer's governing body needs to improve its practices for protecting human rights or consider moving the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, an ...

This Changes Everything: Out of FIFA's Turmoil Comes a Game Plan to Comply With Commitment to Respect Human Rights

Sharan Burrow | Posted 04.14.2016 | Sports
Sharan Burrow

FIFA stood by and watched the vital infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup including roads, rail lines, hotels, malls all be constructed or maintained by the use of men and some women who had no freedom, were denied fundamental rights and are treated as less than human.