Five Predictions for the U.S. Election

It is going to be a great night for American democracy. It is a humbling time to be in this country. Not for a hundred years have such a large percentage of people voted. They have voted in a time of a mass pandemic. They have voted when their society is under immense strain. They are voting when all their media and most of their journalists are telling them nose-stretching lies about the candidates. So in the midst of all...

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The Sporting Scandals of the Season

It is in the dog days of summer that the dirty deeds get done. A good habit for European and North American investigative journalists is to check government press releases at the beginning of the July 1st/4th weekend and the Friday before the Christmas Holidays. For it is then, when most people are rushing out the door for their holidays, that bad news emerges from guilty corporations, complicit government departments and cunning media spokes people. In sports corruption, the equivalent are...

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Why the Match Fixers are at the World Cup in Russia

The hot tub of World Cup match-fixing This article first appeared on playthegame.org Potential corruption and match-fixing at the World Cup is aided by corrupt national football association officials, . FIFA’s ‘often odd’ attitude towards these officials protects the fixers at the World Cup. Uncle Frankie, the match-fixer, sat in the hot tub with players from the Swedish World Cup team. It was in a Los Angeles Hotel before their third-place match with Bulgaria at the 1994 World Cup. Uncle Frankie offered the...

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Turkey’s Slow-Motion Coup d’etat, Türkiye’nin ikinci hükümet darbesi

Spare a thought for Turkey.  Türkiye'yi düşünceye ver. In the months since the July 2016 coup attempt, Turkey has had a second, slow-motion coup.  President Tayyip Erodgan has arrested thousands of journalists, lawyers, professors, soldiers, policemen, prosecutors and university administrators.   This has effectively stopped any opposition. Today, (December 5th) Wikileaks published a cache of over-57,000 e-mails of Berat Albaryrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law.   It is a fascinating look into the workings of the Turkish power elite.  The most shocking allegation to emerge from...

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The ‘Sports’ Farce in Washington

To my American colleagues who went to the seminar on ‘sports integrity’ at the National Press Club on June 24th, You saw a presentation by a man with little credibility in sports integrity and two other men who have failed. You attended a presentation sponsored by the Qatari sports establishment.    This is a group that is suspected by sports fans around the world of corruption in securing the rights to the World Cup tournament of 2022. This is a group that...

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