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Iran’s Economic Migrants

July 3, 2013

Iran’s Economic Migrants

Many will remember the statement by former US secretary of state Madeline Albright that the sanctions against Iraq which killed at least 500,000 Iraqi children were a ‘price worth paying.’ Now there is another ‘price worth paying’. This time it is the people of Iran, through sanctions.  Read more…


Profits tax free, but games won’t save Britain from recession

August 12, 2012

There have been outrageous abuses of power before and during the Olympic Games in London this year. These include a police attack on, and mass arrests during, a “critical mass” bike ride, the placing of missiles on civilian roofs despite protests by affected residents, and special “Olympic lanes” on roads whose use is limited those granted special permission by games organisers.

The overwhelming feeling in Britain appears to be national pride that such an Olympics was pulled off so successfully. Part of this is tied to Britain’s sporting success at the games. (This is the reason why the British government has pumped tens of millions of pounds into sports such as rowing.) The “feel good factor” of the Olympics depends a lot on the success of the host nation.
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Olympics show how political sport is

August 6, 2012

The Olympics are a sporting and social phenomenon without parallel. The Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics was watched by close to 1 billion people.

Viewers for individual events can be remarkable. The website Sporting Intelligence said 184 million people watched a live women’s volleyball match between China and Cuba at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A further 450 million people watched part of it.

The huge public interest in the Olympics means that what may seem to be ordinary events can have global ramifications. It also makes the Olympics of intense interest to political leaders and the world’s biggest corporations. 

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Australia’s Olympic gold-winning racism and sexism

July 30, 2012

It rarely takes very long into an Olympics for the myth that the games are above politics to be shattered. For the London 2012 games, the myth was smashed well before the games begun.

A series of incidents involving Australian athletes have shown that politics are at the heart of the games.

Despite winning the Olympic trial earlier this year, athlete John Steffensen was not selected to represent Australia in the individual 400 metres sprint, replaced by 19 year old Steve Solomon.

Steffensen, a black runner of South African heritage, said in response: “I’ve put up with being racially vilified by this federation, being discriminated against on many teams.

You know it would help if I was a different colour … A lot of my decisions with my federation would be totally different.”

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London prepares for the war games

July 30, 2012

It has not even begun, but a world record has already been set for the London 2012 Olympic games. The games, which begin on July 27, are the most corporatised, militarised and draconian Olympics of all time.

Every day there are fresh stories that reveal that, to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Olympic spirit means giving corporations and governments free reign to do what they like.

These have ranged from the obscene, such as placing high-velocity missiles on people’s roofs without permission, to the ridiculous. The July 11 Daily Mail said: “Olympic chiefs have banned all 800 food retailers at the 40 Games venues across Britain from dishing up chips because of ‘sponsorship obligations.’” Read more…

David Gallop: News Limited Stooge

June 5, 2012

It seems almost surreal that the biggest complement David Gallop has received is that he has brought stability to the game. In reality, there has hardly been a figure that has brought Rugby League so close to destruction. His first involvement in Rugby League was as Legal Affairs Manager for Super League  starting in 1995. The “Super League” being the breakaway competition formed by News Limited. Essentially, his role throughout was to act as News Limited’s lawyer. He was a central figure as News Limited moved to establish complete control over the game. At the first federal court trial, according to the SMH “Justice Burchett deliver[ed] a comprehensive victory for the ARL, described by lawyer Mark O’Brien as a 100-nil win. Among the findings were that the clubs were bound by loyalty agreements to the ARL, which owned the rights to club colours, logos, names and jerseys, and that both News Ltd and the Super League companies had acted with “dishonesty” and “duplicity”.

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Guardiola: The Football Modernist

April 27, 2012

When Ange Postecogolou quit Brisbane Roar, who have won the Australian A-league the past two seasons, he stated that ” “I’m a restless soul … a bit like a shark. If you stop moving you die, so I considered I needed a new challenge,’’ The statement immediately reminded me of Pep Guardiola, who a few days later resigned as manager of Barcelona. Guardiola was, above all , restless. His restlessness was what drove him to turn Barcelona into one of the greatest teams of all time and it was his restlessness that drove him to quit, believeing he had taken Barcelona as far as he could, leaving it to someone else to see if they could eveolve Barca further.

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