Thanks to my brother Victor( I only really have one but still…) for the link and heads-up.
Another great documentary I wasn’t aware of for over a year. Well here it is.
In TED’s first talk of 2011, Al Jazeera’s director-general shares his view on the uprisings sweeping the region.
It is hardly a secret that , like many people, I haven’t the slightest interest in sports and fail to see what the fuss is all about. That being said, the politicking behind the granting of World Cup hosting rights is remarkable. I don’t normally make a habit of reading the Daily Mail but an article by Des Kelly caught my eye. After Brazil, the next two events will be in Russia and Qatar. Really. Neither nation has a stellar track record when it comes to embracing human rights and being inclusive. Here is Mr. Kelly’s take:
Following the events of this week, FIFA would like to make the following announcement to the world’s football family: The game welcomes everyone — except blacks, gays and Israelis.
It’s the obvious conclusion from the debacle in Zurich.
Russia has a dismal record on football racism. Their first 2018 bid presentation video was memorable only for the fact there was a complete absence of any black face among the cast of thousands, on and off the pitch.
A few visitors in African garb were dropped into a closing film, but it was tokenistic and an obvious afterthought.
As for Qatar, they ‘do not recognise’ the Jewish state of Israel. But they say they will permit the Israeli team to take part if required, which is awfully nice of them.
No word as yet on whether Israeli supporters will be ‘recognised’, although I suspect they might be as they try in vain to pass through Customs.
Qatar’s Sharia Law also deems homosexuality an illegal act, punishable by five to 10 years in prison, so any footballer planning to come out may prefer to wait until after 2022.
In fact, if you happen to be black, Jewish or homosexual, or a combination of all three, I’d suggest you make the most of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
FIFA doesn’t want you after that.”
Read more here.