The Brazilian Street: Powers of Change

July 09, 2014

With a government that has misled its people, Brazilians themselves can be the drivers of change if they are united. The FIFA World Cup will draw to a close on July 13, while Brazilians feel a mixture of emotions. What I see today on social media is that many, many Brazilians are still angry....

David vs Goliath: 64 Years On

July 04, 2014

Will Brazil overcome the ghost of Goliath and lift the World Cup for a sixth time? With 56 games played, the FIFA World Cup is heating up as the quarterfinals start on July 4. With the likes of Argentina, Germany and Brazil still in the running, the fun will certainly not stop anytime...

World Cup 2014: Passion and Protests

June 12, 2014

Controversy has marred the World Cup, which threatens to embarrass FIFA and the Brazilian government. Background The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Over 3 billion people watched it in 2010 — the fact that 111 million watched the Super Bowl puts this in context....

Social Inequality in Brazil: The People, Politics and the World Cup

June 07, 2014

Brazilians are unified in their frustration with the government before the World Cup. On May 20, bus drivers in São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, went on strike, closing 11 major terminals and leaving many people stranded. The newspaper A Folha ran a headline that stated: “Protest Hurts...

Qatar and the World Cup: Protests and Human Rights In Play

May 20, 2014

Mega sporting events allow Qatar and other nations to build soft power on the international stage. Mass protests against Brazil's hosting of the FIFA World Cup, Turkey's loss of opportunities to hold sports events, and controversy over Qatar's labor system are impacting the global sports world's...

Iran’s New President: Averting a Popular Revolt

June 19, 2013

The election of Rouhani as Iran's new president signals a possible change in direction of Tehran’s foreign policy. The election by a clear majority of cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's new president on June 15, 2013, has secured for Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei the most...