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Galeano

Professional soccer does everything to castrate its own energy of happiness, but it survives in spite of all the spites.

Brazil World Cup

The Cup has become a tool for neoliberal plunder—but Brazilians are fighting back.

Stadium in Brazil

Sports tournaments will pollute air for “the earth’s lungs.”

Sasha Menu Courey

To curb sexual assault, victims need allies and advocates. Former University of Missouri football player Rolandis Woodland is a model for this.

Scaffold Brigada

In the London neighborhood of Forest Gate, the spark of a soccer revolution is brewing.

Dave Zirin and Samantha Retrosi

The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin will join former luge competitor Samantha Retrosi to take reader questions on the politics of the Olympic games.

Sochi illustration

The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.

John Carlos

“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”

Sochi rubble

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.

Blogs

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

Everyone will remember the score of yesterday’s game. But will they remember the numbers of Brazilians that FIFA has displaced and disenfranchised?

July 9, 2014

There is a narrative emerging in the US press that Brazil’s protests have been small because everyone is just happy with the World Cup. It’s not true. 

July 7, 2014

As two are dead and nineteen injured as an overpass collapsed in Belo Horizonte. The most awful part of this tragedy is that it did not have to happen.

July 3, 2014

The role that Israel is playing in arming Brazil's World Cup securities has activists up in arms, and raises disturbing questions about the future of our cities.

June 30, 2014

Suspending Luis Suárez is the right thing to do. But the organization responsible for issuing judgment is absent of moral weight.

June 25, 2014

Whether in Brazil or the United States, opponents of Native rights have taken to the tactic of pretending indigenous social justice activists simply do not exist.

June 21, 2014

Another day of World Cup games means another day of protests from the Brazilian people. 

June 19, 2014

Favela Vila Autódromo has lost 30 percent of its homes in the last year. Their crime is being next to the 2016 Olympic Village.

June 18, 2014

For many of Brazil’s residents, the battles between World Cup teams aren’t nearly as important as the battle to keep their homes, or to protest free from the threat of violence.

June 16, 2014