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Malaysian Airlines Plane Shot Down in Ukraine: Was It Intentional?

Whoever shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donetsk on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard, probably didn’t know what they were …

Life after 7-1: what happens to footballers after a defeat like Brazil's?

Next week the players who represented Brazil at this year's World Cup will go on holiday and remember being successes. Born poor boys in most cases, they have become, in every case, extremely rich and envied men. None was universally liked before Tuesday – no footballer quite transcends his tribe – …

Brazilian Football

The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis

Tens of thousands of Honduran thugs have been flown home on Con Air since 2001. Now, what they learned on U.S. streets with the monstrous MS-13 and MS-18 has sent children fleeing north.<p>Poverty was surely a factor, as no doubt was the mistaken belief that American immigration authorities would not …

Gangs

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Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, …

Bruce Lee

Dead Girlfriend's FB Messages From Beyond the Grave Will Terrify You

Lionel Messi Is Impossible

<i>We published this article during the 2014 World Cup. Since then, Lionel Messi has proven the point over and over again, including an impossible goal</i> …

Who Won the World Cup of Arm-Folding?

This year’s World Cup has featured some of the planet's greatest athletes performing seemingly impossible physical tasks. Bicycle kicks. Spectacular …

World Cup 2014: Interview with David Winner on Dutch Chances

On Wednesday, I spoke over the phone with David Winner, the author of <i>Brilliant Orange</i>, a remarkable meditation on Total Football and Dutch soccer …

Boehner Decides Helping Hillary Win Is Better Than Passing Immigration Reform

At the start of 2013, I really thought immigration reform was going to happen. Unlike every Obama-supported initiative that Republicans had opposed, …

Electoral Reform

The Problem With Possession: The Inside Story of Soccer’s Most Controversial Stat

The 2014 World Cup is chockablock with numbers. From shots on goal to completed passes to distance run, it’s now possible to glean an incredible …

Statistics

Ladies and Gentleman

Andy Murray, Amélie Mauresmo, and sexism at Wimbledon<p>There was nothing more for Andy Murray to do. He had already changed history. He had already …

Europe's migrant influx: 'we need help but we don’t know where from'

With a bandana on her head and a three-month-old baby at her feet, Azeb Brahana stands in the gardens of Catania’s train station and looks a little lost. The 25-year-old Eritrean left her country in 2012, aware, she says, that the life she wanted was not possible in a country with mandatory …

Europe

2014 World Cup: USA-Germany Recap: Bravo, Klinsmann!

That result was more than a necessity. It was a moral victory of sorts. Germany are the most complete team in the tournament. They have the top goal …

Liberal News

Luis Suárez’s Giorgio Chiellini clash adds to story of violence and deceit

Earlier this year, an American sportswriter by the name of Wright Thompson travelled to Uruguay to speak to some of the people who knew Luis Suárez to try to get a better picture of his background. Thompson had heard of one story going back to Suárez’s childhood, of him being sent off in a youth …

Refereeing

Reinvented by de Boer, Ajax’s Daley Blind transforms into the ‘Dutch Lahm’ “ By Mohamed Moallim ”Innovation swirls around Ajax like leaves, in the Vondelpark, on a blustery autumn’s day. “Almost...

Child Migrant Crisis Has Court Backlog Dilemma

The huge influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern U.S. border will be back in the news on Wednesday, when the House Judiciary Committee …

Did This Ancient Civilization Avoid War for 2,000 Years?

Ancient civilization

Pope Francis May Be Risking His Life by Taking on the Mafia

When the pontiff denounced the “evil” of Italy’s mafias he was sending a message to complicit priests as well as mobsters. The dons are getting nervous, and dangerous.<p>ROME, Italy — When Sicilian Mafia superboss Bernardo Provenzano was nabbed in a little farmhouse near Corleone, Sicily, in April …

Pope Francis

Why It’s Still OK to Hate Sexy Bastard Cristiano Ronaldo After He Saved Team USA

The pretty, injury-faking boy from Portugal is one of the world’s best. He also says things like, ‘People are envious of me because I’m rich, handsome, and a great player.’<p><i>Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.</i><p>Superstar. Sultan of the Stepover. Pretty boy. Injury faker. Crybaby. All …

Cristiano Ronaldo

Bosnia Dragons Bow out of World Cup

In Sarajevo, a city ever running out of parking space, the downtown area was closed last night to traffic for the match between Nigeria and Bosnia. I …

2014 World Cup: Luis Suarez Is a Beast for Uruguay

Once Uruguay had beaten England to stay in the World Cup, I turned off the TV and exhaled. What a display from Luis Suarez!<p>It would have been naive …

The Neocons Botched Iraq. Now They Want to Tell You What They Think. Ignore Them.

Let’s say you’re an academic-turned-public official who helped push your government into war. You promised an easy victory and an inexpensive …

Iraq

The Not-So-Beautiful Game

IT’S wonderful that America has fallen in love with World Cup soccer, as it plays out across the greenswards of Brazilian host cities like Natal, Manaus and Curitiba. To walk through New York City on Monday night and hear the restaurant crowds’ whooping at John Brooks’s late-game goal, which …

Pressure on Obama to Quickly Resolve Centuries-Old Sunni-Shiite Conflict

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday “deeply frustrated” that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D.<p>After meeting for more than an hour with the President …

Islam

Adios to the Tiki-Taka Men

All great teams eventually meet their nemesis. The all-conquering 1961-62 Yankees, which included Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra, turned into the 1965-67 Yankees, which failed to win eighty games for three seasons in a row. The Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen …

Spain

World Cup In Gifs: Guillermo Ochoa Spectacular Saves in Mexico Brazil

They are already building a statue for Guillermo Ochoa in Mexico City—at least they should be.<p>The Mexican keeper—and free agent!—put on a masterclass …

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