World Cup

Brazil World Cup 2014: workers' deaths, racism, gentrification, and cultural terrorism

A brief look at the deaths of four construction workers at the World Cup 2014 stadium construction sites, and at several other scandals associated with next summer's tournament, FIFA, event organisers, and the Brazilian political elite.

World Cup Qatar: festivities built on slavery

Dohar Foorball stadium - brought to you by forced labour

My latest piece I wrote for Freedom magazine, published in the October issue. On migrant workers' conditions in Qatar, where the World Cup of 2022 is supposed to be held. Basically the original version, but with a few small corrections.

French Footballers refuse to train, force team director to resign

France's 2010 World Cup team have withdrawn their labour in support of a colleague sent home after a row with the team's unpopular coach.

Stewards strike at World Cup leads to violence, may spread

A walkout at the World Cup venue in South Africa has been met with police violence as unions threaten to spread the strike.

The Poor People's World Cup

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, the oldest of the post-apartheid social movements and, in terms of its tactics, perhaps the most confrontational, his running a Poor People's World Cup.

A Quiet Coup: South Africa’s largest social movement under attack as the World Cup Looms

Abahlali baseMjondolo Demand the Right to the City in Cape Town

Toussaint Losier, a student at the University of Chicago who has spent long periods immersed in South Africa's radical movements, reports on the repression faced by Abahlali baseMjondolo as the World Cup looms.

South Africa's World Cup is a disgrace

It's already the most unequal country on the planet. Now 'the greatest marketing opportunity of our time' is making it worse.

Nationwide strike at South African World Cup building sites

Some 70,000 construction workers in South Africa have gone on strike, halting work on stadiums being built for the 2010 World Cup.

Strikes and riots at 2010 World Cup building site

Workers have still not resumed work at Mpumalanga's 2010 World Cup stadium after workers downed tools in a wage protest.

Possible railway strike during 2006 world cup

German railway workers may strike over plans by the German government to split up the state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn.