Football’s Consumable Past and the Soft Power of Nostalgia
In a track by legendary British indie band The Smiths, lead singer Morrisey laments, ‘Manchester, so much to answer for’. The track addresses the horrific killings of children by two people from the city during the 1960s. This abominable episode partly came to symbolise a city that was heading towards...
The Soft Power of Sport in Domestic Development
Small Nation, Big Games – Qatar Gets Ready for 2022
Qatar has been in the news again this summer. As the Taliban swept into Kabul, government in Doha sought to play a pivotal role both in helping to evacuate people from Afghanistan and by seeking to broker deals between the country’s new government and other nations. To some observers, it...
Accountability has been a well-rounded discourse in liberal democracies, extensively used to impose norms in lower-income countries in the name of transparency and good governance. Yet, one can only wonder why the use of such a concept often seems to be only one-sided. For example, in the past six months,...
The existential crisis that Bitcoin is going through, with China’s crackdown and Elon Musk’s about-face, points to the disconnect between the crypto craze and real political-economic issues. The last phase of euphoria, against a backdrop of a poor technical understanding, was exacerbated by emergency monetary policies. Beyond this exuberance inherent...
China’s Championship Sponsors and the Relentless March of Beijing’s Politico-Economic Progress
For avid watchers of male football’s UEFA European Championships, currently being staged across several countries, one thing has occupied the minds of many observing off-field matters: what are those Chinese letters appearing on the pitch-side perimeter signage during the matches? The words may be impossible for many Europeans to understand,...
On May 17th, 2021, Didier Deschamps, the French national football team’s coach, announced the list of the 26 players who will participate to the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2020). As earlier leaks had confirmed the return of Real Madrid footballer Karim Benzema, five years after his last appearance...
The global semiconductor shortage is shaking up a variety of sectors. The automotive industry is particularly affected, after initially overestimating the contraction due to the pandemic and reducing its orders, while demand from the IT sector was simultaneously soaring, due to work from home. This shortage highlights widening technological imbalances....
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