Corruption predates the World Cup, but it doesn’t have to live past it

By John Lloyd
June 12, 2014

An aerial shot shows the Arena Fonte Nova  stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Salvador

Crooked sports didn’t begin with FIFA or the World Cup. The truth is, the fix has been in since the beginning of time.

When the U.S. needs support, Europe pleads poverty

By John Lloyd
June 4, 2014

The United States has troubles. This was the subtext of President Barack Obama’s speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point last week. The latest trouble is the raw ambition of Russian President Vladimir Putin to dominate as much of the former Soviet Union as he can.

European dream may be among dead in political earthquake

By John Lloyd
May 27, 2014

French National Front party deputies Gilbert Collard and Marion Marechal-Le Pen attend the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris

Earthquakes struck all over Europe this past weekend, as the votes for the European Parliament came in.

Will India’s Modi resist the lure of nationalism?

By John Lloyd
May 20, 2014

Nationalism is in vogue in the world’s largest states.

President Vladimir Putin has called upon the specter of nationalism in staking Russia’s claim to Crimea and as a justification for destabilizing Ukraine’s east. He and the Russian military have acted to protect and, where possible, bring “home” his nation’s ethnic kin.

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Eurovision’s Conchita brings out Russia’s worst and Europe’s best

By John Lloyd
May 12, 2014

The most complicated thing said over this past weekend by a public figure came from the perfectly rouged lips of the winner of the Eurovision song contest, Conchita Wurst. “I really dream,” she said, “of a world where we don’t have to talk of unnecessary things like sexuality.”

Russia’s scorning of Europe

By John Lloyd
May 1, 2014

After a quarter of a century of claiming to be a part of Europe, Russia has ceased to regard it as a goal. As tension over Ukraine remains taut, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has confirmed a new line. He no longer wants Russia to be thought of as “European.” Europe and Russia, he now says, are in separate moral spheres.

For Russia, it can only get worse

By John Lloyd
April 28, 2014

Russians who disapprove of what their country is doing to Ukraine are a small and unpopular minority.

The UK’s paradox of faith

By John Lloyd
April 23, 2014

When David Cameron recently proclaimed in the Church Times — the organ of the Church of England — that he was a Christian, that his faith helped guide him through life and work and that Britain is a Christian country and should be proud of it, he was met with a wall of disapproval.

The coalition of the reluctant

By John Lloyd
April 17, 2014

Russia is currently winning the Game of Empire. It has taken Crimea and it is closing in on Eastern Ukraine. Whether or not more will be invaded, no one can tell.

Modi: Democrat or divider

By John Lloyd
April 9, 2014

India’s 815 million voters started the five-week voting cycle earlier this week. It’s already being celebrated as a triumph just for taking place — “the largest collective democratic act in history,” according to the Economist.