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Oddly Enough in June: Miley’s Brazilian, Insane Germans and the G20

25 Jun

Well cripes and begorrah, friends, hasn’t it been an interesting few days? I’d say it has, and frankly I’ve got a lot to nail down here, so bear with me. Of all the months for which I’ve done an “oddly enough” post this month has to take the proverbial cake. Got some doozies for you courtesy of the Strangest June in History.

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Nigeria = Fail

22 Sep

Well folks, it’s been a brutal two months in the ghettos of South Africa.  The Fixer had me on assignment to broker a deal with some Dutch land owners in Johannesburg to build a few villas in preparation for the World Cup next year.  Unfortunately, they weren’t the land owner anymore, and I ended up having to barter with some Zulus on PCP.  I gotta say, South Africa is a pretty fucked up place.  There’s two things I hate in this world: racial intolerance, and the Dutch- and this country is stocked full of both.  But by god, they’ve got sweet toques.


(don’t ask why they even have toques in South Africa)

So what does this have to do with anything?  I’ll tell you:  District 9.

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Dalai Lama Denied Visa For Peace Conference

24 Mar


From CNN:

South Africa has refused the Dalai Lama a visa to attend an international peace conference in Johannesburg this week, a presidential spokesman said.

South Africa thinks that, if the Dalai Lama attended the conference, the focus would shift away from the 2010 World Cup — the global soccer championship it will host next year.

“We cannot allow focus to shift to China and Tibet,” Masebe said, adding that South Africa has gained much from its trading relationship with China.

This is total crap and has nothing to do with the World Cup. China has told their trading partners that the Dalai Lama isn’t to go if South Africa wants to keep getting cheap goods from them. Not only is this a message to South Africa, but a message to any country completely dependent on Chinese goods (and can’t defend themselves).

Luckily, there’s already a lot of blow back from this decision:

The Dalai Lama’s fellow [Nobel] laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said he would boycott the event.

Former president F.W. De Klerk, another laureate, backed Tutu, saying in a statement that he would also not participate in the conference if the Dalai Lama remained excluded.

De Klerk said that the decision to refuse the visa made a “mockery” of the peace conference.

Yeah, no kidding- considering this is a “peace” conference.

Update: Now it appears the peace conference has been canceled altogether:

The organizers of a peace conference scheduled to begin in South Africa on Friday have decided to postpone indefinitely the event after the Dalai Lama was barred from attending.

The conference committee announced Tuesday that it has decided to postpone the meeting indefinitely “as a result of the controversy surrounding the Dalai Lama.”

Organizers said they hoped to reschedule it before the World Cup — if the Dalai Lama is granted a visa.

I’m really not surprised by this in the least. In fact, I’m really glad that this happened. It just goes to show you that passive protests like this actually make a difference in the world. Unfortunately this isn’t going to change anything. If the Olympics taught us anything, it’s that the world is afraid of China. As long as China owns the world’s debt, they’re going to be calling the shots- which is why Iran will be safe.