FROM Steven Goff
South Africa after the Last World Cup Ball Is Kicked There'll be a first-time winner of the World Cup on Sunday, when Spain or The Netherlands will join the ranks of legendary soccer teams. But the cost of the games isn't cheap. South Africa spent some $2 billion constructing ten stadiums. In a country still struggles with pressing problems that include high unemployment, a critical housing shortage and a school system in crisis, what long-term impact will the World Cup have on South Africa? What happened to the magic of the Mandela dream?
This One's for BP: US Ties England on Goalie's Spill The US team was happy to get a 1-1 tie with England on Saturday, based on an inexplicable error by the English goalkeeper. Now, America's goalkeeper may be out of action for the next match in South Africa. Tim Howard makes his living in England, where he's been named the Premier League's goalkeeper of the year. But in World Cup matches, he plays for the US, as long as he's healthy. Steve Goff is covering the action for the Washington Post — vuvuzela's and all.
World Cup Preparations in South Africa With roughly a billion fans expected to watch on TV, the World Cup will be living up to its name. It's been held every four years since 1930, with two exceptions during World War II. The first was in Montevideo, Uruguay, and this is the first on the continent of Africa. South Africa, the host nation, has spent almost $4 billion on preparations.
World Cup Preparations in South Africa The World Cup has been held every four years since 1930, with two exceptions during World War II. The first was in Montevideo, Uruguay, and this is the first on the continent of Africa. South Africa, where soccer is the sport of the black majority, has spent almost $4 billion on preparations. But, in a country of widespread deprivation, there’s some resentment over the billions spent to build facilities that could become white elephants. Other than South Africans, Americans have bought more tickets than anyone else. How will the US team do in Saturday’s big test against England?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?