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?
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?