Thaksin, Manchester City, and Football in Thailand

What does ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s recent return to Thailand mean for Manchester City, the English Premier League team he purchased during his exile? What does his return mean for football (soccer) in Thailand? That was the subject of an AFP story that I wrote last week. You can find it on Yahoo News […]

Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and…Thailand?

It’s been a tense week in the Andes. On Saturday, Colombian forces launched a surprise raid on a camp inside the Ecuador border and killed a senior FARC member. The result has been an ongoing diplomatic kerfuffle between Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. AFP has a run-down of the events: “Regional tensions rise after Colombia raid […]

Bolivia, FIFA, and Globalization

Simon Romero had an excellent story in the New York Times yesterday about Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, fighting to defeat the high-altitude soccer ban I mentioned recently. I particularly like the lede (as well as the delightful image, above): Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, donned a green jersey the other day, watched a llama […]