Political Economy of the World Cup
Events - Politics
Patrick Bond is senior professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies and director of the Centre for Civil Society in Durban, South Africa. He has authored numerous books on political economy and works closely with social movements, trade unions and environmentalists. He compiles a daily "World Cup Watch" at http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccs.
Dave Zirin is a sports correspondent for the Nation Magazine. He has also authored numerous books such as Welcome to the Terrordome and A People's History of Sports in the United States. Zirin's column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sport’s Illustrated’s website and he is the host of XM satellite’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio.
South Africa will be the first African nation to host the International Federation of Football Association’s World Cup set to kick off on June 11 2010. While preparations for the event have contributed to a wave of opportunities for South Africa, there has been a wide range of controversies surrounding the event.
The discussion will focus on the following six red card:
1. Dubious priorities, overspending
2. Fifa profits, political corruption
3. Debt & imports, economic crisis
4. Trickle-down promises broken
5. Democratic freedoms suspended
6. Protest met by repression
Don’t miss what promises to be an exciting perspective on the political and socio-economic implications of the World Cup for South Africa.
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