This is an edition of The Great Game, a newsletter about the 2022 World Cup—and how soccer explains the world. All I knew was that the American women’s team were world-beaters, and the men’s team had been, routinely, beaten by the world. American men’s soccer was behind. Major League Soccer was but eight years old—established, in part, to boost the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 1994. Then, at the 26th minute, the then-22-year-old American winger Christian Pulisic whipped a ball into the box off a corner.
Expanding at an average pace of around 7 percent a year, the Chinese economy nearly doubled in size over the course of Xi’s first two terms. Source: China PathfinderLooking forward, China’s progress in trade openness and innovation will likely persist. Toward a modern innovation systemLike with trade, Beijing has also implemented policies to improve its innovation economy throughout Xi’s first two terms. As a result, China now scores higher than Spain, Italy, and Canada in innovation, according to China Pathfinder. Further readingImage: Chinese President Xi Jinping meets the media following the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 23, 2022.22 days ago Atlantic Council
Subscribe to UkraineAlert As the world watches the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfold, UkraineAlert delivers the best Atlantic Council expert insight and analysis on Ukraine twice a week directly to your inbox. The invasion of Ukraine has also revealed other areas where today’s Russia falls well short of superpower status. Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Russia has become something of an international pariah. The war in Ukraine has ruthlessly revealed Putin’s Russia as a Potemkin Great Power. Defeat in Ukraine will undermine the imperial identity that defines Putin’s Russia.1 month ago Atlantic Council
South Korea was in mourning on Monday after more than 150 people, mostly young adults, died when a huge Halloween party crowd surged into a narrow alley in a nightlife district in Seoul. It remained unclear what led the crowd to surge into the downhill alley in the Itaewon area on Saturday night, and authorities promised a thorough investigation. A man makes a deep bow while paying tribute near the site of a crush that happened during Halloween festivities in Seoul. France and Thailand each said one, and Japan said two, of their nationals had also died during the Itaewon disaster, but the South Korean interior ministry couldn’t immediately confirm the reports. The crowd surge was South Korea’s deadliest disaster since 2014, when 304 people, mostly high school students, died in a ferry sinking.1 month ago The Guardian
A total of 26 foreign nationals are confirmed to have been among the 154 people killed in a stampede at a Halloween parade in South Korea on Saturday, with a number of them reported to be young adults studying abroadSeoul: Tragic students among first victims named after 154 killed in stampedeStudents studying abroad are among the first tragic victims of a horror Halloween parade stampede in South Korea to be named . Officials have since confirmed that a total of 26 foreign nationals have died, with news reports back home identifying a number of these as students studying abroad. Image: @gabriela__gabee/Twitter) @gabriela__gabee/Twitter)Also killed was 24-year-old Choi Boseong, who had been in the centre of Seoul to celebrate his birthday with two friends before being caught in the stampede. She flew over to South Korea the following day to say goodbye after receiving news of his passing. A 20-year-old international business major, he was one of 11 students from the institution taking part in a study abroad programme.1 month ago The Mirror
SEOUL (AFP): More than 150 people have been killed in a stampede at a Halloween event in Seoul, officials said Sunday (Oct 30), with South Korea's president vowing a thorough investigation into one of the country's worst-ever disasters. Police had also not expected such a large crowd at the Halloween event, he added. The interior ministry said the 20 foreigners killed included people from the United States, Uzbekistan, Austria, Norway, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Sri Lanka. The United States embassy in Seoul confirmed that two US nationals had died. President Joe Biden said the United States "stands with" South Korea after the tragedy, while Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was "hugely shocked and deeply saddened".1 month ago The Star
In the next, a surge of panic spread as an unmanageable mass of people jammed into a narrow alley in Itaewon. A stunned Seoul was just beginning on Monday to put together the huge scope of the crowd surge on Saturday night that killed at least 153, mostly people in their 20s and 30s, including foreign nationals. Most were women who dressed as witches or were in other Halloween costumes; two were foreigners. Even after the crush, witnesses said they saw some revelers not immediately making way for emergency vehicles, rescuers and police officers. One viral video clip on Twitter showing a crowd of young people dancing and singing near the carnage drew several insults from South Koreans.1 month ago The Hindu
South Korea is in national mourning after more than 150 people died in a crowd surge over the weekend. Here's how the tragedy unfolded at Itaewon district on Saturday nightWhat happened at Itaewon? How Seoul stampede happened as Korea enters national mourningItaewon district in Seoul, South Korea, is well-known for its annual Halloween celebrations. What was the aftermath of Itaewon crowd surge? Image: JEON HEON-KYUN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) JEON HEON-KYUN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)As of Monday, October 31, the death toll from the Itaewon crowd surge stands at 154 people.1 month ago The Mirror