Let’s not forget some highly entertaining fans, the long added time to combat wasting time and high scoring games. Saudi Arabia and Japan set the tournament alight with their shock 2-1 wins over Argentina and Germany, respectively. Let’s break down each group, players to watch, and what to look forward to in the next round of games. Group BThis group looks like it’s already in the bag for England but this is football and you never know what can happen. Spain, fresh from a 7-0 win over Costa Rica, will look to dominate the ball and knock Germany out.
But without American assistance, the Ukrainian military campaign would have probably floundered months ago. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US has provided the lion’s share of military aid to Ukraine, alongside enormous financial and humanitarian assistance. With election polls predicting a Republican House majority, future aid packages to Ukraine are likely to face greater GOP resistance. These events have inhibited the British government’s ability to form a coherent foreign policy and expand its support for Ukraine. The EU has sent billions of euros of financial aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict, but far less humanitarian and military aid.25 days ago Mail & Guardian
Top newsSydney production assistant Grace Rached, 23, was one of the victims from the crowd crush in South Korea. Photograph: FacebookAustralian identified in Seoul deaths | The Australian who was killed during a crowd crush at Halloween festivities in South Korea has been identified as 23-year-old Sydney woman Grace Rached. Candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gestures to supporters after being elected president of Brazil. What they said …“We will fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon … Brazil and the planet need the Amazon alive.” – Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president-elect. After four years of far-right rule, Lula da Silva said his priorities are poverty, housing and the Amazon.1 month ago The Guardian
In the coming decades, the world faces megathreats that would imperil not just our global economy and financial assets, but also put at risk peace and prosperity. In the years before the 2008 financial crisis, I correctly predicted that our virulent cycles of boom and bust would bring total economic meltdown. It is important our leaders are aware of megathreats like these so they can be addressed before it is too late. So long as dysfunctional, polarised politics and warring geopolitical rivalries prevent a much-needed global collaboration, the dystopian path looks a more likely bet. Nouriel Roubini is professor emeritus at the Stern School of Business and the author of Megathreats: Ten Dangerous Trends That Imperil Our Future, and How to Survive Them.27 days ago The Guardian
Mum had books in her art studio on body modification – I’d flick through and see these images and was enamoured by the beauty of it all. I was 18 and walking around Soho with a friend when I was handed a flyer for a tattoo studio. I have a studio where I work three or four days a week, and we’ve got room for nine artists. They’re choosing to give me a piece of their body – that’s a real responsibility. My parents weren’t impressed at first, although I tattoo my mum now.26 days ago The Guardian
Russian arms procurement from Iran and North Korea heralds an increasing convergence of military and diplomatic interests between Moscow and two countries regarded as international pariahs. Although Kirby did not name transit countries, North Korea supplies weapons to Iran and the two countries also collaborate on missile development. North Korea is particularly attractive to Russia as a source of rockets and shells, producing the same calibre of weapons for North Korean variants of Soviet-era systems and holding large stockpiles. Although North Korean arms sales are covered by UN sanctions – in theory backed by Moscow – Pyongyang has managed to continue supplying armaments. “North Korean arms do get about,” Jack Watling, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, told the Guardian, “and there are fairly established routes into Iran.26 days ago The Guardian
Here’s how the US men’s World Cup excursions rank, in reverse order. It would be another 44 years before the US won another World Cup game. In the knockout rounds, Ghana eliminated the US for the second straight World Cup, winning 2-1 in extra time. 2) 1930 (semi-finals)The US easily overcame Belgium at the 1930 World Cup on their way to the semi-finals. Photograph: PA Images/AlamyHow is a trip to the World Cup semi-finals, objectively the USA’s best result in a men’s World Cup, not ranked first?17 days ago The Guardian
‘Too many people have died to elevate a country’s prestige’My first World Cup was France 98. Daire Sweeney, Ireland‘This is an immoral, false tournament’I’m normally very excited for a World Cup. I have no issue with the World Cup being taken to different parts of the globe, but with each World Cup we are getting more and more wasteful and outlandish. The World Cup should be the best players performing on the biggest stage – we’re patently not getting that because of the compressed schedule. They could not have made it more plain that the principle of this World Cup is to maximise revenue.15 days ago The Guardian