How the World Cup Wrecked South Africa

A spending bonanza before the tournament made it look as though the government cares about glitzy showmanship more than its workers. This week their frustration boiled over.

Soccer Is Not A National Metaphor

The temptation has proved irresistible during the World Cup to see soccer teams as metaphors for their nations. According to this theory, France’s loss represents the failure of integration and Ghana’s success represents the upward trajectory of Africa. Could anything be more stupid?

Bring Back the Sports Boycott

It worked against South Africa. North Korea's 7-0 loss to Portugal means its players will slink back to the Hermit Kingdom and face a potentially dark reward for failing to bring glory to the homeland. Does FIFA really want to enable that?