Quote of the week

In the fallout from the 2010 bidding round, the Qataris complained that they were taking the heat for a process that had also rewarded Putin and his kleptocratic regime. Why weren’t the Russians the ones in the firing line? Part of Qatar’s problem was that the Americans, from whom they had effectively stolen the tournament, began shortly afterwards to look into Fifa’s finances. A US Department of Justice inquiry into Warner, which ended up charging him with ‘wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering’, triggered the exposure of a whole raft of dodgy practices, including a proposed payment of $2 million from Fifa’s chairman, Sepp Blatter, to his deputy and anointed successor, Platini, which eventually led to the resignation of both men.

David Runciman
London Review of Books
4 February 2016

EFF’s Proposed Order in the Nkandla Court case

here is the proposed order of the EFF to which it would agree in order to reach a settlement with President Jacob Zuma in the Constitutional Court matter dealing with the (non)implementation of the Public Protector’s Nkandla Report: EFF’S Proposed Order re zuma feb 16

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