Sports

COLUMN

Get Real

Brazil's economic party ended well before the World Cup was set to begin. What went wrong? 

Daniel Altman |

Putinology

Patriotism and the Olympics

Why taking the wrong stand on the Olympics can get you accused of being a traitor to the nation.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

The Sochi That We've Lost

Most visitors to the Winter Olympics will only see the giant stadiums and overpriced hotels. But some Russians are mourning the lost paradise of childhood.

Anna Nemtsova |

The List

Carpetbagging the Olympics

How to ski for Dominica if you're an Italian couple from Staten Island.

Hanna Kozlowska |

Putinology

Sochi's Bitter Medicine

Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Tea Leaf Nation

Song of Herself

Once again, Australian Open champ Li Na didn't thank her homeland -- and China noticed.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Shaq in China: A Love Story

A translator for the NBA star explains his cross-border appeal.

Adam Century |

Photo Essay

The Real Sochi

What you won't see on TV when you tune into Russia's Winter Olympics.

Rob Hornstra |

Christian Caryl

The LGBT Global Values Gap

The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Not Exactly the Land of Smiles

As they gear up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, young Russians find themselves exercising some little-used facial muscles.

Anna Nemtsova |

Feature

Bush League

How baseball fell apart in the land that gave us Mariano Rivera and Rod Carew.

Eric Soussanin |

Marc Lynch

Performance Enhancing Debate

How the Ryan Braun scandal explains Egyptian Revolution punditry.

Marc Lynch |

Daniel Altman

Winter Is Coming ... to the World Cup

Can switching up seasons save the 2022 tournament in Qatar?

Daniel Altman |

Putinology

Russia's Olympic City

Russia is pushing ahead with its projects for the 2014 Winter Olympics. But not everyone is happy.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

March Madness

The top sports cinderella stories vs. the best from world history.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Pilgrims and Idiots

How celebrities should handle visits to authoritarian countries in today's world.

Arch Puddington |

Feature

America’s Game

Why don't other countries like football?

Joshua E. Keating |

Dispatch

France vs. Lance

The French aren't surprised by the fall of America's cycling hero. They knew he was cheating all along.

Eric Pape |

Argument

The Golden Gun

Want to win big at the Olympic Games? Buy a bunch of overpriced tanks and fighter jets.

John Norris |

Slide Show

China's Champion Children

As China and the United States compete for gold at the London Games, we take a look at the grueling lives of the People's Republic's next generation of top athletes.

Slide Show |

Slide Show

Weird World of Sports

Fourteen events we'd like to see at the next Olympics.

Hillary Hurd |

Slide Show

Arab League

A unique look at the Middle East's aspiring women Olympians.

Brigitte Lacombe |

Dispatch

Prison Island

Bahrain has badly botched its local version of the Arab Spring. And there seems to be no way out.

Tom Malinowski |

Dispatch

China Goes Linsane

The phenomenal rise of NBA wunderkind Jeremy Lin is sweeping mainland China -- even though he's Taiwanese.

David Yang |

Slide Show

Big in Beijing: China's Sports Stars

With Linsanity sweeping the nation, here's a look at other sports stars -- both foreign and Chinese -- who have made it into the spotlight.

Slide Show |

The List

The Harvard of Hong Kong, and 8 Other Great International Schools

Didn’t get into the college of your dreams? Don’t want to bankrupt your parents? Here’s where to go.

Lois Parshley |

Argument

Bloody Sunday

Scotland prepares to celebrate Easter in traditional fashion -- by participating in a bigoted, sectarian, and violent soccer match.

Alex Massie |