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Created by John Eipper on 06/16/18 5:46 AM

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Putin and FIFA's Gianni Infantino (Paul Pitlick, USA, 06/16/18 5:46 am)

As a follow-up to Helen Pitlick's post of June 15th, I happened to read an article in The New Yorker this morning:


The author also described a TV shot of the luxury box where the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino sat between Mr. Putin and Mohammed bin Salman. The article then quoted Adam Serwer, an editor at The Atlantic, who had joked on Twitter that it wasn't just a game:  "The winner gets to run US foreign policy."

JE comments:  For the Three Soccer Amigos at the Russia-KSA match, see below.  The author masterfully describes them thus:  "All three [are] comfortable rulers of morally questionable but nevertheless ascendant regimes."

After Russia's 5-nil humiliation of the Saudis, it looks like Putin will get to call the shots in Washington.  One thing's for sure:  Infantino never had a chance.  Soccer is not a real sport in the US, it's what kids play.

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  • Putin-MbS Soccer Summit: Putin's English? (Paul Pitlick, USA 06/17/18 5:49 AM)
    John E wrote on June 16th: "It would have been fascinating to be the proverbial fly buzzing over the Putin-Mohammed bin Salman Soccer Summit. Where were their interpreters, I wonder?"

    When I saw the photo John posted, that was also my first thought. But then, probably they just spoke English...

    PS: Another WAIS post recently alluded to a Nobel Prize for Kim and/or Trump. Somehow, it seems that a single decent move by either man doesn't make up for a long history of past bad behavior. However, I can see where South Korean President Moon Jae In might be considered.

    JE comments:  I never knew that Putin speaks English (German yes), but Googled sources say he does.  Who can give us a knowledgeable appraisal of Putin's English?

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