Archive for September, 2009

The Virtues of Deglobalization

September 27, 2009

Forget the Sunday paper, Walden Bello’s new piece at Yes! magazine is something nice to read with a warm cup of coffee.

As leaders of the G20 map out a new economic order, protesters are making it known that they don’t want it to be like the last one. Walden Bello outlines 11 principles of a deglobalized economy that promotes equity and quality of life rather than growth and environmental destruction.

9 Ecological Boundaries We Don’t Want To Cross

September 27, 2009

Welcome To The Anthropocene!

Chris’ latest piece is up at Elephant Journal discussing how close we may be to approaching several ecological tipping points from which we won’t be able to recover.

The more complete version of the study cited in the Wired article proposes setting nine critical planetary boundaries we should not cross, lest we invite ecological catastrophe.

Looking at the recent past, I’m not very optimistic that world leaders (especially ours in the US) will give these boundaries fair consideration in their policy decisions. This should only give us even more reason to understand these scientists’ findings and redouble our efforts to convince others of the impending drastic life changes if we don’t take action soon.

No more hitting the snooze button on addressing man-made climate change, its time to wake up!

New Rules From Bill Maher

September 25, 2009

Yet another classic set of New Rules from Bill Maher.

This time, its “If America Can’t Get It Together, We Lose The Bald Eagle.”

Gotta say, I think he’s got us pegged.

Buy Less, Live More

September 25, 2009

My latest article is up over at Elephant Journal titled:

Buy Less, Live More: Retail Therapy For The Economically Recessed

I hope you enjoy reading it!



Is America Hooked On War?

September 21, 2009

Some good food for thought as we start the week.

Tom Englelhart asks an important question this week in his excellent article “Is America Hooked On War?”

And lest you think this is a jab at either major party, you’ll find that Engelhart opines that this addiction started long before Bush and seems to have broad approval by both parties.

Is he wrong? Is he right? If so, what to do about it?

We’re Number 37!

September 14, 2009

So, What Do You Do?

September 7, 2009

Just had my first article posted over at the Elephant Journal and here it is: So, What Do You Do?

Hope you can relate to this one!



Format Change At Letters From Vagabondia

September 4, 2009

Letters From Vagabondia will be changing from a soccer-only format to a broader one including social commentary plus perspectives on travel and living a healthier, happier life. We’ll still have a soccer blurb now and then but it will no longer be the focus of this blog.

Thanks for your readership and we hope you give us a look under the new format in the coming weeks.



Heath Pearce Lands In………….Turkey!

September 2, 2009

American international Heath Pearce has signed for Turkish First Division side Bursaspor (just south of Istanbul).

The Gators are currently in fifth place on seven points after the first four matches of the season.

For more details, check out LFV pal Greg Seltzer’s report over on his blog No Short Corners.

Team India Holds Onto The Nehru Cup

September 2, 2009

Courtesy of FIFA:

India goalkeeper Subrata Paul was the hero as the host nation held their nerve to retain the Nehru Cup winning 5-4 on penalties against Syria at New Delhi’s Ambedkar Stadium on Monday.
Despite losing to Lebanon by a solitary goal in the opener, India bounced back to reach the final of the five-nation tournament with wins over Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, it was Syria that went into the tournament decider with an unblemished record that including a solitary-goal victory over the hosts two days prior.

Second-time around proved a different story altogether. Following a goalless 90 minutes, the hosts went ahead eight minutes into the second period of extra time, with Renedy Singh curling in a well-taken free-kick. Despite the agony of conceding so late, the Syrians showed impressive resolve to equalise as Ali Diab headed home a minute from time to force the penalty shoot-out.
Having excelled throughout the campaign, India’s young custodian Paul went on to produce some of the tournaments finest saves when his country needed him most. Although Renedy missed the target and Mehrajuddin Wadoo’s shot was saved, the 22-year-old bravely denied Wael Ayan and Ahmad Haj Mohamad, and after Irungbam Surkumar put India ahead, Paul kept his cool to save from Hamzeh Al Attounim to seal India’s dramatic triumph.
Houghton hails progressPaul’s sublime display didn’t go unappreciated by India coach Bob Houghton, who was quick to acknowledge the talent displayed by his goalkeeper. “Again Subrata was brilliant for us and he had an outstanding tournament,” said the former China and Uzbekistan boss who assumed the reigns of the world’s second most populace nation in 2006.
Under the Englishman, India made history two years ago when they ran out 1-0 winners over Syria to lift the Nehru Cup trophy as hosts for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1982. Boosted by the ground-breaking success, India went on to claim arguably their greatest success to date by winning last year’s AFC Challenge Cup, thus booking their place in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.
“The team has played together for the last three years and they are a matured group now,” Houghton stated after the Nehru Cup final. “They play for each other and give everything for the team. Even after conceding the late equaliser and missing two spot kicks, the team came back.”
Winning a hat-trick of titles in his three years in charge has provided Houghton and his charges with a timely boost in the build-up to India’s first appearance in the AFC Asian Cup since 1984. “We still have our work cut out if we are to do well in the Asian Cup. We will plan to play some good matches to keep the team in good shape.”

Like India, Syria also showed impressive form throughout the tournament and despite the second near-miss against the hosts, they showed they are truly a side to be reckoned with.
Under the guidance of Fajer Ebrahim, Syria began brightly with a 2-0 win against Kyrgyzstan. They went on to defeat Sri Lanka 4-0, edging Lebanon 1-0 to book their place in the final, before beating the hosts in the final group match, albeit with the result academic.

“We were unlucky to lose the game as we had created so many chances,” said Ebrahim, whose side is seeking to qualify for Qatar 2011 from a group which also features Lebanon, China and Vietnam. “I hope the experiences gained and lessons learned from this campaign will benefit us in the forthcoming Asian Cup qualifiers.”
A special thanks to our LFV readers in India – Jai!