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The World Cup: on and off the field

25 June 2013 | 11:25 - By Matthew Hall

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most celebrated sports tournaments in the world. In 2014, it is expected to generate approximately $4 billion in revenue - but at what cost?

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Snowden and Assange: traitors or heroes?

18 June 2013 | 10:28 - By Matthew Hall

Do the conversations surrounding the character traits of Snowden and Assange detract from the real issues at hand?


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There have certainly been better urban planning ideas than the project put forward by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year to transform Taksim Square in Istanbul.


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Excuse the history lesson. It will be brief.

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Visitors to New York usually know Greenwich Village as a cute part of the city with crooked streets, tiny restaurants, quirky bars, expensive boutiques, and celebrity sightings. Yet, for those who live and frequent there, all of that is true but Greenwich Village has always cultivated a dark underbelly.

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Benghazi questions just won't go away

14 May 2013 | 8:25 - By Matthew Hall

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met in Washington DC this week to talk about what - or what not - to do with Syria as that country continues to implode and hastens its trajectory toward being a non-country.


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Mike Bloomberg may go down in history as one of New York City’s great mayors when he finally leaves office in November. After 12 years on the job, most people would want to have some kind of favourable place in history. The trouble is that one policy Bloomberg feverishly supports is likely to blight his record.

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Matthew Hall presents a first-hand look at world events from a different angle.

Matthew Hall New York-based writer Matthew Hall has chased fugitives across Texas, been shot in outback Australia and has lunched with Liza Minnelli.

 
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