James Griffiths, The Globe and Mail

James Griffiths

The Globe and Mail

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Recent articles by James:

Headers are a key part of soccer, but the danger is getting harder to ignore

The Qatar World Cup is the first since researchers found professional soccer players are more than three times more likely than the public to suffer from dementia and other neurological disorders → Read More

Canada vs. Morocco live: Canada loses to Morocco 2-1

Morocco beats 2-1 in Canada’s last game of the 2022 World Cup. Morocco will qualify for the final 16 at the top of Group F → Read More

Jimmy Lai trial adjourned as Hong Kong seeks Beijing’s help in blocking his choice of lawyer

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been detained since late 2020, when the Apple Daily publisher was charged with two counts of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces under a new national security law imposed by Beijing → Read More

Jiang Zemin, ex-president who linked China with the world, dead at 96

Jiang’s death comes at a delicate time for China, with COVID-19 lockdown protests sparking anger at the Communist Party and President Xi Jinping → Read More

Wales’ first World Cup in 64 years ends in 3-0 defeat to England

For Wales supporters in Qatar and at home, this was always the match they were dreading, the one they assumed they’d lose, just hopefully not too badly → Read More

China warns against ‘excessive and arbitrary’ enforcement of COVID measures after protests

Press conference acknowledging public anger was a rare moment of conciliation and offered some hope for a gradual easing of COVID measures → Read More

In a rare show of weakness, China’s censors struggled to keep up with zero-COVID protests

There have been almost 700 incidents of labour unrest this year, but the zero-COVID policy has angered many across the country and overwhelmed censors → Read More

China’s anti-lockdown protests are biggest challenge to Xi Jinping in years

A series of disasters and deaths linked to zero-COVID policies, including an apartment fire that killed 10 people, has spurred public anger → Read More

Chinese police beat BBC journalist covering COVID-19 protests

Video showed BBC reporter Ed Lawrence being dragged to the ground by four police officers → Read More

Canada vs. Croatia live updates: Alphonso Davies scores Canada’s first-ever World Cup goal

Canada sits last in Group F, and needs a win or a draw in this game to have a chance at advancing in the tournament → Read More

Anti-lockdown protests break out in cities across China after deadly fire linked to COVID-19 restrictions

In addition to Shanghai, protests took place in Beijing and the major cities of Nanjing and Guangzhou among others, according to social media posts → Read More

The soccer has started, but political controversies around Qatar’s World Cup aren’t going away

Fans from multiple Western countries who spoke to The Globe and Mail in Qatar expressed a sense of disquiet in being at the World Cup → Read More

For Chinese fans, the World Cup can be a painful reminder of their absence — and continuing COVID-19 controls

This World Cup not only highlights how China isn’t participating in international football, but how the country itself is cut off from the rest of the world → Read More

After months of bloody protests, Iranians aren’t sure whether they can support their country at the World Cup

Since Mahsa Amini died in police custody over allegations of wearing the hijab improperly, Iran has been rocked by protests and brutal crackdowns by the Iranian authorities, leaving many unsure of whether they should cheer their country on → Read More

Qatar is spending billions to ensure the World Cup is a success – and to change its global reputation

This Persian Gulf state has spent tens of billions to make FIFA’s big show run smoothly – and to prove the worth of its soft power, tourism trade and the monarchy that oversees it all → Read More

Polish village sealed off for probe into missile blast

Polish President Andrzej Duda said Wednesday the rockets were likely fired by Ukrainian air defence forces → Read More

African Union’s bid for second G20 seat fails

Despite support from at least four of the summit’s member states, the African Union was unable to win a full-time seat at the G20 table → Read More

G20 issues ‘strong and clear’ condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said ‘most countries’ supported the declaration and criticized Russia for launching strikes against Ukraine → Read More

Chinese President Xi berates Trudeau on sidelines of G20 for leaking conversation

Trudeau tells angry Chinese leader that Canadians ' believe in a free and open and frank dialogue’ → Read More

At World Cup 2022, Wales cheers for sporting success abroad and cultural resurgence at home

The Welsh soccer team hasn’t qualified for the World Cup since 1958, but they’ve returned just as Welsh language and culture are having a moment → Read More