Max Verstappen tests his new Red Bull car in Bahrain. (Photo: Lars Baron / Getty)

Formula One’s hypocrisy problem

“When a country is at war, it is not right to race there.” That was Max Verstappen’s commendable reaction to Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.  The sentiment was shared by almost all his fellow Formula One drivers, who posed for a picture in front of a Ukrainian flag wearing “No War” T-shirts. F1 organisers […]

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Noof al-Maadeed disappeared in Qatar (Photos: Noof al-Maadeed / Hossam el-Hamalawy)

The World Cup’s missing woman

Qatar cannot wait to be an international sporting venue. This weekend the tiny Gulf monarchy hosted its first Formula 1 Grand Prix. And in twelve months time, football fans will fly in for the World Cup. But already some sports stars are speaking out about Qatar’s human rights record. Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton […]

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The Dubai dictator who is the Queen’s close friend and untouchable king of British horseracing

The Queen of England’s friend, Sheikh Mohammed — the repressive, billionaire ruler of Dubai who is holding his daughters, Latifa and Shamsa, hostage — has been allowed by the UK authorities to become the kingpin of Britain’s massive, world-renowned horse racing industry. For how much longer can that industry remain silent on its benefactor’s crimes?

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