Jerrad Peters

Writer & editor, sports & culture


Commentary, reporting and feature-writing since 2007, filed from locations as varied as the Canadian prairies, refugee camps in northeast Myanmar and Barcelona’s Camp Nou.

Publications include The New York Times, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ESPN, The Mirror, beIN Sports and the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Back to the future in Myanmar

"There were tens of thousands of people in the streets. The demonstration was from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m." I can hardly fathom it. Then again, I can hear his downplayed, matter-of-fact way of speaking as I read his email. It’s the same voice that, slightly more than three years ago, calmly warned me that "there will be soldiers on the other side of the river; don’t look at them."

The New York Times
Brazil wraps itself in Scolari's embrace again

Jose Maria Marin left little doubt that Luiz Felipe Scolari would be appointed Brazil's manager for a second time when, having relieved the team's former boss Mano Menezes of his duties on Friday, he revealed that the next national team trainer would be Brazilian, have a "winning profile" and be best suited to help the Selecão "realise the dream of a home championship."

Winnipeg Free Press
Hope arises at Notre Dame

A few years ago, during a stay in Barcelona's Eixample district, I discovered the sound of centuries. "Tink-tink-tink," hammer to chisel to stone. My apartment looked directly onto the apse of Sagrada Familia, the back of the spectacular, unfinished basilica, whereupon the spire - one of more than a dozen that will have ascended upon completion in 2026 - is the text of Ave Maria.

QAnon Conspiracies Are Taking Over Canadian Conservatism

It may be tempting to laugh at Michael Caputo, the top communications official at the United States' Health and Services Department, who recently accused Center for Disease Control scientists of "sedition" and predicted a socialist uprising would follow the November election. "Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed [in Portland late last month]?

Winnipeg Free Press
Soccer fans' Cup about to runneth over

Lionel Messi's recent photo shoot for PAPER is slaying the web. In the New York-based pop culture magazine's Sports Issue the Barcelona forward and Argentina captain - popularly styled the Greatest Of All Time - is shown petting a goat, holding a goat and playing football with 12 goats.

Winnipeg Free Press
Kachin people want to go home

MYITKYINA, MYANMAR - People in northeast Myanmar know disappointment. They're also all too familiar with gunfire, with fleeing their homes and with what they feel is the systematic suppression of their ethnic Kachin culture.

Winnipeg Free Press
Mystical Mutton

"Alarmingly humanoid" was how the Smithsonian Magazine described the lamb’s facial features in a December article, published shortly after the completed restoration. That it took almost exactly a month for the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb to go viral is somewhat surprising, given the haste of social media. But for whatever reason, people decided they wanted to gawk at a "cartoonish" ovine in late January. And, naturally, to make memes.

Mennonite Central Committee Canada
MCC provides assistance after Cyclone Idai

Issa Ebombolo was not expecting the level of malnutrition he encountered among people displaced by flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

Spectator Tribune
The Revenant: a river runs through it

There is a Mexican saying: "If the river sounds, it's because it has water." One can almost imagine Mexico City-born Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who crossed an ocean on a cargo ship as a teenager, reflecting on this proverb throughout the making of his latest film.

The Englewood Review of Books
Umberto Eco - Numero Zero

In Numero Zero Umberto Eco describes the debauched practice of news-making, and in so doing the renowned semiotician, prominent thinker and celebrated author of The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery and Foucault's Pendulum delivers a novel as shallow as the exercise he satirizes.