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Soccer is not human society itself, with all its thorny issues. But it is at times a reflection of  the entire planet. Nations, their disputes and their aspirations don't just go away when the World Cup begins. The political issues have been coming fast and furious on a near-daily basis at one of the most heavily scrutinized World Cups in the tournament’s history. And outside the tournament bubble, the world itself has kept turning in some of its harshest ways. The rest of the world, it turns out, doesn’t end where the soccer pitch begins. Read moreAnalysis: As Qatar World Cup unfolds, planet keeps spinning

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