James M. Dorsey

Qatar 2022: New Labour Laws Set To Be Announced

Qatar 2022: New Labour Laws Set To Be Announced

JAMES M. DORSEY: With pressure mounting by the day the Qatari authorities are set to announce a huge set of changes to the kafala system

 James M. Dorsey

Egyptian Militant Soccer Groups In ‘Surprising Unity Pact’

Egyptian Militant Soccer Groups In ‘Surprising Unity Pact’

JAMES M. DORSEY: Two of Egypt’s leading groups of rival fans have combined to claim ownership of the football stadia.

 James M. Dorsey

Saudi ‘Female Soccer Controversy Leads To Major Discussion

Saudi ‘Female Soccer Controversy Leads To Major Discussion

JAMES DORSEY: The attendance of American female senators at a soccer match in Riyadh has sparked a massive debate

 James M. Dorsey

Bigotry and Racism: The Ugly Face of Israeli Soccer

Bigotry and Racism: The Ugly Face of Israeli Soccer

JAMES DORSEY: It’s a depressing story that only seems to worsen by the day – racism in Israeli soccer is blight on its society.

 James M. Dorsey

A New Vision for Qatar? Soccer Becomes Agent of Change

A New Vision for Qatar? Soccer Becomes Agent of Change

JAMES DORSEY: Qatar has taken a beating in the court of international public opinion recently but a major debate has been sparked

 James M. Dorsey

Cutting Egypt’s Military Aid: Washington’s Dangerous Game

Cutting Egypt’s Military Aid: Washington’s Dangerous Game

JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s clear that Washington has embarked on a major re-alignment of its strategic resources in the Middle East.

 James M. Dorsey

Sectarian Divisions Being Played Out on the Football Field

Sectarian Divisions Being Played Out on the Football Field

Sectarian divisions fuelling conflict across the Middle East have spilt on to the soccer pitch with Iraq’s decision to boycott the Gulf Cup and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) warning the Iraqi government not to interfere in the game. It is hard to separate the divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that governments in Bahrain […]

 James M. Dorsey

Football ‘Ultras’ At The Heart of Egypt’s Latest Unrest

Football ‘Ultras’ At The Heart of Egypt’s Latest Unrest

JAMES DORSEY: They’re trying to maintain a balance but given the fact that the regime is increasingly painting them as Islamists how long can that last?

 James M. Dorsey

‘Kafala’ – The System That Threatens Qatar’s World Cup

‘Kafala’ – The System That Threatens Qatar’s World Cup

JAMES M. DORSEY:

 James M. Dorsey

‘Buy Low, Sell High’: Gulf Investors New Football Strategy

JAMES DORSEY: The recent acquisition by a Saudi Prince of a lower-tier English football team points to a new direction for Middle Eastern magnates

 James M. Dorsey

Qatar’s World Cup: Striking While it’s (Very) Hot

Qatar’s World Cup: Striking While it’s (Very) Hot

Activists have stepped up calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to bring conditions for its majority foreign work force in line with international labor standards.

JAMES M. DORSEY: Activists have stepped up calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to bring conditions for its majority foreign work force in line with international labor standards.

 James M. Dorsey

Precarious Positioning: The U.S. and Mid East Freedom

Precarious Positioning: The U.S. and Mid East Freedom

JAMES M. DORSEY: To maintain its tightrope act, the Obama administration will have to draw a clear distinction between peaceful, legitimate and democratic expression of dissent and terrorism.

 James M. Dorsey

Gulf rivalries and the Soccer Pitch: Persian or Gulf?

Gulf rivalries and the Soccer Pitch: Persian or Gulf?

The battle between Iran and various Gulf state for the identity of the energy-rich region has spilled onto its soccer pitches. It’s the Persian Gulf League vs. the Arabian Gulf League.

JAMES M. Dorsey: The battle between Iran and various Gulf state for the identity of the energy-rich region has spilled onto its soccer pitches. It’s the Persian Gulf League vs. the Arabian Gulf League.

 James M. Dorsey

Millitant Football Fans To The Fore Again in Egypt Protests

Millitant Football Fans To The Fore Again in Egypt Protests

JAMES M. DORSEY: Militant football fans are arguably Egypt’s largest civic group. They’re preparing to confront President Morsi as they previously did Mubarak

 James M. Dorsey

World Cup Qualifier Comes At A ‘Volatile Moment’ in Iran

World Cup Qualifier Comes At A ‘Volatile Moment’ in Iran

JAMES M. DORSEY: Today’s World Cup qualifier will be monitored closely by the authorities in Tehran

 James M. Dorsey

Brutality Back-Fires: Arab Spring’s Lesson for Erdogan

Brutality Back-Fires: Arab Spring’s Lesson for Erdogan

JAMES M. DORSEY: Once again battle-hardened football fans are taking the lead in confronting a regime. We’ve been here before.

 James M. Dorsey

‘Women Welcome’: Progress But Heat Rises in Saudi Stadiums

‘Women Welcome’: Progress But Heat Rises in Saudi Stadiums

JAMES DORSEY: It’s a significant move by the Saudi authorities but rising discontent is evident on the terraces in the Kingdom

 James M. Dorsey

Algerian Revolt: Surge in Soccer-Related Violence A Signal

Algerian Revolt: Surge in Soccer-Related Violence A Signal

JAMES M. DORSEY: Violent protest attending soccer matches has proven to be a reliable indicator of an imminent popular revolt in the Arab World. Algeria’s next then.

 James M. Dorsey

New AFC Boss: The Clock is Ticking for Reform Agenda

New AFC Boss: The Clock is Ticking for Reform Agenda

JAMES M. DORSEY: Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa immediately following his election last week pledged that he will pursue reform vigorously. Let us see.

 James M. Dorsey

Al Jazeera’s Fading Arab Fortunes Lead To New Strategy

Al Jazeera’s Fading Arab Fortunes Lead To New Strategy

JAMES M. DORSEY: Various reasons – many of them political – have led to a drop in viewership across the Arab world. Time to look elsewhere for new audiences.

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