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Religious conservatism redefines symbolism of national sports teams
By James M. Dorsey Over the past decade, religiosity and religious intolerance
have seeped into national sports teams in Pakistan and Egypt, societies that have
been wracked by faith-based narrow-mindedness and political fanaticism. The trend is exemplified...
The trend is exemplified by two national team managers, a controversial Pakistani cricket captain and a storied Egyptian midfielder-turned-glorified-soccer coach. The trend reflects the devastating impact of religious and/or political intolerance in Pakistan and Egypt.
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Egypt inches towards return of militant fans to stadium terraces
By James M. Dorsey Egypt may be inching towards a return to the stands of
soccer fans, who played a key role in the 2011 toppling of President Hosni
Mubarak and have been barred entry into stadiums for much of the last five
years. Clubs, players and fans se...
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Kuwaiti rulers fight their internal battles on the sports field
By James M. Dorsey Political infighting within Kuwait’s ruling family is about
to take a dramatic turn with reports that the Gulf state plans to dissolve its
national sports organizations in a blatant illustration of the incestuous
relationship between spor...
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Iran doubles oil exports since sanctions lifted (JMD quoted on Azernews)
Iran doubles oil exports since sanctions lifted 15 JUNE 2016, 13:43 (GMT+04:00 ) Tweet By Fatma Babayeva Iran seems committed to push forward with plans to pump additional barrels of oil into an already oversupplied market. The country’s crude output has cr...
Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh announced about this during the public meeting of the Iranian Parliament on June 13, Shana news agency reported. Zangeneh noted that Iran has doubled oil exports, which reached 2 million barrels per day now. The Minister stressed the need for foreign ...
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What happens when Arab autocrats are left to fend for themselves? Turmoil Galore
What happens
when Arab autocrats are left to fend for themselves? Turmoil Galore By James M. Dorsey (Remarks made at the Asia Pacific Roundtable, APR @ 30:
Cooperation and Contestation in a Changing Regional Landscape) We have been given the impossible task...
We have been given the impossible task of telling you in the words of Hollywood director and actor Woody Allen everything about the Middle East that you want to know and never dared to ask and all of that in 15 minutes. So what I am going to do is give you a series of headlines so that we can ...
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Turkish soccer brawls: The battle for the future of the Kemalist state
By James M. Dorsey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his
increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking
battles over the future of the Kemalist state. Those battles, pitting
nationalist and conservative forces...
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Volleyball in Iran: A litmus test for women’s rights
By James M. Dorsey An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian
capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting
associations on how to deal with nations that restrict women’s rights as
athletes and/or spectators. How the Fed...
An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting associations on how to deal with nations that restrict women's rights as athletes and/or spectators. How the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) evaluates next ...
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شيوخ الكويت يخوضون معاركهم الداخلية في عالم الرياضة (JMD in Al Jarida)
شيوخ الكويت يخوضون معاركهم الداخلية في عالم الرياضة 23-06-2016 كَتَبَ الخبر   جيمس دورسي ماتيكياً مع صدور تقارير تفيد بأنّ هذه الدولة الخليجية تخطط لحلّ منظماتها الرياضية الوطنية، ما يعكس بوضوح العلاقة الشائكة بين الرياضة والسياسة. الصراع السياسي داخل الأسر...
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وتُشكّل هذه الخطوة الكويتية المتوقّعة جزءاً من الجهود الرامية إلى تهميش الشيخ أحمد الفهد، أحد أفراد الأسرة الحاكمة في الكويت، وواحد من أكثر الرجال نفوذاً في عالم الرياضة، وشقيقه الشيخ طلال الفهد، رئيس اللجنة الأولمبية الوطنية في الكويت، ويُعتبر هذا التطور أحدث فصل من صراع السلطة القديم الذي وصل ...
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Power in Turkey: Islamist power struggle returns to the pitch
By James M. Dorsey The opening of a court case against Turkish soccer star
Hakan Sukur on charges of insulting the president takes Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s autocratic
ambitions back to their origins: an Islamist power struggle with exiled
preacher Fethullalh ...
The opening of a court case against Turkish soccer star Hakan Sukur on charges of insulting the president takes Recep Tayyip Erdogan's autocratic ambitions back to their origins: an Islamist power struggle with exiled preacher Fethullalh Gulen that erupted five years ago on the pitch.
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Men’s hair takes centre stage in battle over legitimacy of political Islam
By James M. Dorsey The Muslim world’s battle over the legitimacy of political
Islam has expanded to the soccer pitch as proponents and opponents of interpreting
the faith politically seek to impose their public morals with men’s hairstyles
and facial hair t...
The Muslim world's battle over the legitimacy of political Islam has expanded to the soccer pitch as proponents and opponents of interpreting the faith politically seek to impose their public morals with men's hairstyles and facial hair taking centre stage. At the core of the battle are fans and ...
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Il calcio ai tempi dell’Isis (JMD quoted in Undici)
Il calcio ai tempi dell’Isis Come si vive lo sport in Iraq, in Siria, e nei territori controllati da Daesh, tra attentati e divieti. Di  Cristoforo Spinella Nell’estate del 2014, Ali Adnan Kadhim Nassir al Tameemi era già una stella del calcio iracheno. Pro...
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Nell'estate del 2014, Ali Adnan Kadhim Nassir al Tameemi era già una stella del calcio iracheno. Protagonista ai Mondiali under 20 dell'anno prima – dove (anche) con un gol da videogioco segnato in semifinale all'Uruguay consolidò i suoi soprannomi di “Bale del Medio Oriente” e “Roberto Carlos ...
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Putting One’s Ear to the Ground: Rumblings of Mounting Discontent
By James M. Dorsey (Lecture at MEI Conference: The Middle East Peace Process
After the Arab Uprisings) When Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East editor, returned to
Jerusalem earlier this month, he was asked by colleagues what story he would be
covering. The...
When Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, returned to Jerusalem earlier this month, he was asked by colleagues what story he would be covering. The story seemed evident to Jeremy. It was of course the ongoing violence perpetrated by individual Palestinians against Israelis and the hard ...
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