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Soccer riots reflect long-standing discontent in Iran’s predominantly Arab Khuzestan
By James M. Dorsey Long-simmering discontent in Ahwaz, the soccer-crazy, predominantly
ethnic Arab capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province that Iraqi president Saddam
Hussein unsuccessfully tried to exploit when he launched the Iran-Iraq war in
1980, exploded ...
Long-simmering discontent in Ahwaz, the soccer-crazy, predominantly ethnic Arab capital of Iran's Khuzestan province that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein unsuccessfully tried to exploit when he launched the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, exploded on the pitch earlier this month during an Asian ...
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Attempts to ban Egyptian militant soccer fan group gather momentum
By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian prosecutor has set the stage for the banning of
a group of hard-core, militant soccer fans by charging them with accepting
money and explosives from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to stage last month’s
Cairo football riot in ...
An Egyptian prosecutor has set the stage for the banning of a group of hard-core, militant soccer fans by charging them with accepting money and explosives from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to stage last month's Cairo football riot in which 22 people were killed.
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International sports associations caught between $ signs and human rights ideals
By James M. Dorsey A just published study highlights how commerce and glitz are
reinforcing support for autocracy by international sports associations and
undermining the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) newly found resolve to
hold potential host cit...
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Blatter’s call on Iran to allow women into stadia reeks of opportunism
By James M. Dorsey Campaigning for re-election,
world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter seems never to miss an
opportunity to miss an opportunity. In an article in a FIFA
magazine , Mr. Blatter commemorated International Women’s Day by calling on
Iran...
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Egyptian spectator ban: flashpoint for conflict and statement of weakness
By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian Cabinet decision to end the suspension of
professional soccer in late March but reinstitute the ban on spectators
attending matches could spark renewed clashes between militant fans and
security forces. The decision against th...
An Egyptian Cabinet decision to end the suspension of professional soccer in late March but reinstitute the ban on spectators attending matches could spark renewed clashes between militant fans and security forces. The decision against the backdrop of mounting evidence that Egyptian ...
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Soccer deaths renews spotlight on Egypt’s notorious security forces
By James M. Dorsey A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like
a politically-loaded soccer brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years
ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt’s unreformed, unabashedly violent, and
politically powerful...
A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded soccer brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt's unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces amid confusion over what ...
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How Qatar is its own
worst enemy By James M. Dorsey This is the Accepted Manuscript of this article that was published by Taylor Francis Group in The International Journal of the History of Sport ,   DOI:10.1080/09523367.2015.1008212 Qatar is proving to be
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Qatar is proving to be its own worst enemy in achieving its soft power goals of embedding itself in the international community as a good citizen despite having put crucial blocks in place. Its failure to convincingly follow through on promises to reform its controversial migrant labour system, ...
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FIFA president Blatter signals mounting pressure on Qatar to tackle migrant worker problems
Blatter meets Sheikh Tamim By James M. Dorsey A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter
following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin
Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living
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A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take ...
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Netanyahu’s Congress Speech: Manipulating the Middle East’s security architecture (JMD in MEI Insight)
   Posted on 09 March 2015 By James M. Dorsey Click here for DOWNLOAD A satirical video of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress captures the essence of his message and his political strategy on the eve of Israeli elections. ...
By James M. Dorsey Click here for DOWNLOAD A satirical video of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress captures the essence of his message and his political strategy on the eve of Israeli elections. “There are three things we must always remember: First Iran, ...
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Soccer fields: A waystation en route to the Islamic State
By James M. Dorsey One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic
State’s executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates
have in common is their passion for soccer and their dashed hopes of becoming
professional players. They...
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Soccer racism highlights Europe’s struggle with transition and entrenched racism
(Source: Pitchgods) By James M. Dorsey Recent soccer-related racism highlights European nations’
tortured transition from ethnically relatively homogeneous to multicultural
immigration societies amid a resurgence of entrenched racial, including
anti-Semitic...
Recent soccer-related racism highlights European nations' tortured transition from ethnically relatively homogeneous to multicultural immigration societies amid a resurgence of entrenched racial, including anti-Semitic, attitudes that flourish in times of economic crisis and are not limited to ...
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Why do so many Egyptian soccer fans die in confrontations with police? (JMD quoted on Global Post)
Laura Dean February 11, 2015 17:08 Why do so many Egyptian soccer fans die in confrontations with police? Nearly one hundred soccer fans have died in clashes with police over the past three years. But the country's interior ministry denies responsibility. E...
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