South Asia

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s return to Lebanon: A moment of truth

November 14, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The proof will be in the pudding when Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country in which friend and foe have rallied around him and he clarifies whether he intends to follow through on his controversial decision to resign. Few in Lebanon…

What Happened to Trump’s Trade War With China?

November 14, 2017

Despite all his posturing, President Donald Trump’s maiden trip to China was mostly just symbolic, says author and scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Urgent Action needed in support of Shahabi & Salehi; Salehi is close to death!

November 12, 2017

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Iran Accused of Using Afghan Child Soldiers in Syria

November 8, 2017

Human Rights Watch says Iran has sent thousands of Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, including children as young as 14. We speak to journalist and author Emran Feroz.

Saudi Crown Prince’s unprecedented power grab could come to haunt him

November 7, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab that comes to haunt him. The prince’s frontal assault on significant segments of the kingdom’s elite; assertions of unrest in the military and the national guard, and…

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

November 7, 2017
Nixon’s embrace of ‘black capitalism,’ continues to this day while the roots of the racial wealth have never been addressed says Mehrsa Baradaran of the University of Georgia

Saudi Prince Salman’s Chess Game with Hezbollah in Lebanon

November 6, 2017

Prince Salman’s counter coup d’etat in Saudi Arabia​ has resulted in the forced resignation of ​Prime Minister Hariri in Lebanon says Vijay Prashad

Saudi crackdown raises spectre of wider spread dissent

November 5, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Few paid attention to a rare protest in Saudi Arabia in late January 2011 as a wave of popular uprisings swept the Middle East and North Africa, toppling the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Yet, the protests and criticism of the government’s handling of floods in…

Gulf Crisis: Soccer Trumps Politics

November 3, 2017

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially dependent states declared in June an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Gulf state. That didn’t stop the Football Federation of Maldives from signing a cooperation agreement…

Indigenous Activists Fight the ‘Standing Rock of the North’

November 2, 2017

The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would run through 518 kilometers of Secwepemc territory. Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society discusses Indigenous activists’ struggle to stop the expansion