Europe

China struggles with Belt and Road pushback

September 17, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available at https://soundcloud.com/user-153425019/china-struggles-with-belt-and-road-pushback By James M. Dorsey China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary.…

Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty

August 9, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human rights record and conduct of the war in Yemen. It…

Can the US make Iran sanctions stick?

August 6, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge alongside China as the Islamic republic’s foremost lifeline in seeking to blunt the impact of harsh sanctions. Russia and Oman rather than Europe are emerging as…

Forest fires devastate western Latvia

July 23, 2018

DW. Extreme heat has made the job difficult for Latvian firefighters, as hundreds of hectares have been scorched in the west of the country. Meteorologists have said that unfavorable conditions will continue for two weeks. Firefighters tried to put out this blaze in Sweden on July 22 using a helicopter Five days of unabated fires…

The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

July 1, 2018

By James M. Dorsey If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for political stability as opposed to sustainability, ignoring the undercurrents of change wracking the Middle East.…

Will Europe Defy Trump and Save the Iran Deal?

May 24, 2018

After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. is threatening those countries who remain in it. We speak to scholars Eskandar Sadeghi and Pooya Ghoddousi, who have organized an open letter urging the European Union to withstand U.S. pressure and save the agreement

Playing US sanctions: China walks a fine line in Iran

Playing US sanctions: China walks a fine line in Iran

May 15, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Chinese businessman Sheng Kuan Li didn’t worry about sanctions when he decided in 2010 to invest $200 million in a steel mill in Iran that started producing ingots and billet within months of the lifting of punitive measures against the Islamic republic as part of 2015 international nuclear…

Real Media: Doctors Against Diesel

December 2, 2017

Co-founder of Doctors Against Diesel Chris Griffiths on why he has expanded his work from research to lobbying and protesting about what he sees as a medical emergency in our cities

Real Media: Worker Union Takes Fight to Universities

December 1, 2017

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain launched a landmark legal case to bring collective bargaining rights to outsourced workers at the University of London. If they win, the case will set a historic precedent that could aid zero-hours and precarious workers all around the country

Real Media: Fighting Air Pollution with Direct Action

November 30, 2017

Roger Hallam, PhD researcher at Kings College London, has been studying protest movements and putting his theories into practice to address air pollution