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Saudi sports diplomacy: A mirror image of the kingdom’s already challenged policies

Saudi sports diplomacy: A mirror image of the kingdom’s already challenged policies

November 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi sports diplomacy is proving to be a mirror image of the kingdom’s challenged domestic, regional and foreign policies. Overlorded by sports czar Turki al-Sheikh, Saudi sports diplomacy, like the kingdom’s broader policies, has produced at best…

Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic-speaking Middle East

July 22, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Long satisfied to attempt to dominate pan-Arab media and battle it out with Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television network, Saudi Arabia has now set its hegemonic sights on influencing the media landscape of the non-Arabic speaking greater Middle East. In the wake of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s…

Real Media: Hot Off The Press

June 11, 2018
In collaboration with DeSmog, Real Media takes on #ShellKnew – an unfolding story of Shell’s awareness of its impact on climate change and how it has managed its image through PR as being a green socially responsible company, and the Trade Secrets Act which gives more rights to corporations above journalists and whistleblowers

2018 World Cup potentially set to become latest Middle Eastern battlefield

June 3, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A possible Saudi-Iranian clash on the soccer pitch promises to be a highlight of this month’s World Cup in Russia. It would add significant drama to multiple soccer-related battles involving Saudi attempts to control Middle Eastern and Asian governance of the sport at the expense of Iran as…

Saudi Moroccan soccer spat symbolizes the Arab world’s new politics

Saudi Moroccan soccer spat symbolizes the Arab world’s new politics

May 7, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A Saudi Moroccan soccer spat speaks volumes about the depth of change in the Arab world. The spat over Saudi Arabia’s refusal to support a Moroccan bid for the hosting rights of the 2026 World Cup tells the tale of the rise of individual country nationalism at the…

Dave Zirin: Abolish FIFA

June 17, 2014

Sports journalist Dave Zirin says bribery and corruption are endemic to FIFA, and discusses what could take its place in the world of soccer

Protesters Clash with Police in Brazil – Dave Zirin on World Cup 2014 (1/2)

June 12, 2014

Dave Zirin, author of “Dancing with The Devil”, on why Brazilian protesters are fighting against the sport they love

Brazil Protests

June 24, 2013
Salvador’s ‘Sleeping Giant’ awakens as city erupts in violence during FIFA confederation cup

Latin America

June 20, 2013
Brazil protest that began over increasing cost of public transportation continues to draw tens of thousands to the streets