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Amid Middle East Realignment & Saudi Blockade, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC

Amid Middle East Realignment & Saudi Blockade, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC

December 4, 2018

Qatar is withdrawing from oil organization OPEC, while Saudi Arabia continues its blockade. Colonel Larry Wilkerson says this is part of a larger realignment in the Middle East, as Turkey exerts more influence

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…

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists

November 13, 2018

Al Jazeera’s undercover film The Lobby – USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary’s explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

November 4, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and potential Western sanctions against Saudi Arabia has sparked renewed debate about the value of the longstanding alliance between the United States and the kingdom. The debate is…

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

October 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and environments in the bulk of…

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

October 11, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At…

Leaked Clips from Censored Documentary on Israel Lobby Reveal Attacks on US Activists

Leaked Clips from Censored Documentary on Israel Lobby Reveal Attacks on US Activists

September 10, 2018

Excerpts of the censored Al Jazeera undercover film on the Israel lobby in the US have started to be leaked. The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and the Grayzone Project’s Max Blumenthal explain how these clips show the Israeli government backing attacks on American pro-Palestinian activists and Black Lives Matter

The long shadow of the Gulf crisis: Qatar emerges as key player in Gaza crisis

September 4, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Dug in for the long haul in its increasingly bitter dispute with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is emerging as a key player in efforts to prevent tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, from spinning out of control. Qatar’s increasing…

Turkey’s financial crisis raises questions about China’s debt-driven development model

August 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States, but are unlikely to resolve the country’s structural problems, fuelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s counterintuitive interest rate theories. The latest crisis in Turkey’s boom-bust economy raises questions…

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…