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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…

Russian Hackers: The shadowy world of US and Gulf hacks just got murkier

July 17, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The covert Qatar-United Arab Emirates cyberwar that helped spark the 13-month-old Gulf crisis that pits a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance against Qatar may have just gotten murkier with the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Mueller’s indictment provided detail on website…

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

June 14, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in more than a decade…

Whither the Kurds?

June 12, 2018

This story was originally published in Europa Ethnica, Vol. ½, 2018 By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Palestinians have long been known for a history of missing opportunities. By contrast, Kurds spread across several Middle Eastern nations appeared to have a keener understanding of geopolitics and were seemingly willing to embrace the art of…

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…

Infamous Mercenary Erik Prince Being Considered to Build Trump’s Foreign Army for Syria

April 20, 2018

Trump is asking Middle Eastern governments to build a military force to replace US troops in northeast Syria, and notorious war profiteer Erik Prince has been asked for help. Medea Benjamin says the plan is scandalous.