James M Dorsey

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About the Author : James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East

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Saudi soccer debates widens over women’s rights and nationalism

20 Feb 2014
by James M Dorsey
A Saudi debate about the societal role of soccer expanded this week with controversy over a group of female American Congressional staffers being... [More]

Murky Turkish soccer politics mesh with corruption scandal

20 Feb 2014
by James M Dorsey
Always murky, Turkish soccer politics have become even murkier as a politics-laden match-fixing scandal meshes with a corruption investigation th... [More]

Workers’ welfare in Qatar: Navigating a minefield

20 Feb 2014
by James M Dorsey
Qatari organizers of the 2022 World Cup -- in a bid to fend off criticism in the European parliament, convince world soccer body FIFA of progress... [More]

Saudis debate societal merits of soccer

20 Feb 2014
by James M Dorsey
  Saudi parents have joined the country’s clergy in debating the societal merits of soccer in a deeply religious and fundamentalist co... [More]

Qatar’s sports-focused public diplomacy backfires

03 Feb 2014
by James M Dorsey
A perceived lack of real progress in the improvement of conditions for foreign labour, aggravated by a Qatari reluctance to engage in public deba... [More]

Conflicts wracking Egyptian soccer reflect political malaise

31 Jan 2014
by James M Dorsey
Multiple conflicts between Egypt’s military-backed government and the country’s foremost soccer clubs that pit militant soccer fans a... [More]

Turkish match fixing: Precursor to massive corruption scandal

31 Jan 2014
by James M Dorsey
When Aziz Yildirim, the head of Turkey’s foremost soccer club, Fenerbahce SK, denounced this week an appeals court decision upholding his c... [More]

Israeli pitches: A tale of racism, bigotry and double standards

31 Jan 2014
by James M Dorsey
If Israeli soccer pitches are any indication, Israeli attitudes towards Palestinians do not bode well for US Secretary of State John Kerry’... [More]

Egyptian soccer fans threaten to revive stadia as battle fields

14 Jan 2014
by James M Dorsey
With multiple potential flashpoints coinciding, militant, street-battle hardened Egyptian soccer fans threaten to align stadia alongside the coun... [More]

Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

14 Jan 2014
by James M Dorsey
Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three... [More]

Gulf states line up as targets of unions and human rights groups

25 Dec 2013
by James M Dorsey
Gulf states are lining up as targets for criticism by international trade unions and human rights groups for their treatment of foreign workers. ... [More]

Human rights groups blast Qatar with a silver lining

21 Dec 2013
by James M Dorsey
Human rights group again this week blasted future World Cup host Qatar for its treatment of migrant workers. Yet, amid the criticism was an impli... [More]

World Cup Emerges as Agent of Change in Qatar

20 Dec 2013
by James M Dorsey
Qatar is taking a beating in the court of public opinion with almost daily headlines raising questions about the way the Gulf state does business... [More]

Investment in soccer: A double-edged sword for Gulf states

06 Dec 2013
by James M Dorsey
Saudi Arabia has become the latest Gulf country to discover that investment in European soccer to achieve national and corporate branding risks r... [More]

Qatar launches sensitive survey into low soccer match attendance

25 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
Qatari authorities, in a bid to counter criticism that the Gulf state lacks a soccer culture as well as a sense that low attendance of matches co... [More]

Potential German Soccer Star Joins Players-Turned-Jihadists

25 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
When Burak Karan, an up and coming German-Turkish soccer star, was killed last month during a Syrian military raid on anti-Bashar al Assad rebels... [More]

Amnesty report undermines Qatar’s soft power defense stratetgy

25 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
Qatar’s failure to confront with a sense of immediacy and urgency appalling working and living conditions of its foreign workers, who const... [More]

Saudi survey: Majority of Saudis favor women’s right to sports

25 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
A vast majority of Saudis favor women having the right to fully engage in sports in a country that has no official facilities for female athletes... [More]

Banning of Egyptian player highlights problems sports governance

17 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
This week’s banning of a prominent Egyptian soccer player for expressing political views on the pitch goes to the core of international spo... [More]

Al Ahli turns African championship into anti-government protest

17 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
Clashes this weekend between security forces and militant supporters of crowned Cairo club Al Ahli SC and a political demonstration by the team&r... [More]