All Blog Posts Tagged 'East' (99)

Staunch Sisi supporter calls for opening of stadia and dialogue with ultras

By James M. Dorsey

A staunch supporter of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, has called on the government to allow soccer fans, a pillar of anti-government protest, back into stadia that have largely been closed to the public for nearly five years.

Mr. Sawiri’s request on the eve of two African Confederation Cup semi-finals in Cairo in which Egypt’s storied clubs Al Ahli SC will square off with South Africa’s Orlando Pirates…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 3, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments

Saudi Arabia’s Reach in Yemen: Fighting for Regional Dominance

By James M. Dorsey

The war by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies against Houthi rebels in Yemen has become a debilitating sectarian conflict that has reduced large parts of the impoverished country to rubble and potentially destabilising the region. The kingdom has framed its approach in stark sectarian terms that has sparked intolerance towards minorities, first and foremost Shiites, who are depicted as pawns of an expansionary Iran.

Saudi Arabia fears that its influence, based…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 16, 2015 at 7:07am — No Comments

The Middle East: Who says popular quest for change has been quelled?

By James M. Dorsey

A series of recent mass protests in several Arab countries have called into question suggestions that civil wars, brutal crackdowns and military coups and interventions have quelled popular willingness to stand up for rights in the Middle East. The protests, although focussed on specific social and economic demands, fundamentally have the same objectives as popular revolts four years ago that toppled four autocrats: dignity, social justice and greater…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 28, 2015 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Tragedy and Hope: The Mending of the Middle East

Tragedy and Hope: The Mending of the Middle East

By Inas Younis
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00…


Added by Inas Younis on August 26, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments

Anti-Chinese Protests in Turkey: Relations with China Under Test

By James M. Dorsey

China and Turkey had high hopes when Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on a 2010 visit to Ankara negotiated a strategic partnership that envisioned Turkey helping China quell a simmering insurgency in its north-western autonomous region of Xinjiang.

The deal, a year after then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused China of genocide in Xinjiang, involved a halt to Turkish support for Uighur secessionist groups. It promised mutual economic benefit and…


Added by James M Dorsey on July 15, 2015 at 4:21am — No Comments

A Study in Contrasts: Militaries in Political Transitions in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

By James M. Dorsey

The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.

Almost 30 years after they brutally crushed pro-democracy student protests, Korean police are…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 24, 2015 at 11:17pm — No Comments

The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a New Paradigm

By James M. Dorsey


The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Calls for the introduction of ground forces against Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that controls a swathe of Syria and Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen, or pumping up the number of US…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 18, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Middle East and North Africa: Forcing China to Revisit Long-standing Policies

By James M. Dorsey

A scan of white papers on multiple foreign policy issues published by the Chinese government is glaring for one thing: the absence of a formulated, conceptual approach towards the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This is a part of the world that is crucial not only to Chinese strategic and economic interests but also to how tensions in the restless Muslim province of Xinjiang will develop.

For much of the four decades of economic reform that has positioned…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 25, 2015 at 5:18am — No Comments

Interfaith in the Golden Rule

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“In this past century, a global interfaith movement has been growing, helping to raise consciousness about the need for tolerance and understanding between different cultures and religions. This movement has helped highlight the common goals that most religions share, such as the Golden Rule, which is at the heart of nearly all religious…


Added by Elvira Felix on February 5, 2015 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

Asian Cup Politics: more than just a game

Asian Cup Politics: more than just a game

By James M. Dorsey

Kuwait may have scored the first goal against Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup but when the match ended 4:1 in favour of the Australian hosts the message was not simply a defeat on the pitch. It highlighted the importance and the impact of Middle Eastern politics on the region’s game.

In a world in which diplomacy has expanded from government-to-government contacts into public and cultural…


Added by James M Dorsey on January 10, 2015 at 2:31am — No Comments

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

By James M. Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey. Their battle against Islamic State, the jihadist group that has conquered chunks of Syria and Iraq, for Kobani, a stone’s throw from the Syrian-Turkish border, symbolises Syrian Kurdish aspirations. It has galvanised Turkish Kurdish emotions at a time of fragile peace negotiations between Turkey and the…


Added by James M Dorsey on December 19, 2014 at 5:56am — No Comments

Qatar’s hosting of GCC summit in further jeopardy following Gulf states’ handball boycott

By James M. Dorsey

A decision by the handball federations of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to boycott the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship to be hosted by Qatar in January signals the failure of efforts to reconcile the idiosyncratic Gulf state with its regional detractors and casts further doubts on the prospects of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GGC) scheduled to be held in Qatar in December.

The boycott by Bahrain and the UAE, which together with…


Added by James M Dorsey on November 13, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Kurdish soccer team sparks Swedish FA ire over battle for Kobani, sparks debate on what is politics?

By James M. Dorsey

When Ramazan Kizil established Dalkurd FF, one of Europe’s most successful immigrant soccer teams, in a remote town in northern Sweden, he dreamt of one day raising the Swedish and the Kurdish flag alongside one another in a European championship. These days, Mr. Kizil’s goals are more immediate: aiding embattled Kurdish fighters fending off attacks by Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, in the Syrian-Turkish border town of…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 30, 2014 at 12:39am — No Comments

Mounting Israeli-Palestinians tensions reverberate on the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey

Mounting tension between Israel and Palestinians on the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem have spilt on to Israeli Palestinian soccer pitches in Israel proper as Israel swings towards ultra-nationalists that make Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu look like the best card in a bad hand.

Israeli human rights and legal advocacy group Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights charged in a petition to the Tel Aviv district court that the Israel…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 25, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

The Women of the Syria Peace Talks

In the lead-up to the Geneva II negotiations, Syrian activists, local and international…


Added by Inclusive Security on February 7, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What to do instead of bombing Iran?

Here is a lecture I held at the World Peace Academy in Basel, Switzerland. I show here some pf my photos from my Iran trip, I outline why the present Western policies on Iran are counterproductive and, third, what must be done instead. It's only a hint - so much can be done to both prevent a looming war and to build trust.

I'd be happy to receive your comments and for your sharing it throughout your system.…


Added by Jan Oberg on February 25, 2013 at 9:06am — 5 Comments

Gaza: A Fundamentalist's Guide to Gravity

Gaza: A fundamentalist’s guide to Gravity

By: Firouzeh Afsharnia

A few years ago I was traveling through Africa and found my self in a rickety cab. As I bounced up and down in the lumpy back seat, shifting spots to avoid the broken springs and whatever was festering in the exposed paddings, another passenger got in and sat in the front seat.  He was in a jovial mood and had just passed some sort of certification exam.  “I passed! I passed!” He declared.



Added by Firouzeh Afsharnia on November 20, 2012 at 5:15pm — No Comments

An Interview ith Ambassador John McDonald

It’s June, the month of Fathers Day, and once again we’re featuring peacebuilding men we love.


Ambassador John McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert, peacebuilder, and professor of law and peace. He spent 20 years of his diplomatic career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for 16…


Added by Caroline Anderson on June 12, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments

The road to conflict transformation in Lebanon by Vanessa Bassil- CGNews

Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), an initiative of the international conflict transformation organization Search for Common Ground…

Added by Vanessa Bassil on June 11, 2012 at 8:45am — 7 Comments

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