James M Dorsey's Blog Posts Tagged 'FIFA' (3)

Palestine unveils sports plan in effort to further state- and nationhood

Palestine unveils sports plan in effort to further state- and nationhood



By James M. Dorsey



Palestine is scoring points on and off the soccer pitch as it seeks to employ sports to further its bid for statehood, ensure international support in its struggle against the debilitating effects of Israeli occupation and initiate a social revolution at home.



The Palestinian effort kicked into high gear this month with the unveiling of an ambitious ten-year plan backed… Continue

Added by James M Dorsey on October 29, 2011 at 3:29am — No Comments

2022 World Cup spotlights strains in Qatari society

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2022 World Cup spotlights strains in Qatari society

By James M. Dorsey

A recent article in Cornell University’s student newspaper, The Cornell Daily Sun, questioning whether Sheikha Mozah Bint…

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Added by James M Dorsey on September 15, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Bahrain: A headache for Obama and Blatter

Friday, August 12, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

US president Barak Obama and Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, share the same headache: what to do about Bahrain?

So far, Messrs. Obama and Blatter have essentially shied away from confronting the issue of a ruler who employs mercenaries to violently suppress pro-democracy demonstrators, including some of the country's most prominent soccer players.

The protests in February and March that started with…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 12, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

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