All Blog Posts Tagged 'Iran' (108)

Iranian Arab soccer pitch emerges as flashpoint in Saudi-Iranian proxy war

By James M. Dorsey

A soccer pitch in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, home to Iran’s Arab minority, has emerged as a flashpoint of anti-government protest at a time of rising Arab-Iranian tensions over the status of Shiite Muslim minorities in the Arab world, the crisis in Yemen, and the outlines of a multilateral agreement that would curb Iran’s nuclear program and return the Islamic republic to the fold of the international community.

Soccer fans clashed with security forces last…

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Added by James M Dorsey on April 6, 2015 at 7:20am — No Comments

Iran Nuke Deal And Israel

 

israel_iran_nuclear After 18 months of negotiating, Iran has come to a preliminary agreement - on 2nd Apr. 2015 - with China, Russia, France, UK, US and Germany (P5+1) on Tehran’s nuclear program. Niw the framework agreement is made but the negotiations for a final deal will continue through June 30th…

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Added by Ari Rusila on April 3, 2015 at 9:29pm — No Comments

TransConflict - March 2015 Review

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during March, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation and selected…

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Added by TransConflict on April 1, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Gulf Alliances: Regional States Hedge Their Bets

By James M. Dorsey

The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces

from gaining power symbolises the Gulf’s new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various

Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement rather than

replace the regional US security umbrella.



Qatar this month signed a military agreement with Turkey which gives the two parties the

right to deploy…

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Added by James M Dorsey on March 31, 2015 at 4:05am — No Comments

Soccer riots reflect long-standing discontent in Iran’s predominantly Arab Khuzestan

By James M. Dorsey

Long-simmering discontent in Ahwaz, the soccer-crazy, predominantly ethnic Arab capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein unsuccessfully tried to exploit when he launched the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, exploded on the pitch earlier this month during an Asian championship League qualifier between the city’s state-owned Foolad FC and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

Anti-government protests during the match in which Iranian fans declared…

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Added by James M Dorsey on March 21, 2015 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Blatter’s call on Iran to allow women into stadia reeks of opportunism

By James M. Dorsey

Campaigning for re-election, world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter seems never to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. In an article in a FIFA magazine, Mr. Blatter commemorated International Women’s Day by calling on Iran to lift its ban on women attending male sports events in stadia. In doing, so the FIFA president…

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Added by James M Dorsey on March 8, 2015 at 8:23am — No Comments

Sports associations step up pressure on human rights violators

By James M. Dorsey

International sporting associations have hardened their stance towards wannabe hosts of mega-events, who violate basic rights, including those of women and migrant workers.

The hardening stance stands out against the recent backdrop of democratic leaders trekking to Saudi Arabia to pay their respects to newly enthroned King Salman with no mention of the kingdom’s escalating violations of basic rights and cruel punishments.

The International Volleyball…

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Added by James M Dorsey on February 4, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

Conflicting views of Islam spill onto the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men’s match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men. The significance of Ms. Samir’s appearance highlighted the battle for the soul of Islam that is being fought on the pitch as much as it is being waged on multiple other fronts. It also spotlighted strategies to counter militant ideologies.

Ms. Samir, the…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 21, 2015 at 12:43am — No Comments

Women’s Sporting Rights: The battle is in Philadelphia… and Riyadh

By James M. Dorsey

A pre-teen female player has attracted widespread attention with her fight to overturn a clerical ban on her right to play football alongside boys in a co-ed league. Backed by her parents, the player initially succeeded with an online and media campaign to force the clergy to lift the ban temporarily. However, the clergy has since rescinded its decision and definitively reinstituted the ban. Not taking no for an answer, the player earlier this month launched a…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 14, 2015 at 7:34am — No 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…

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

Gulf-Iranian proxy war spills onto the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey

A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran. The cancellation officially on technical grounds came barely two weeks before Iran meets two of its Gulf nemeses, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in politically loaded matches during the Asian…

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Added by James M Dorsey on December 27, 2014 at 1:18am — 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…

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

Activists expand labour and human rights campaign beyond Qatar to include all Gulf states

By James M. Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The activists hope that Qatar may move quicker on promised reforms given that the integrity of the Gulf state’s successful 2022 World Cup bid has again been called into question as a result of world soccer body FIFA’s four-year long corruption…

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Added by James M Dorsey on November 24, 2014 at 1:57am — No Comments

Volleyball federation sanctions Iran in new assertiveness on women’s sporting rights

By James M. Dorsey

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men’s world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches. The warning signals a new assertiveness driven by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make adherence to human, gender and labour rights a condition for potential hosts of major sporting events and…

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Added by James M Dorsey on November 11, 2014 at 4:07am — No Comments

Nuclear Flashpoints: US-Iran Tensions Over Timetables and Terms

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

By Garrett Nada…

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Added by Viola Gienger on June 12, 2014 at 5:47pm — No Comments

The Volatile Factors Underlying a Potential Iran Nuclear Deal

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

By Garrett Nada…

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Added by Viola Gienger on May 16, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Countdown to the Final Iran Nuclear Deal

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

There’s no single formula for a nuclear deal with Iran. The United States compares negotiations to solving a Rubik’s Cube™, because so many pieces are…

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Added by Viola Gienger on May 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

January 2014 Review

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during January, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:

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Added by TransConflict on February 3, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments

Iran Agreement Sets Agenda for Talks Toward Larger Pact

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. To view the post on the web site, click …

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Added by Viola Gienger on November 25, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

New Iran Diplomacy Heightens Pressure From Opponents

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. To view the post on the web site, click here.

By Viola Gienger

A second round of talks with Iran is coming up later this week in Geneva, and the temperature is rising in the region and beyond. The pressure is intense on all sides in the…

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Added by Viola Gienger on November 5, 2013 at 6:22pm — No Comments

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