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The Turbulent World of Middle East · 11h ago

Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy

NU Conference in JombangBy James M. DorseyTwo conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-Ame...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 5d ago

One Belt, One Road: A plan for Chinese dominance and authoritarianism

By James M. DorseyA leaked long-term plan for China’s massive $56 billion investment in Pakistan projects the goals of the Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative as a ploy for economic domi...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

Palestinians lament FIFA's delayed decision on settlement teams (JMD quoted in Al-Monitor)

Palestinians lament FIFA's delayed decision on settlement teamsWhen Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, took the stand May 11 at the 67th Congress of the interna...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

Conflict in the Middle East threatens Pakistan and lynchpin of China’s One Belt, One Road

By James M. DorseyIncreasingly caught up in the Middle East’s multiple conflicts, Pakistan is struggling to balance relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran amid concern in Islamabad that...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions render Pakistani policy unsustainable

By James M. DorseyAn Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards crashing down. Pakistan’s tenuous ...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

Palestine puts FIFA in a bind

By James M. DorseyThe perennial dispute between Israel and Palestine has put world soccer body FIFA in a bind. With FIFA groping on how to deal with Israeli West Bank settlement teams playin...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

Pakistan caught in the middle as China’s OBOR becomes Saudi-Iranian-Indian battleground

By James M. DorseyPakistani General Raheel Sharif walked into a hornet’s nest when he stepped off a private jet in Riyadh two weeks ago to take command of a Saudi-led, 41-nation military all...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 3W ago

Blasphemy and Terrorism: Catchall Phrases to Repress Dissent

By James M. DorseyBlasphemy has joined terrorism as a catchall phrase to intimidate, incarcerate and kill critics and political opponents as well as stifle unfettered debate and settle score...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 3W ago

Sheikh Amhad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah quits after being implicated in FIFA bribery, corruption probe (JMD interviewed on ABC)

Sheikh Amhad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah quits after being implicated in FIFA bribery, corruption probeBy Tracey HolmesPosted about 3 hours ago
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 3W ago

Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad: The rise and fall of political corruption in international sports

By James M. DorseyFor Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, long seen as one of the three most powerful men in international sports, resignation from world soccer body FIFA could be the be...