Turkish soccer brawls: The battle for the future of the Kemalist state

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By James M. Dorsey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state. Those battles, pitting nationalist and conservative forces against secularists and Kurds, are nowhere more evident than on Turkish soccer pitches. A series of incidents in recent months … [Read more…]

Die Geliebten

Nürnberg verpasst den Aufstieg. Doch auch nach einer lausigen Relegation bleiben die Fans ihrem Verein treu. Warum eigentlich? Und wie lange noch? – Die Welt Quelle: Die Geliebten

Playing politics: The AFC gets tied up in knots

By James M. Dorsey Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians’ expense at times with the connivance of the Palestine Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. The incidents further spotlight the consequences … [Read more…]

Turkey and Egypt: The Battle to Control Dissent Pitches Fans against Autocrats

Author: James M. Dorsey Date: May 15, 2016  Independent Turkey, New, Op-Ed Articles *Source: Marksist.org © Turkey and Egypt: The Battle to Control Dissent Pitches Fans against Autocrats Battles for control of stadiums and other public spaces in Turkey and Egypt have pitched militant soccer fans against authoritarian leaders determined to limit the supporters’ ability to challenge … [Read more…]