Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Wahhabism – Remarks at 2016 Exeter Gulf Conference


This book project on Saudi public diplomacy using primarily the kingdom’s financial muscle has had a long gestation. It focuses on the impact of various policies of the kingdom on Muslim communities and nations across the globe. In doing so, I will concentrate on Saudi government policy and actions as well as those of senior … [Read more…]

​„Bruch mit allem, was bisher Konsens war“ – Faszination Fankurve

Nachdem der Eintracht Frankfurt Fanclubverband die Vorfälle vom Magdeburg Spiel verurteilte (Faszination Fankurve berichtete), meldet sich nun die Fan- und Förderabteilung von Eintracht Frankfurt zu Wort und findet deutliche Worte zu den Vorfällen und den daraus resultierenden Folgen. Quelle: „Bruch mit allem, was bisher Konsens war“ – Faszination Fankurve

Soccer investments’ reputational risk catches up with UAE


By James M. Dorsey Reputational risk associated with autocratic investment in high profile soccer clubs threatened to catch up with the UAE as a powerful coalition of political and civic leaders in Manchester demanded that the Gulf country release political prisoners, investigate allegations of torture and respect human rights. The leaders, who include members of … [Read more…]

Is Saudi Arabia Zion?


By James M. Dorsey Kamal Salibi, one of the Arab world’s foremost contemporary historians, kicked up a storm when he concluded in a 1985 linguistic exegesis that Judaism’s Zion was not located in Israel but in Saudi Arabia. Israelis, Jews, Saudis, Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians found common ground at the time to denounce Mr. Salibi … [Read more…]

Saudi Arabia projects change, albeit at a snail’s pace


By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is projecting miniscule steps to reverse decades of denial of women’s sporting rights as evidence of significant changes in the kingdom that aim to diversify its energy-dependent economy and upgrade its autocracy. The steps include the appointment of a member of the ruling family to oversee women’s sports and … [Read more…]

Video: Ultras Dynamo Capo mit Worten zur neuen Saison – Faszination Fankurve

Auch vor Start der Saison 2016/2017 haben die Ultras Dynamo wieder ein Video mit Stefan „Lehmi“ Lehmann, Vorsänger im K-Block veröffentlicht, indem sich der Capo zur abgelaufenen und kommenden Saison äußert. Einen Boykott beim Pokalspiel gegen RB Leipzig wird es demnach nicht geben. Quelle: Video: Ultras Dynamo Capo mit Worten zur neuen Saison – Faszination … [Read more…]

Erdogan vs. Gulen: Power struggle comes full circle in Turkish soccer


By James M. Dorsey Politics’ incestuous relationship with soccer came full circle this week with the mass resignation of executives of the Turkish football federation and the firing of scores of officials, including referees, as part of the government’s witch-hunt against followers of controversial Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen and other government critics. Intended to facilitate … [Read more…]