Egypt's banning of ultras constitutes effort to outlaw legitimate opposition

By James M. Dorsey An expected decision by Egyptian soccer authorities to ban as terrorist organizations groups of militant soccer fans builds on the definition by Arab autocrats of legitimate, democratic opposition forces as violent threats to their grip on power. By leaving youth with ever fewer, if any, options for venting pent-up anger and … [Read more…]

Brits' disappearance casts shadow over Qatari World Cup efforts and shines light on UAE

By James M. Dorsey The disappearance of two British World Cup 2022-related labour rights researchers points to apparent escalating hostility between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood; highlights the Gulf state’s lack of transparency with its silence about the fate of the two men; and has sparked fears … [Read more…]