Gulf autocrats and sports corruption: A marriage made in heaven

Remarks at 2016 Exeter Gulf Conference Global soccer and global sports governance have for the past nine years and certainly since a fateful meeting in late 2010 of the executive committee of FIFA, the world soccer body, witnessed crisis after crisis. Invariably the scandals involved corruption: financial corruption, political corruption or corruption of sporting performance. … [Read more…]

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

​Nordwestkurve Frankfurt verurteilt Raketen – Faszination Fankurve

Die Nordwestkurve Frankfurt hat sich zu den Vorfällen in Magdeburg geäußert und distanziert sich von den abgeschossenen Raketen. Gleichzeitig werden rechtsradikale Provokationen von Magdeburger und BFC Dynamo Hooligans kritisiert und auch das Sicherheitskonzept des 1. FC Magdeburg. Quelle: Nordwestkurve Frankfurt verurteilt Raketen – 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…]