Trump’s presidency bolsters autocrats as Egypt designates soccer icon a terrorist

by James M. Dorsey An Egyptian government decision to designate soccer icon Mohammed Aboutreika as a terrorist coupled with the recent arrest of more than 30 militant football fans puts to bed any hopes that general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi sees the game’s supporters as a way to reach out to his opponents. Mr. Al Sisi’s … [Read more…]

Qatari backtracking on labour rights and cooperation with Russia reflects new world order

By James M. Dorsey A Qatari decision to backtrack on minimal improvements of the terms of employment of migrant workers, who account for a majority of the Gulf state’s population, and a Qatari investment in Russian oil company Rosneft PJSC, symbolize the emergence of a new global power structure with the rise of populists in … [Read more…]