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New Books Network interview: The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam by Peter Oborne

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  By James M. Dorsey 2 July 2022 Launched 12 years ago, my column, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, offers, to borrow a phrase from an early proprietor of The Observer, ‘the scoop of interpretation.’ The column continues to have significant impact. It is republished by news websites, blogs, and newsletters across the globe. Maintaining free distribution is key to maintaining the column’s impact. However, to do so, I rely on those readers who value the column and its impact by voluntarily becoming paid subscribers. If you are able and willing to support the column, please become a paid subscriber by clicking on Substack on the subscription button and choosing one of the subscription options. If you prefer, you can also make a donation . Thank you for your continued interest, readership, and support. To watch a video version of this story on YouTube please click here . A podcast version is available on   Soundcloud, Itunes , Spotify , Spreaker , and   Podbean.

Qatar World Cup offers lessons for human rights struggles

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  By James M. Dorsey Launched 12 years ago, my column, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, offers, to borrow a phrase from an early proprietor of The Observer, ‘the scoop of interpretation.’ The column continues to have significant impact. It is republished by news websites, blogs, and newsletters across the globe. Maintaining free distribution is key to maintaining the column’s impact. However, to do so, I rely on those readers who value the column and its impact by voluntarily becoming paid subscribers. If you are able and willing to support the column, please become a paid subscriber by clicking on Substack on the subscription button and choosing one of the subscription options. To watch a video version of this story on YouTube please click here . A podcast version is available on   Soundcloud, Itunes , Spotify , Spreaker , and   Podbean. It’s a good time, almost 12 years after the world soccer body, FIFA, awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup hosting rights and five

Saudi religious soft power diplomacy eyes Washington and Jerusalem first and foremost

  By James M. Dorsey Launched 12 years ago, my column, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, offers, to borrow a phrase from an early proprietor of The Observer, ‘the scoop of interpretation.’ The column continues to have significant impact. It is republished by news websites, blogs, and newsletters across the globe. Maintaining free distribution is key to maintaining the column’s impact. However, to do so, I rely on those readers who value the column and its impact by voluntarily becoming paid subscribers. If you are able and willing to support the column, please become a paid subscriber by clicking on Substack on the subscription button and choosing one of the subscription options. If you prefer, you can also make a donation . Thank you for your continued interest, readership, and support. To watch a video version of this story on YouTube please click here. A podcast version is available on   Soundcloud, Itunes , Spotify , Spreaker , and   Podbean. Geopolitics i

The World Cup and beyond: Thinking strategically about LGBT rights

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  By James M. Dorsey Launched 12 years ago, my column, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, offers, to borrow a phrase from an early proprietor of The Observer, ‘the scoop of interpretation.’ The column continues to have significant impact. It is republished by news websites, blogs, and newsletters across the globe. Maintaining free distribution is key to maintaining the column’s impact. However, to do so, I rely on those readers who value the column and its impact by voluntarily becoming paid subscribers. If you are able and willing to support the column, please become a paid subscriber by clicking on Substack on the subscription button and choosing one of the subscription options. If you prefer, you can also make a donation . Thank you for your continued interest, readership, and support. To watch a video version of this story on YouTube please click here . A podcast version is available on   Soundcloud, Itunes , Spotify , Spreaker , and   Podbean. When Egypt

China and the Middle East: Heading into Choppy Waters

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  By James M. Dorsey To watch a video version of this story on YouTube please click here . A podcast version is available on   Soundcloud , Itunes , Spotify , Spreaker , and   Podbean. China could be entering choppy Middle Eastern waters. Multiple crises and conflicts will likely shape its relations with the region’s major powers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. The laundry list of pitfalls for China includes the fallout of the Ukraine war, strained US relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Turkish opposition to Finnish and Swedish NATO membership, the threat of a renewed Turkish anti-Kurdish incursion into northern Syria, and the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program. Drowning out the noise, one thing that becomes evident is that neither the Gulf states nor Turkey have any intention of fundamentally altering their security relationships with the United States, even