Author: James M. Dorsey

Owner of Saint German football club, Nasser al-Khelaifi and Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attend a training session in Doha, 2012 (photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Soft power and football

Qatar vs. UAE: The not-so-beautiful game

Saudi women waiting to be picked up by their drivers (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Nureldine)

Saudi health reforms and women′s rights

Still a sore point

Symbolic image of World Cup 2022 to be hosted by Qatar

World Cup 2022 and Qatari reforms

So much hot air

Thousands of demonstrators protested the hanging of Qadri, convicted of assassinating former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2011

Saudi influence in Pakistan

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A perilous road

Pakistan police escort Maliq Ishaq, leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi to the High Court in Lahore (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Str)

Pakistan and sectarianism

The enemy within

Protesting corruption in Iraq (photo: Deutsche Welle)

Popular unrest in the Middle East

Who says popular demand for change is off the agenda?

Mohammed Aboutreika cheering after a goal during the Super Cup in 2010 (photo: Khaled  Desouki/afp/Getty Images)

Egyptian football star Mohammed Aboutreika

Bridging a deep divide

Egyptian protester march to denounce the deadly clashes that occurred after a soccer match, in Cairo, Egypt, 2 February 2012. Thousands marched downtown Cairo towards the interior ministry to show their anger against the interior ministry following deadly clashes that erupted after a soccer match and left 71 people killed (photo: EPA, dpa)

Soccer Ultras and National Protest in Egypt

Demands for Civilian Rule