The Chaos in the Middle East: 2014-2016
In ‘The Chaos in the Middle East: 2014-2016’ I try to explain the myriad of forces that have turned the Middle East into a bloodbath, and attempt to unravel the confusing and intricate modern news of conflict from the region. From the West’s failure to triumph over Islamic State to Iran’s sudden increase in status, and much else, I describe what has happened, and provide the background to these unfolding events.
Through all of its sadness and brutality, the Middle East has become something of a fashionable topic for news media around the world. While millions know that the region has problems, far fewer understand why. The world has come to know that Islamic State means death, but many fail to appreciate the long-term objectives of the organization. The world sees Syrian refugees flooding into Europe, but many, if not most, people are hazy as to who is fighting whom in their homeland, and why. I try to explain all this, and much besides.
‘The Chaos in the Middle East: 2014-2016’ provides an up-to-date overview of the problems currently affecting the Middle East, and sets them in context. By not only providing an account of the bewilderingly complicated events of the past two years, but also explaining their background, I try to give readers the tools to understand issues of concern to the whole world. Written in easily understood terms, the book is ideal for readers interested in comprehending the complex problems emanating from the Middle East.
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The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
James M. Dorsey
The author introduces the reader to the world of Middle Eastern and North African football — an arena where struggles for political control, protest and resistance, self-respect and gender rights are played out. Politics was the midwife of soccer in the region, with many clubs being formed as pro- or anti-colonial platforms and engines of national identity and social justice. This book uncovers the seldom-told story of a game that evokes deep-seated passions.
Football fans are shown to be a major political force and one of the largest civic groups in Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood: their demands for transparency, social justice, and an end to corruption sparked vicious street battles that left scores dead and thousands wounded. Discontent in Algeria erupts regularly at matches where fans demand the ouster of military leaders. A folk-song crooning national goalkeeper leads protests in Homs, Syria’s third largest city and scene of some of the worst violence perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In a country that bans physical education for girls, Saudi women have established clandestine football clubs and leagues. The book further tells the story of Somali child soldiers turned soccer stars and Iranian women who dress as men to smuggle themselves into stadiums to watch matches.
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