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JMD in SCMP Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must walk geopolitical tightrope during Asian tour – Football Article

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must walk geopolitical tightrope during Asian tour ·        Saudi Arabia has sought to strengthen ties with Pakistan with one eye on neighbouring Iran ·        However, Saudi investment in Pakistan could complicate attempts to forge closer ties with India James M. Dorsey   Updated: Monday, 18 Feb, 2019 10:34am A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud,Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneInand Tumblr Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s three-nation tour of Asia is as much…

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Harsh Turkish condemnation of Xinjiang cracks Muslim wall of silence – Football Article

Calling the crackdown an “embarrassment to humanity,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the death of detained Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit had prompted the ministry to issue its statement. Turkish media asserted that Mr. Heyit, who was serving an eight-year prison sentence, had been tortured to death.   Mr. Aksoy said Turkey was calling on other countries and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take steps to end the “humanitarian tragedy” in Xinjiang. The Turkish statement constitutes…

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China dramatically reduces trade with Tehran – Football Article

Reduced Chinese trade also suggests that Iran is likely to face increased obstacles as it seeks to blunt the impact of the harsh US sanctions imposed last year in a bid to force the Islamic republic to change its regional and defense policy. China’s apparent willingness to accommodate the sanctions is remarkable given Beijing’s declared efforts to salvage the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program as well as its escalating trade and technology dispute with the United States.…

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Black swans haunt Eurasia’s Great Game – Football Article

The battle lines in the 21st century’s Great Game aimed at shaping the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent,” are all but cast in cement. For now, the Great Game pits China together with Russia, Turkey and Iran against the United States, India, Japan and Australia. The two camps compete for influence, if not dominance, in a swath of land…

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Marko Arnautovic announces he will stay at West Ham – Football Article

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has officially announced he will not he leaving The Hammers during this month’s transfer window. The Austrian has been the subject of speculation since a bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League club was made earlier this month. The former Stoke man was thought to be very interested in a move to southeast Asia. However, West Ham have been determined to keep hold of the 29-year-old. The announcement was made by Arnautovic on his personal…

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Players’ Skewed Maps complicate Eurasia’s 21st Century Great Game – Football Article

The United States and China are playing Eurasia’s 21st century Great Game from different but equally skewed maps. While the US map appears to be outdated, the Chinese map portrays a reality that is imagined. If the skewed realities of both China and the United States have one thing in common, it is in strategist Parag Khanna’s mind the fact that neither realizes that the Great Game’s prize, a new world order, has already been determined. “We are living –…

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The battle for human rights – Football Article

China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in the shaping of a new world order.   The Chinese effort, highlighted in Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2019, is multipronged. It involves proposals to alter the principles on which United Nations Human Rights Council operates in ways that would enable repressive, autocratic regimes.…

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Super Falcons lose 0-3 to China, now to play Romania – Football Article

An under –strength Super Falcons were afforded a clear view of how intense things could get at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this summer when losing 0-3 to China in their first match of a Four –Nation Tournament ongoing in Miezhou. China’s Steel Roses were in front after only 10 minutes and then rocked Nigeria’s net in the 65th and 92ndminutes to condemn the nine –time African champions to defeat at the Huitang Stadium. Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, carrying on…

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Jonathan Fulton, China’s Relations with the Gulf Monarchies – Football Article

The Globalist’s Top Ten Books in 2016: The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Middle East Eye: “ The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer is one of the weightiest, most revelatory, original and important books written about sport” “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer has helped me immensely with great information and perspective.” Bob Bradley, former US and Egyptian national coach: “James Dorsey’s The Turbulent World of Middle Eastern Soccer (has) become a reference point for those seeking…

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Saudi/UAE aid puts Pakistan-Iran relations on the spot – Football Article

Pakistan is traversing minefields as it concludes agreements on investment, balance of payments support and delayed payment oil deliveries with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates worth USD$13 billion that are likely to fawn growing distrust in its relations with neighbouring Iran. Perhaps the most sensitive investment is likely to be a plan by Saudi national oil company Aramco to build a refinery in the Chinese-backed Baloch port of Gwadar close to both Pakistan’s border with Iran and the…

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