The Asian Football Confederation has had a foretaste of questions and issues that are likely to be raised if Bahrain Football Association head Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa , widely viewed as a frontrunner, wins the group's May 2 presidential election.
Egyptian authorities have expanded the ban on fans attending matches to include international as well as domestic games in a bid to prevent violence that is likely to backfire and spark renewed incidents in a country that is reeling from economic decline.
The Syrian crisis can, though not inevitably so, develop into an all-out regional calamity. Preventing it is henceforth a major challenge, and Patriot missiles in Jordan are an important step along this road.
With tension building on both shores of the Gulf, the stakes are high for regional governments as well as the international community as they could threaten shipping in the Straits of Hormuz as well as create domestic turmoil in both the Gulf states and Iran.
This past week, chatting away at the dinner table, I was asked about one of my favorite books. My answer was swift: 'Il Gattopardo' -"The Leopard"- th...
The echo of Martin Luther King's words has travelled across oceans, through the walls and metal bars of a Bahraini prison, and into the overcrowded and filthy cell I sit in.
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has made a desperate plea seeking people from countries around the globe who will voluntarily come to Syria to be killed.
Libyans want to put the Qadhafi era behind them, but they also want capable individuals to draft the constitution, keep the lights on and the oil flowing. To achieve this they need a strong, moderate leadership.
National dialogue will mean little if Yemen's transition government fails to serve justice for the hundreds of protesters and bystanders killed and thousands wounded during the country's uprising. The Friday of Dignity killings, still unpunished, illustrate why.
Egypt's judiciary and security forces appear posed to crack down on militant, highly politicized and street battle-hardened soccer fans in a bid to ex...
Struggling to maintain its place in Asia's top tier, Iranian soccer is a reflection of a country laboring under the burden of a repressive political regime and not only the economic but increasingly also the psychological effect of international isolation and punishing sanctions.
The fallout of last year's death of 72 soccer fans in a politically-loaded stadium brawl has brought the need for reform of Egypt's Mubarak-era law en...
Post-revolt Arab nations are experiencing tumultuous times. Underlying the volatility in Egypt and Tunisia as well as difficult transitions in Libya and Yemen is the increasing lack of confidence between Islamists and non-Islamist forces.
Water tankers line the unpaved road outside a pre-fab United Nations meeting room in Za'atari, the Syrian refugee camp in a desert just south of the Jordanian-Syrian border that is home to 110,000 escapees from the brutal war in Syria.
It is safe to say that Syria of the past is over, and a new Syria is still far from being. In the absence of a military decision in the foreseeable future, Syria can continue to exist in a way not dissimilar to Lebanon.
A series of soccer protests in the past week in anticipation of a ruling in the case of last year's brawl in a Port Said stadium in which 74 fans died has focused attention on the unaltered practices of Mubarak-era security forces as well as President Morsi's fragile relationship with the military.