Egyptian Ultras Are Down, But Not Out

April 02, 2018

Sisi will have to ensure that economic reform trickles down to the ordinary Egyptian. In late March, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what was widely seen as a flawed election. But the run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests...

In the Middle East, Football is More Than a Game

February 03, 2016

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to award-winning journalist James Dorsey. To millions around the world, football is a religion. Countries bicker and fight to host the World Cup. Organizations like FIFA rise and fall in the face of never-ending corruption scandals. The last...

Egyptian Soccer Violence: A Test of Morsi’s Political Savvy

January 28, 2013

The recent court verdict and escalating violence puts the ball in Morsi’s court. Reform of law enforcement would open the road towards reducing political volatility and creating conditions for economic recovery. Escalating street violence in the wake of a partial verdict in the Port Said...