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Moroccan refusal to host African Cup rooted in fear and prejudice

By James M. Dorsey Morocco’s refusal to host next month’s 2014 African Cup of Nations football tournament out of fear that it could import the Ebola virus from West Africa spotlights complex relations between the continent’s Arab and sub-Saharan nations as well as the non-transparent inner workings of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a …

Daily News Egypt

Qatar corruption allegations may prove to have potentially massive fall-out

By James M. Dorsey British weekly’s, The Sunday Times, disclosure of millions of documents allegedly revealing Qatari vote buying in the Gulf state’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup could alter the Gulf’s fragile balance of power. It could also reverse hopes that Qatar would initiate significant social change in the region, and return the worst corruption …

Daily News Egypt

Qatar misses the plank on labour reform

By James M. Dorsey A long awaited and much hyped announcement on a reform of 2022 World Cup host Qatar in response to condemnation of its controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system has sparked more questions than answers and cost‎s the Gulf state an opportunity to gain the upper hand in a bruising debate that …

Daily News Egypt