When financial times are tight, only those with soft power ambitions can see the economic sense in World Cups or Olympic Games.
Neymar looks to leave Barcelona.
Financial Fair Play rules require clubs' spending to match their earnings.
EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr
It's all to do with PSG's Qatari owners.
The Al Jazeera Media Network headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
When the network launched in 1996, it radically changed the media landscape of the Arab world. Two decades later, some regimes are still seething.
Noushad Thekkayil / EPA
No nation can truly feel secure without its own food supply.
Mohammed bin Salman with his father, King Salman.
EPA/Saudi Press Agency
As a crackdown on Qatar goes off half-cocked, the world is worrying Saudi Arabia's new order could be even more dangerous.
Saif al-Islam, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The news of Saif al-Islam's release should be taken with a pinch of salt. During the past six years of warfare in Libya the fabrication of news has become common practice.
The Middle East could be witnessing a foreign policy misfire of epic proportions.
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
Doha skyline via www.shutterstock.com
Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
What's so 'brotherly' about a major diplomatic spat?
US and Gulf Cooperation Council forces conduct field training, in Kuwait in 2017.
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The ongoing diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia has isolated Qatar from the rest of the Middle East while also undermining the anti-Iran alliance among the Gulf countries.
The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.
Doha, under a cloud.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have butted heads before, but this time seems different.
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Migrants keep going back to the vilified go-betweens that can get them construction jobs or domestic work.
Tokyo turns out for its returning athletes after the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Since the 1970s, several Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, have strongly increased their influence in the Olympic movement.
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.
Some good news for UK government policy.
Free Syrian Army fighters on their smartphones.
As usage continues to grow in the region, what's the ongoing dynamic between the Middle East and social media? It's complicated.
Not a good look.
Hardly an enthusiastic upholder of human rights, Qatar has been welcomed as a participant in R2P – even though that obligates it to do basically nothing.
Oil-enriched kingdom: Saudi Arabia’s Shaybah oilfield complex at night in the Rub’ al-Khali desert.
American consumers may welcome lower gas prices, but the drop in oil revenues could impact Arab Gulf states and Middle East security. A scholar examines the realities of decreased oil revenues.