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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)


Gulf Human Rights Declaration Increases Heat On Qatar To Act On Migrant Workers’ Rights – Analysis

The adoption of a human rights declaration by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was designed to shield wealthy Gulf monarchies including 2022 World Cup host Qatar from criticism by human rights and trade union activists is likely to increase pressure on the sports-focused Gulf state to significantly alter its controversial migrant labour system. The […]

Turkey
Turkey


Turkey: Football Fans On Trial For ‘Coup’

The prosecution of 35 football fans on coup-plot charges is a blatant misuse of the criminal justice system. The trial of supporters of Beşiktaş football club, associated with its Çarşı fan group, began today in Istanbul. The group joined mass anti-government protests in June 2013 triggered by opposition to government plans for development on the […]

Soccer


Government And Fans Battle In Court And On Pitch In Egypt And Turkey – Analysis

Egyptian and Turkish soccer pitches are set to re-emerge as battlegrounds between militant, street battle-hardened fans and authoritarian leaders in a life and death struggle that involves legal proceedings to brand the supporters as terrorists and efforts to undermine their widespread popular base. Egyptian fans, barely a week after storming a Cairo stadium in advance […]

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.


Italian Historian Claims Mona Lisa Was Chinese, And Was Da Vinci’s Mother

An Italian historian’s theory that Mona Lisa might be a Chinese slave and Leonardo da Vinci’s mother — making the 15th-century polymath half-Chinese — sent online commentators into a frenzy. Angelo Paratico, a Hong Kong-based historian and novelist from Italy, told the South China Morning Post: “On the back of Mona Lisa, there is a […]