Qatar Asian Cup victory to ‘deepen’ Gulf tensions—analysts

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards in ‘crazy game’ And even just days after Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the final, it may have already deepened the Gulf diplomatic impasse.“Any sense of embitterment in Abu Dhabi at the way the tournament they hosted turned out may translate into an escalation of rhetoric against Qatar,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe added: “The response to Qatar’s run in the Asian Cup has, if anything, deepened the split within the Gulf.“Omanis and Kuwaitis have rejoiced in Qatari success and have done so in extremely public fashion, visibly emphasizing their rejection of the blockading states’ attempt to isolate Qatar in the region.” Football and geopolitics Qatar’s first ever Asian Cup win is an astonishing story on numerous levels — a modern-day sporting parable, soaked in geopolitics and symbolism.It is a powerful Qatari riposte to critics who long ridiculed the 2022 World Cup host for its lack of footballing prowess.The team beat three sides who appeared in the Russia World Cup, scored 19 goals, conceded just one and provided the tournament’s best goalkeeper, player and highest goalscorer.It is a vindication of the wealthy Gulf state’s huge spending to develop talent at its Aspire Academy — 13 of the 23-man squad were graduates, including top scorer Ali Almoez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He then made his first trip abroad since the victory, notably to regional peace-broker Kuwait, where he presented Emir Sabah al-Sabah with a maroon Qatar football shirt.And there is yet more symbolism, argues James M. Dorsey, author and a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.“The victory emphasizes to Qatar that it can stand on its own, whatever the obstacles,” he said.Salford University professor Simon Chadwick said Qatar’s win also helped polish its tarnished international standing.“Qatar’s image and reputation has gained advantage over its rivals, especially given the apparent calmness on Qatar’s team when faced with sometimes rancorous rivals,” said Chadwick.‘Very naive’The “escalation” Ulrichsen spoke about is likely to focus on the 2022 World Cup, said Dorsey.“I think what you are going to see is Qatar’s victory is going to escalate opposition by primarily the UAE and Saudi Arabia to Qatar hosting the World Cup,” he added.Next month, FIFA will rule on whether the 2022 World Cup will include 32 or 48 teams, and whether Qatar should share games, potentially with neighboring rivals.FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s insistence that an expanded World Cup could help ease regional tensions is “very naive”, Dorsey insisted. 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But it is far more than just sport.Since June 2017, Saudi-led countries have cut ties with Doha, claiming it supports terrorism and wants a better relationship with Riyadh’s arch-rival, Tehran.Qatar denies the charges, says it is being punished for pursuing an independent foreign policy and its enemies want regime change in Doha.As a result, few, if any, Qataris traveled to the UAE to watch matches, claiming they were fearful about what would happen to them.Practically their only supporters were a group of Omanis, subsequently leading Qataris to celebrate with Omani flags in Doha.Notably, Qatar beat Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the latter victory seeing their players pelted with shoes and bottles by a partisan crowd.The 4-0 victory over the UAE was, according to some, better than the cup win.Many Qataris celebrated by holding up four fingers — one for each of the neighboring boycotting countries, said Ulrichsen.That gesture also matched the one used by Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt in 2013.Qatar’s victorious team were greeted by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani when they arrived back home. 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(Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Bush-Young feud percolates

first_img “I wouldn’t say there was an edge,” Bush said when asked about their first meeting in New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, “but just that competitive nature inside of you. You want to win and obviously you don’t want the other guy to win, but I don’t think I was giving him the cold shoulder at all. I was sitting there talking to him.” Young finished a distant second to Bush in the Heisman voting and has come under fire for comments he has made to the media regarding Bush’s selection. Some reporters noted Young nodded to USC quarterback Matt Leinart but ignored Bush during the teams’ trip Thursday to Disneyland, though that might have been more conjecture than fact. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS – If Texas quarterback Vince Young and USC running back Reggie Bush aren’t the enemies the media has spent the past month making them out to be, they aren’t exactly friends, either. The usually articluate Bush stumbled through his words Sunday while trying to find diplomatic answers to questions about a potential feud brewing between the two. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Asked about his impression of Young, Bush said, “I didn’t see anything negative about him,” but added, “I surely didn’t expect him to make the comments that he made in the paper.” Bush’s most direct response came when asked if he would have behaved differently had Young won the Heisman instead of him. “It wouldn’t have affected me at all,” he said, “because I don’t feel like – although it’s the most prestigous award in college football – I just don’t feel like any award is going to dictate to me who I am as a person.” Highlights: After reviewing the tape, Longhorns linebacker Rashad Bobino said he believes USC’s offense could be the greatest in the history of the sport. The redshirt freshman said he was most impressed by the speed with which the Trojans score. “Watching the game film, it’s like this is a highlight tape,” Bobino said. “This is not a game film.” last_img read more

Project a big step for green power

first_img The head of Citizens Energy, former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, joined city leaders at a news conference in North Hollywood to announce the project. Green Path will protect Southern Californians from the types of problems encountered during the energy crisis, he said. “We will not only address the important issues of reliability, redundancy and transmission bottlenecks but also produce benefits to serve low-income households,” Kennedy said. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, called the project a “critical link in the statewide transmission system.” Speaking at a Board of Water and Power Commissioners workshop on renewable energy last week, White strongly criticized the DWP for being historically slow to adopt green power. He warned that unless it fundamentally changed the way it did business it would not meet the 20 percent goal in time. White said that Green Path represents just that sort of change. He attributed the progress to new city leadership and to factors like high natural gas prices making renewable energy more attractive. “The economic rationale is now more obvious,” he said. The 12 percent of the city’s power needs that Green Path may provide comes on top of about 3 percent of the existing portfolio that is considered green. The DWP commissioners approved key components Tuesday of a wind energy project that would add an additional 1.5 percent. White urged the city to take the opportunity to divest from some of its older, pollution-generating power sources. The DWP will discuss the matter, Deaton said, adding that he would like to see the utility become less reliant on natural gas in particular. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This project very quickly gets at all those issues,” he said. The utility has money for part of the project in its budget for capital projects, Deaton said. While revenue from power rates would also pay for Green Path, he said rates would not go up as a direct result of the project. Van Nuys-area Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the council committee that oversees the DWP, said any power rate hike is likely three or four years away. Meanwhile, through an agreement with a third partner in the deal – the nonprofit Citizens Energy – low-income ratepayers would receive assistance such as rebates. “Not only is Los Angeles going to be greener, there’s going to be more green in the pockets of low-income families,” Cardenas said. A $300 million venture designed to draw geothermal energy from the Salton Sea should account for 12 percent of Los Angeles’ power needs, officials said Wednesday, bringing the city significantly closer to the goal of having 20 percent green power by 2010. The Department of Water and Power announced it will commit $240 million to the Green Path project, which will build and upgrade transmission lines throughout Southern California to give populated areas access to power from pockets of heat deep beneath the Imperial Valley. “With this project we’re taking a major step forward in our effort to shift away from the outdated fossil fuels of the past,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. The project, which was initiated by the Imperial Irrigation District, comes amid a shortage of new power generation in California and congestion on existing transmission lines, said DWP General Manager Ron Deaton. last_img read more