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This Is What World Cup Qualifying Disaster Feels Like

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

As fans of the U.S. national team, we have skewed perceptions of what qualifies as hard times. As a fan of the UAE national team, I can vouch for that. For the Americans, World Cup qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, two of the top sides in the western hemisphere, ranks as a panic […]

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World Cup Qualifiers: A Sinking Feeling, Twice

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Olympics, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams, the United States and the UAE. Both play twice in the coming week in crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. I don’t feel good about either national team’s chances. For reasons that apply to both — key injuries, the pressure to produce results and competent opponents. First, the U.S.

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March Madness and a Dog in the Hunt

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Basketball, France, UAE, UCLA, USC

After leaving the U.S. for Abu Dhabi, in 2009, my interest in college basketball waned. As I noted in blog posts from recent years, while living in the UAE, it requires work to follow the college game from the other side of the world. Too many teams, too many games, too big a time gap […]

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The UAE ‘Curious News’ Wrap

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments · The National, UAE

Some odd things happen in the United Arab Emirates and The National newspaper, the English-language publication based in the capital, Abu Dhabi, does a good job of recording them. Today? Cat-killers sentenced to three months of sweeping up at the Dubai zoo … the $10,000 hamburger in (of course) Dubai … and the cardboard faux […]

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Smelly Feet and an Alleged Murder in Dubai

March 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Dubai, UAE

If you lack context, this will seem like a bizarre story. This story in The National describes an alleged murder in Dubai that stemmed from the victim being accused of having smelly feet. The word “disproportionate” springs to mind. If smelly feet were a capital crime, most adult males would risk assassination on a regular […]

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The UAE Gets into the Business of Printing Money

March 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, The National, UAE

Curiously, for the first 44 years of its history, the United Arab Emirates outsourced the making of its money. As in, printing bank notes and minting coins. I know the UAE dirham notes well, having carried them around in my pocket for the six-plus years I lived in the country. I had no idea, however, […]

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Egypt’s Military Band and Bad Anthems

March 8th, 2017 · No Comments · France, UAE

What a cultural intersection this is for me! National anthems, the Middle East and military bands. I lived in the United Arab Emirates for more than six years and I covered a lot of international soccer. So I was exposed to the UAE’s military band more than once, just ahead of a game pitting national […]

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Ah, the ‘Go to Hospital, See a Match’ Scam

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

Great story out of Italy. FC Crotone, a small club from the south of Italy, qualified to play in the top-flight Seria A this season — a first for the team from the ancient city in the deep south of the country. As one might imagine, the local fans of calcio were quite excited, for […]

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Winter Solstice? Happy to See It … Now

December 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Long Beach, UAE

For the past seven years, I dreaded the winter solstice. Now, however, I am happy to see it, considering what it represents.

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One Year Later

December 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

We left Abu Dhabi a year ago today, and it seems more distant in time than that. Adapting to the south of France, buying a house, getting key renovations made, moving in … that seems like the effort of more than a year. Meantime, lots of things were going on back in the UAE, a […]

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