Connect with us

Sport

Why the U.S. World Cup match against Iran could be one of the most politically charged in history

This time, the political overtones are just as strong andcas the U.S. and Iran face off once again on Tuesday in Qatar.

Iran’s nationwide protests, its expanding nuclear program and regional and international attacks linked back to Tehran have pushed the match beyond the stadium and into geopolitics.

No matter the outcome, tensions are likely only to worsen in the coming months.

When relations soured between the U.S. and Iran depends on who you ask. Iranians point.

The last time was at the 1998 tournament in France — a totally different time in the Islamic Republic. Iran won 2-1 in Lyon, a low point for the U.S. men’s team as Iranians celebrated in Tehran.

At the time, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Iranian team, saying “the strong and arrogant opponent felt the bitter taste of defeat.”

But off the pitch, Iran’s then-president, Mohammad Khatami, sought to improve ties to the West and the wider world. Inside Iran, Khatami pushed so-called “reformist” policies, seeking to liberalize aspects of its theocracy while maintaining its structure with a supreme leader at the top.

The two teams posed for a joint photograph, and the Iranian players handed white flowers to their American opponents. The U.S. gave the Iranians U.S. Soccer Federation pennants. They even exchanged jerseys, though the Iranians didn’t put them on. They later played a friendly in Pasadena, California, as well.

Fast-forward 24 years later, and relations are perhaps more tense than they’ve ever been.

Following the collapse of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, sparked by President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the accord, Tehran is now enriching uranium to 60% purity — a short, technical step from weapons-grade levels. Non-proliferation experts warn the Islamic Republic already has enough uranium to build at least one nuclear bomb.

As the demonstrations intensified, Iran has alleged without providing evidence that its enemies abroad, including the U.S., are fomenting the unrest. At a World Cup where organizers hoped to divorce politics from the pitch, those tensions have bled out around the stadiums with.

Ahead of Tuesday’s match at Al Thumama Stadium, Iran has released a propaganda video with young children singing, including girls in white hijabs, in front of a small field. Waving flags and set against a blasting synthesizer beat, the children sing: “We back you on the bleachers, all with one voice Iran, Iran.”

But opponents of Iran’s government are on hand in Qatar with their own message. Among them is former U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, who flew in Monday afternoon for the Iran match. Ortagus served in the Trump administration and was one of the faces of its so-called “maximum pressure” campaign.

“It’s one of those pivotal moments when geopolitics and sports collides,” Ortagus told The Associated Press. “You’re seeing the Iran team do what they can to stand up for the protesters and the people peacefully demonstrating.”

Continue Reading

Sport

Matchday Guide: Boro vs Mariners

Take a read our matchday guide ahead of tomorrow’s game vs Grimsby Town at The Lamex Stadium in Sky Bet League Two…

Kicking off at 3pm in Sky Bet League Two, Steve Evans’ men know three points will be enough to secure promotion to League One when Paul Hurst’s Mariners visit SG2.

In front of a sold-out Lamex Stadium, the atmosphere is set to be electric as Boro aim for one more win to complete their season objective.

Saturday’s fixture is completely SOLD-OUT. No tickets will be sold on the day, so if you do not have a ticket, please do not travel.

For those with seat tickets, we recommend arrival at the stadium earlier than usual to ensure you are seated in your allocated seat.

Our North Stand and East Terrace are operating at 90% capacity due to restrictions placed by the Safety Advisory Group.

A Message to Supporters
At this crucial stage of the year, we must remind you in the interests of safety for everyone inside our stadium, that the pitch is for managers, players and match officials, while the stands are there for you to support the team.

Pitch incursions are dangerous and anyone who does encroach onto the playing surface will face strong sanctions that could include a ban from attending matches here at The Lamex Stadium, across the country and police action.

Furthermore, the use of pyrotechnics or smoke bombs at football grounds also carries an automatic ban and is something we take very seriously.

We appreciate your relentless support for our Club, but please do not put others at risk in doing so.

supporters are encouraged to stick around after Saturday’s final home league game of the season against Grimsby Town, in anticipation of the 2022/23 Supporters’ Association End of Season Awards.

As a reminder to supporters, these awards can only take place if the pitch is clear and safe for the players.

Club Shop & Ticket Office…
The Stevenage FC Club Shop is open at the earlier time of 11:30am on Saturday, closing at kick-off. The shop will also be open briefly at full-time.

Visit us in-store to collect Barrow AFC (A) tickets or purchase and browse our new leisurewear selection.

The North Stand Ticket Office, located on Broadhall Way, opens at midday and closes fifteen minutes after kick-off (3.15pm) for match ticket collections or queries. No tickets will be sold on the day.

Food & Drink…
The 76 Lounge

Open to home & away supporters from midday, at half-time for North Stand ticket holders and again for all from full-time to 8pm.

Supporters can also purchase hot food and drinks inside The 76 Lounge from 3.15pm which can be accessed via both side door of the North Stand.

Fans can move between The 76 Lounge and the tea bar area inside the North Stand to purchase food & drinks.

The Broadhall Suite

The Broadhall Suite is open to both sets of supporters from midday until kick-off, with a variety of drinks to choose from as well as a hot food matchday menu. This venue opens once again at full-time until 8pm.

Tea Bars

Tea bars around The Lamex Stadium are card only when purchasing food and drink around the ground.

How to Follow…
UK-based supporters can listen to Stevenage vs Grimsby Town with an iFollow Audio Match Pass, available to purchase for £2.50.

Overseas supporters can watch the action live with an iFollow Audio Match Pass, available for just £10.

Continue Reading

Sport

Match Preview: Stevenage vs Grimsby Town

Stevenage can secure promotion to Sky Bet League One tomorrow as they welcome Grimsby Town to a sold-out Lamex Stadium…

After Tuesday’s triumph in Swindon, Stevenage sit third in League Two and four points clear of Stockport County in fourth with just two games left to play.

Grimsby Town occupy eleventh place in the league table and, whilst they are unable to reach the play-off places, they will undoubtedly be looking to spoil Stevenage’s fun. The Mariners’ away form has been satisfactory this campaign, winning nine away league fixtures from twenty-two. Grimsby also had a successful FA Cup run, reaching the Quarter finals before being knocked out by Brighton and Hove Albion.

They have had a mixed bag of results recently, so will be unpredictable going into tomorrow’s match. On Tuesday, they picked up a 2-0 victory at home to Crewe Alexandra through goals by Gavan Holohan and Danilo Orsi. But three days prior, Grimsby suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Tranmere.

Paul Hurst is currently enjoying his second spell as Grimsby boss after spending 2011-2016 in charge of The Mariners. Last season, he led his side to National League Play-off Final glory, after beating Solihull Moors at The London Stadium. Hurst previously had managerial spells at Ipswich, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury and Boston United.

Will Finnie has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s match, with Scott Williams and Damith Bandara as Assistants, and Stephen Finch as Fourth Official.

Finnie has handed out ninety-five yellow cards and just one red in thirty matches this campaign.

Continue Reading

Sport

The Link Between Religicide and Violence Against Women

Violence against women has emerged as one of the hallmarks of religicide. Religious, civil society and business leaders must stop it in its tracks.

Involuntary sterilization and birth control in China. Honor killing in Iraq. State-sponsored rape in Myanmar. Forced marriage in Syria. Female genital mutilation in sub-Saharan Africa.

These are among the weapons used to control women today and throughout history – and likely among the many practices that will be denounced and discussed today on International Women’s Day. Yet an unrecognized form of human rights violation must be added to this litany of abuses in which women’s bodies are the battleground: religicide.

Religicide is the systematic, highly targeted effort to eradicate an entire religion, including its practices, adherents, sacred spaces, habitats and cultural heritage. Religicide plays out largely by controlling the reproductive choices of women, who they marry and who has access to their bodies.

Violence against women has emerged as one of the hallmarks of religicide. It has been practiced in China against Uyghur Muslims, in Iraq against Yazidis and in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims. This abuse of women is a form of genocide-in-slow-motion.

Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence against women, affecting around 641 million women and girls globally, according to the World Health Organization. Religicide fosters a form of such violence – rape, which is used as a weapon to wipe out religious identity. In religicide, women forcibly “married” to men of other faiths – or no faith – often must submit to those men or risk losing their lives along with their religious identities. Children from these marriages are under their father’s control. Women escaping religious enslavement would have to abandon their own children.

In China, the Communist Party is taking control of Uyghur women’s bodies through forced birth control in the form of implants, involuntary sterilizations and pills, according to The New York Times and other outlets. Some women say they’ve been forced into giving up their faith and marrying Han Chinese men. They’re free to get pregnant in these marriages – with babies through whom their Muslim faith will not likely be passed on.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, women say they have been raped repeatedly in prison and subject to genital torture with electric prods. Outside of prison, according to the rights group, Uyghur women’s reproduction is monitored by the local government. There are harsh punishments for unauthorized pregnancies, with violators being sent to reeducation camps. Unless removed by a state-approved medical practitioner, those who take out intrauterine devices – even for medical reasons – are subject to fines and imprisonment.

Continue Reading

Trending

slot777 slot thailand slot777 https://situsterpercayaslot777.com/ slot gacor hari ini slot gacor maxwin slot deposit pulsa slot deposit pulsa tri http://sia.unidha.ac.id/repository/dosen/riwayat/login/dewajasin/ https://karanganyar.alabidin.sch.id/wp-content/shop/ https://smpabbs.alabidin.sch.id/dewajasin/ https://thehero.alabidin.sch.id/merdeka/ https://abbs.alabidin.sch.id/angkorwd/ https://gemoy99.com/jutsu/ https://alabidin.sch.id/katon/ https://platinum.alabidin.sch.id/gold/ https://stia.alabidin.sch.id/bavet/
deneme bonusu veren siteler
Porn sites
ihokibet ihokibet ihokibet ihokibet evohoki evohoki evohoki evohoki evohoki
evohoki ihokibet evohoki evohoki Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand/a> Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand Slot Thailand https://revistafraude.ufba.br/novafraude/wp-content/idnslot/ ihokibet https://revistafraude.ufba.br/novafraude/wp-content/slotovo/ slot depo qris evohoki Judi Bola Scatter hitam Demo PG Soft Slot Qris Slot thailand slot qris 10k ihokibet https://fetems.org.br/fetems/wp-content/image/carimakan/mohonmaaf/ evohoki ihokibet evohoki https://digilib.unwmataram.ac.id/fiIes/js/-/ https://pmb.esqbs.ac.id/CACHE/v2/bagiplayer/ https://stpi-bim.ac.id/maafbosku/?login=66kbet evohoki ihokibet ihokibet https://www.pmb.aakmanggala.ac.id/scatter-hitam/ https://www.pmb.aakmanggala.ac.id/slot-dana/ https://www.pmb.aakmanggala.ac.id/judi-bola/ https://www.pmb.aakmanggala.ac.id/pgsoft-qris/ slot thailand turbo x500 evohoki Cheat slot Slot Ovo slot77 https://ihokibet.smkmutugresik.sch.id/ https://evohoki.smkmutugresik.sch.id/ http://bpbd.pariamankota.go.id/koboybet/ http://bpbd.pariamankota.go.id/vegas138/ slot thailand https://itxin.io.vn/slotthailand/ slot thailand ihokibet ihokibet ihokibet ihokibet ihokibet ihokibet evohoki evohoki evohoki https://sdnunggulanmagetan.sch.id/sdn/ http://bpbd.pariamankota.go.id/frontend/web/maafbosku/ evohoki evohoki evohoki ihokibet evohoki slot88
SLOT ONLINE PRAGMATICPLAY SLOT ONLINE PRAGMATICPLAY SLOT ONLINE PRAGMATICPLAY SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM SLOT ONLINE SCATTER HITAM Slot Online