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Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

Qatar at a Crossroads: Reform Labour Laws or Risk Revived Calls for Relocating the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 01.12.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar, caught in a Catch-22 between a requirement to quickly reform its labour system in a bid to convince human rights and trade union activists that it is serious and the need domestically to proceed slowly, risks losing goodwill it has built in recent years.

Israel Mobilizes to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Israel appears to be mobilizing a grassroots campaign against Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup as part of the Jewish state's effort to isolate Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the Gaza Strip, and bolster the fortunes of the Palestine Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Brits' Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts and Shines Light on UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, British nationals of Nepalese origin, vanished in Doha as they were about to leave for the airport. They were in Qatar to investigate labour rights on behalf of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based group with alleged links to the UAE.

Qatar's New World Cup City Is A Modern Marvel

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

Qatar is going HUGE for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In preparation to host soccer's most major event, the Qatari government has shelled out an estimat...

Gulf States and Their U.S. Critics Seek to Shape U.S. Perceptions on the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Both Qatar and the UAE have been in the firing line for their treatment of foreign workers who constitute a majority of their populations but operate under a sponsorship or kafala system that puts them at the mercy of their employers.

Slaves to Soccer: At World Cup, Workers Lose

Sam Maron | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Sam Maron

By glorifying the world's worst human rights offenders and endorsing them to host public displays for an international audience, we help countries like Qatar keep the profitable business of slave-keeping alive.

Concealment and Recognition at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

To many people, and certainly to FIFA and the IOC, sporting concerns do not, or at least should not, overlap with political ones. This viewpoint is troubling because it downplays the social price of sports.

Jason Linkins

Twilight Of The International Sports Scoundrels: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

In just a few days, the eyes of the sporting world will be on Brazil, where the world’s finest soccer teams (and also Australia) will gather in the ...

Qatar World Cup Bid Faces New Corruption Allegations

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 08.01.2014 | Sports

GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have denied fresh allegations of wrongdoing after a British newspaper report questioned the ...

What Secretary Kerry Won't See in Qatar

Sharan Burrow | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Sharan Burrow

On Wednesday John Kerry will cross the finish line of his first listening tour as Secretary of State. His last stop is Doha, Qatar, a small gulf state with a big problem.

Qatari Doubts About Alcohol Boosted By Unlikely Allies: World Cup Hosts Brazil and Russia

James Dorsey | Posted 04.01.2012 | Sports
James Dorsey

The outcome of FIFA's dispute with Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup, and Russia where the tournament will be held in 2018, is certain to shape the soccer body's certainly forthcoming debate with Qatar.

Alcohol Ban Raises Specter of Problems for Qatar's Hosting of 2022 World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
James Dorsey

A ban on alcohol on Qatar's man-made island highlights domestic opposition to some of the Gulf state's more forward looking policies, as well as freedoms for soccer fans it is expected to host during the 2022 World Cup.

Where IS Qatar? What You Need To Know About The World Cup Host

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Qatar has just been announced as the host of the 2022 World Cup, causing many to wonder: where exactly is that? Qatar is a small Middle Eastern pe...