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Qatari Labor Report Offers Solutions But Is Unlikely to Reduce Pressure on World Cup Host

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A long-awaited Qatar Foundation report recommends a radical overhaul of the labor recruitment system in Asian labor exporting countries as well as the Gulf state that expects to host the 2022 World Cup. The report, however, stops short of calling for the abolition of Qatar's widely criticized kafala or sponsorship system.

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Squaring Soccer with Islam

James Dorsey | Posted 07.01.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Concern that the World Cup could lead to violations of Saudi Arabia's strict gender rules prompted authorities in the province of Mecca, home to Islam's holiest city, to remove public television screens to prevent men and women from mixing.

Arabs, Bribes and World Cup Failures

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.18.2014 | Sports
Faisal J. Abbas

Whilst unfortunate, it is certainly not surprising that this is the second consecutive World Cup where only one Arab football team -- Algeria -- managed to qualify. While most Arabs probably wish the Algerian team the best of luck, very few of us expect them to deliver miracles in Brazil.

Soccer Icon Banned By FIFA

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 06.13.2014 | Sports

SAO PAULO (AP) — Germany great Franz Beckenbauer was banned from football for 90 days by FIFA on Friday for not cooperating with an investigation in...

AFC Power Struggle Reflects Sorry State of Soccer Governance

James Dorsey | Posted 06.10.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

FIFA Vice President and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein in an uncommon display of elegance and...

Coming Clean: Pressure Mounts for Qatari Transparency and Proper FIFA Investigation

James Dorsey | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Fresh allegations by a British Sunday paper of Qatari wrongdoing in its successful bid to clinch the hosting of the 2022 World Cup have increased pres...

Jason Linkins

Twilight Of The International Sports Scoundrels: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | 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's World Cup: Looking for the Smoking Gun

James Dorsey | Posted 06.04.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Qatar's handling of persistent suspicion that it illicitly employed its financial muscle to win the right to host the 2022 World C...

Qatar Denies Wrongdoing After Fresh Corruption Claims

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 06.03.2014 | Sports

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

Qatar World Cup Bid Faces New Corruption Allegations

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 06.01.2014 | Sports

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

Qatar Corruption Allegations: A Potential Massive Governance, Geo-political and Social Fall-out

James Dorsey | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

A disclosure by British weekly, The Sunday Times, of millions of documents allegedly revealing massive Qatari vote buying in the Gulf state's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup could return the worst corruption crisis in global soccer governance to the top of the agenda.

Human Wrongs: An Open Letter to Qatar's Sheikhas

Lisa Kirchner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Sports
Lisa Kirchner

Having lived in Qatar from 2004 to 2006 -- during the race to prepare for the Asian Games -- and then again in 2009, I can assure you, the human rights violations aren't new.

Protest and Human Rights Shape Debate on Awarding of Mega Events

James Dorsey | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Mass protests against Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, Turkey's loss of opportunities to host sports events and controversy over 2022 World Cup host...

FIFA President: Qatar World Cup Is A 'Mistake'

AP | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports

ZURICH (AP) — It is "a mistake" to hold the World Cup in the searing summer heat of Qatar, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. "Yes. We...

Qatar Misses the Plank on Labor Reform

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A long awaited and much hyped announcement on a reform of 2022 World Cup host Qatar's controversial kafala or labor sponsorship system has sparked more questions than answers and cost‎ the Gulf state an opportunity to gain the upper hand in a bruising debate that has significantly tarnished its image.

Lax FIFA Policing of Political Interference in Soccer Focuses on Egypt

James Dorsey | Posted 07.11.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

World soccer body FIFA has dispatched investigators to Egypt to probe allegations of government interference as the country prepares for potentially risky bids to host two international tournaments, the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup and the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.

2022 World Cup Emerges as Engine of Change

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The 2022 World Cup is emerging as an engine of social and possible political reform in the Gulf, a region that is desperately trying to ring fence a simmering groundswell clamoring for change that has its roots in widespread social, economic and political discontent, toppled four Arab autocrats in recent years, and led to a brutal civil war in Syria.

UN Fires Shot Across Qatar's Bow

James Dorsey | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The United Nations' senior official responsible for migrants, in a shot across Qatar's bow as officials predict imminent far-reaching labor reforms, has called on the Gulf state to abolish its controversial kafala or labor sponsorship system and enshrine its lofty promises in law.

Qatar May Have 'Bought' The World Cup, But Can It Pay For It?

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Sports

When Qatar beat out the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia to be named host of the 2022 World Cup in December 2010 there were concerns in...

World Cup Sparks Change as Soccer Puts Chink in Qatari Segregation

James Dorsey | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar is employing soccer to put a significant first chip in the Chinese wall that segregates its minority citizenry from its majority foreign labour and expatriate population.

Human Rights Violations Raise Spectre of Gulf Soccer Acquisitions as Reputation Laundering

James Dorsey | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Reports about torture and abuse in the United Arab Emirates of British nationals raises the spectre of high profile Gulf acquisitions and sponsorships of European soccer clubs serving as a form of reputation laundering.

Qatar Likely to Reform Controversial Labour System

James Dorsey | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Qatar has suffered substantial reputational damage as a result of the criticism and questions. The Gulf state needs to take the sting out of criticism give that the World Cup is a centrepiece of its sports strategy that is designed to create the kind of soft power necessary to compensate for its lack of military hard power.

Migrant Workers In World Cup Host Qatar 'Enslaved,' Reportedly Living In Squalor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Sports

After visiting labor camps near the Qatari capital of Doha, an international federation of trade unions has issued a blistering report chronicling the...

Bin Hammam payments question Qatar World Cup bid and FIFA/AFC anti-corruption efforts

James Dorsey | Posted 05.17.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Media reports of questionable payments by a company owned by banned former world soccer body FIFA vice president and Asian Footbal...