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How America Should Fix FIFA

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 06.18.2016 | Sports
Vishal Khetpal

As it serves justice, America now faces an obligation to construct a culturally competent organization -- one that fairly governs international soccer for the greater good. Or else these arrests will soon become meaningless, and FIFA will fall back into its old habits.

ILO Condemnation of Qatar Likely to Have Ripple Effects

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The International Labour Organization has dealt a blow to Qatari assertions that the Gulf state complies with global standards for workers in a report that condemned the government for allowing Qatar Airways to "violate international and national agreements and institutionalize discrimination."

Stadium Construction: A Political Barometer

James Dorsey | Posted 06.13.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Politics is never divorced from sports, not even when it comes to the construction of stadia. Budgets however have recently thwarted plans in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to build a host of sporting facilities in a bid to either win votes or curry favour with youth and other segments of the population.

Russia, Qatar Might Lose World Cups

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.08.2015 | Sports

FIFA, the international soccer governing body, could strip Russia and Qatar of their World Cup hosting rights if evidence comes to light there was cor...

The Geopolitics of FIFA

Maurício Santoro | Posted 06.04.2016 | World
Maurício Santoro

The sport that hundreds of millions of people are so passionate about mobilizes political and economic forces. No doubt it deserves a more transparent, clean and effective governance structure. However, these efforts will not take place on neutral ground, but in the midst of fierce competition for power and international influence.

The Real FIFA Scandal is Not About Bribes, Kickbacks and Money Laundered: It's 1,200 Dead Workers in Qatar

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Carlos F. Torres

Will the deaths of 1,200 workers in Qatar building the 2022 World Cup facilities be a simple footnote in the ugly face of football? Will our insatiable appetite for an electrifying sport make us oblivious to a crime of Gulag proportions?

Where's the Ref? FIFA -- A Sports Body Playing Without Rules

Sharan Burrow | Posted 05.28.2016 | Sports
Sharan Burrow

Football, or soccer as it is known, is a game of two halves. It's a game with rules and a referee. FIFA, the governing body for football, follows neither the rule of law or has the oversight of a referee.

Qatar's Unintended Sporting Legacy: A FIFA Clean-Up, Exposure of Political Corruption, and Corporate Sponsor Rethink

James Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar's 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change - but not in the way the Gulf state's ruling family had imagined.

Illustrators Protest Qatar's Alleged World Cup Labor Abuses With Redesigned Logos

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar, may have already cost at least 1,200 people their lives, even though the event itself is sti...

Qatar Won't Let World Cup Laborers Return To Nepal For Earthquake Victims' Funerals

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 05.27.2015 | Sports

Can't Qatar get anything right?

A Shrewd Financial Investor, Qatar Boasts Dismal Return on Investment in Soft Power

James Dorsey | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Widely viewed as a shrewd financial investor, Qatar's return on investment in soft power designed to position it as a progressive ally of world powers in the hope that they will come to the aid of the wealthy Gulf state in times of emergency is proving to be abysmal.

Al Jazeera: Management Style Echoes Country-of-Origin

David Tereshchuk | Posted 05.21.2016 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The Al Jazeera TV news organization that began in Qatar missed a great opportunity when it started Al Jazeera America (AJAM), using the cable channel it bought from ex-Vice President Al Gore's Current TV.

BBC Crew Arrested While Reporting On Qatar's World Cup Controversies

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 05.18.2015 | Sports

Controversy continues for Qatar's World Cup.

Qatari Promises of Labor Reform Ring Hollow Amid Revived Corruption Allegations

James Dorsey | Posted 05.04.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

A promise by Qatari labour and social affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state's controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system by the end of this year is likely to cut little ice with human rights and trade union activists who four years after Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup are demanding deeds rather than words.

Questions About Qatar's World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup hos...

ILO Victory Boosts Qatari Hopes of Defeating Efforts to Deprive It of World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A resolution by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to postpone until November a decision to investigate Qatar on charges of violating the Forced Labour and Labour Inspection Conventions is likely to boost the Gulf state's ability to defeat any attempt to strip it of the right to host the 2022 World Cup at next month's congress of world soccer body FIFA.

FIFA President Blatter Signals Mounting Pressure on Qatar to Tackle Migrant Worker Problems

James Dorsey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take substantive steps to fend off attempts to deprive it of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

International Sports Associations Caught Between $ Signs and Human Rights Ideals

James Dorsey | Posted 05.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

To achieve its goal and avert any risk of being deprived of the right to host the World Cup, Qatar will have to follow through on its promises to significantly improve workers' working and living conditions.

Qatar Asks for Time to Implement Labour Reforms

James Dorsey | Posted 04.05.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports is a cultural public diplomacy tool for Qatar to embed and endear itself at multiple layers of the international community. To achieve that however, it has to be seen as a forward looking 21st century state rather than a wealthy energy producer that adheres to no longer acceptable concepts of human and labour relations.

Egypt Appoints Controversial UAE Hired Gun As Elections Monitor

James Dorsey | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's efforts to lend legitimacy to parliamentary elections scheduled for this spring have gotten off to a murky start with the appointment of a controversial, reportedly United Arab Emirates-backed human rights NGO as one of five foreign election monitors.

Soccer Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

An avalanche of criticism of FC Bayern Muenchen, a leading soccer brand and Germany's most successful club, for playing a commercially driven friendly against Saudi Arabia's FC Al Hilal amid a crackdown on dissent in the kingdom.

GCC Abandonment of Unified Labour Contract Puts Onus on Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to abandon plans to adopt a unified contract for domestic workers increases pressure on Qatar to significantly revamp its controversial labour regime in a bid to fend off efforts to deprive it of its right to host the 2022 World Cup.

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.

Gulf Human Rights Declaration Increases Heat on Qatar to Act on Migrant Workers' Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The adoption of a human rights declaration by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that was designed to shield wealthy Gulf monarchies including 2022 World Cup host Qatar from criticism by human rights and trade union activists is likely to increase pressure on the sports-focused Gulf state to significantly alter its controversial migrant labour system.