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Subtle Policy Changes Could Reinforce Qatari Focus On Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

They argue that Sheikh Tamim, who took office after his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, stepped down in 2013, has begun with the reshuffle to move the old guard aside and pave the road for change.

Trade Unions Test Qatari Sincerity With Demands for Labor Reform

James Dorsey | Posted 12.20.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

International trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar with a series of demands, a majority of which the Gulf state could implement without having to reform its autocracy or threaten the privileged position of its citizenry who account for a mere 12 percent of the population and fear that change could cost them control of their culture and society.

FIFA's human rights litmus test: Will it clean house?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Ridden by the worst corruption scandal in its history, world soccer body FIFA is breaking new ground by seeking to put United Nations guidelines for human rights at the centre of its activities.

Qatar Is Still Treating World Cup Workers Like Garbage

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 12.03.2015 | Sports

The country of Qatar has not made enough significant changes when it comes to migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, ac...

Qatari Labour Reforms: Words but no Actions

James Dorsey | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Words but no actions. That is Amnesty International's evaluation of promised Qatari labour reforms on the fifth year of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to the Gulf state.

Embattled World Cup Host Qatar Sends Mixed Messages

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Embattled World Cup host Qatar is sending contradictory messages as it struggles with demands to improve migrant labour conditions and mounting questions about the integrity of its successful FIFA bid, confronts the fall-out of dropping energy prices, and seeks to project itself as both a key Western ally and a useful conduit to more militant Islamist forces.

Sepp Blatter Claims 2022 World Cup Was Supposed To Be In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.28.2015 | Sports

With virtually nothing to lose and everything to tell, suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed to Russian news outlet TASS that the United Sta...

New Qatari Labor Law: Too Little, Too Late

James Dorsey | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Never missing an opportunity to shoot itself in the foot, 2022 World Cup-host Qatar has adopted a new law that is more likely to convince critics that it aims to put a friendly face on its controversial kafala or sponsorship system rather than radically reform a legal framework that trade unions and human rights activists have dubbed modern slavery.

OECD Holds FIFA Responsible for Qatari World Cup-related Labour Conditions

James Dorsey | Posted 10.18.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A Swiss government-sponsored unit of the Paris-based OECD has defined world soccer body FIFA as a multi-national bound by the group's guidelines. As a result, the group concluded that FIFA is responsible for the upholding of the human and labour rights of workers employed in Qatar on 2022 World Cup-related projects.

2022 World Cup Sparks Labour Reform, Just Not in Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted other Gulf states and prompted other activists to focus on high-profile construction projects like sites for Western museums and universities in the UAE. It also motivated countries across the region to tinker with their labour systems.

Qatar's 2022 World Cup Will Kick Off In November

AP | Erick Fernandez | Posted 09.25.2015 | Sports

ZURICH — FIFA says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start on Nov. 21, kicking off a 28-day tournament that will finish on Dec. 18. FIFA's execu...

Religious Support for Qatari Labor Reforms Puts Gulf States on the Spot

James Dorsey | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

By justifying the call on theological grounds and drawing on a parable of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, one of the 7th century's first four successors of the Prophet Mohammed, widely viewed by even the most conservative or militant Muslims as the righteous caliphs, Sheikh Ali Al Qaradaghi made it more difficult for Qatar and other Gulf states to justify evading radical labor reforms.

Mega Events: Qatar Is Too Hot, Beijing Has No Snow

James Dorsey | Posted 08.06.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

2022 is promising to be the year of mega sporting events that potentially fly in the face of values professed by international sporting events and defy logic.

Qatar's quagmire: existential fears and missed opportunities

James Dorsey | Posted 07.31.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Walking around Qatar's monumental Aspire Dome sports academy, coach Fred Engh noticed kids playing soccer on an indoor field big enough to accommodate four teams simultaneously during a break in an annual gathering of hundreds of sports leaders designed to project the Gulf state as an innovative, socially responsible global sports hub.

Qatar: The Other Story

Fred Engh | Posted 07.30.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

We've all read recently about the FIFA debacle. The one about how FIFA has been turned upside down by scandal in that millions of dollars have been lost through the greed of some seedy folks.

Fan opposition to Qatar goes viral

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

World Cup host Qatar is discovering the reputational risk involved in hosting high-profile mega sporting events. Qatar Airways' sponsorship of FC Barcelona is producing exactly the kind of publicity that is a corporate sponsor's worst nightmare while a Swiss investigation of the Qatari World Cup bid threatens to expose questionable financial dealings that will fuel demands for withdrawing the tournament from the Gulf state.

How America Should Fix FIFA

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 06.18.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | 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...