Author: Alexis Cruz

QATAR: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Money

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – October in a U.S. election year often unveils some scandal. This year is no different, except the scandals have gotten weirder and this time Qatar is in on the mischief. According to emails leaked by Wikileaks, in 2012 Qatari representatives sought a 5-minute meeting with Bill Clinton in exchange for donating $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. The claim adds to rival Donald Trump’s attacks on Hillary’s ethics, though thanks to numerous allegations of sexual assault, Trump’s own credibility is anything but solid. Still, it’s troubling that the person who in all likelihood will be...

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QATAR: HALFWAY TO THE GOAL OF THE WORLD CUP

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Six years have passed since FIFA awarded Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup, and there are now six years left until the first kickoff. The first half dozen years saw allegations of corruption, bribery, and human rights abuses flowing in a seemingly endless stream of criticism and disbelief. Scandals have come and gone but nonetheless Qatar hosting the World Cup seems all but inevitable. Despite numerous reports on the abuse of migrant workers FIFA is adamant that Qatar will not lose the right to host, and in April, they predictably set up...

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QATAR: YET ANOTHER JOURNALIST FEELS THE HEAT

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Here we go again – another dilemma of foreign journalists arrested for trying to report on migrant workers. This time, police arrest Danish journalist Niels Borchert Holm and his crew who planned to film a documentary about the country’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup. Police detained them at the entrance of the Labor City housing project and took them for interrogation. In an op-ed piece, Holm described his experience. He and his crew had all the required documents and permission forms from the tournament organizers The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) and...

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QATAR: Will the World Cup Bubble Burst?

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Qatar has been fairly confident about keeping the 2022 World Cup. The country has passed some labor reforms and FIFA still backs them, but the country’s officials might have to be more cautious. Harvard professor John Ruggie wrote a FIFA-commissioned report on the organization’s human rights responsibilities and advised that if Qatar does not stop human rights violations, FIFA would have to take away Qatar’s right to host the World Cup. Ruggie recommends that FIFA add human rights criteria for selecting tournament hosts and sponsors. According to the professor, FIFA has to exert a positive influence...

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QATAR: Bring It On, Critics

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- Immune to accusations of bribery, human rights abuses, and having really hot weather, Qatar intends to host the 2022 World Cup as planned, come what may. Such immunity can make anyone cocky, and at a New York Times art conference in Doha, the Emir’s sister Sheikha Al Mayassa claimed that criticism only makes the tournament organizers even more determined. “The more the press attacks Qatar for hosting the World Cup, the more excited we are to host an amazing World Cup.” The press attacks will come, and the next aggressor is Amnesty International. The human rights...

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Asia Media International Staff

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