Author: Alexis Cruz

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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QATAR: World Cup Flub on Workers’ Rights

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES- A corruption scandal is still brewing  in international soccer, but it’s business as usual for Qatar, and the country’s top priority is making sure their chance to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup goes off without a hitch. Even if it means bumping into a few hitches with migrant workers along the way who, like Egyptian laborers of ancient times, are the human fodder erecting the pyramid to be called the World Cup Stadium. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) recently published a report on migrant workers’ welfare from April through December of last...

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QATAR: The Freedom to Censor

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Usually it’s censors who block a controversial film from domestic distribution. Not so in Quatar, at least in the case of The Danish Girl. Following online outrage at the transgender tale, the country’s Ministry of Culture tweeted out this month: “We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas. We thank you for your unwavering vigilance.” The film depicts a fictionalized version of the lives of married Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Elbe was one of the...

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