Author: Alexis Cruz

QATAR: Media Permits No Big Deal?

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – There’s one story in Qatar that has seen little coverage, despite the fact that it affects the country’s news media. A Qatari ministry introduced new reforms in the start of 2017 that mandate new permits for anyone working in the “press and publication,” according to an announcement printed in local papers. Aside from a short article on Saudi network Al-Arabiya and on Doha News, the reforms have received little attention. Doha News has a reason to report on the new licenses. In December 2016 its website was blocked in Qatar for apparently not having the...

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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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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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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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