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London (AFP) - A British newspaper alleged on Sunday that a former top Qatari football official paid $5 million to get support for the emirate's campaign to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Sunday Times said it had obtained emails and other documents relating to alleged payments made by Mohamed Bin Hammam, the then FIFA executive member for Qatar.
It alleged that Bin Hammam, who is also the ex-Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president, used slush funds to pay out the cash to top football officials to win a "groundswell" of support for Qatar's World Cup bid.
Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar because of its support of the Muslim Brotherhood have expanded to exploit criticism of labour conditions in the Gulf state in advance of the 2022 World Cup.
Arab trade unions and non-governmental organizations have added their voices to criticism of Qatar by international trade unions, human rights groups and world soccer body FIFA. The Arab criticism appeared however to be motivated more by mounting pressure on Qatar from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt than concern for workers' welfare.
It turns out that migrant laborers aren’t the only ones trapped in Qatar as the country frantically prepares to host a World Cup it never should have been awarded in the first place.
The 2022 World Cup is fast approaching. Let's get an updated about life in Qatar as a slave worker. With any luck the World Cup will not actually end up being in Qatar.
The Egyptians dispensed with the life of their slaves in the construction of the pyramids as if they were nothing but throw-away products before that had even been invented in the modern day and age in which we live. Today, Qatar is doing the self-same thing. There are 1.2 million migrant workers (the vast majority of them are in the construction industry) in Qatar and they are working flat out under the pressure of the Qataris to get the country ready to host the 2022 World Cup. But, those modern-day slaves are set to die at the rate of a dozen every week before the projects get finalized.
Imagine the scenario. You drive to work this morning and you spend all day slogging away at the office, with sweltering temperatures of 50° C to boot. The only bonus that you have is that you are grinding away in luxurious surroundings. But, when it comes to leaving, the doors are locked, bolted and barred. You can’t get out of the place and nobody gives a damn anyhow.
Matt and Grace's adopted daughter, Gloria, died suddenly on January 15th, 2013 for reasons unknown.The next day, Matt and Grace were jailed in Doha, Qatar and charged with her murder.The California Innocence Project has since taken on their case.
The Huangs are Asian-American with three children adopted from Africa. According to the investigative report, they could not have had a legitimate reason to adopt children who were not "good-looking" and who did not share their "hereditary traits." WHOA!
Ever since Qatar were awarded the 2022 World Cup in a process that definitely involved absolutely no foul play, the Arab state's quest to hold the planet's biggest football tournament has been wrought with controversy.
Among the chief complaints are the utter lack of football heritage in the Sharia Law-governed nation, and the 120-degree heat that will greet fans and players at stadiums that have not yet been built, using air cooling technologies that have not yet been invented.
Nepal has banned women under the age of 30 from working in Persian Gulf nations amid increasing concerns over abuse and exploitation.
Nepalese women are among thousands of Asians who travel to the Middle East in search of employment. They often arrive willingly, but subsequently face conditions that the U.S. State Department says is indicative of forced labor -- the withholding of passports, restrictions on movement, nonpayment of wages for work up to 20 hours a day, threats, deprivation of food and sleep, and physical or sexual abuse.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has announced a new investigation into the conditions of workers in Qatar following a visit of ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow to Nepal to hear first hand accounts from workers who have just returned from the Gulf Kingdom.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said new figures made public during her visit recorded 162 deaths of Nepalese workers in Qatar in the first ten months of 2011. Most of the workers’ deaths are unexplained, and are simply recorded as deaths “during sleep” or from “heart attacks”.
Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid will compete to host the 2020 Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee cut Doha and Baku, Azerbaijan, from the list of applicants.
The shortlist was announced today at the IOC’s executive board meeting in Quebec City following a technical assessment of the five cities, the IOC said in a statement. The winner will be elected Sept. 7, 2013, in Buenos Aires.
Qatar, the richest nation on earth, is also the fattest with half of all adults obese and 17 per cent of the population suffering from diabetes. By comparison America, which is often assumed to be the fattest, looks positively slim with a third of adults obese and eight per cent diabetic.
Out of a population of 1.7million, just 250,000 are native Qataris, who, in the space of just two generations have switched from a tribal existence to living in air conditioned villas being waited on by armies of servants.
It goes without saying that Qatar's economy and entire way of life depends heavily on the efforts of foreign workers. Less known, however, are the abuses and rights violations these workers are increasingly subject to. Sadly, no resolution is in sight.
The Prague City Court has issued an international warrant for the arrest of Qatari Prince Hamid bin Abdal Sani, who was sentenced to 2.5 years for sex with underage girls in the Czech Republic in 2005, but the verdict is not valid yet, court spokeswoman Martina Lhotakova told CTK Tuesday.
The appeals panel has failed to deliver the court decision and writ of summons to Sani. The trial, which was to start a year ago, has been adjourned several times.
FIFA, the organizing body of World Cup soccer, shot the ball into their own net this week by choosing tiny Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup over Australia, Japan, South Korea, and in the final round, the United States.
MANILA, Philippines—Over a pound heavier and still healthy despite a bout of sore eyes, baby George Francis will soon be in the arms of his mother, who left him in an airplane’s trash bin a month ago.
The mother, who has suffered through much anguish and sleepless nights since returning to the country, is now determined to raise the child she initially rejected, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said Tuesday.
Baby George’s mother, Soliman said, had been raped and it was the DSWD’s position that no charges should be pressed against her because she was a victim herself.