Many workers building the World Cup stadium in Qatar have been dying because of unsafe conditions at the construction site. Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Karomo Brown, and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.
"In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer.
David Cameron faces calls to use a meeting with the Emir of Qatar to call for an end to funding being handed to terrorists including ISIS.
The Prime Minister is expected to meet with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani this week, for talks on economic investment in Britain. But critics want pressure to be put on Qatar to stop the flow of money between rich donors and extremists threatening countries around the world.
It is thought the talks will be held in Downing Street on Wednesday or Thursday.
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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.
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.
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”.
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.
A 43-year-old Qatari national who pleaded guilty this year to being an al Qaeda sleeper agent, Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, was sentenced on Thursday to eight years, nearly half of the time the Justice Department had asked the court for him to serve in prison.
Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Sunday condemned the widespread abuse of workers' rights in the Gulf state, highlighting harsh working conditions and a lack of adequate healthcare.
The NHRC said in its annual report the Committee received 1,031 complaints of human rights abuses in 2008, with 263 of them related to sponsorship transfer, 51 related to “deportation verdict cancellations” and 56 related to employer-employee disputes, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported on Monday.
A study conducted jointly by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Qatar University revealed that 160 women were exposed to abuse or sexual harassment during their childhood, prompting calls for stringent measures for protecting women.
The study was conducted on 2,787 girls from the Faculty of Literature and Science in Qatar University. Of those studied, 2,365 were nationals.
Media here have a clear role to play in highlighting issues like the latent racism which apparently exists in Qatar. In doing so, media can highlight such issues to the public and bring them to the attention of the higher authorities here.
The Ministry of Labor has suspended or warned more than 850 companies this year for violating various labor laws and stopped dealing with them till they comply with all sections of the laws.
Labor ministry inspectors conducted raids, over the last eight months, to identify firm that violated the law.
Inspectors were deployed to company premises, works sites and accommodations to check whether health and safety requirements were fulfilled as per Qatar's labor law.
Transactions with companies have been suspended for different period of time in accordance to the type of violation.
A number of small businesses have been accused of exploiting their workers by denying them simple benefits laid down in Qatar’s labor law.
According to some employees – many of whom put in long hours in grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, juice stalls and convenience shops – their bosses are routinely flouting the rules because they know they can get away with it.
A group of construction workers have been sleeping in the open for the past eight months – because it is better than living in the “hell” of labor camp accommodation.
Five men, four from North Africa and a south Asian, were seen bedding down for the night next to an under-construction 7-storey residential building at 11pm in the heart of Doha on Wednesday.
“It is an irony that we build these ‘residential apartments’ and don’t have a roof to sleep under,” said one visibly exhausted worker.
A QATARI man is charged with impersonating a policeman in order to steal QR3,840 from Bangladeshi laborers.
According to the expatriate workers, the 44-year-old man carried out the crime one afternoon in late January.
They told investigators the accused had twice entered the workers’ camp claiming to be a policeman. On the first occasion he left without incident, but on the second visit he walked into an open room and found a computer.
A 20-year-old Qatari has denied causing death by reckless driving – telling a court he was travelling at “only” 140kph.
The presiding judge, Salah al-Sharif, reminded him that the maximum speed on the country’s roads was 120kph and that the accident took place in an 80kph zone.
Furthermore, should he be found guilty of the offence, he will have to pay blood money out of his own pocket because his car was not insured at the time. The driver also told the court his brakes had not been working.