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Trade union call for a freeze on kafala puts Qatar to the test

By James M. Dorsey Qatar’s response to a call by international trade unions to freeze its controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers injured in a gas leak and separate gas explosion is likely to indicate the Gulf state’s willingness to reform or abolish a scheme that critics denounce as a form of modern slavery and …

Daily News Egypt

Workers’ welfare in Qatar: Navigating a minefield

By James M. Dorsey Qatari organisers of the 2022 World Cup – in a bid to fend off criticism in the European parliament, convince world football body FIFA of progress made in improving conditions of foreign workers, and side line political demands by international trade unions – has issued the Gulf state’s most detailed workers welfare …

Daily News Egypt

World Cup emerges as agent of change in Qatar

By James M Dorsey Qatar is taking a beating in the court of public opinion with almost daily headlines raising questions about the way the Gulf state does business. Yet, its hosting of the 2022 World Cup is emerging six months into the reign of Qatar’s new emir as an agent of change. Harsh working …

Daily News Egypt

Football and autocracy: Who do national football teams represent?

By James M. Dorsey Little better illustrates the inextricable link between sports and politics than the frequent perception of Middle Eastern and North African national football teams as representatives of repressive autocratic regimes. That perception is reinforced by players’ adoption of a neo-patriarchic acceptance of their autocratic leader as a father figure that leads them …

Daily News Egypt

November 19th

For many Egyptians, 19 November is a black stain on our history, since it’s the anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes of 2011. With over 40 dead and thousands other injured in four days of clashes with the MOI, there has been no accountability or justice for the victims’ families. In a post-30 June world, …

Mahmoud Salem

Under pressure

Working at a newspaper is tough stuff. I’ve likened it somewhat to the songs on Nirvana’s Nevermind album. The day starts off quietly and melodiously as I saunter into the office, everything strumming along nicely at first, lulling you into a false sense of security: “Today should be an easy day,” I think to myself. …

Daily News Egypt

FIFA must specify regions for World Cup bids: Richards

By Regan Doherty / Reuters DOHA: Soccer’s ruling body FIFA should specify regions where it would like to stage World Cups so that nations outside those locations do not waste money on losing bids, said English Premier League chairman Dave Richards. “I believe England didn’t understand the ground rules when we went in – and paid …

DNE

Qatar: Banking goals

By Oxford Business Group Although the 2022 football World Cup is more than a decade away, analysts are already predicting increased loan activity and investment management in Qatar’s banking sector as the economy gears up to host football’s showcase event. Following the decision awarding Qatar the tournament on December 2, Moody’s Investor Service issued an advisory …

DNE

World Cup investment to lead Qatar growth

DUBAI: The investment in infrastructure that Qatar will have to make after it won the right to host the 2022 football World Cup is likely to lead the economic growth in the gas-rich emirate, economists say. The tiny nation already has the highest gross domestic product growth rate in the Gulf region, driven by heavy …

DNE

YEAREND SPECIAL: The year Africa held its first World Cup

By Stuart Condie/ AP LONDON: The World Cup finally made it to Africa in 2010 and plans were made to send football’s showpiece to even more new destinations. After South Africa overcame dire predictions of security problems and half-empty stadiums to stage a World Cup that united the country in celebration, FIFA voted to give future …

DNE

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