The election in Qatar - a step towards democracy or a game for the galleries?

Qatar's emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will in future share power with an advisory body, but he still has a veto on all important issues. Photo: Ahmad Thamer Al Kuwari. Source: Flickr.

Of: Tilda Janbrink

As next year's host nation for the World Cup, Qatar has caught the eye of the world. In early October, the country went to the polls for the first time ever - but the population's actual influence over politics is still limited.

November 9, 2021, Analysis

Are sporting events more important than human rights?

Qatar's rejection of human rights ahead of the World Cup is outrageous. Photo: Omar Chatriwala, Flickr

Of: Louise Marklund

This year's World Cup qualifiers have aroused great debate both nationally and internationally. Qatar, the host country for the World Cup 2022, is considered to be violating human rights. Once again, the debate over inadequate selection of host countries for sports championships is being revived.

May 3, 2021, Analysis

How Slavery Built the World Cup

Builders at Work. There are close to one million migrant workers in Qatar, mainly from South Asia. The majority work in construction. Photo: WBUR Boston's NPR News Station, Flickr.

Of: Åsa Setterquist and Hanna Geschewski

Many were shocked when FIFA announced their choice for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. It is not only a wildcard in international football, but also notorious for the unworthy treatment of its many migrant workers. With only three years left until the first kick-off, not much seems to have improved.

April 10, 2019, Article, English, Magazine