Oh, well, by all means carry on then

Last Wednesday the Washington Post produced a graphic purporting to show the number of migrant workers who have died in Qatar (1200) on work related to the 2022 World Cup as compared to worker deaths for other major international sporting events (I used it here). Qatar cried foul, saying that those 1200 migrant workers, while… Continue reading Oh, well, by all means carry on then

How many people do you need to kill to host a World Cup?

If the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, or the UAE actually cared about the safety of migrant workers in the Persian Gulf, this would have been a pretty good rationale for withdrawing their ambassadors from Qatar: A report from the International Trade Union Confederation says 1,200 migrant workers from India and Nepal have died in… Continue reading How many people do you need to kill to host a World Cup?

It’s perfectly normal to have a few hundred migrant workers drop dead every year

I’ve written briefly about Qatar’s kind of horrific system of indentured servitude before, but they’ve been under increased scrutiny for their labor practices of late. Qatar imports almost all of its labor force, and that’s understandable; with only about 300,000 or so Qatari citizens they are kind of forced to bring labor in from the… Continue reading It’s perfectly normal to have a few hundred migrant workers drop dead every year