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FIFA’s magic wand tries to vanish the blood on Qatar’s hands

13 Nov 2014, By

Qatar might be feeling pretty pleased with itself today. A FIFA investigation into possible corruption, conducted by the former New York district attorney Michael García has, after he spent 18-months scrutinising the behaviour of all the bidding nations, found only minor concerns that “were not serious enough to warrant re-opening the process”. For those of…

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Demockracy in Hong Kong

30 Sep 2014, By

It’s been impossible to ignore the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong this week, though Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung “Cy” Chun-ying probably wishes he could.  An attempt by his riot police to intimidate the protesters with tear gas and violence has backfired, drawing Hong Kong’s trade unions into the student-led protest. The Hong Kong Confederation…

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TUC launches ‘Playfair Qatar’ campaign as FIFA’s Zwanziger goes rogue

23 Sep 2014, By

“Qatar will not host World Cup!” screamed several headlines yesterday after FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger decided to provide his own personal opinion on the controversy-loaded location for 2022’s tournament. “Qatar still official World Cup site despite off-beat comments”, would be an equally accurate title. Since Dr Zwanziger is expected to step down from FIFA next…

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Timber Land: Peru activists murdered in the Amazon

16 Sep 2014, By

When ordinary people stand up for their rights in many parts of Latin America, they do so in the knowledge that powerful and often violent forces are ranged against them. Earlier this month four campaigners for indigenous land rights in the Peruvian Amazon were murdered, almost certainly by the illegal loggers that have plagued the…

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British University teaching Qatar wrong lesson on workers’ rights

21 Aug 2014, By

A British University operating in Qatar is under fire for ignoring the rights and conditions of workers providing it with essential services. University College London (UCL), angered those campaigning for rights for Qatar’s vast migrant workforce, including the University & College Union (UCU), when it said it would be “inappropriate” for them to review the…

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