Tidbits of Arabic News translated into English

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Qatar Exploiting Workers

(September 25, 2013)

I don't think that Qatar has been putting in a good showing at the BBC Arabic news. The last time I remember a story about them, they were inviting Sudan's president and giving him kisses upon arrival, when he is wanted to stand trial on genocide at The Hague. No country is supposed to let him into their borders without arresting him, but many Muslim countries have been flouting this rule for the past ten years.

Now Qatar is in the news again because FIFA got wind that foreign laborers building all the Soccer World Cup stadiums and venues are being mistreated. So the BBC Arabic had a short clip about this running throughout the day:

I really should have checked Al-Jazeera that day to see if they bothered to mention it at all, or decided to sweep it all under the rug. 

I think the BBC Arabic should do a big investigative story about all the mistreatment of foreign laborers in all the Arab Gulf countries. That way they can do a close-up scrutiny on violations, and they can even mention what aspects are fairly practiced. We can get the whole story, instead of just bits and pieces like this. I don't remember seeing any other story on the BBC Arabic about mistreatment of foreign workers in the Arab Gulf countries in the past year that I have been paying attention.

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