Jim Murphy Urges FIFA To Put Pressure On Qatar Over Working Conditions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Sport

Fifa and the national football associations of the UK should put pressure on Qatar to improve the "sub-human" working conditions of thousands of migra...

Fifa Feeling the Heat Over Qatar World Cup Decision?

Tony Jimenez | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

Another day, another predictable public relations disaster for FIFA. With this summer's World Cup now just a matter of months away, and Brazil's preparations still lagging alarmingly behind schedule, the governing body has hardly covered itself in glory of late.

Man Killed British Primary School Teacher Given Death Sentence

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

A man convicted of the murder of a British primary school teacher has been sentenced to death in Qatar, after a court found he assaulted Lauren Patte...

FIFA Corruption Allegations Must Question Qatar World Cup

Damian Collins | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

FIFA seems to treat this kind of scrutiny with complete contempt. It needs to realise that it does not own world football; but is merely the governing body of the sport. It gives the impression of being full of a lot of hard faced old men who have grown rich from the game, and whose instinctive response to any crisis is to cover for each other.

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

Gregor Smith | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.

Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

What's the Human Cost of the World Cup?

Nash Riggins | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Sport
Nash Riggins

Shameless profiteering and delusions of grandeur have tarnished Fifa's charitable reputation and bloodied the legacy of what was once a beautiful game. Consequently, it's time to implement some serious sanctions and act against these blatant human rights violations before more lives are lost.

International Tournaments, European Hostility and the 2022 Qatari World Cup

Austin Aneke | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Sport
Austin Aneke

Other nations visit Europe to compete in various world events; notwithstanding their dark grey wintry environments. How would the world produce true world champions if every major world tournament is conditioned to suit and reflect European conditions

It's A Winter World Cup! Or is it?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport

UPDATE: FIFA comments, 12.45pm, 8 January 2014 The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in the summer, according to a FIFA executive. Secret...

French Footballer Zahir Belounis Finally Leaves Qatar (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Sport

French footballer Zahir Belounis has finally returned home from Qatar after he was finally granted an exit visa. Belounis arrived in Paris on Thurs...

FifPro To Hold 'Urgent Talks' Over Players' Rights Abuse Claims In Qatar

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Sport

FIFPro, the international footballers' union, is sending a delegation to Qatar to seek "urgent talks" over claims players' rights are being abused. ...

The West Versus the Middle East: The Battle in the Sky

Ritwik Deo | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Ritwik Deo

Airports speak volumes. Like tea leaves in porcelain cups; airports and airlines can reveal much about their parent country's fortunes.

With Pressure on Qatar Mounting, Russia Is Getting Away With It

Matt Clough | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Matt Clough

Russian football is not without its problems - far from it. Racism still rains down from the terraces on a regular basis, recently being aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Touré, who promptly and with plenty of just cause called for the 2018 competition, which is to be hosted by the country, to be boycotted.

Refer-REEEEE! Crying Foul Over the Qatar World Cup and Workers Who Don't Drive Sports Cars

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

My reading habits being rather gadfly-ish (ie all over the place), the other day I picked up a book lying around at work called Fathers, Sons And Foot...

Orchestral Manoeuvres in Qatar

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

The concerts were part of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, a collaboration between the British Council and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) to develop links across culture, education, science and sport... At a time when Qatar is coming under international scrutiny like never before, particularly as hosts of the 2022 football World Cup , initiatives like this represent an opportunity for our two countries to learn about each other.

A Century of Pilgrimage: The Hajj, Past and Present

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

As we venture further into the British Library Qatar Foundation partnership programme, we are encountering more materials that have direct relevance to the modern day. These images show just how the ties with past and present are becoming increasingly strong through our partnership, as more content emerges from the British Library's basement.

British Teacher Feared Murdered In Qatar

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

A primary school teacher is feared murdered after going missing in Qatar, with police unable to confirm whether she is alive or dead. Primary schoo...

The Qatar Question - Has Fifa Been Even More Short-Sighted Than First Anticipated?

Ashley Khossousi | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Sport
Ashley Khossousi

It's almost guaranteed that the run-up to 2022 will be a treacherous minefield of political and social issues. Post-Brazil 2014 will be an ongoing fight for Fifa to regain its credibility and it's not going to be won too easily.

Raped, Impregnated and Imprisoned: Qatar's Forgotten Workers

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kerry Ann Akers

Sexual violence and imprisonment are facts of life for many of Qatar's women workers. Largely women from Nepal, India and the Philippines, Qatar's domestic workers face isolation and exploitation in the world's richest country.

We Should Be Prepared to Boycott the Fifa World Cup in Qatar

Damian Collins | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Like most people I have been appalled to read the recently published stories about the terrible conditions in which the builders and workers in Qatar who are constructing the infrastructure that will support the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that country, are being subjected to. It is shocking to hear about their lack of basic human rights and how so many have died working on projects there. The organisers in Qatar say that they share our concerns, as do Fifa, but they must show the world that they are clearly making a massive effort to stop these practices, and ensure the health and dignity of the workers.

How Many Shares In UK Firms Are Foreign-Owned?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK

More than half (53.2%) of shares in listed UK firms are now owned by foreign investors for the first time on record. The size of foreign investmen...

ICA Off-Site: Cinema on the Steps: Contemporary Middle Eastern Film

Steven Cairns | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Steven Cairns

Working closely with curators Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Alia Al-Senussi and Abdullah Al-Turki, key figures on the Middle Eastern art scene alongside artist Ahmed Mater, who contributes to our final evening, we are presenting an amazing selection of films, free to view in a unique outdoor cinema.

Football - Crazy?

Mark Piggott | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Piggott

What's the League Cup called now? I lost track somewhere between the Coca-Cola and Milk Cup eras. As for the Europa, which would you prefer - top four in the league or a tricky second leg in Elfsborg? Come to think of it (Wigan), which would YOU prefer - FA Cup winners, or staying in the Premiership?

Qatar 2022 World Cup Must Be Held In Winter, Says FA Chairman Greg Dyke

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Sport

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar must inevitably be held in the winter, the new chairman of the FA has said. Greg Dyke, only two weeks into his job as c...