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Teachers' Call for Better Understanding of the Gulf Must Be Heard

Richard Gibby | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Richard Gibby

The impact and influence of the Gulf region on modern society is increasingly distinctive. And yet, what do most of us really understand about how closely linked our nation is with that part of the world?

Bombing Iraq Ignores The Real Problem

Scott Dickson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Dickson

As one "War on Terror," draws to an end, so starts another. The upcoming withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan should force our politicians to reflect, largely on the utter futility of combating societal and religious problems with bombs. Old habits die hard. Not having learnt that virtually every Western intrusion into the Middle East ends in disaster, parliament's acquiescence to David Cameron's demand that Britain join the fight against ISIS proves our foreign policy is created in a historical vacuum.

BREAKING NEWS: FIFA Realises Qatar Is A Hot Country

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Officials from football's governing body FIFA have realised that Qatar is a hot country. "When we chose Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022, we had...

Qatar 'Will Not Host' 2022 World Cup

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Sport

A Fifa ExCo member has claimed the 2022 World Cup will not be staged in Qatar due to the country's sweltering conditions. Theo Zwanziger, the forme...

Middle East Tech News: All You Need to Know From the Last Three Months

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Studies provide a number of fresh insights into evolving attitudes and technology based behaviours in this fast changing region... The Middle East is not as different as you might think... "The digital divide demarcates technological abilities in the Arab world about as starkly as anywhere on earth."

If Qatar's World Cup Bid Video Had Told The Truth

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Comedy

HuffPost UK Comedy (thanks to Handface and David Schneider) imagines a slightly more truthful version of Qatar's bid advert for the 2022 World Cup... ...

Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's Behalf

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran's massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm.

Shedding Light on the Threat of Terrorism at Qatar's 2022 World Cup

Quintan Wiktorowicz | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Sport
Quintan Wiktorowicz

Citing a confidential assessment by former South African police chief Andre Pruis, British media is trying to make the case that Qatar is too vulnerable to terrorism to serve as host. As someone who has worked on counter-terrorism issues for nearly 20 years, I find this argument wrong for three key reasons.

Mephistopheles Strikes Again

Hamish Mackay | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

There's something a bit Faustian about World Cup sponsorship. Highly successful, ambitious companies enter into a partnership with the all-powerful but morally suspect Fifa. Profits are guaranteed but there are strings attached...

Fifa - A Stain on the Beautiful Game

Tony Jimenez | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

The changing face of our game currently bears some very ugly scars - and until we wrestle back control from the current representatives of this odious organisation, it will never be quite as beautiful as it once was.

Fifa Has a Lot to Answer For, But So Do We

Richard Berry | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

With the football now finally underway, I expect the FIFA corruption stories to disappear from the media for a while. Let's hope this is an opportunity to focus on much bigger scandals, including those closer to home.

World Cup 2022 Now For Sale On eBay

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Anyone fancy a bid..? (eBay auctioneers: David Schneider, Robin Flavell, David Beresford, Handface)...

Why I Love Fifa

Timothy Kennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Timothy Kennett

I have always followed the career of the actor Sam Neill with interest. It started in physics class in my early teens, when Neill presented a series...

Australia Could Renew 2022 World Cup Bid As Fifa Urged To Take Finals Away From Qatar

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Sport

The Australian football association could resurrect its bid to host the 2022 World Cup after it confirmed it is "heavily involved" in investigating cl...

Qatar's World Cup Bid Is Getting Fishier

PA | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Sport

A senior politician today called for a full and transparent investigation into how the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar amid claims that secret pay...

'Leggings Are Not Pants' Qatar's New Modesty Campaign Aimed At Westerners

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK

Perhaps in anticipation of the shirt-less England fans who could descend on the tiny Gulf state in eight years time, the Qatar government is making th...

Focusing Minds on the Human Suffering in Qatar

Gail Cartmail | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Gail Cartmail

Workers explained their circumstances. As we sat with them in the terribly overcrowded 'bedrooms' many wept from sheer frustration. Returning home to massive debts chalked up by payment to labour agents is a humiliating prospect that has led some migrant workers to take their own lives. Agents actively recruit workers in poverty stricken and jobless countries. I wondered about the men I met who will return home alive or uninjured, who will repay their debt and who will survive the shame if they "fail". I looked workers in the eye and felt immense anger at the betrayal of their human rights.

Why Domestic Workers From the Philippines Don't Watch Football

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Compare and contrast. In a few years' time several hundred professional footballers from all over the world will arrive in the Gulf state of Qatar to take part in the 2022 World Cup... Meanwhile, during the same period in mid-2022, it's very likely that several hundred other overseas workers will arrive at the always-overcrowded Doha International Airport.

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 28.05.2014 | 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 18.05.2014 | 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 19.04.2014 | 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 19.04.2014 | 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.