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Behold the Staggering Human Cost of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Games

The Washington Post explores the toll paid by workers during the past five years of desert construction.

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FIFA is in a ton of hot water over major corruption charges that implicate the organization’s high-ranking officials and executives in money laundering, racketerring, and bribery schemes, among a number of other criminal indictments. This scandal may spell incredible losses for the international soccer association, which will hopefully (and finally) bring light to FIFA’s other less palatable, yet legally ambiguous ventures like its decision to host the 2020 World Cup in Qatar.

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Designers Skewer FIFA Sponsors to Highlight Worker Abuse

To protest treatment of the workers readying Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, activists target FIFA’s corporate backers.

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We’re still years away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup games slated to take place in the desert nation of Qatar, but already some observers are raising a red flag (or perhaps a red card) over the host country and its treatment of those hired to build the games’ stadiums.

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Arrests Don’t Stop Journalists From Exploring Qatari Labor Abuses

The BBC’s reporters were invited by Qatar to observe worker conditions ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Construction work in Qatar is performed primarily by foreign workers, who are treated very poorly. Photo by Flickr user Ian Munroe.

BBC News was invited to visit Qatar by the Prime Minister’s Office to observe and interview workers who are building the 2022 World Cup stadium—but after they arrived to join the press delegation, they were arrested and questioned by security services. Reporter Mark Lobel, along with his cameraman, translator, and driver, were stopped en route to the worker housing buildings, frisked by security police, and then transported to an intelligence building, where they were all interrogated.

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Do All American Schools Need to Teach Chinese?

Given the growth of the Chinese economy, Sweden's considering adding Chinese classes to grade schools. Should we be doing the same?

Given the phenomenal growth of the Chinese economy, more American schools are adding Mandarin Chinese to their foreign language offerings. But no Western nation is taking Chinese language education more seriously than Sweden. Time reports that the Swedish education minister Jan Björklund recently announced plans to add Chinese to their nationwide grade school curriculum. According to Björklund, learning Chinese is going to "be much more important, from an economic perspective" than the traditionally offered European languages. Do American schools need to do the same to stay economically competitive?

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Food for Thinkers: Traces of the Future

From dried fish bones in Qatar and early descriptions of the tomato in English cookbooks to the difficulty of reconstructing historical kitchens.


I admit it. I'm completely overwhelmed by the incredibly quality and quantity of posts written by so many of my favorite writers for Food for Thinkers week.

So, as I count down the last hours of the week (at least here in Los Angeles), here are a handful more tasty treats for your delectation.

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All Out: A New Organization Fighting for Global Gay Rights

All Out will develop and deploy a series of global viral campaigns to bring attention and force change about gay rights worldwide. Sign up now.

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All Out is a new organization launching in 2011 that aims to focus attention on LGBT issues around the world. That's their simple video message above, made with activists in 10 cities on five continents. All Out wants to turn the focus on gay rights global because while we're busy focusing on same-sex marriage and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, All Out reminds us that:

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