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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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Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows that the public face of a restaurant hardly reveals what's going on behind the scenes. The chipper smiles of food service workers, who make up one-tenth of the U.S. workforce, often belie the fact that these workers can make poverty wages and endure horrible working conditions.

Now, diners have a new tool to tell the ethical restaurants from the grimy ones. Just in time for the new year, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has created a National Diners' Guide to 186 of the most popular restaurants in the country [PDF]. The guide rates restaurants based on tipped worker wages, non-tipped worker wages, paid sick days, and opportunity for advancement—like Zagat for socially-conscious dining. If a restaurant meets ROC United's standard, they earn an icon; if not, they get a zero. Standout establishments are awarded a silver or gold star; shady businesses receive a frowny face. The guide also includes tip cards for restaurant owners and workers that inform them of their rights.

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Mapping Race, Gender, and Class in the Food Supply Chain

A new report details a shocking litany of injustices across the food chain, from pesticide poisonings to enormous wage gaps—and a silver lining.

On Wednesday, my colleague Cord posted the findings of a new report called "Behind the Kitchen Door," which detailed inequalities and abuses in the restaurant industry, including the fact that white restaurant workers make $4 an hour more than their minority counterparts.

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