A giant inflatable copy of the trophy is displayed prior to the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Nov. 20, 2022.

Qatar opens World Cup with lavish half-hour ceremony


Qatar kicked off the World Cup with its opening ceremony on Sunday. The country has spent more than $200 billion in preparation, building seven new stadiums.

Branding is displayed near the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, in Doha, Qatar, March 31, 2022.

Qatar treatment of migrant workers under spotlight again ahead of World Cup

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Laborers working on the Qatar 2022 World Cup project arrive at their accommodations in Doha.

Big-money World Cup sponsors may be the last hope for Qatar’s migrant workers


Amnesty International says Qatar is failing to act fast enough to improve conditions for migrant workers building its World Cup soccer stadiums. But critics says it’s only when sponsors like Coca-Cola and VISA speak up that soccer’s governing body, FIFA, pays attention.

A laborer rests in a dormitory for foreign workers in the Sanaya Industrial Area in Doha during a government-guided tour, on May 3, 2015.

Qatar arrests yet more journalists trying to look into alleged abuse of World Cup workers


A BBC team that traveled to Qatar at the government’s invitation quickly found out how limited their welcome was: After attempting to visit workers and document their living conditions, the crew was thrown in jail. One of the journalist thinks a wider crackdown is yet to come.

German players celebrate with their trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Brace yourselves: A Winter World Cup is coming


FIFA has proposed playing soccer’s 2022 World Cup in the winter to avoid the dangerous summer heat in Qatar. Professional soccer leagues don’t like the change, but fans could see a definite upside.

Laborers work at a construction site in Doha on June 18, 2012.

Foreign workers face exploitation and death while building Qatar’s World Cup sites


As many as 1,000 foreign workers have been killed on construction sites in Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup four years ago. Poor pay, inhumane conditions, malnutrition and death — all are part of life for the men trying to build the new stadiums and hotels, while supporting their families.

A fighter from Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria earlier this year. Qatar has facilitated fundraising efforts to provide money and weapons to Islamic militants like Jabhat al-Nusra, which is al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.

How Qatar is placing its bets on militant terrorist groups

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An investigation by the New York Times has shown how the tiny Gulf state of Qatar is supporting a wide range of Islamist groups across the Middle East. This includes Hamas, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and even al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.