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A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 6. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

As the FIFA Men’s World Cup begins, Qatar is facing media scrutiny for the abuse and exploitation of migrant workers who built and delivered an  estimated $220 billion of World Cup infrastructure—as well as discrimination against  women and  LGBT people. Qatari authorities are anxious to deflect attention from the country’s human rights record by claiming that the criticism is  racist, because such criticism against a World Cup host is “unprecedented”. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the same, delivering a  rambling speech on the eve of the World Cup.

Qatari authorities might be able to justifiably complain about lazy reporting on the Arab world, but the biggest criticism about Qatar is that this World Cup has been built on racial injustice—delivered at the cost of abuse and exploitation of low-paid migrant workers primarily from South Asia and Africa.…  Seguir leyendo »