All Blog Posts Tagged 'corruption' (39)

OECD holds FIFA responsible for Qatari World Cup-related labour conditions

By James M. Dorsey

A Swiss government-sponsored unit of the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has defined world soccer body FIFA as a multi-national bound by the group’s guidelines. As a result, the group concluded that FIFA is responsible for the upholding of the human and labour rights of workers employed in Qatar on 2022 World Cup-related projects.

The decision by the OECD, which groups 34 of the world’s richest countries, in response to…


Added by James M Dorsey on October 17, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Religious support for Qatari labour reforms puts Gulf states on the spot

By James M. Dorsey

A panel in Doha of religious scholars, officials of Qatar’s government-sponsored human rights committee, and international labour activists has called on Qatar to radically alter its controversial labour policies. The call serves to support Qatari government promises of labour reform in response to World Cup-related international criticism and increases moral pressures on Gulf states to significantly improve the plight of their millions of migrant workers.



Added by James M Dorsey on September 14, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

Militant soccer fans are on a roll across Eurasia

By James M. Dorsey

Militant soccer fans are on a roll in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia. Fans in Turkey and Egypt have defeated legal efforts to criminalize them as terrorists while Malaysian ultras are tackling corruption in and mismanagement of their country’s soccer association. In Germany, the pitch anticipated the government’s shift in policy towards the wave of refugees sweeping Europe with fans expressing support a week before the country opened the…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 13, 2015 at 6:42am — No Comments

Fan opposition to Qatar goes viral

By James M. Dorsey

World Cup host Qatar is discovering the reputational risk involved in hosting high-profile mega sporting events. Qatar Airways’ sponsorship of FC Barcelona is producing exactly the kind of publicity that is a corporate sponsor’s worst nightmare while a Swiss investigation of the Qatari World Cup bid threatens to expose questionable financial dealings that will fuel demands for withdrawing the tournament from the Gulf state.

An online petition calling on FC…


Added by James M Dorsey on July 14, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

FIFA’s Blatter unwittingly pinpoints soccer governance’s prime issues

By James M. Dorsey

Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter unwittingly put his finger on two fundamental issues that underlie a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer governance, the worst crisis in the sport’s history: the fiction that sports and politics are separate and hypocrisy that distorts legitimate debate about Qatar’s successful but controversial World Cup bid.

Speaking to German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, Mr. Blatter asserted that the…


Added by James M Dorsey on July 5, 2015 at 7:26am — No Comments

Advisory Council rejects labour reform as Qatar stiffens its back

By James M. Dorsey

Revived controversy over the integrity of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup and persistent criticism of the conditions of migrant labour in the Gulf state appear to have stiffened Qatar’s back as it responds to attacks on multiple fronts, including judicial inquiries in Switzerland and the United States, the media, and United Nations and human rights organizations as well as trade unions.

Qatar’s hardening stance threatens to roll back its…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 24, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Departure of AFC general secretary: Business as usual in a swamp of corruption allegations

By James M. Dorsey

Transparency appears nowhere on the radar of Asian soccer governors as global soccer reels from the worst crisis in the sport’s history. That was evident in a terse statement issued by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announcing the resignation of its suspended general secretary, Dato Alex Soosay.

The statement made no mention of Mr. Soosay’s suspension, an investigation into the general secretary’s apparent attempt to tamper or hide documents related…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 17, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments

Reforming soccer governance: Tackling political corruption alongside financial wrongdoing

By James M. Dorsey

The mushrooming governance scandal in world soccer body FIFA increasingly spotlights political in addition to financial corruption in global soccer.

Revelations about government and corporate deals made to secure Germany’s hosting of the 2006 World Cup alongside the prominence of political figures in sports governance, frequently aligned with autocratic regimes, emphasizes the need for a clean-up of soccer governance. Reforms will have to regulate the…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 6, 2015 at 12:11am — No Comments

Blatter enables AFC to keep its skeletons under lock and key

By James M. Dorsey

Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter has spun the world soccer body’s crisis as a public relations and reputation management issue and a problem caused by individuals rather than a crisis resulting from financial and political corruption embedded in FIFA’s culture. In doing so, he has given a blank check to interested soccer administrators to conduct business as usual instead of ensuring that their organizations do not confront a crisis similar to that of…


Added by James M Dorsey on June 1, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

Qatar’s unintended sporting legacy: A FIFA clean-up, exposure of political corruption, and corporate sponsor rethink

By James M. Dorsey

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change – but not in the way the Gulf state’s ruling family had imagined.

Controversy about Qatar’s successful bid coupled with world soccer body FIFA’s failure to seriously tackle corruption in soccer governance in its own house as well as its regional federations, prominent among which the Asian Football Confederation…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 27, 2015 at 11:52pm — No Comments

AFC suspends General Secretary as it keeps damning audit buried

By James M. Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Wednesday suspended its general secretary, Dato Alex Soosay, pending an investigation of allegations that he had sought to tamper with or hide documents related to an investigation into corruption and mismanagement in the AFC that were first reported on this blog and in the Malay Mail.

In a terse statement that got its facts wrong in what looked like a bid to pre-empt calls for a broader investigation, the AFC said that Mr.…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 13, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Qatari promises of labour reform ring hollow amid revived corruption allegations

By James M. Dorsey

A promise by Qatari labour and social affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state’s controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system by the end of this year is likely to cut little ice with human rights and trade union activists who four years after Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup are demanding deeds rather than words.

Mr. Al-Khulaifi’s promise comes amid an avalanche of media disclosures that suggest massive…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 4, 2015 at 11:24pm — No Comments

AFC’s Salman re-elected amid renewed corruption and governance questions

By James M. Dorsey

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been elected president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a second term and vice president of world soccer body FIFA amid unanswered questions about the AFC’s handling of corruption investigations and his apparent failure to enforce good governance in his own organization as well as among its members.

In an indication of the AFC’s apparent weak adherence to standards of propriety, the group decided to move the…


Added by James M Dorsey on May 1, 2015 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Turkish soccer: Illiberal President Erdogan’s latest victim

By James M. Dorsey

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.

In a major blow to troubled Turkish soccer, Yildiz Holding, a conservative conglomerate known for its confectionary and biscuit business and close ties to Mr. Erdogan that is one of Turkey’s largest…


Added by James M Dorsey on January 15, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

New book on Ebola features local voices and behavior change

Ebola is one of the greatest threats modern society has ever faced, but not for the reasons you might have heard. It compels good people to do great things and not-so-good people to do horrible things. This is the story about resilient communities, strained systems, lawless nations, and individual people becoming leaders.

I wrote this book because I was appalled by all the misinformation. Given that I…


Added by Marc Maxson on December 2, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

How to Gauge Africa Summit Success? Updated, Realistic Perceptions

From the U.S. Institute of Peace. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

By Emily Fornof

President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will be a success to the extent…


Added by Viola Gienger on August 7, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Corruption: Sleeper Threat to International Security

From the U.S. Institute of Peace. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger

In non-violent uprisings and more full scale revolutions ranging from the Arab spring to the overthrow of the President in Ukraine, one common underlying propellant was rebellion against government corruption. The same fuel has fed…


Added by Viola Gienger on July 3, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

PeaceTech Camps Bolster Iraqi Civil Society with New Skills

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can view the post on the USIP web site here.

By Tim Receveur

Tahseen Alzrikiny, a journalist in the city of Diwaniyah, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, wanted to tell the story of the farmers in the area who were struggling…


Added by Viola Gienger on March 27, 2014 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Libya’s New Plan for a Constitution: Can It Overcome the Chaos?

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. To view the post on the USIP web site, click …


Added by Viola Gienger on February 25, 2014 at 6:52pm — No Comments

The Inner Voices of a Contemporary Indian – Part I

(originally published at

 (This is the first among a series of blogs on contemporary India – a subjective commentary on its…


Added by Rukmini Iyer on January 10, 2014 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

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