Amnesty exposes Qatar’s slave labor practices, Qatar hires law firm to investigate itself, other GCC countries continue with similar practices
- Published on Friday, 22 November 2013 07:30
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All of Qatar’s construction workers are from poor neighboring countries such as India and Bangladesh
Last week Amnesty International exposed Qatar’s inhumane labor practices some describe as modern-day slavery. In its investigation, Amnesty interviewed laborers, companies and government officials. This story made worldwide headlines as Qatar has taken center stage recently as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Amnesty should have gone further and expand its investigation beyond Qatar. These poor labor practices are not unique to Qatar, all neighboring GCC* countries are guilty of these same practices.
Gulf countries to ban visas for gays using medical test to ‘detect’ homosexuality
- Published on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:03
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It’s no secret that Gulf countries ban homosexuality and have been known to give jail time for those caught in ‘homosexual’ acts. Now, however, they are going a step further and will soon ban visas for homosexuals and transgender individuals based on a medical test to ‘detect’ them. This story will surely go down as one of those ‘what were they thinking?!’ stories.
Earthquakes in Iran shake Gulf country leaders into discussing nuclear safety
- Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:38
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Source: BBC News
Two earthquakes one week apart near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant not only shook buildings across the Gulf, but also shook the leaders of Gulf countries. They are now rushing to take a close look at nuclear safety. The Bushehr power plant sits right across the Gulf from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia’s main oil export terminals. Any Fukushima-type event in Bushehr will affect millions of people in the region and will surely hit world markets as the Gulf’s main oil export routes are only a short distance away.
Egypt close to default and Bahrain one step away from junk bond status
- Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:43
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Gulf Air can only be saved by government handouts
- Published on Sunday, 03 March 2013 07:16
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