From the daily archives:

Friday, September 27, 2013

#767: 1960, Sam Cooke, Chain Gang

September 27, 2013

Today, my colleague Ray North was challenged for portraying migrant workers in Qatar as being virtual slaves. Lo and behold, The Guardian then posted a story about precisely that. That brought Sam Cooke’s classic to mind. His song of course is about chain-ganged prisoners in the Deep South rather than Nepalese immigrants being worked to […]

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The A-Z of World Politics: #B: Bahrain

September 27, 2013

For the second entry in our globe-trotting series, we’re off to the Gulf state of Bahrain – just across the Gulf of Bahrain from Qatar In some ways, Bahrain is a fairly liberal corner of the Middle East. Homosexuality is legal (within limits: whilst it is legal to be gay, cross-dressing is illegal and openly […]

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FIFA’s Qatari Disgrace

September 27, 2013

I was sulking the other night. I know I was. ‘What’s wrong with you?’ asked Mrs North, ‘nothing,’ I answered sulkily, ‘I’m just tired.’ Which was partly right; work is mental, and I was feeling fatigued, but that wasn’t why I was sulking. No. I knew exactly why I was sitting in bed, grumpily reading […]

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