In the world there are super cool countries in which we would love to go to live (false) like Turkmenistan, or Hungary, but phew phew we have found a new dream destination to live happily in accordance with our values of fundamental freedoms : Qatar. A brief overview of the evidence that shows that this country is a great country (especially when you are an immigrant and have had your passport withdrawn and you work for free YAY).
1. The works for the 2022 World Cup are NOT irrigated with human blood AT ALL
The figure has just fallen, and it is most certainly incomplete: 6,500 immigrant workers have died while participating in this work over the last 10 years. Most came from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka and the figure does not include populations from Pakistan, the Philippines or even Kenya (this is why the figure is certainly below reality). It must be said that to ensure the World Cup from November 21 to December 18, 2022, there was a bit of work: building an airport, seven new stadiums, roads, public transport, hotels… All that for 3 weeks of sports shows. Still, to carry out these large-scale works, Qatar has brought in many immigrants, offering them in return absolutely inhuman living and working conditions.
The Qatari authorities defend themselves by advancing the thesis of a natural death in 80% of cases, difficult to establish when no autopsy takes place even though the deaths are obviously premature.
The extract from the report below sums up quite well the catastrophic situation for these workers, treated no more and no less like slaves.
2. They are state-of-the-art
We love the concept of outdoor air conditioning. So certainly it is one of the hottest countries in the world (very good idea to send the next World Cup there in this breed) but we remind you that air conditioning generates carbon emissions which accelerate global warming. So the more we screw up the air conditioning, the more we will need to screw up the air conditioning. Not at all a good calculation your thing.
But we hope that football fans will take advantage of the freshness squandered in the air of the stadiums. At the same time, in a country that devotes 60% of its electricity to air conditioning, nothing really surprising, but when we know that their consumption should double by 2030, there is something to freak out about.
3. It really is a SUUUUUUUUPER GREEN country
Well he is just the first carbon emitter in the world but ultimately it is quite logical compared to the previous point. Yes, there are rankings in which we would not prefer to be first, and yet. An inhabitant of Qatar emits 50 tonnes of CO2 per year (a French person emits an average of 12 tonnes, which is already not brilliant). To give you an idea, the objective of limiting global warming to +2° by 2050 would imply limiting the carbon emissions of each human being to 2 tonnes per year. We are a bit off the mark.
4. There is a good atmosphere in air travel
When an infant was found abandoned at Doha airport, several women were forced to undergo gynecological examinations without their consent in order to find the culprit.
It is also recalled that Qatar only authorizes abortion if the pregnancy presents a danger to the mother.
5. Question of women’s rights, we are on top
As evidenced by this Dutch woman who found herself in prison for having filed a complaint for rape. She was 22, and was convicted of adultery. But rest assured, in the end she did well since she just had to pay a fine of 732 euros and be expelled from the country. And then the accused man will still get 100 lashes for adultery and 40 lashes for drinking alcohol. Sharia passion.
6. And then the cool thing is that sportswear is laid back over there
The controversy recently raged with German volleyball players who decided to boycott the sporting event after they were banned from wearing bikinis, an outfit deemed unrespectable.
7. They really have a strong sense of justice.
Jennifer Brown, an American teacher, was murdered in 2012. Rather than letting the criminal court judge the fate of the defendant, a Kenyan guard, the parents of the victim were asked to decide for themselves: execution, prison in life, or forgiveness. The parents did not opt for the first option (phew) and the man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after which he will be expelled from the country. (source)
8. House staff are treated EXTREMELY well
As evidenced by this survey by Amnesty International conducted among 105 foreign women and domestic workers (and most often housed by their employer in appalling conditions).
9. Freedom of speech is really like that (thumbs up emoji)
As Amnesty International denounces, a new law modifying the penal code, promulgated by the Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani now makes it possible to incarcerate “any person who disseminates, publishes or republishes false or biased rumours, statements or information, or provocative propaganda, at home or abroad, with the intention of harming the interests of the nation, to sow confusion in public opinion or to undermine the social system or the state public system”.
10. And then the cool thing is that they behave really well when they go on vacation
Poaching among the neighbors is a nice and entertaining holiday activity.