Controversy in Qatar & Giving Tuesday is Coming (news)

Qatar World Cup Centers International Human Rights Issues, Corruption, And Sportswashing

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is underway in Qatar in a climate marred by years of controversies related to human rights issues, corruption, and influence peddling. While this is the first time the games will be held in an Arab country, Qatar’s bid was a remote possibility until it shockingly won the bid back in 2010. FIFA, the international governing body of football, is considered one of the most openly corrupt institutions in sports, where bribery, corruption, and influence campaigns are rampant. Since winning the bid, Qatar has faced sustained criticism for labor rights abuses since the country began luring low-income workers (largely from Asia) to work on construction projects in what international human rights groups have labeled dangerous and exploitative conditions. The country has faced renewed criticism of its internal human rights issues, particularly around women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights since fans have started to arrive. International NGOs have been long calling for accountability over the games’ human cost, and teams have been put in the awkward position of navigating complex disagreements between the Qatari government, FIFA, and the general public.
Read more ➝


Rough Transcript

[00:00:00] This week on the nonprofit news feed, well we’re talking about a little thing called the World Cup and unfortunately, how it is mired in a number of issues of human rights and corruptions, so we’ll get to that in just a bit. I’m back from Hawaii, uh, on a trip with my family. It was fun. Lot of sand everywhere.

[00:00:49] Kids love the beach. Uh, but it’s, it’s, uh, much appreciated. Nick, that you and Matt handled last week, I, uh, I was a little jealous. I did wanna share a few words on the FTX collapse, but we’ll, we’ll get to that in the future. Something tells me those dominoes are not done falling. Yeah. George, I’m sure, I’m sure that story will be making a comeback as we talk about crypto philanthropy and the fallout from that.

[00:01:16] To your point this week we wanted to talk about QAR and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. So the World Cup began this weekend in Qatar in a climate marred by, let’s say, years of controversy related to human rights issues, corruption in. FIFA and influence paddling across the board. So this is the first time that the World Cup is being held in a Arab country, but Qatar’s bid was considered just a remote possibility until it somehow shockingly won the bid back in 2010.

[00:01:55] And fifa, the international governing body of football. Is widely considered to be one of the most openly corrupt institutions in sports, uh, accusations of bribery up and down the whole chain. It’s essentially assumed Qatar bought this bid. Um, but now this is coming full circle because since the bid was awarded to guitar, the country has consistently faced criticism for pretty egregious labor rights abuses.

[00:02:26] Uh, human rights issues, uh, workers working in extreme and deplorable conditions on the massive construction projects. And now that the World Cup itself is underway, a focus not only on the labor issues, but of just human rights issues more broadly in the country related to women’s rights, um, LGBTQ plus rights, and the country’s facing.

[00:02:51] Criticism from international NGOs calling for accountability and the whole thing’s kind of a mess. But it’s a complex situation. So, George, what, what are your thoughts on this one? This brought to you by the public service announcement that not all nonprofits are good. And I’ll remind that FIFA actually is a, is a nonprofit, uh, that, that is running this.

[00:03:19] And I think, you know, you mentioned that you wrote a paper about this when you were in college back in 2010, about the human rights abuses, the, you know, the modern day misuse of labor there. Estimated deaths, which can’t be accounted for. But Amnesty International and I have seen others quote in the, uh, 6,000 or more potentially that have actually just died, you know, issues of taking someone’s passport once they come in and forcing them to work.

[00:03:49] Uh, you know, that it’s, uh, it’s an unfortunate thing to be happening in, you know, this age of , this agent of like modern globalization. When you bring the Globe’s spotlight in, I think we have to be careful also about pushing Western ideals on other cultures. It’s hard, you have to balance this like absolutism that we have the perfect moral compass here.

[00:04:21] So, you know, put a pin in that perfect moral compass here, baked in our western ideologies of, of, of rights and equality, and you really have to. It’s hard to remove that because I do think there’s some objective truth to like allowing certain freedoms of frankly, people to love each other, uh, to have providence over their own bodies.

[00:04:47] Uh, I, I, I want to believe in something like that, but also you just have to note when you’re, when you’re speaking with that, you know, absolutism to just be careful. The fact that they’re, they’re doing this. They couldn’t even have it in the, the summer. They had to have it in November because it’s not a climate that, uh, accommodates life in the summer.

[00:05:10] Like, no joke, 120 degrees. Like you can’t take a ball in that temperature. I think the ball just sort of evaporates. It makes no ecological sense whatsoever, uh, to have done this and made this level of investment. And I really hope a touch more. Frankly, discretion and intelligence of just because they can pay doesn’t mean we should do it this way from fifa, frankly from the Olympics, from these large institution, large institutions that, you know, do pull the world together.

[00:05:43] I, I think there’s something very beautiful about the World Cup and I, and I hope it doesn’t get lost because yes we can, we can focus here, but the truth is 5 billion people are most likely going to watch. 5 billion people are going to agree that one team beat another team. Do you know how hard it is to get 5 billion people to agree on a thing, to watch the same thing?

[00:06:07] There’s just, I think, something beautiful about this, that despite all of this and the sports washing involved, like it is, uh, it is something that I’m glad everyone is still participating in and, and not simply boycotting because it’s. It’s easier to destroy than to create. It’s harder to, frankly, some of these captains wanted to wear arm bands in support of issues of LGBTQ and human rights.

[00:06:35] They wanted to take a stand. Some are kneeling, some are showing it, but they’re still participating. I’m more nervous when we stop participating collectively. And so, you know, uh, that’s, that’s how I’m viewing these games. I’m gonna watch. And we’ll, we’ll watch the news and we’ll see that. And, uh, it’s hard for mold to grow in the sunlight and there’s a lot of sunlight right now on guitar.

[00:07:02] Yeah, George, I couldn’t agree more with that, that characterization. And I wanted to give a shout out to some of the, the nonprofits that have been doing, uh, really great reporting on this. And I’ve been flagging it very early. And as you alluded to, I wrote a paper on. Years ago in college because the issues were, were still salient then.

[00:07:24] But Amnesty International in particular has done really great research from the beginning on workers and yeah, it’s, it’s really challenging. Um, and, and really actually sad, I mean, workers are essentially being lured, uh, Poor workers from Asia into this country, they’re having their visas confiscated.

[00:07:47] It’s not a good situation. Um, but I think to your point, the World’s Cup is an opportunity to shine light on these issues, right? And I do not think we should be giving Qatar Pass. But that being said, uh, the chance to come together, Is, is really important, especially in a time of division. So yeah, I agree with that.

[00:08:15] But let’s just fire everyone at fifa. I have no . I Oh yeah, let’s get of those. Let’s cleans. Oh my gosh.

[00:08:23] I think, I think 5 billion of people could possibly agree to that, that it’s, it’s really funny to see an institution solo, but an event so, Yeah. Um, , if you, if you’re really into this, like do a deep dive on the bid, it’s like the most outrageous thing. There was like a plane of the US delegation that flew to wherever it was, like Finland, Sweden or something for the bid process.

[00:08:52] It was like, Mid-level State Department people, a couple of us soccer people, the United States activated Morgan Freeman took him on this plane, but it was clear like Morgan Freeman didn’t prepare anything for this speech. It was like this like kind of incoherent jumble of like why the, it’s the whole story’s wild.

[00:09:12] If you’re into it, just read about it. Uh, but, but anyway, we’ll leave that.

[00:09:17] Uh, yeah. Moving into the summary, I’ll, I’ll jump through this quickly. Meta, formally known as Facebook, the artist , formally known as Facebook Me, is gonna spend, uh, 7 million to stoke reoccurring donations around Giving Tuesday. Which is great. We’ll, hope you’re all getting ready for your Giving Tuesday to, to make what you can of the kickoff to Giving season, not the end, but the kickoff to Giving season.

[00:09:41] We have a bunch of those resources. Hope you find them. And, uh, another one here. Uh, Nick, do you wanna talk about what Bezos is announcing? Yeah, George. So Jeff Bezos, uh, formerly CEO of Amazon is, has announced, was giving away most of his 122 billion fortune. Uh, but this article from says, leaves many questions unanswered.

[00:10:10] Uh, It says that Bezos, thus far has resisted developing a public philanthropic identity, unlike that of his ex-wife Mackenzie Scott. But I don’t know what’s your take here is, is, is Bezos having a, I don’t know, a conscious time? Time to do. Good moment. What’s this about? I’m gonna say the following phrase, and I’m excited because I’m gonna say it so many times that people are gonna be sick.

[00:10:40] And here it is. Pledges are pr. That’s it. I’m gonna say that every single time I see that, those of you listening, every time you see something like this, every time you see a post like this, I just want it ring in your head. Pledges are just pr. Cause if you were doing it, we would see the check and we saw that with Sam Bankman.

[00:11:07] Getting all that ink across all those papers about how altruistic you was going to be in the future. Right about me now for things I haven’t done. It’s called P, so Bezos can shove it until we see a check. That’s what I think.

[00:11:25] I agree. See? See it Hit the books then we’ll. We’ll talk again, uh, remains to be seen. He’s got some, some rockets to fund as well. So yeah, God bless him. Get it done. All right. This next one comes from out of, uh, Richfield, Minnesota, and this is actually a follow up on a story we’ve talked about, but, uh, there was a 250 million fraud investigation to Feeding Our Future, which has fractured trust and efforts to feed hungry children across Minnesota.

[00:12:02] Um, and it’s really affecting, uh, this nonprofit and a time when it’s, quote, quietly delivered 10 million meals to hungry kids and counting. So, Yikes. It seems that you just have a perfect storm of kind of bad scenarios. Here. You have 10 million meals to hungry kids. Uh, being that’s a gap, like that’s a gap in our safe, our social safety net, in my opinion that is being filled by this nonprofit.

[00:12:32] Also at the center of a quarter of a billion dollar fraud investigation. Yikes. It’s sad to see. Hopefully it doesn’t erode confidence in giving locally to food banks that you know are serving your area. The, the larger groups have have a trust gap to fill. I’d say the ones that are, you know, chapter based and working out there.

[00:12:57] The on the onus is on communication and transparency, but please don’t let that hopefully be a barrier to giving locally, supporting, uh, supporting your. Food banks and nonprofits. We, we spoke and had that podcast recently with Move for Hunger when, you know, please go back and listen to that if you haven’t.

[00:13:17] Uh, because I think Adam Lloyd does a top shelf job of explaining how the need is year round and there’s ways to support that. Yeah, George. Absolutely. And this actually takes us into our next article for nonprofit, which says that on behalf of a poll conducted on behalf of Vanguard Charitable conducted by interviewing 2000 US adults.

[00:13:42] Uh, it found that 60% of American donors with a charit giving budget, say rising inflation had no impact on their giving or caused them to increase their giving over the past 12 months, the nearly 24% saying they increased their giving. So we were talking about how critical time this is. Food pantries and nonprofits like that.

[00:14:06] Um, but it seems that the, the giving public is aware of that need, not stopping, giving potentially increase in giving e even in light of inflation. The survey size is a little small, 2000 adults, but. I think that’s really optimistic news that the public is still committed broadly to charitable giving despite, uh, what’s now kind of record setting inflation.

[00:14:37] It’s a positive signal, one that we hope is, uh, is accurate as far as polls go. Giving Tuesday coming up, we’re predicting that over 3 billion will be donated, uh, in and around the day, and hopefully is a, is a strong end of. Giving cycle. You know, sadly, we might as well just root for the markets to go up because that is another predictor of, uh, of giving.

[00:15:00] You know, we’re past midterms, so now, uh, it’s time for nonprofits to get their narratives out there.

[00:15:06] Absolutely. All right. How about a feel good story, George? What do you got? All right. This comes from the venerable ks LTV and Salt Lake City, Utah. And it’s estimated that Americans will throw out more than 200 million pounds of perfectly good Turkey meat this year, uh, most of it after Thanksgiving.

[00:15:32] But this woman. Uh, Dana Williamson founded the nonprofit Waste Less Solutions, which tries to rescue unused food and donate it to community organizations that need it. And we talk about food waste a lot on this podcast. And there’s a couple, quite a, a number of organizations working in this space now, but great to see, uh, local Utah resident, uh, bringing it close to home and helping out the communities in Salt Lake.

[00:16:02] Any, any percent or stats on what percent of those, uh, pounds of Turkey are actually dry because he definitely left it in the oven too long. No stats on that. Nothing there. No stats on that. We gotta call the the Butterball hotline. I love projects like this because food waste needs to be solved locally.

[00:16:21] It’s a last mile problem. We have enough food, we don’t have enough food in the right places. Um, going back to Adam Low conversation in our, in our previous podcast, to end on a lighter note and because he made it to the end. Hey Nick, I got a, a question for you. How, how do you organize a Giving Tuesday fundraiser to help the earth?

[00:16:42] I don’t know. How does one organize such a thing? George, you plan it.

[00:16:51] That was good. That, that’s, that’s, that’s your, that’s your, that was good. The best one. All right. On that note, uh, leave a rating if you feel like it, if you feel like giving. Um, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday.