The worst team in the World Cup, but also the biggest winner. “Nobody cares about the fate of workers anymore”
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A year has passed since the eyes of the whole world were focused on a small country on the Persian Gulf, which hosted the most media-covered sports event in the world – the FIFA World Cup. For a month, the word “Qatar” was used in all cases, not always in a positive context. The World Cup was too much for Qatari players, but local diplomats can celebrate a huge success today.
There have been no more independent states since December 2022, but Qatar is said to have appeared on the world map then. This is, of course, a metaphor, because the emirate gained independence and its present borders in 1971. But for decades it actually remained in the shadow of its larger, wealthier and politically stronger neighbors – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran.
Over the years, Qatar’s position in the world has grown. This was mainly due to the gas deposits discovered under Qatari soil and the popularization of gas liquefaction technology, which allows the Qataris to export the blue fuel to almost every corner of the world. Al-Jazeera has also served Qatar since the mid-1990s – a television station broadcasting in English and Arabic presents the Qatari vision of the world. This is clearly visible when covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: because the Palestinian issue has been high on Qatar’s political agenda for years, Al-Jazeera presents only the Palestinian narrative of current events in the Gaza Strip.
Another pillar in building Qatar’s position was last year’s World Cup.
– This is the most important month in the short, 51-year history of Qatar – told tvn24.pl Dr. Hab. Łukasz Fyderek, asked at the end of the World Cup about its importance for this country.
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