Qatar. According to
Countryaah, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani resigned from
the throne on June 25 and was succeeded by her 33-year-old
son, Crown Prince and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The
old emir declared in a speech that he wanted to give the
country's youth increased power. The new one - educated in
the UK and the driving force behind Qatar's advancement in
the power world of sports - already appointed a new
government the following day with Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser
al-Thani as prime minister. Foreign Minister Hamad bin
Jassim, one of the region's most influential diplomats, was
replaced by Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, a former
fighter pilot who previously held several ministerial posts.
The human rights organization Amnesty International
reported in November on widespread abuses in the
construction sector, which are entirely staffed by guest
workers. According to the report, it was common for workers
not to be paid, forced to live in miserable conditions and
injured themselves severely.
Forced labor also occurred. According to a previous
report, from the international trade union federation ITUC,
on average, one guest worker per day died from work-related
injuries or illnesses. Ahead of the Soccer World Cup, which
is being held in Qatar in 2022, at least half a million
extra guest workers were estimated to be needed to build
arenas, hotels and infrastructure. Those responsible for the
World Cup welcomed Amnesty's criticism and pledged to demand
a tightening of the construction companies.
The Qatar-based television company al-Jazira launched in
August an American channel with headquarters in New York.
The venture was rated as the largest in American television