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A Religion of Pieces

July 8, 2014 |

In the fourth installment of his column Mohammed Fakhro examines his relationship with his religion, and looks at it as a mosaic of many experiences, across continents.

(O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made … Read More

Qatar abstains in ILO Protocol to Forced Labour Convention vote; Saudi, Bahrain vote against

June 12, 2014 | | One Comment

JustHere columnist and migrant rights expert Aakash Jayaprakash is at the 103rd International Labour Conference hosted by the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He writes about the landmark forced labour protocol that was passed yesterday.

A total of 437 delegates … Read More

Hiring a domestic worker is first a responsibility, then a convenience

May 27, 2014 | | One Comment

Much has been said about migrant construction workers in Qatar. A lot less about domestic workers; and even then, the discussions have been narrow and limited to ‘maids’.

First, let’s define who a domestic worker is as per our laws; … Read More

Labour issues in Qatar…Yes it’s bad. But what are you doing about it?

April 15, 2014 | | 7 Comments

While blaming governments and laws (or the lack of it) is not completely unwarranted, the lack of civic engagement in addressing and resolving labour issues is a cause for concern. Small measures that citizens and residents of Qatar can take … Read More

A Qatari family unit, and returning to its fold

February 17, 2014 |

The Qatari collective, it seems to me, is simply trying to be itself in a world that says it cannot, and there is nothing I identify with more.

I left America having fulfilled my dream of becoming anyone else other … Read More

A Voyage Abroad

February 2, 2014 | | 3 Comments

I was so dependent on my American life that I saw no possible way to survive in Qatar and still have my sanity intact, writes Mohammed D Fakhro in the second installment of his guest series.

I was a year … Read More

A Common Atypical Education

January 20, 2014 |

In a guest column, over a 5-part series, Mohammed D Fakhro shares his personal reflections on the many worlds that influence him.

A decade ago in 2004 I was sketching at my desk while my high school English teacher taught … Read More

Plight of migrant workers: ‘Facts’ and numbers obscure the truth

December 22, 2013 | | 4 Comments

Are 4,000 workers going to die in the construction of the World Cup-related projects? Are only 1.2 million low-income workers affected? No, millions more are affected. Migrant rights are neither about statistics nor about football, and definitely can’t be ensured … Read More

Qatar: An art capital, without any capital resource

November 6, 2013 | | One Comment

Qatar Museums Authority’s buying power outweighs every other museum in the world.  No mean feat.  With an estimated annual spend of close to a billion dollars on art, it’s no surprise either. It’s important to assess what this distinction has … Read More

Migrant workers’ rights: The truth and the solution lie somewhere between all this mudslinging and denial

September 29, 2013 | | One Comment

Everywhere I look, I find articles from various international media outlets highlighting the dire condition of labourers in Qatar. Though the issue itself is not new, the unprecedented surge of recent attention, in light of Qatar hosting the FIFA World … Read More

Portrayal of the ‘other’: Migrant workers are patronised, marginalised, vilified

September 19, 2013 |

Almost daily there is international coverage on the plight of migrant workers in Qatar and the region. These articles detail the inhumane living and working conditions they endure. While it is important that this issue gets due attention, too often … Read More

The paradox of Qatari women: Majority representation in tertiary education; minimal representation in labour market

August 5, 2013 | | 2 Comments

My youngest sister came home one day with a peculiar expression on her face. She seemed unsettled; she had heard a heated debate on one of the reputable local radio stations. The topic was about women driving in Qatar, and … Read More