The contrarian arguments of Justin D. Martin, a journalism professor at the Northwestern campus in Qatar, have lit up human rights activists. Here is a rundown of what he says about Qatar and the 2022 World Cup, and why he is wrong:
1) Qatar has been responsive to criticism about improving working conditions.
But no real change has occurred.
2) The World Cup will improve Qatar’s human rights abuses because people will focus more on Qatar afterwards.
But canceling the World Cup would probably be more effective.
3) Monarchical absolutism led to Qatar being potentially the wealthiest country in the world.
But dictators can easily lie about money, and the only people benefitting are those connected to the royal family.
To read Martin’s entire argument and Pedro Pizano’s rebuke of it, go to the New Republic.