Middle finger shown by FIFA world Cup accepts Qatar for Western countries and corporations, has taught African states a lesson in how sovereignty over a country’s rich resources can expose even the most brutal imperialists as cowards.
Good Mondaya blatant irony took shape as England beat Iran by six goals: two in the first leg of the countries’ group stage, preceded by a juxtaposition of the brave and the meek while the national anthems were sung.
Iranian football players have decided not to sing their national anthem in solidarity with months of protests in their country after the death in September Mahsa AminiA 22-year-old woman who died while in police custody after being arrested on charges of not wearing the hijab.
Meanwhile, English footballers have informed their captain, Harry Kane, at the Football Association (FA), the country’s governing body, that he cannot wear the shirt. rainbow color headband – with the message “One Love” – in protest against the laws of Qatar, criminalizing homosexual love.
FIFA stated before the start of the tournament that teams wearing the One Love armbands would receive yellow cards, with players remaining one warning before being sent off.
Responding to FIFA’s directive, the FA humbly retreated, speaking: “We were willing to pay the fines that usually apply for equipment violations and were strongly committed to wearing the headband. However, we cannot put our players in a situation where they can be booked or even forced off the field.”
Hailing from a country that positions itself as a bulwark free speechit was cowardly for the FA to instruct their players not to continue their campaign due to a simple yellow card and the threat of disqualification, especially after British media also took a stand.
After all, more than 340 Iranian protesters were killed in that country after the September uprising. according to BBC.
However, both the Iranian footballers and their fans, who carried placards in the stands in support of their country’s women, decided to continue their protests at the World Cup despite the apparent threat of death.
The truth is that Qatar, despite its human rights brutality, is a member of the powerful Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Op), a cartel of oil-rich countries that essentially regulates the extraction and sale of black gold.
It is for this reason that Qatar, where alcohol is strictly controlled, was able to order FIFA not to sell the products of the American beer company Budweiser inside or near the stadium, which led to $47 million loss for a grain producer.
Oil prices jumped in 2022 as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, disrupting supply chain markets around the world and causing high inflation.
Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden, should kiss the metaphorical ring of some of the world’s cruel tyrants, some of whom (allegedly) kill US citizens such as Jamal Khashoggibegging the OPEC countries to cut oil production and lower prices.
in spite of Biden and the subservience of friendsOPEC countries have increased production and maintained high prices, showing that they will not bow to the West.
Africa holds 30% of the world’s mineral resources, generating more than $400 billion a year in value, according to United Nations.
God knows what power we might have as Africans over our colonial masters if our states had sovereign control over our rich resources.
Alas, it remains a dream. So I will continue to watch Qatar, no matter how vile its social policies, to give the African colonizers of the past the middle finger.