The World Cup Yesterday was the first match. The host nation, Qatar, lost the first match to Ecuador.

Although this is a joyful sporting event, concerns about corruption as well as human rights violations are significant. Qatar’s World Cup It is possible that the sport’s fabric has been altered indefinitely.

The Morning newsletter spoke to Tariq Panja who is attending the tournament. Here’s an excerpt from their interview.

How big is the World Cup, globally?

There’s nothing bigger than this, not even the Olympics. The World Cup It is the mostWatched event around the globe

These 32 teams have captured the imagination of their supporters far beyond their borders, especially in Asia, where the majority of countries do not qualify for the tournament. World Cup.

Why was Qatar so desperate to host?

Qatar is a tiny speck in the Gulf desert wanting the world to know it’s here. It’s the first Arab and first Muslim nation to host a sporting event of this size. Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. They envy each other.

Qatar spent millions to host the 2009 World Cup in Qatar. World Cup. Still, Qatar’s bid seemed like a joke. They were being asked questions about the heat, how they could fit them in a smaller country than Connecticut, and whether alcohol would be allowed.

When FIFA’s president at the time opened the envelope and Qatar’s name came out, immediately everyone zeroed in on corruption. The FIFA had to alter the way it named a host after investigations revealed how a country could manipulate the world with force of cash.

What has Qatar done to prepare? What are the controversies surrounding Qatar’s preparation?

To host the one-month event, they had to rebuild a country in 12 years.

To do this work, they recruited hundreds of thousands from abroad, especially South Asian workers. According to human rights organizations, thousands of those workers have been killed in Qatar since 2010, when Qatar was granted hosting rights. It’s been a collision of some of the world’s poorest people with the ambition of some of the world’s richest people.

The country’s human rights record has been under scrutiny beyond the worker deaths. The World Cup This festival is supposed to be open to all. How does this compare to a country where you would be imprisoned for being gay

What are your expectations of the matches?

Everything is politicized.

Iran is under a lot of scrutiny because of their national protests; a player from France, Eduardo Camavinga, has received racist messages on social media; some of Argentina’s fans have created a nasty, racist song about another French player, Kylian Mbappé.

Brazil is the best soccer nation. Then there’s Argentina. This might be the last. World Cup for one of the sport’s greats, Lionel Messi.

A non-European team has never won the tournament since 2002. Maybe this is the moment to end the 20-year-old wait.

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Nearly 200 countries have agreed to create a fund to compensate poor countries for the damage done by climate change. The A landmark deal has been reached at the end of two weeks’ worth of climate talks, also known as COP27.

The The breakthrough decision regarding payments for loss and damage due to global warming was groundbreaking: Since more than 30 years, the developing countries have been pressing rich countries to pay for extreme weather related to rising temperatures. On Saturday, the U.S. — the last big holdout — agreed to a fund.

The deal was hailed by developing countries as a historic victory. But there is no guarantee that wealthy countries will deposit money into the fund — or meet their existing goals. The To reach the next steps, a committee was formed with representatives from 24 countries.

And some leaders said the summit didn’t go far enough in addressing the root causes of global warming. “The loss and damage deal agreed is a positive step, but it risks becoming a ‘fund for the end of the world’ if countries don’t move faster to slash emissions,” An expert said.


Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter account. But it’s not clear if the former U.S. president will start posting again. His last post was Jan. 8, 2021. He told Fox News that his posts would not be deleted and that he would continue to use Truth Social, his social network.

Musk, who seems to be fighting for the lights to stay on, appears to have made the decision via a simple poll. More than 15 million votes were logged, and Trump’s reinstatement won with nearly 52 percent.

How does extreme heat affect your body? The Times visited two cities transformed by climate change — Kuwait City and Basra, Iraq — to document what billions of people may soon experience.

Before Russia invaded, Anton Filatov was one of Ukraine’s top film critics. “I had never touched a weapon,” He said The Times. “I was against war. I ran as far as I could from it.”

The 34-year old, who is nearsighted, is now serving on the frontlines. And he’s still finding time to write, delving into his fear, sorrow, rage and anxiety in regular blog posts. He wrote a post comparing the underworld to Jo Nesbo’s thriller. “Phantom,” Many residents of Donbas support the Russian military despite the suspicion and treachery.

“The settlements here are full of traitors,” He wrote. “They walk the streets like phantoms. Restless. Invisible. Dangerous.”

These are his top 10 films to help you survive a war.

That’s it for today’s briefing. We’ll see you again next time. — Amelia

P.S. P.S. Steven Ginsberg will serve as executive editor The Athletic is a sports website owned and operated by The Times.

Start your week with this narrated long read about Uruguay’s climate response. Friday “The Daily” Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX were tackled.

Lauren Jackson interviewed Tariq Panja for “The Morning.” You can reach Amelia and the team at briefing@nytimes.com.