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Qatar’s proposed “Tower of Death” Tribute to fallen Migrant Workers

In a move that is definitely the brain-child of a twisted Engineer, Architecture collective 1Week1Project has proposed the development of a bleak-looking memorial building to mark the number of migrant workers who have died in Qatar building the infrastructure for the hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. (link)

As you might have heard, Qatar has not been having a very smooth ride towards its aspirations to host the 2022 World Cup. Before the allegations of bribery, the news of unsafe and inhumane working conditions that the laborers building the city are subjected to, which is highlighted in this video, took center stage:

The proposed idea to build a “Tower of Death” for the fallen migrant workers, as a “Tribute” is preposterous at best!

tower of death

If I were a visual artist, I would have turned the color of this tower into the Qatar Flag, however as I am a writer, please try to read this and envision that

The proposal by 1Week1Project, which is based in France and Chile, has advocated building a towering structure made of giant stones, one for each dead worker, who make up 400 of the approximately 1,000 deaths.

A crane is planned to be placed at the top of the structure, which will add more stones to the tower as more deaths occur in the run up to the start of the tournament in 2022.

The whole idea seems insanely morbid and vile. The higher up the tower goes, the more deaths there have been. What kind of “tribute” is that? Who would look at that tower and feel anything but contempt for the backers of such projects who put zero value to the lives of their workers?

Would it not be a better idea to direct all the money earmarked for this Tower of Death towards a fund benefiting the families of the deceased migrant workers? Just a thought perhaps? The families of the deceased will never travel to Qatar to look up at this tower, smile, shed a lone tear, feel that their loved ones death was a sacrifice for the greater good, turn around and board a plane back to their country.

The Curse of the #WorldCup Champion #Spain #Brasil #FIFA #2014

It is true what they say, the champions of the world are cursed.

In order for a curse to be proven as a trend, it must recur several times over the course of history.

The Cautionary tale of Champions

Let us go back to the year 1998; the world cup was held in France, and the final saw the returning champions (for the last time) taking on the host nation, Brazil lost that day.

Since that fateful world cup, a new curse, a Brazilian Samba Curse, was cast upon whomsoever would be crowned champion of the coveted world sport of Football, he who wins the cup shall face bitter defeat in the qualifying rounds of the next world cup.

One Cup to Rule them All

It would make sense that the curse be of Brazilian origin as they were denied the feat of winning the cup two tournaments in a row.

Let us look at the stats to support this trend:

France beat Brazil in 98. They failed to qualify and were taken out early during the tournament.

Brazil beat Germany in 2002. They failed to qualify past the 16 round in 2006.

Italy beat France in 2006. They failed to qualify past the 32 round in 2010.

And now, the worst of all affected, Spain. The Matadors. Dealt the worst defeat in World Cup History. Not only were they shellacked by their finals rivals The Netherlands at 5 – 1 to make up for the finals of 2010, they failed to win their second match, alienating them from advancing past the round of 32.

Tis true, fame is a fickle friend.

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