What does the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) have in common with Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Khamenei, and France’s largest bank? They have all recently been subject to the full force of American extraterritorial financial attempts at coercion, derived from the world’s unchallenged supremacy of the dollar.
The ability of leaders of powerful organizations to flout the law for personal gain is one of the more glaring manifestations of inequality. FIFA – which reelected its president just days after 14 former and current executives were indicted for corruption and fraud – is merely the most obvious recent example of this.
The arrest of senior FIFA executives on a raft of fraud and corruption charges has been front-page news in recent days. But the charges brought by the authorities do not address another egregious injustice: the treatment of the migrant workers in Qatar who are building the stadiums for the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup.