Rami Khouri on migrant workers

The Doha Airport Bus of Hope and Dreams
Agence Global
February 23, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Migrant workers

“DOHA Qatar — Every once in a while, I fall victim to the irresistible convergence of mankind and music, and it happened again this week in a most improbably place — riding a transfer bus at Doha airport. During the long bus ride from the terminal to the plane, I found a corner seat at the front of the bus, separated by a glass partition from the spacious driver’s cabin. Throughout the journey, I listened to Bruce Springsteen’s powerful song ‘Land of Hope and Dreams.’ This mystical ode to humankind’s eternal quest for freedom and redemption used the symbolism of riding a train whose ‘big wheels roll through fields where sunshine streams, where dreams will not be thwarted, and faith will be rewarded…where bells of freedom ring, in a land of hope and dreams.’”

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