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  • Qatar Airways announces plans for world's longest flight

    01/27/2016 1:06:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 27, 2016 | Oliver Smith
    Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch the world’s longest direct flight: a 9,034-mile schlep from Doha to Auckland. Should the route get the green light, it would beat the current record holder – Qantas’s Dallas-Sydney service – by almost 500 miles. The journey time would be an estimated 18 hours and 34 minutes, according to the journey planning website
  • Ahmed ‘Clock Kid’ Mohamed’s Family Demands $10 Million From City of Irving

    11/23/2015 10:28:47 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 70 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 23, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Attorneys representing the family of Ahmed “clock kid” Mohamed sent a letter to Irving, Texas, officials demanding $10 million in compensation for “damages” and written apologies from the city’s mayor and police chief. snip After making appearances at a number of high-profile locations, including the White House, Mohamed and his family moved to Qatar. “For personal security reasons, Ahmed and family are in Doha, Qatar. However, when they feel safe again, all of them want more than anything to come home, to Irving, Texas,” the letter states.
  • Indian Slab Lurches Downward Beneath Afghanistan

    11/02/2015 9:45:47 AM PST · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    AGU Blogosphere ^ | 10/25/2015 | Austin Elliot
    As I walked into the department this bright brisk morning, coffee cheerily in hand, the live global seismogram display in the atrium caught my eye with an alarming event that had just happened during my bike ride into work. *gasp* that looks bad *gasp* that looks bad BIG earthquake, somewhere in the vicinity of Central/Southern Asia. Indeed, an earthquake deep (>200 km) beneath the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan had shaken a huge swath of Central and South Asia. The great depth of the earthquake meant less extreme shaking at the epicenter (nobody lives closer than 212 km from the...
  • Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring'

    05/03/2011 11:51:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    minn post ^ | 3-11-2009 | Eric Black
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  • Qatar Awareness Campaign Closing Letter to American Public

    11/02/2014 7:56:37 PM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies ^ | November 2, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign
    To the American Public: Over the course of the last month, the Qatar Awareness Campaign has issued 25 letters, addressed to people, companies, organizations, and universities who profit from their relationship with the state sponsor of terror, Qatar. Why? Despite their official denials, Qatar is the nation that funds Hamas, Fatah, Boko Haram, al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Qatar, as the host country of the revolutionary Muslim Brotherhood and one of the wealthiest countries in the world, attracts these fanatical, murderous groups like a magnet, showering them with endless funding and resources. Looking back, it is an astonishing list...
  • Qatar Awareness Campaign Letter to Carnegie Mellon

    10/09/2014 6:48:37 AM PDT · by Randall_S
    The Counter Jihad Report ^ | October 9, 2014 | Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition
    Carnegie Mellon University Office of the President, Dr. Subra Suresh 5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-268-2000 Dear Dr. Suresh: This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country whose capital hosts a campus of Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2001, the Qatar Foundation has borne all campus development costs associated with the campus in Dohas Education City. (Also see here.) Since 2004, Carnegie Mellon has operated Carnegie Mellon in Qatar, as part of Qatars Education City. The educational...
  • Palestinian, pan-Arab media blast Egypt's failed cease-fire offer [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Palestinian and other Arab commentators are blasting Egypt's cease-fire offer this week in the Israeli-Gazan fighting, saying it was a gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted it, and a trap for Hamas, which rejected it. Azmi Bishara, the fugitive former Knesset member who now heads the Arab Center for Research and Policy in Doha, Qatar, wrote in the pan-Arab that the offer gave no relief to Gaza, nor freedom for the Hamas members recently returned to Israeli prisons. "This Egyptian declaration represents a stab in the back to the resistance and the people of Gaza. [T]his...
  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    06/08/2014 10:38:24 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2014 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    "In his new book, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi (Broadside Books), writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US governments efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria, and as he reveals here, Afghanistan: The Obama administration isnt only giving the Taliban back its commanders its giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile...."
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • South Sudan News: Turabi Urges Jihadists to Reunite with South Sudan

    06/15/2013 9:43:24 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | June 14, 2013 | South Sudan News Staff
    South Sudan News: Turabi Urges Jihadists to “Reunite” with South SudanJuba — June 13 … (SSN) Hassan al-Turabi – the spiritual guide of Sudan’s Islamists-Jihadists and the doyen of the global Jihadist trend since the early 1990′s – is in Doha, Qatar, to consult with Sheikh Youssuf al-Qaradawi – the spiritual guide of the Muslim Brothers and the entire Sunni Islamist trend. The main subject of the consultations between Turabi and Qaradawi is how to return Sudan to its former role and glory as a leader of global Islamism-Jihadism. Both veteran luminaries of radical Sunni Islam are convinced that the...
  • Kerry: U.S. more confident arms flow to Syria moderates

    03/05/2013 4:36:04 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-5-2013 | Arshad Mohammed and Regan Doherty
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Washington was increasingly confident that weapons being sent to the Syrian opposition by other countries were going to moderate forces. Kerry, on his first overseas tour since taking office, told a news conference in Doha he had held talks with nations in the region about the kinds of arms being sent to the different Syrian opposition forces. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are widely believed to be providing weapons to the rebels, but the United States says it does not wish to send arms for fear they may find their way to...
  • In Doha, a big green rent-seeking machine

    12/09/2012 3:19:53 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 9 December 2012 | Andrew Montford
    A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate conference COP18 is no small affair. This is a bandwagon whose riders number in the thousands: motorcades of politicians, buses full of technocrats and policy wonks and jumbo-jets full of hippies travelling half way round the world, (ostensibly) to save the planet from the (allegedly) pressing problem of climate change This is despite the fact that nobody seems able to point to any great problems caused by the modest warming...

    12/09/2012 2:52:32 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    CLIMATE SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL ^ | December 09, 2012 | climate science international
    Attention: News Editors, Political, Science and Environment Reporters After 16 years without warming, future climate talks must focus on preparation for, and adaption to, climate change, not vainly trying to stop it. Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2012: Governments must re-examine climate change science before considering further, more concrete commitments in the United Nations negotiating process, said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. In their November 29th open letter to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, scientists from across the globe explained that the science relied upon by the U.N....
  • Ignoring Planetary Peril, a Profound Disconnect Between Science and Doha

    12/09/2012 8:28:24 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 12 replies
    NYT Blogs ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2012, 6:00 AM | CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE
    In one of the most poignant moments of the Doha climate talks, the Philippine climate change commissioner, Naderev M. Sano, appealed to his fellow negotiators at a session deciding the contours of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Please let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around, he said as he choked back tears. Just days before, Typhoon Bopha had hit the Philippines, killing hundreds of people. The typhoon, having been both unusually forceful and out of season, was deemed like Hurricane Sandy to be an extreme...
  • Lord Monckton at Doha climate talks pretending to be Myanmar, he was later ejected (Exposing AGW

    12/08/2012 11:22:44 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/7/2012 | tcktcktckorg
    Posing as a delegate from Myanmar, the climate skeptic, Lord Monckton, spoke at the UN climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar. The imposter was later expelled from the conference...
  • Climate talks: UN forum extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020 (In the words of Homer Simpson.. DOH!aaaaa)

    12/08/2012 9:20:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/8/12 | BBC
    Delegates at UN climate talks in Qatar have agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020, avoiding a major new setback. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 nations, keeps the protocol alive as the only legally binding plan for combating global warming. However, it only covers developed nations whose share of world greenhouse gas emissions is less than 15%. The US - a major polluter - has never ratified the original 1997 protocol. The agreement had been due to expire later this year.
  • UN Summit: Transforming Your Kids into "Climate Change Agents"

    12/06/2012 5:13:44 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 December 2012 | William F. Jasper
    UNICEF, UNESCO, and other UN agencies and NGOs have teamed up to flood classrooms with an ongoing tsunami of global-warming indoctrination. UN Summit: Transforming Your Kids into "Climate Change Agents" The New American 06 December 2012 Do your children (or grandchildren) have nightmares about the Earth melting or exploding due to human-caused global warming? Do they believe they have no future because our planet is dying, the icecaps and glaciers are melting, the sea levels are rising, islands and coastal areas are disappearing, polar bears and children are drowning, plant and animal species are rapidly going extinct, and extreme...
  • Christianas nightmare for the rest of us (The U.N., Climate Change and Carbon Taxes)

    12/05/2012 6:34:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | December 4, 2012 | Craig Rucker
    Talk about alignment of the stars! Barack Obama based his 2008 presidential campaign on the principle of sharing the wealth. He won, got reelected and now has, at least in his own mind, a flat-out mandate to extend his vision for wealth redistribution (and wealth destruction) planet-wide. This week, as United Nations luminaries gather in Doha, Qatar, for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the self-described daughter of a revolutionary, has presented her goals. The most important is a massive transfer of wealth $100 billion a...
  • Climate scam: A dire threat to sovereignty

    12/05/2012 8:41:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | December 04, 2012 | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    DOHA, Qatar Ms. Christiana Figueres, chief secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, has told a press conference here that the 18th Conference of the States Parties will bring about a complete economic transformation of the world. She does not have in mind a democratic, free-market transformation. The intention of these 18 successive annual vacations for the worlds pampered dictators in exotic, sun-drenched locations is what it always was: to create a treaty binding more than 190 nations to do as the Secretariat says. Democracy? Whats that? Todd Stern, the U.S. lead negotiator, was similarly upbeat at...
  • (LA) Airport bomb plotter is imprisoned for 22 years (Algerian terrorist)

    07/27/2005 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 7 replies · 458+ views
    FT ^ | 7-27-05 | Tomas Alex Tizon and Alicia Wittmeyer
    The Algerian terrorist who plotted to blow up Los Angeles International Airport at the height of New Year celebrations five years ago was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday. Defence lawyers had asked for 12 years for Ahmed Ressam, 38, while prosecutors wanted 35 years. Mr Ressam, who had briefly co-operated with authorities in tracking down other terrorists, said nothing in court, but Thomas Hillier, a federal public defender, said his client had given John Coughenour, a US district judge, a note prior to the sentencing. The note, according to Mr Hillier, said: I am sorry for what...
  • London Mayor Defended 'Theologian of Terror'

    07/07/2005 10:24:31 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 12 replies · 701+ views ^ | July 07, 2005 | By Sherrie Gossett, Staff Writer
    Interesting.... This muslim Cleric visited london EXACTLY one year ago from the date of the attacks, July 7, 2004 - London Mayor Ken Livingstone's previous support of a Muslim cleric who advocates suicide bombings may cause him some embarrassment as he now must speak for the city in the wake of Thursday's terrorist bombings. Livingstone condemned the Thursday attacks as "mass murder," and added that "this was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners." Yet Livingstone has in the past...
  • Bin Laden's Son Is Hospitalized After He Hears His Father's Voice [Omar Bin Laden]

    09/04/2010 1:23:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | JULY 9, 2010 | By LARA SETRAKIAN
    Note: Video included. "Bin Laden's Son Is Hospitalized After He Hears His Father's Voice Omar Bin Laden Is Treated for Schizophrenia, Wife Asks for Divorce" July 9, 2010 SNIPPET: ""It's true that he was put on medication but released himself early," said a spokesman for Zeina Al Sabah, Omar's wife. The spokesman confirmed that Omar had bipolar disorder and was on anti-depressants." SNIPPET: ""Omar loves and hates Osama at the same time," she said." SNIPPET: "Omar, 29, has denounced his father's terrorist tactics and ideology. But he still maintains an emotional bond..." SNIPPET: "Much of Osama Bin Laden's family, comprising...
  • Planning The Next Wave

    08/17/2010 3:07:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE - For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | by IPT News Aug 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | n/a
    NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW FLOTILLA/CONVOY/"HUMANITARIAN AID"/"HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS" THREAD. SNIPPET: "While the debate over mosque development in New York continues to dominate the news cycle, opposing sides in the Israeli blockade on Gaza are gearing up for a new round of confrontations that could take place as soon as next month. Although the list of items restricted from entering Gaza has been dramatically reduced, George Galloway, the ex-British MP who runs the group Viva Palestina, promises a new land convoy leaving from London, Casablanca and Doha September 18. Galloway has made it clear his mission has more to do...
  • Iranian warship, destroyer dock at Qatari port

    02/19/2010 7:42:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 1,118+ views
    Press TV - Iran ^ | Feb. 15, 2010
    A warship and a destroyer belonging to the Iranian naval fleet have berthed at Qatar's Doha port upon an invitation by Qatari Naval officials. Iranian Ambassador to Doha Abdullah Sohrabi and Iran's military attache in Qatar Brigadier-General Mashallah Poursheh conferred with commanders and cadets aboard the Bandar Abbas warship and Naqdi Destroyer. Sohrabi said that the symbolic docking of the Iranian warship and destroyer at the Qatari capital is a step toward the improvement of bilateral defense ties between the two countries. Since Iran and Qatar are neighbors and have common sea borders, issues such as defense cooperation and security...

    02/10/2010 11:49:03 PM PST · by Cindy · 27 replies · 953+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | PTI, 11 February 2010, 08:20am IST | n/a
    NEW DELHI: SNIPPET: "The US national, identified as Winston Marshal Carmichael, was detained late last night after CISF personnel found knife in his hand baggage during the security check when he was to leave for Doha in a Qatar Airways flight, official sources said. ( Watch Video ) Reminiscent of the case of terror suspect David Headley, arrested in Chicago in October last for allegedly plotting terror strikes in India, Carmichael is a convert from Christianity to Islam. The New York resident changed his religion some 40 years ago. Carmichael, who was flying to Doha in a Qatar Airways flight,...
  • Two held with fake papers [Kochi Airport, India]

    01/22/2010 5:19:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 29 replies · 1,382+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 23 January 2010, 04:48am IST | Manju V
    "Two held with fake papers" Manju V , TNN, 23 January 2010, 04:48am IST SNIPPET: "MUMBAI: Hours before Indian intelligence agencies put all flights operating from India on a high alert against possible hijack attempts, two Sri Lankan nationals one flying to New York and the other to London were arrested by immigration officials at the Kochi airport on Thursday for carrying forged Indian passports and travel documents." The two Sri Lankan nationals were being assisted by two employees of a private multinational ground-handling company. SNIPPET: "One of the employees fled the scene when the passengers were caught."...
  • Remarks of Attorney General Eric Holder ... on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity

    11/12/2009 12:49:56 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 428+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Remarks of Attorney General Eric Holder at the Opening Plenary of the VI Ministerial Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity Doha, Qatar ~ Saturday, November 7, 2009 Your Highness, Attorney General Al-Marri, Excellencies, Colleagues: It is a distinct honor for me to join you to inaugurate the Sixth Global Forum on Combating Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity. Let me begin by commending the leadership and hospitality of His Highness, the Emir -- as well as that of His Excellency Dr. Al-Marri and of the Government of Qatar -- in their role as...
  • Warden Message: U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar, Temporary Closure

    05/18/2009 1:31:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 400+ views ^ | May 18, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar, Temporary Closure CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Middle East / N. Africa - Qatar 18 May 2009 RELATED REPORTS 13 Jan 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: DOHA, QATAR, PROTEST JANUARY 13 U.S. Embassy Doha issued the following Warden Message on May 18: At approximately 9:00 a.m, on May 18 a suspicious powder was discovered at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. The suspicious substance is being sent to a laboratory for analysis. Until the results are received and a...
  • Qatars Doha Bank Fined by Treasury Dept Over Transactions Potentially Tied to Terrorism

    04/24/2009 1:52:30 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 395+ views
    Money Laundering Alert ^ | 24 Apr 09 | Brian Monroe
    The U.S. Treasury Department fined the U.S. branch of Qatars largest private commercial bank $5 million Tuesday to settle charges that it failed to report transactions potentially tied to terrorism. Doha Bank failed to file regulatory suspicious activity reports (SARs) more than 500 times, and poorly audited its compliance program, according to the departments Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The bank also had an antiquated wire transfer system that prevented it from finding and aggregating suspicious transactions, according to a consent order.
  • Libya's Kadafi bashes Saudi king at Doha summit

    03/30/2009 7:44:53 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 2,053+ views
    Babylon & Beyond ^ | Mar 30 2009 | Noha El-Hennawy
    As usual, Libyan leader raised eyebrows Monday with his incendiary but hilarious remarks at the Arab summit in Doha. As the Emir of host Qatar welcomed Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz al Saud, Libyan President Moammar Kadafi interrupted him addressing the Saudi king, saying: "I seize the opportunity to tell my brother Abdullah, you have been evasive and scared of confrontation for six years. I want to assure you today not to be scared. I am telling you after six years it was proved that lies stand behind you and your grave awaits you. You were created by Britain and...
  • Selective disagreements

    03/28/2009 8:30:23 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 329+ views
    Al Ahram ^ | 26 March 2009 | Dina Ezzat
    When Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir arrived in Cairo yesterday noon for talks with President Hosni Mubarak it was his second overseas trip since the arrest warrant indicting him for war crimes and crimes against humanity was issued on 4 March by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The message Al-Bashir is sending by making consecutive trips to Asmara and Cairo is, his aides say, one of "defiance" against the ICC warrant. Official Sudanese statements suggest Al-Bashir's defiance may well extend to the annual Arab summit in Doha on 30 March despite orchestrated appeals by the masses and an unprecedented religious edict...
  • Bin Laden's son seeks refuge in Qatar

    11/09/2008 11:18:44 PM PST · by james500 · 9 replies · 298+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 10, 2008
    Osama bin Laden's son Omar and his British wife arrived in the Qatari capital Doha yesterday after being refused entry to Egypt, Al Jazeera television reported. The Qatar-based television said Omar bin Laden arrived in the Gulf Arab state on an Egyptian passenger aircraft. It gave no further details. Omar bin Laden and his wife arrived on Saturday in Egypt from Madrid after the Spanish authorities refused his request for asylum. The couple, who lived in Egypt for several months in 2007 and 2008, have also been denied entry to Britain.
  • The Not-So-Omnipotent China

    08/07/2008 12:05:09 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 88+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 7, 2008 | Daniel Smith
    The Not-So-Omnipotent China by: Daniel Smith, August 07, 2008 As the worlds attention and conspiracy theorists turn to Beijing this August, Western nations should not forget Chinas role in The Collapse of the [World Trade Organization (WTO)] Doha Round Trade Talks in Geneva on July 29. The facts of the failed negotiations reveal a more impotent China than Americans would expect. Frank Vargo, chief spokesman on trade issues for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), viewed the collapse of the seven-year Doha Rounds as a watershed. He was one of several distinguished panelists who addressed a crowd at the American...
  • Harvesting Money in a Hungry World (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)

    08/03/2008 1:24:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 150+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2008 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    THE latest round of global agricultural trade negotiations that began seven years ago in Doha, Qatar, collapsed in acrimony this week in Geneva. While India and China are getting the blame for refusing to reduce import tariffs and farm subsidies, you can assume that trade officials in Europe and the United States are breathing a sigh of relief that they arent going to have to limit their own protectionism... --snip-- First, they are transparent election-cycle harvests for farm-state politicians, who have small constituencies but exercise outsized national political clout. Second, because such special-interest legislation wins little broad public support, its...
  • The End of Free Trade?

    07/31/2008 4:30:10 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 10 replies · 194+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 31 July 2008 | Unsigned Editorial
    The demise of the Doha trade round is another blow to the struggling world economy, and there's plenty of blame to go around. But the crucial question going forward is whether this is merely a temporary setback, or if it marks the end of the post-World War II free-trade era that has done so much to spread prosperity. We tend by nature and history toward optimism, but no one should sugar-coat Doha's collapse. For the first time since the multilateral trading rounds began after World War II, a trade expansion effort has ended in failure. In 1990, trade represented about...
  • Has Free-Trade Era Died With Doha?

    07/30/2008 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 195+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 30, 2008
    Trade: The collapse of the Doha round of world trade talks is more than a bureaucratic event. It's a tragedy for the global economy, both for developing nations and those already wealthy.Fact is, the world economy could use a little help. Having suffered housing meltdowns, financial crises, and soaring energy and food costs, many nations will struggle to grow over the next few years. Many will find themselves poorer by decade's end. That's why the Doha Round of trade talks, named for the city in Qatar where discussions began in 2001, was so important. It would have opened key markets...
  • Doha world trade talks collapse in blow to globalisation

    07/29/2008 4:20:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 183+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/29/2008 | Edmund Conway
    The Doha round of world trade talks has collapsed in what one former trade chief called the biggest blow to globalisation since the end of the Cold War. An emergency World Trade Organisation summit aimed at resuscitating the seven-year long talks broke down in acrimony last night. Negotiators warned that there was now little or no chance of salvaging the talks, which promised to bring down trade tariffs, pull millions out of poverty and keep food and goods prices under control. It is the first time a major set of world trade talks has collapsed entirely, and insiders warned that...
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • Hezbollahs Victory

    05/23/2008 2:26:26 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 5 replies · 122+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 5/23/08 | Michael J. Totten
    The majority coalition would never elect him if they could pick whomever they want. Suleiman is well-known as a moderate pro-Syrian. He may be an improvement over Lebanons last president, Emile Lahoud, who was nothing if not a tool of Syrias tyrant Bashar Assad, but frankly no one could be worse than Lahoud outside the ranks of the blatantly fascist Syrian Social Nationalist Party. Hezbollah still gets to keep the unilaterally installed high-tech surveillance system in Lebanons only international airport, and of course its fighters will hold onto their illegal weapons. With freshly minted blocking minority powers, Secretary General Hassan...
  • Saboteurs may have cut Mideast telecom cables: UN agency

    02/18/2008 3:47:10 PM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 190+ views
    afp ^ | 2/18/08 | afp
    DOHA (AFP) - Damage to several undersea telecom cables that caused outages across the Middle East and Asia could have been an act of sabotage, the International Telecommunication Union said on Monday. "We do not want to preempt the results of ongoing investigations, but we do not rule out that a deliberate act of sabotage caused the damage to the undersea cables over two weeks ago," the UN agency's head of development, Sami al-Murshed, told AFP.
  • Bush call for action on global warming

    09/06/2007 1:20:13 PM PDT · by decimon · 73 replies · 1,119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 6, 2007 | TOM RAUM
    SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao, leaders of two of the world's worst polluting nations, called Thursday for greater international cooperation in tackling climate change without stifling economic growth. Bush also was to push for expanded trade with Pacific Rim nations and appeal for help in getting stalled global trade talks going again. He was laying out his views on the environment, energy security and the economic costs of terrorism in a speech to business leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Climate change was high on the agenda of the U.S. and Chinese presidents in...
  • Muslim nations move to prevent violence

    01/31/2007 10:30:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 853+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2007 | David R. Sands
    Terrified that sectarian Muslim bloodshed could soon engulf the region, U.S. allies and adversaries in the Middle East have stepped up joint efforts to head off a religious civil war. Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran have held intensive talks in recent days on ways to tamp down sectarian violence in Iraq and Lebanon. Over the weekend, Saudi King Abdullah issued an unusual public call for calm. Top Islamic clerics and scholars in Egypt, Qatar and Iraq also have issued statements urging Muslim unity, often blaming the United States and other outside actors of trying to divide the faithful....
  • Sharia Hard-Liner Ahmadinejad Has an Eye for Belly Dancers

    12/09/2006 6:05:23 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 1,239+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | December 6, 2006 | israelinsider staff
    Ahmadinejad caught on video in serious breach of sharia law By: israelinsider staff Published: December 6, 2006 Iran's president and Islamic hardliner Ahmadinejad was caught on video watching a group of women dancers in Doha-- a serious violation of sharia law, a Guardian Unlimited report says. Given that much of Ahmadinejad's support comes from Islamic ultra-conservatives, the incident could prove to be injurious, if not fatal, to the Iranian president. This week, Iranian news sources announced that Iran's presidential vote would be moved forward, ending Ahmadinejad's term early. Many are wondering if the two events might be related.
  • Immigration powers used to hold al-Qaeda kingpin in jail

    10/20/2006 1:16:03 AM PDT · by Mrs Ivan · 1 replies · 380+ views
    The Times ^ | October 20, 2006 | Sean ONeill
    BRITAIN has resorted to detaining as an illegal immigrant a man regarded as one of al-Qaedas most dangerous terrorists. Abu Doha, whose various aliases include The Doctor, has been in Belmarsh highsecurity jail for almost six years facing extradition to the United States on charges of running a jihad training camp in Afghanistan and plotting to blow up Los Angeles airport. But the US has been forced to drop the case against him after an informer refused to give evidence. A British judge described the extremist network created by Abu Doha as one of the most significant groups of terrorists...
  • Militant cleric (Dr. Hook) had links with al-Qa'eda chiefs, says FBI report

    06/24/2003 5:34:16 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 370+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/25/03 | Sean O'Neill
    Abu Hamza, the militant, London-based Muslim cleric, maintained close contact with the leadership of al-Qa'eda during the years when it operated a worldwide terrorist network from Afghanistan, according to FBI files. Documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph state that Hamza, the former imam of Finsbury Park mosque, north London, dealt personally with Abu Zubeidah, Osama bin Laden's director of operations. Zubeidah, a Palestinian who is now in US custody, communicated bin Laden's instructions and messages from his hideout in Afghanistan to al-Qa'eda cells around the world. Hamza had the power to refer recruits to Zubeidah for "leadership training" in Afghan...
  • Why America and the world need free trade

    08/02/2006 8:41:11 AM PDT · by tang0r · 159 replies · 1,148+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 8/2/2006 | M. Harrison
    Forget the politicking on the news about tariffs and subsidies. The true advantages of free trade, toward which small political steps as the Doha trade round are vital, are to the long-term financial and social benefit of America and the world. Were free trade effectively implemented, instead of being torpedoed by the demagogic posturing of reactionary Leftists, the progress and development it inspired would improve the lives of millions of people.
  • Let's get real in trade talks

    07/29/2006 4:45:54 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 75 replies · 640+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 29, 2006 | Robert Kuttner
    [...] The current round of trade talks was launched in 2001 at Doha, Qatar, an authoritarian location conveniently off- limits to protesters. [...] The trade agenda has been set by business elites who would impose one economic model on the world -- the model of laissez-faire. This model rejects more than a century of Western history, during which democracies have relied on government regulation and social investment to temper the instability and income extremes of a pure market economy. The elite model would also coerce Third World countries to give up their successful development strategies, in which government helps local...
  • Insults Fly In Dust Of Doha (US - Europe)

    07/25/2006 7:12:50 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 364+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-26-2006 | Edmund Conway
    Insults fly in the dust of Doha By Edmund Conway, Economics Editor (Filed: 26/07/2006) Hopes that anything will be salvaged from the wreckage of the Doha Round were fading last night as Europe and the US traded bitter accusations and recriminations, with each blaming the other for the collapse of the key trade talks. US trade representative Susan Schwab accused the EU of lying after Peter Mandelson claimed it was America's intransigence that caused the failure of the globalisation talks. Peter Mandelson In turn, Mr Mandelson, the European trade commissioner, repeated his allegations about the US and appealed over Ms...
  • Doha's Message: No Free Ride to Growth

    07/25/2006 11:12:44 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 106+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 7/25/2006 | Alan Oxley
    Reality finally bit. The Doha Round talks have been put off indefinitely. This is the second best result: There was no deal worth doing in the Doha Round right now. Susan Schwab, the US Special Trade Representative blames Peter Mandelson, the EU Trade Commissioner. He blames her back. And Pascal Lamy, the Director General of the EU, blames them all. Oxfam blames the rich countries and dissembles now that the WTO cannot help poor countries. There will be anxiety about how much this harms the WTO trading system. In a very important way, it won't. The foundation of the WTO...
  • US energy secretary calls for more security at oil facilities (Saudi Arabia requests US help)

    04/24/2006 12:35:36 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 258+ views
    AFX ^ | April 24, 2006
    DOHA (AFX) - US energy secretary Samuel Bodman called for more security at oil facilities around the world and said Saudi Arabia had asked Washington for help after a botched attack at a plant in the kingdom. 'It is important that we enhance the physical security of our facilities,' Bodman told reporters on the sidelines of the 10th Energy Forum in Doha. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Feb 24 outside the world's largest oil processing plant in Abqaiq in eastern Saudi Arabia.