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  • Qatar embraces Wahhabism to strengthen regional influence

    12/19/2011 6:20:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | Sunday, December 18, 2011 | unattributed
    Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani inaugurated on Friday the Imam Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque in Doha. During the opening, Sheikh Hamad reaffirmed his commitment to spare no efforts to carry the message and spread the teachings of Islam in the whole world, noting that the Muslim nation is now in need of renewal and inspiration of the experience of Wahhab s da wah (call) while keeping pace with the era and its developments. The inauguration started with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur an followed by the screening of a documentary on the mosque....
  • Saudi King Calls for Arab Super State

    12/19/2011 5:13:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia formally called for the formation of a Gulf Union on a backdrop of regional unrest and growing tensions with rival Iran. "I ask today that we move from a phase of cooperation to a phase of union within a single entity," Abdullah said during his address at the opening session of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council conference in Riyadh. "You must realise that our security and stability are threatened and we need to live up to our responsibilities," said King Abdullah. "Our summit opens in the shadow of challenges that require vigilance and a united...
  • In UN Condemnation Sweepstakes, Iran Noses Out North Korea & Syria

    12/19/2011 4:34:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Inner City Press ^ | Monday, December 19, 2011 | Matthew Russell Lee
    Three human rights votes were taken Monday morning at the UN, to condemn the practices of Syria, North Korea and Iran... Syria drew the most condemnations, 133, with DPRK second at 123 and the Iran vote decidedly more mixed: 89 condemning, 30 supporting and 64 abstaining. Iran might say there were more not condemning, including abstentions, than condemning. Sudan, interestingly, voted to condemn Syria, but not Iran or North Korea. Skeptics attribute Khartoum's anti-Assad vote to an attempt to "go mainstream," or at least be taken off the US state sponsor of terrorism list. Qatar, meanwhile, seemed to some to...
  • Full-Speed Ahead for Obama-Sanctioned ‘Taliban Embassy’ in Qatar (always what weakens us)

    12/18/2011 1:01:50 PM PST · by STARWISE · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12-17-11 | Dave Reaboi
    Qatar: host to the US military, al-Jazeera, the Muslim Brotherhood– and now, the world’s first Taliban embassy– at the behest of the Obama administration. On his Facebook page, Big Peace contributor Walid Phares brought my attention to a report in the Pakistani website The Nation that Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, the premier of US ally Qatar, is prepared to open an embassy for the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”– otherwise known as the Taliban. He said, “A solution in Afghanistan requires the participation of the Taliban in a way that must be decided by the Afghans.” *snip* Western diplomats have said...
  • Syrian FM rejects lucrative Qatari offer to defect

    12/11/2011 2:27:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    al-Bawaba ^ | Sunday, December 11th, 2011 | unattributed
    A Jordanian website claims that the Syrian minister of foreign affairs, Walid Muallem, has rejected a lucrative offer in exchange for defecting from the Syrian regime. According to the report, Muallem was offered this tempting deal during a secret meeting with the minister of foreign affairs of a "small country in the Gulf," likely Qatar. The meeting took place in the recent meeting held by the organization of Islamic countries in the Saudi city of Jeddah. Although the site does not mention the name of the country, it's obvious to the reader that Qatar stands behind it. The website claims...
  • Hard Choices for Hamas with the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

    12/10/2011 4:55:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Pinhas Inbari
    ...These new developments caught Hamas unprepared. Not only is there a need to find new accommodations for Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal and company, but there is also a political price: the need to decrease terror and transform itself from a pro-Iranian/Syrian "muqawama" ("resistance") movement into a typical political party of the Muslim Brotherhood-type that are now in the process of taking control in the Arab world... ...they prefer engagement with Cairo because the prospects of Muslim Brotherhood dominance are much more advanced in Egypt and the close vicinity to Gaza... The new prime minister of Jordan, Judge Awn Khasawneh,...
  • Mulva touts natural gas as sustainable, abundant

    12/06/2011 8:41:33 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 6, 2011 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Natural gas is the key to fueling global energy demands and fostering economic growth, outgoing ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva told the World Petroleum Congress this morning. But in a speech before the 20th annual gathering in Doha, Qatar, Mulva also warned that government policies favoring renewable energy or hindering natural gas extraction could stifle production and use of the fossil fuel. “Nature has given mankind the gift of natural gas,” Mulva said, according to prepared remarks. “Our hope now is: Please don’t let government mess it up.” Mulva’s message today echoes the themes of a nationwide advertising campaign ConocoPhillips launched...
  • Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador

    12/06/2011 4:45:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 05/12/2011
    Russia downgrades relations with Qatar over attack on ambassador Russia will downgrade its diplomatic relations with Qatar following an attack on the Russian ambassador by customs officers at Doha airport, the Foreign Ministry said on its website on Monday. The ministry said Russian Ambassador Vladimir Titorenko will leave Qatar "after he finishes a course of medical treatment as a result of the attack" and Russia’s interests in Qatar will be temporarily represented by a charge d’affaires. Airport security and customs officials beat up Titorenko and two other Russian diplomats on November 29 in an attempt to seize the diplomatic dispatch...
  • Syria Ignores Arab Deadline (Rumors of War)

    12/04/2011 7:20:34 PM PST · by gandalftb · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Gulf News ^ | December 5, 2011 | Staff Writer
    Dubai: Syria faced new sanctions after missing an Arab League deadline yesterday to allow observers to monitor the uprising.A senior Qatari official was quoted as saying that Syria had asked for "new clarifications and further amendments to be made to the protocol which was proposed" to cover the deployment of the observer mission. But the Arab ministers had "refused."Yesterday's deadline was announced in Doha by Qatari Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad Bin Jasem Al Thani, who also warned against the internationalisation of the Syrian crisis if Damascus did not heed the Arab call.
  • Kuwait: Protesters storm parliament during corruption debate

    11/17/2011 11:33:57 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/17/2011
    Dozens of anti-government protesters briefly pushed their way into Kuwait’s parliament Wednesday while opposition lawmakers were debating how to question the country’s prime minister over corruption allegations – a sign of rising political tensions. Opposition lawmakers warned Wednesday of a growing political crisis after dozens of anti-government protesters muscled their way into Kuwait’s parliament during debate over efforts to question the prime minister about corruption allegations. Local media reported the demonstrators briefly chanted before being forced out as hundreds of others protested outside. Opposition parliament members have sought to question Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah over claims...
  • US-Israel-Qatar 'Bunker Bomb Axis' Against Iran

    11/16/2011 3:35:38 AM PST · by Strategy · 7 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | November 16, 2011
    The Obama administration is considering arming Qatar with huge bunker buster bombs, raising the possibility of an American-Israel-Arab attack on Iran. The U.S. Air Force has received a shipment of 30,000-pound bombs, six times larger than those now in use, which can penetrate concrete bunkers. Iran has buried new nuclear plants in rocky mountainous areas and has buried them so deep under concrete to minimize the damage of an aerial attack, even if bunker buster bombs are used. The Air Force began receiving the new monster bombs in September, and Boeing may build as many as 16 of the weapons,...
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • Libya: Proof That CIA Backed Al-Qaeda Terrorists Overthrew Gadaffi

    11/11/2011 12:39:29 AM PST · by BobPowell · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/11/11 | Bob Powell
    My name is Bob Powell and I am currently the host and producer of The Truth Is Viral on I have recently uncovered information that the "revolution" in Libya was anything but a popular uprising, and I reveal it in this latest episode of The Truth Is Viral. Under orders from a cabal of international bankers, the CIA trained and equipped al-Qaeda terrorists and set them on a path of revolution that ended with a new Libyan Central Bank and the black flag of al-Qaeda flying over the Benghazi courthouse. Assisted by NATO forces and Qatari Army Soldiers, and...
  • The World is Misreading Obama on Iran (Obama Might Nuke Iran)

    11/08/2011 9:40:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, November 4, 2011 | David Rothkopf
    The government of Iran, much like many across the Middle East, believes that the Obama administration is so consumed with a desire to undo the wrongs of the Bush era and get out from under the costs of two difficult, hard-to-justify wars in the region that it would never intervene against them militarily. Iranian leaders seem to believe that the United States would not risk another war in the region just to stop their development of nuclear weapons. The government of Israel, also worried that its number one ally has lost its appetite for complex entanglements in the region, seems...
  • U.S. Plans To Build Up Military Presence In Persian Gulf After Iraq Exit

    10/30/2011 4:53:33 AM PDT · by Strategy · 27 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | October 30, 2011
    The U.S. administration plans to build up the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq by the end of this year, The New York Times reported on Sunday, referring to diplomatic sources.
  • U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After Exit From Iraq

    10/30/2011 6:43:23 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 30th, 2011 | Thom Shanker
    MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.
  • Arab League Rejects GCC Push to Suspend Syria

    10/17/2011 3:44:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The Arab League on Monday rejected a push by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council allies to suspend Syria's membership in the body over Bashar al-Assad's brutal seven month crackdown, Arabic daily al-Hayyat reported. Instead, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani said, the Arab League will seek to bring Assad's regime and Syria's nascent opposition National Council to the negotiating table. "We will call all of the parties of the opposition and government to hold a dialogue within 15 days," Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi said after an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo....
  • U.S. backs move to let Taliban open headquarters in Qatar in the hope of ending war in Afghanistan

    09/12/2011 4:11:01 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 46 replies
    uk telegraph ^ | 9-12-11
    Talks to end the 10-year war in Afghanistan could be on the horizon after the U.S. backed a plan to let the Taliban open political headquarters in the Middle East. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is likely to open a base in Qatar before Christmas, The Times said. It is hoped this will help facilitate peace talks which could lead to a truce with the Taliban. A senior member of the Taliban - Tayyab Agha - has been talking on and off with western diplomats for the past year but it is hoped this move will accelerate the process. Taliban...
  • Libya: An Islamist Terrorist Takes Command of Main Rebel Forces

    09/04/2011 4:59:06 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 2, 2011 | Barry Rubin
    Finally, we have evidence that Islamists and even al-Qaeda supporters will play a central role in Libya’s new regime. Up to now there has been reasonable speculation that the U.S. government and NATO might be installing an anti-Western, Islamist government in Libya. Now there’s proof that this is so. The actual government remains in the hands of non-Islamists, technocrats, ex-regime officials, and moderates. But the armed rebels who actually made the revolution have voted and their idol is…an al-Qaeda guy. Political power, said Mao Zedong, grows out of the barrel of a gun and in Libya’s case this seems a...
  • US fleet may quit troubled Bahrain

    07/20/2011 10:35:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 21, 2011 | Hugh Tomlinson
    US fleet may quit troubled Bahrain Hugh Tomlinson From:The Australian THE US Navy is looking at plans to move its Fifth Fleet away from Bahrain amid fears over violence and continued instability in the Gulf kingdom. Sources in Washington and the Gulf have confirmed a growing consensus around the idea of relocating the fleet after the recent crackdown on anti-government protests that left at least 32 dead. Politicians in Washington are concerned the navy's continued presence a few kilometres from the centre of the capital Manama lends tacit support to Bahrain's suppression of the opposition, amid allegations of systematic human...
  • Bahrain: Iran's Khamenei sabotaged dialogue talks, official claims

    07/19/2011 7:08:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    LA Times Babylon and Beyond 'blog ^ | July 18, 2011 | Roula Hajjar and Borzou Daragahi
    A top Bahraini official accused Iran of scuttling a potential deal between the government and the opposition during a weekend dialogue that went nowhere. Fahad Ebrahim Shehabi, a spokesman for the Bahraini parliament, said the talks were going well until the main Shiite Muslim opposition, Wefaq, pulled out because of Iran, which opposes Bahrain's Sunni monarchy. "The withdrawal of Wefaq came early in the negotiation process, whereas other opposition figures who have been supporters of Wefaq stayed in the negotiation process," he told Babylon & Beyond in an interview. "This is because the decision is not in their hands; it...
  • Assad under pressure from Qatar embassy closure, EU

    07/18/2011 8:32:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | Monday, July 18, 2011 | unattributed
    Diplomatic pressure mounted on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday after Qatar, previously a major supporter, shut its embassy in Damascus and the European Union said it was considering tougher sanctions. [WARNING: Ridiculous BS follows in boldface] Meanwhile, Syria saw its first outbreak of sectarian violence in four months of protests against Assad's autocratic rule when at least 30 people were killed at the weekend in clashes between rival communities in the city of Homs. [During the four month period] some 1,400 people have been killed [as in "murdered by the regime"] and 10 times more arrested. But the demonstrations have...
  • Assad Regime Recognizes 'Palestinian State'

    07/18/2011 7:30:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has recognized the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign state, Reuters reports. The statement added that Syria now regards the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Damascus as the official embassy of the 'Palestinian state.' Assad's recognition comes at a time when mass protests calling for his ouster are being staged and the world questions his legitimacy to rule. Meanwhile, Qatar has suspended diplomatic relations with Syria due to an attack on its own embassy by Assad supporters. The announcement follows the Arab League draft statement last week saying it will submit a motion...
  • The Cynical Dairy Farmer's Guide to the New Middle East

    07/09/2011 9:45:15 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | JUNE 15, 2011 | BY KARIM SADJADPOUR
    Herewith then is a satirical effort to simplify the essence of Middle Eastern governments so that, in the immortal words of George W. Bush, "the boys in Lubbock" can read it. And, rather than symbolizing property, the cows here symbolize people, which -- funny enough -- is how most Middle Eastern regimes have traditionally viewed their populations.
  • The GCC is expanding its army, but for what?

    07/04/2011 3:06:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Saturday, July 2, 2011 | Shenaz Kermali
    A proposal to boost the Peninsula Shield, the Gulf Cooperation Council's combined military force, has been approved by its six member states, and could increase to include 100,000 troops before the end of the year... The Peninsula Shield currently consists of about 40,000 troops and has its permanent base in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. The proposed expansion would be a huge boost from the previous force's incarnation, whose numbers fluctuated between 5-10,000 troops during its existence. Its permanent military base could also be moved to Bahrain... Back in March, when the protest movement in Bahrain was gaining the same kind...
  • THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Qatari Investors Successfully Impose Shariah in Washington DC

    06/27/2011 11:41:09 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 26 June 11 | Unattributed
    Nearly two years ago, SFW published an article in which we uncovered that a Kuwaiti real estate investment concern had successfully imposed Shariah on tenants of its facilities in Colorado by refusing to allow certain types of businesses to operate and activities to take place on their property. This form of financial Islamic imperialism has now found its way to our nation’s capital in a very similar case, this time involving investors from Qatar, until recently the long-time home of prominent financial jihadist, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The owner of this development, which will be one of the biggest in all...
  • The U.N. Prepares for Durban III--Elects Iran VP and Qatar president of the General Assembly

    06/24/2011 9:46:33 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | ANNE BAYEFSKY
    On Wednesday, the U.N. General Assembly elected Iran one of its vice presidents and Qatar as president, each for a year-long term starting in September. At one and the same time the Obama State Department has been blanketing the airwaves with speeches on this administration’s love affair with the UN under the title “principled engagement.” But with Wednesday’s U.N. elections, what kind of principles might the Obama administration be talking about? In theory, the mission of the General Assembly includes making “recommendations for the purpose of…assisting in the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” But that’s only in theory...
  • Bashir committing new crimes in Darfur: prosecutor

    06/21/2011 6:50:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Google News ^ | Jun 8, 2011 | AFP
    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is committing new crimes in Darfur and challenging the authority of the UN Security Council, the chief international warcrimes prosecutor said Wednesday. "Crimes against humanity and genocide continue unabated in Darfur," International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the Security Council. He said new air attacks on civilians and killings of ethnic minorities had been carried out in the conflict-stricken western region, where the United Nations says at least 300,000 people have died since an uprising started in 2003. "These millions of victims displaced are still subjected today to rapes, terror and conditions of life...
  • Qatar Promises 10 Billion Dollars in Investment for Egypt

    06/18/2011 2:29:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Retirement Plannings dot org ^ | June 18, 2011 | Homer Clarins
    Qatar promised to Egypt that it will spend 10 billion dollars in investment for the country that is currently suffering politically and economically due to the ousting of its president, Hosni Mubarak. According to Fayza Abu el-Naga, who is the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Egypt, the ministerial committee of Egypt and Qatar has coordinated last Saturday to talk about how investments from Qatar can enter the country. These investments are going to range from various sources, including the tourism industry, health industry, justice, education, agriculture industry, transport industry, oil industry and housing industry. Sheikh Ahmad bin Khalifa...
  • Bribery charges upset Qatar's soccer field of dreams [Arab lobby, money - Why US lost]

    06/02/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 1+ views
    arcamax, ^ | May 24, 2011
    Bribery charges upset Qatar's soccer field of dreams - News Britain's Sunday Times newspaper earlier this month alleged that two members of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) took bribes of $1.5 million to back Qatar's 2022 bid.
  • Al Jazeera journalist, missing in Syria, returned to Qatar from Iran

    05/18/2011 6:38:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Borzou Daragahi
    Al Jazeera's Dorothy Parvaz, who went missing on arriving in Damascus to cover the Syrian protests, is returned to Qatar by Iran, where she had been held for most of the 19 days... The mysterious 19-day detention and release of a Seattle journalist in Syria and Iran has underscored the murky security ties that bind those staunch Middle East allies... Dorothy Parvaz, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian citizenship, arrived safely Wednesday in the Qatari capital of Doha on a flight from Iran... She reportedly told her fiance she was held for much of the period in solitary confinement in...
  • New organisation aims to make Qatar 'green capital'

    04/27/2011 9:58:43 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies ^ | 4/27/2011 | TradeArabia News Service
    The new Gulf Organisation for Research & Development has outlined its vision to establish Qatar as the Gulf’s ‘capital of green buidlings’. Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) is the new name of the Barwa and Qatari Diar Research Institute, which was established in 2009 and developed Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS). This change in the name and identity came to meet the positive developments that Qatar is witnessing in applying and adopting QSAS locally and abroad, said a statement. Addressing a press conference at the organisation’s new Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) headquarters, GORD founder and chairman...
  • Obama Open Mic Disses Qatar (Another friend under the bus)

    04/16/2011 5:42:25 PM PDT · by milwguy · 32 replies
    politico ^ | 4/16/2011 | MATT NEGRIN & MJ LEE
    President Obama told reporters on Thursday that his meeting with Qatar's emir was cordial and useful, complete with banter about tickets for the 2022 World Cup. But he struck a different tone later that night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, saying Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani isn’t doing enough to promote democracy in his own country, even as the TV news network he sponsors promotes democracy to the entire region. The diplomatic gaffe was the result of the same “open mic” problem widely reported Friday: Obama thought he was speaking in confidence to Democratic donors, but CBS News’s Mark Knoller...
  • Libyan Rebels Say They’re Being Sent Weapons

    04/16/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 16 Apr 2011 | Rod Nordland
    BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan rebels say they have begun receiving arms shipments from abroad, although there has been no independent confirmation of that. The rebel military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes, on Saturday said in an interview with Al Arabiya, a satellite news channel, that his forces had already received weapons supplies from unnamed nations that support their uprising. A spokesman for the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Gheriani, confirmed General Younes’s statement but also refused to provide details. Asked whether any arms shipments had arrived yet, a spokesman for the rebel military, Col. Ahmed Bani, smiled broadly, but then...
  • Barack Obama: Qatar crucial to coalition's success in Libya

    04/16/2011 7:42:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Friday, April 15, 2011 | Ian Black in Doha, Chris McGreal in Benghazi & Harriet Sherwood in Tripoli
    Officials in Doha confirmed that the Gulf state is supplying anti-tank weapons to Libyan rebels in Benghazi as part of its strategy of working to overthrow the Gaddafi regime... Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem, has said that UN resolutions on Libya permitted the supply of "defensive weapons" to opposition forces struggling to fight Libyan armour. Qatari government officials were reluctant to talk about the delivery of French-made Milan missiles, thought to be by sea. "We need to send the Libyans equipment so they can defend themselves and get on with their lives," a senior source...

    04/11/2011 10:43:01 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 4/8/2011 | Jeff M. Smith, ed.
    With much of the Arab world consumed by the wave of democratic protests that have swept the region since the Tunisian government was toppled in January, the tiny Gulf state of Qatar has used the recent turmoil in Libya, and its own relative calm and financial muscle, to steal the international spotlight. First, Qatar claimed the honor of becoming the first Arab state to send aircraft to join the international coalition imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Then it became the first country in the region to grant recognition to the transitional council serving as the rebel shadow government in...
  • What divides Sunni and Shiite Muslims?

    04/02/2011 7:41:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies ^ | Apr 2, 2011 | Eveline Kobler,
    Tensions and violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims are often in the news in countries like Iraq, Pakistan and Bahrain, but why are they at daggers drawn? How did it come about that a Sunni minority should rule over a Shiite majority, as for example in Bahrain, where there are currently popular protests? Arnold Hottinger: This is a matter of power which has historical roots. Bahrain has a Sunni government but the majority of the population – 70 per cent - is Shiite. The example of Iraq, which also has a Shiite majority, can be easily explained in the...
  • GCC may consider severing Iran ties

    04/03/2011 3:26:32 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 2 replies
    Zawya ^ | Sunday, Apr 03, 2011
    Manama: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states could sever their diplomatic relations with Iran, a Kuwaiti daily report said yesterday citing diplomatic sources. “A GCC arrangement is currently under way to adopt a significant step on relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” sources quoted by Al Watan daily said. “There is a strong inclination towards severing relations with Tehran. The GCC foreign ministers are expected to pass on the recommendation to the GCC leaders,” the unnamed sources were quoted saying. The GCC foreign ministers are particularly disturbed by Tehran’s “direct involvement” in the political unrest in the region and...
  • Libyan opposition says it has oil deal with Qatar

    04/01/2011 10:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 1, 2011 | Adam Schreck and Brian Murphy
    BENGHAZI, Libya — A plan to sell rebel-held oil to buy weapons and other supplies has been reached with Qatar, a rebel official said Friday, in another sign of deepening aid for Libya's opposition by the wealthy Gulf state after sending warplanes to help confront Moammar Gadhafi's forces. It was not immediately clear when the possible oil sales could begin or how the arms would reach the rebel factions, but any potential revenue stream would be a significant lifeline for the militias and military defectors battling Gadhafi's superior forces....
  • Tiny Qatar Flexes Muscles In No-Fly Libya Campaign

    03/28/2011 11:40:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2011
    Tiny Qatar Flexes Muscles In No-Fly Libya Campaign by The Associated Press SOUDA BAY AIR BASE, Greece March 28, 2011, 10:49 am ET In Libya's skies, Qatar is punching above its weight. From an air base in Crete, the tiny Persian Gulf nation has started its biggest, farthest combat deployment — including a third of its fighter-jet fleet — and given the first Arab face to the Western-led coalition hoping to protect Libyan civilians from Moammar Gadhafi's firepower. For the oil- and gas-rich country that brought the world Al-Jazeera TV and recently won the right to host the 2022 World...
  • Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya (Al Qaida Outsourced Bombing)

    03/25/2011 7:00:00 PM PDT · by Sax · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 3/35/11 | AP
    TRIPOLI, Libya – Fellow Arab and African nations raised the international pressure Friday on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world's first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward democratic elections. The military operation against Gadhafi, which on Friday included airstrikes by British and French jets, remains a U.S.-led operation, though NATO was preparing to assume at least some command and control responsibility within days. .
  • Qatar fighter jets land at Greek base - source

    03/22/2011 11:21:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 22, 2011 | Renee Maltezou & Michele Kambas
    Qatar fighter jets land at Greek base - source 12:53pm EDT ATHENS (Reuters) - Two Qatari fighter jets and two C-17 transport aircraft expected to participate in the no-fly zone over Libya landed in Crete on Tuesday, a Greek defense ministry official said. U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear told reporters in Washington that Qatari aircraft would be "up and flying" by the weekend. European and U.S. forces have sent warplanes against Libyan targets under a U.N. Security Council resolution and Western officials have said that Qatari aircraft would join the operation enforcing a no-fly zone. "Two Mirage fighter jets and two...
  • China Imports 245 Tonnes Of Silver In February And Qatar SWF “Interested” In Buying Silver

    03/21/2011 9:18:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/21/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Gold and silver rose on the open in Asia and have continued those gains so far in European trading with the Libyan military conflict leading to a safe haven bid and falls in the dollar and yen. The all time and multiyear nominal dollar highs set on March 7th ($1,444.95/oz and $36.75/oz) look set to be challenged as gold is less than 1% from its record high and silver less than 2% from its nominal recent high. Safe haven demand continues especially in Asia and macroeconomic and geopolitical risk remains elevated. The tragedy in Japan and possibility of an ecological...
  • Bombs away: UN airstrikes could begin tonight as Qaddafi’s troops near Benghazi

    03/17/2011 2:03:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/17/2011 | Allahpundit
    His air force is already bombing the outskirts of the city, but not for much longer. The Security Council’s expected to vote at 6 p.m. ET and the French are telling people that airstrikes against Libyan air defenses — and maybe more — could begin immediately thereafter. At the same time, Qaddafi just delivered another insane stemwinder against the rebels on Libyan radio warning people in Benghazi that the army will be rolling into town tonight and that, if they don’t surrender, they’ll receive “no mercy.” Which means, unless someone blinks in the next few hours, that city will be...
  • Why Now, More Than Ever, Libya Needs Journalists

    03/12/2011 4:38:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 12th, 2011 | Frances Martel
    Dictators have the darnedest luck. The Russian government would have likely gotten in a fair bit of trouble for invading neighboring Georgia in 2008 if everyone, including President George W. Bush, wasn't too busy slappin' booties at the Beijing Olympics. In 2009, the deaths of protesters in Iran over the legitimacy of their elections was silenced by the passing of Michael Jackson. And now, it seems, Libya's elderly Caligula Muammar Gaddafi seems to have lucked out as well, with a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake shifting the epicenter of all media coverage to the other side of the world: Tokyo,...
  • Al-Jazeera’s Double Exposure

    03/09/2011 11:51:09 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 9, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The nation’s premier journalism school points to the Al-Jazeera TV network as a model for modern-day reporters. Meanwhile, America’s oldest media watchdog group is showing what makes Al-Jazeera run. “Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite network, showed global media how to cover a people’s uprising—by getting right into the thick of things and keeping the cameras running, both witnessing and propelling events,” an editorial in the March/April Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) read. The CJR is published by the Columbia University Journalism school. Apparently, Al-Jazeera’s unblinking cameras still managed to miss the sexual assault of a CBS reporter by demonstrators in the...
  • A portrait of Muslim Brotherhood's supreme authority

    03/01/2011 11:49:43 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 8 replies
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who preached in Tahrir Square 10 days ago, loathes Israel, justifies suicide bombings against its civilians. 1. Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Abdallah al-Qaradawi is a central figure affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. He was expelled from Egypt and found refuge in Qatar, operating from there throughout the Muslim world. 2. Many consider him the supreme religious and ideological authority for the Muslim Brotherhood, although he is not officially its leader. (In the past, he refused to accept the title of the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide). He is influential in Egypt and considered one of the most important Sunni...
  • Facebook page calls for Qatar emir's ouster

    02/26/2011 11:52:44 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb 26 2011 | AFP
    A Facebook page demanding the ouster of Qatar's moderate, pro-Western emir, accusing him of being an agent of Israel, had attracted 18,262 fans by Saturday in the latest web-driven push for change in the Arab world. In what is apparently the first call for change in the gas-rich state since popular revolts began sweeping the Arab world, the page has a profile picture with an image of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, crossed out in red. Against a backdrop of Qatar's flag is the tagline: "For Qatar: try the traitor, an agent of Israel." Entitled "Freedom Revolution, March 16, Qatar,"...
  • 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...
  • Meet the Sheik Who's Rockin' Your World

    06/09/2010 6:42:50 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 6 replies · 28+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 9, 2010 | Stella Paul
    He's got a face full of warts, yellow, snaggly teeth, and the raspy voice of a retching cat. Nevertheless, Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an international sensation, the Sheik of All Media. TV star, best-selling author, internet proprietor, high profile movie consultant -- wow, is there nothing this busy little Hitler-lover can't do? Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi is one of those people you've never heard of who is nonetheless radically remaking your world. From his swanky home in Qatar, this Muslim Brotherhood cleric sends out millions of razor-edged tentacles designed to strangle Western civilization and usher in the glorious new age of global...