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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...