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By James M. Dorsey Revived controversy over the integrity of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup and persistent criticism of the conditions of migrant labour in the Gulf state appear to have stiffened Qatar’s back as it responds to attacks on multiple fronts, including judicial inquiries in Switzerland and the United States, …
German Foreign Ministry suggested Monday that extradition to a country with the death penalty would be unlikely
Former president is already facing death sentence
Judge will decide on Ahmed Mansour’s fate
GNRD accuses Qatar of being behind claims of money laundering and sponsoring terrorism
March’s figures compare to June 2014, where debt amounted to $46.1bn
By James M. Dorsey Widely viewed as a shrewd financial investor, Qatar’s return on investment in soft power designed to position it as a progressive ally of world powers in the hope that they will come to the aid of the wealthy Gulf state in times of emergency is proving to be abysmal. Qatar has …
By James M. Dorsey After four years of engagement with its critics in a so-far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region’s tendency to intimidate those who don’t fall into line may be a more effective strategy. In doing so, Qatar …
International foreign reserves jumped to $20.5bn at the end of April 2015, compared to $15.29bn in previous month
By James M. Dorsey A promise by Qatari Labour and Social Affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state’s controversial ‘kafala’, or labour sponsorship system, by the end of this year is likely to cut little ice with human rights and trade union activists, who four years after Qatar won the right …
Court resumes unsealing case exhibits
By James M. Dorsey Presidential elections and tournament hosting in the world of football appear to be seldom won on the merits of a candidate or bidder’s proposition. Instead, the outcome of polls and bids are frequently the result of backslapping, backstabbing backroom politicking between global football managers and political leaders. World football is about …
The case accuses Qatar of “providing financial, logistical and media support for terrorist leaders in the Arab world”
By James M. Dorsey The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces from gaining power, symbolises the Gulf’s new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement rather than replace the regional US security umbrella. Qatar, this month, signed a military …
Egypt’s intervention in Yemen aims to assert authority of protecting Suez Canal, says Abdel Moneim Said
The Arab league’s decision not to invite the Syrian Coalition is coinciding with projects aimed at re-floating the Assad regime, the coalition said in a statement
With Iran and the GCC at loggerheads, though indirectly, on a variety of battlefields and the US and Russia respectively emerging as the top supporters, does this mean we are witnessing a Cold War revival in the Middle East?
Qatar top most investor in Egypt, providing approximately $1.3bn in contributions to 47 companies
Unsealing exhibits of the case will resume in the tenth session
26th summit will focus on Arab national security
By James M. Dorsey A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take …
Could policies towards the Brotherhood affect the strategic alliance?
It is important for Gulf countries to keep good relations with the Egyptian government due to the “great threat” it can impose to GCC, says ECFR fellow Andrew Hammond
Egypt’s judiciary is looking into a lawsuit accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism by “providing financial, logistical and media support for terrorist leaders in the Arab world”
Ankara and Doha awaiting resolution of political disputes to compete for Egyptian investment opportunities at Economic Summit
The timing of the visit was after the Qatari Minister of Finance announced pumping Qatari investments worth $35bn into the US within the next five years
The hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022 by Qatar has been controversial all along for the same reasons.
Djokovic’s path to the final witnessed an easy win against the Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
The higher strata of the middle class, with society’s higher authority, insist on supporting the security strategy for confronting terrorism and extremism. On the one hand, they fear that using any other strategy may detract from the luxury they enjoy. On the other hand, they do not feel any direct harm from the security’s subjugation …
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