Manama Center for Human Rights: Qatar violating right to political participation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Manama Center for Human Rights has denounced the recent attack on the workers living at Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al-Thani’s palace in Qatar and the freezing of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani’s assets. The Center expressed its “condemnation of the security authorities in Qatar who stormed the palace of Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim al-Thani without the permission or warrant and the destruction of the palace’s contents and the confiscation of some property and the attack ...

Qatari banks reducing dollar sales to foreign lenders, Bloomberg reports

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Several Qatari banks are becoming less willing to sell dollars to foreign lenders, a new Bloomberg report suggested on Tuesday. According to several people Bloomberg interviewed anonymously, foreign exchange activity between local and international banks is almost at a standstill while Qatar’s central bank is still providing dollars to local lenders to meet domestic business needs at the pegged rate of 3.64 riyals per dollar. As recently as Monday, the Qatari riyal fell as low as 3.80 ...

‘It is not PSG; it is UNESCO’

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

On paper, it was a captivating battle. In the name of geographical rotation, an Arab should have taken the lead of UNESCO’s leadership.In the end, that is not what happened. Yet in the first round of voting, the four Arab candidates (Moushira Khattab for Egypt, Hamad Al-Kuwari for Qatar, Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe for Lebanon and Saleh Al-Hasnawi for Iraq) had obtained a total of 34 votes, i.e. 4 majority votes.However, Audrey Azoulay is the new Director-General of UNESCO. On the starting ...

Christian Chesnot

Qatari security forces storm Sultan bin Suhaim’s palace in Doha

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sky News reported that the palace of Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim al-Thani in Doha was attacked by unit of 15 armed men in a raid carried out the State Security Forces last Thursday evening, which started at 9:00 pm to 3:00 am. It resulted in the confiscation of arounsd 137 bags and a number of iron boxes containing the documents and holdings of Sheikh Sultan, as well as the large holdings and archives of his father, former Foreign Minister Suhaim bin Hamad Al Thani, which constitutes a wealth of ...

Who is driving Qatar into suffocating, costly isolation?

Monday, 16 October 2017

A top Qatari investor in Doha Stock Exchange recently appeared on Al-Jazeera television channel to reassure Qatari and foreign investors that the stock situation is alright. This has come following the news of many investors exiting the market as they feared a dark future especially that the quartet’s boycott is still on and there are little indications of it ending soon. The investor, Jaber bin Hajjaj Al-Ashahwani, broke down as he called on the Qataris to feel for Qatar as he saw how ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Qatar ‘spends $5 million on PR campaigns’ to polish country’s image

Monday, 16 October 2017

Qatar is attempting to contain and counter the effects of the Arab boycott against it, a US report this week has found. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Doha in June, accusing it of supporting and sponsoring terrorism. All the while, Qatar has been attempting to negotiate deals with US public relations and advertising firms, spending nearly $5 million on campaigns mediated through US social media since June. The country’s extensive spending on the ...

In shock twist, Qatari scandal could see Real Madrid snatch Neymar from PSG

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bribery allegations swarming around Paris Saint Germain and beIN media group’s Qatari chief executive, Nasser al-Khelaifi, could have a huge impact on Brazilian player Neymar Jr, it has been reported on Sunday. Italian police announced on Friday that they are investigating Khelaifi for bribery allegations surrounding World Cup rights. Khelaifi is accused of facilitating the use of a 7-million-euro villa in Sardinia to former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke. Khelaifi’s charges ...

When will FIFA pull the 2022 World Cup from Qatar?

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup will almost certainly be withdrawn and given to another country, with Britain being the top candidate. This has become a reality that will be confirmed over time. Major European newspapers have written about this.Qatar is a small country, with only one city, Doha, being its capital. It has no record in the history of the World Cup of being qualified for this huge international event. In addition, FIFA's appointment for Qatar to host the World Cup was ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Qatar deflation deepens as real estate market weakens

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Qatar’s consumer price deflation deepened in September as a downturn in the real estate market deepened because of economic sanctions imposed by other Arab states, official data showed on Saturday. Consumer prices fell 0.5 percent from a year earlier last month, after a 0.4 percent drop in August that was the first fall since at least early 2015, when the current data series began. Housing and utility prices sank 4.7 percent from a year ago in September, their ...

UNESCO selects France’s Azoulay as new chief, edging out Qatar’s Kawari

Friday, 13 October 2017

The United Nations’ cultural agency selected former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay as its new chief on Friday, handing her the keys to revive UNESCO’s fortunes after the United States pulled out. Azoulay, 49, former French culture minister, defeated her Qatari rival by two votes in a cliffhanger election. She came from behind after six rounds of voting to defeat Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, also a former culture minister, by 30 votes to 28. The decision will now be put ...

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