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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Has Kuwait sided with Qatar?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Gulf Cooperation Council annual summit is near. This year’s summit is set to be held in Kuwait. Will the summit be held? If so, will Qatar be invited? What’s the stance of Kuwait, the summit host country? I am afraid the last question’s answer is foggy as Kuwait’s stance is not clear enough even though it’s acting as a mediator. This raises a legitimate question: Has Kuwait sided with Qatar and is it still humoring it? It actually seems that Kuwait is not ...

Jameel al-Thiyabi

Iran foreign minister Zarif visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday met with Qatar’s ruling emir as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit on Monday comes after meeting with Omani officials, including Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has ruled Oman since 1970 and has served as an interlocutor between the West and Iran. On Tuesday, Iranian state media published images of Zarif in Doha meeting with ...

UAE minister Gargash says Doha’s deeds ‘have returned to haunt it’

Monday, 2 October 2017

In light of Doha’s decision to withdraw nationalities from a spate of Qatari citizens who have voiced their opposition to the government, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Doha’s deeds “have returned to haunt it.”In a Twitter post on Monday, the minister also said that Qatar has tried to play the human rights card as revenge against its neighboring countries – Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain – but it fell through. ...

Qatar revokes citizenship of high profile poet Mohammed al-Marri

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Qatar revoked the citizenship of poet Mohammed bin Futais al-Marri, who holds the title Millions’ Poet, after accusing him of supporting Saudi Arabia at the expense of the Qatari government. The hashtag “revoking Bin Futais’ nationality” went viral on social media pages as many thought the decision was unjust. Doha accused Marri of supporting Saudi Arabia amid the crisis between it and the four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt) and after he ...

Le Point: Qatar arrests 20 opponents from al-Thani ruling family

Saturday, 30 September 2017

French magazine Le Point as revealed that authorities in Qatar have arrested at least 20 members of ruling al-Thani family for their opposition to the policies of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad regarding the ongoing diplomatic and economic crisis the country is facing.Details of the arrest were reported in an article on Le Point International titled: “The Emir of Qatar imprisons members of his ruling family”. The magazine said it obtained its information from a French citizen currently ...

VIDEO: How Qatari officials contradict each other over Gulf boycott

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, Qatari Minister of State for Defense, said Tuesday that what he refered to as a "siege" imposed on his country by the four countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt) since June has made Qatar "much stronger than before". In this context, he contradicts a speech delivered by the Emir of Qatar at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly held on 19 September stating that his country is "suffering under the seige". Suffering or ...

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