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October 20 2013

Qatar recovers sites hacked by pro-Assad group

#Qatar recovers sites hacked by pro-Assad group

Qatari authorities have restored several government websites attacked by hackers from the #Syrian_Electronic_Army, who support President Bashar al-Assad’s government, local media reported Sunday. Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Technology (ictQatar) said in a statement carried by local media that it has “recovered all government websites hacked on Saturday.” It said it is ready to “deal with any similar future operations.” read (...)

#syria #Top_News

September 27 2013

Qatar's migrants : how have they changed the country ? | News |

Qatar’s migrants: how have they changed the country? | News |

Qatar has become almost unrecognisable from the tiny nation it once was. We look at the data to find out how migration changed everything and what happens when a nation swells so quickly.

The real answer lies in Qatar’s migrant population, otherwise bluntly referred to in government statistics as ’non-Qataris’. In terms of rights, migrants might not be powerful - but in numbers they are.

’Qataris’ in work: 71,076
’Non-Qataris’ in work: 1,199,107

That means immigrants make up an astounding 94% of Qatar’s workforce, and 70% of it’s total population.
#data #Qatar #migration #travail

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September 08 2013

Un parc immobilier de 6 milliards d'euros pour le Qatar en France - Yahoo ! Actualités France

Un parc #immobilier de 6 milliards d’euros pour le #Qatar en France - Yahoo ! Actualités France

Le Qatar s’est constitué un parc immobilier de plus de 6 milliards d’euros sur les dix dernières années en France dans le résidentiel très haut de gamme et les sites commerciaux ou touristiques de prestige à la faveur d’un régime fiscal dérogatoire, montrent des documents administratifs et juridiques consultés par Reuters.

September 07 2013

Syria intervention plans fuelled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns | Nafeez Ahmed |…

Syria intervention plans fuelled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

In 2009 - the same year former French foreign minister Dumas alleges the British began planning operations in Syria - Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter’s North field, contiguous with Iran’s South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets - albeit crucially bypassing Russia. Assad’s rationale was “to protect the interests of [his] Russian ally, which is Europe’s top supplier of natural gas.”

Instead, the following year, Assad pursued negotiations for an alternative $10 billion pipeline plan with Iran, across Iraq to Syria, that would also potentially allow Iran to supply gas to Europe from its South Pars field shared with Qatar. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed in July 2012 - just as Syria’s civil war was spreading to Damascus and Aleppo - and earlier this year Iraq signed a framework agreement for construction of the gas pipelines.

The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan was a “direct slap in the face” to Qatar’s plans. No wonder Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, in a failed attempt to bribe Russia to switch sides, told President Vladmir Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad, it will be “completely” in Saudi Arabia’s hands and will “not sign any agreement allowing any Gulf country to transport its gas across Syria to Europe and compete with Russian gas exports”, according to diplomatic sources. When Putin refused, the Prince vowed military action.

It would seem that contradictory self-serving Saudi and Qatari oil interests are pulling the strings of an equally self-serving oil-focused US policy in Syria, if not the wider region. It is this - the problem of establishing a pliable opposition which the US and its oil allies feel confident will play ball, pipeline-style, in a post-Assad Syria - that will determine the nature of any prospective intervention: not concern for Syrian life.

#Syrie #Russie #Arabie_saoudite #Iran #Europe #Bandar #gazoducs #pipelines

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August 28 2013

Arab League states' views on Syria response far from uniform

Arab League states’ views on Syria response far from uniform

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait pushed for the resolution blaming the Syrian regime for the attack. The Saudi foreign minister, Saud Al Faisal, speaking later in Jeddah, said that Syria’s use of chemical weapons required a “firm and serious” response, adding that Mr Al Assad’s government had “lost its Arab identity and is no longer affiliated in any way for the Syrian civilisation”.

But Algeria objected to language in the resolution, including wording carried over from recent league resolutions on Syria, supporting the right of member countries to assist Syrians fighting in “self defence”. Iraq also abstained from voting on that paragraph, as well as one condemning the Syrian regime for the chemical weapons attack.

Egypt’s government, meanwhile, urged countries to wait for the results of an investigation by UN weapons inspectors in Damascus before assigning blame for a chemical attack. Lebanon abstained from voting on the resolution altogether.

These divisions over Syria are not new, but they have widened in recent months.

August 20 2013

*Mardi 20 août, l'humanité entre en période de « dette écologique »*

Mardi 20 août, l’humanité entre en période de « dette écologique »

La nature n’est donc plus capable de se régénérer suffisamment vite pour absorber les activités humaines à l’origine de la diminution de la couverture forestière, de la dégradation des réserves d’eau douce ou de l’émission de pollutions. 80 % de la population mondiale vit dans des Etats qui utilisent plus de ressources que ce que leur permettent les écosystèmes de leur territoire national. Parmi ces pays « débiteurs écologiques », le Japon aurait besoin de plus de « 7,1 Japon » pour subvenir aux besoins de ses habitants et le Qatar, 5,7 fois sa superficie. La France consomme, elle, l’équivalent de 1,6 France par année.

August 19 2013

18 août 2013 (AFP) - Le Qatar aide l'Egypte et non les Frères musulmans, a affirmé dimanche le…

18 août 2013 (AFP) - Le Qatar aide l’Egypte et non les Frères musulmans, a affirmé dimanche le ministre qatari des Affaires étrangères lors d’une conférence de presse à Paris.

« Concernant le soutien du Qatar aux Frères musulmans, il y a des conceptions erronées sur l’aide que fournirait le Qatar », a déclaré le ministre, Khalid ben Mohammad al-Attiya. « Le Qatar n’a jamais aidé une partie égyptienne ou un parti politique égyptien. L’aide a toujours été fournie à l’Egypte », a-t-il affirmé après un entretien avec son homologue français Laurent Fabius.

« L’aide qatarienne a commencé immédiatement après la révolution et continue aujourd’hui », a encore déclaré le chef de la diplomatie du Qatar, dont les propos étaient traduits en français. « Nous ne faisons pas d’aide à un parti politique », a-t-il assuré.

Le Qatar avait dénoncé mercredi avec force l’intervention de la police égyptienne contre les partisans du président déchu Mohamed Morsi, membre des Frères musulmans.

August 15 2013

Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels -

Arms Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syria Rebels -

Syrian rebels, frustrated by the West’s reluctance to provide arms, have found a supplier in an unlikely source: Sudan, a country that has been under international arms embargoes and maintains close ties with a stalwart backer of the Syrian government, Iran.

In deals that have not been publicly acknowledged, Western officials and Syrian rebels say, Sudan’s government sold Sudanese- and Chinese-made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to the rebels.

July 15 2013

Qatar Plans To Buy 118 German Leopard Tanks » Gulf Business

Qatar Plans To Buy 118 German Leopard Tanks » Gulf Business

Qatar aims to buy 118 more Leopard tanks from Germany before the soccer World Cup championships in 2022 for several billion euros, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

It also plans to buy 16 tank howitzers, Bild am Sonntag reported citing government sources in Qatar.

The equipment is made by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall. Spokesmen were not immediately available for comment in Qatar or at Krauss-Maffei or Rheinmetall.

July 09 2013

Attentat de Bir el-Abed : les responsables dénoncent une tentative de destabilisation du Liban

Attentat de Bir el-Abed : les responsables dénoncent une tentative de destabilisation du Liban

Les responsables libanais ont condamné, mardi, l’attentat perpétré vers 11h à Bir el-Abed, un fief du Hezbollah dans la banlieue sud de Beyrouth.

Cet attentat à la voiture piégée qui a fait une cinquantaine de blessés, dont deux graves, vise à destabiliser le Liban, ont averti la plupart d’entre eux.

Dozens wounded in Beirut blast on the eve of Ramadan

It remains unclear who was behind Tuesday’s blast, but there is no shortage of suspects.

Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar pointed the finger at Israel, which launched 34-day war on Lebanon in 2006 which reduced much of Dahiyeh to rubble.

But Salafi radicals affiliated with Syria’s anti-government rebels are also suspected to have been behind a series of recent attacks on Lebanon.

The bomb was the second major attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs, where Hezbollah maintains strong support, in recent weeks.

July 07 2013

Article d'il y a un mois et demi du Wall Street Journal : « Arabs ask US to lead on Syria », qui…

Article d'il y a un mois et demi du Wall Street Journal : « Arabs ask US to lead on Syria », qui éclaire les enjeux géopolitiques des évènements récents :
ou sans le paywall, ici :

L'article évoque le fait que l'Arabie saoudite, les EAU et la Jordanie faisaient pression à l'époque sur Obama pour qu'il remette de l'ordre au Moyen-Orient sur le dossier syrien et qu'il fasse cesser le soutien du Qatar aux frères musulmans et à certains groupes syriens jihadistes, au motif qu'il nuirait à l'unité de l'opposition armée syrienne et contribuerait à prolonger le règne d'Assad :

The U.S. 's closest Arab allies are pressing President Barack Obama to take the lead in bridging the Middle East 's divisions over Syria , traveling to Washington to drive home their fears some of the region's leaders are strengthening radicals and prolonging President Bashar al-Assad's rule.
The coordinated message was delivered to Mr. Obama during separate White House meetings in recent weeks with Jordan's King Abdullah II, the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, according to senior U.S. and Arab officials familiar with the discussions.
The three royals' message to Mr. Obama was a not-so-subtle slap at Qatar and Turkey —both of which, officials in these Arab countries believe, are funneling funds and possibly weapons to groups promoting political Islam and in particular to those aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.
They are also concerned that aid from Qatar has bolstered the Al-Nusra Front, a powerful Syrian militia fighting Mr. Assad's forces, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization.

Il s'agissait non seulement pour les Saoudiens et ses alliés de demander aux USA de reprendre un rôle plus actif afin que les USA leurs délèguent le leadership sur les groupes de rebelles syriens au détriment du coupe qataro-turc, mais aussi et plus généralement au Moyen-Orient comme le laisse entendre la réaction de l'émir du Qatar de l'époque :

Qatar and Turkey have sought to use the Mideast 's transition to expand their diplomatic, economic and religious influence, say U.S. and Arab officials. The two countries have been the most aggressive in seeking to overthrow Mr. Assad. Qatar has been the primary financial supporter of the new governments in Cairo and Tunis , providing billions of dollars in aid to President Mohammed Morsi's government over the past 18 months, according to Qatari officials.
“In my opinion, some of our region, they did not like what happened...and they don't like it when the Muslim Brotherhood came,” Sheikh Hamad, Qatar 's prime minister, said in Washington last month. “But we respect the [other's] will and the people's will in the other nations.”

July 04 2013

Playing Politics With Religion -

Playing Politics With Religion -


The fact that Bashar al-Assad is an Alawite and that many of the leading military forces are controlled by Alawite officers is an obviously salient factor in exacerbating sectarian tensions in Syria. But the regime is not Alawite in any religious sense. Like the ostensibly “Sunni” regime of Saddam Hussein that long brutalized Iraq, it is essentially despotic.


The main characteristic of these regimes has not been sectarianism; they manipulate any division among their people to secure and keep power. By contrast, the dynasties of Saudi Arabia and Qatar reject religious pluralism as a matter of state ideology. Both countries have encouraged an extraordinary outpouring of sectarian incitement against the Shiites of the Arab world in a bid to retain absolute power and to undermine what they regard as their most formidable regional foe: Shiite Iran. Tehran has close ties to Damascus and is patron to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

But the intervention by Saudi Arabia and Qatar against the Assad regime is not necessarily for sectarian reasons. Rather, both monarchies have secular interests, namely preserving the region's pro-Western petroleum order, which provides great benefits to the Saud and Thani regimes. To the extent that they are involved in a major struggle against Iran, they do so in explicit coordination with the United States.

Thus the sectarian dimension cannot and must not be isolated from the far more obvious and salient secular geopolitical one. It is politics that pushes sectarianism, that provides it with the enabling context, and that now encourages and legitimates the devastating violence across sectarian lines that is ravaging Syria and Iraq and Lebanon.

#instrumentalisation_du_religieux ressorts du #sectarisme #moyen_orient #géopolitique

July 03 2013

Est-ce qu'il existe des articles (notamment dans les médias arabes) qui relient le coup contre les…

Est-ce qu'il existe des articles (notamment dans les médias arabes) qui relient le coup contre les ikhwan égyptiens ce soir et la destitution de l'Émir du Qatar la semaine dernière ?

July 02 2013

Qui l'eut prédit ? C'est vraiment un grand ménage : HBJ a perdu son poste à la tête de la QIA aussi…

Qui l'eut prédit ? C'est vraiment un grand ménage : HBJ a perdu son poste à la tête de la QIA aussi

L'homme fort du Qatar écarté de la QIA, le fonds souverain de l'émirat gazier

L'homme fort du Qatar écarté de la QIA, le fonds souverain de l'émirat gazier

DOHA - L'homme fort du Qatar, cheikh Hamad Ben Jassem Al-Khalifa, a été écarté de la Qatar Investment Authority, dont il était vice-président, selon la composition du nouveau conseil d'administration du fonds souverain de ce riche émirat gazier, publiée mardi par l'agence officielle QNA.

Cheikh Hamad Ben Jassem a déjà perdu son poste de Premier ministre dans le gouvernement formé le 26 juin par le nouvel émir, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al-Thani, au lendemain de son accession au trône après l'abdication de son père en sa faveur.

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