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Qatar Media Report 01-09 August 2017

Qatar Media Report 01-09 August 2017   The Threat to Al Jazeera from Arab Dictators is an Intolerable Assault Upon the Free Press Newsweek – Abdulla Al Najjar, 09 August 2017 Shutting down independent free media because it does not tow the government line is uncivilized, backwards, and oppressive. At a time when more dialogue is so desperately needed across the world, to be voiceless is to be powerless.   Two Months into...

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Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Will Unite the Middle East

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Will Unite the Middle East

November 21 to December 18 will be an exciting and historic twenty-eight days in 2022. For the first time in history Qatar will become the first Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA World Cup, an event that, despite general American impartiality to soccer, has become the biggest sporting event in the world. Welcomed as a catalyst for positive change and openness in the Arab world, the championships will create a lasting legacy for Qatar as it ...

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UAE Led Blockade Is Illegal and Why The US Should Intervene

How the UAE-led Blockade Is Illegal and Why the US Should Intervene

After initially condensing their sanctions against Qatar into six broad principles, the UAE-led bloc has pushed the GCC crisis back to square one by reinstating its original list of 13 demands this week. In an effort to defend itself against the illegal UAE-led blockade, which has resulted in human rights abuses and violation of the GCC Charter, Qatari officials and individuals have approached international law firms in the hopes of obtaining legal ...

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US State Department Middle East Country Reports

Understanding US State Department Middle East Country Reports

If you didn’t have time to read the US State Department’s recently released country reports on the Middle East and North Africa, don’t worry. The Qatar America Partnership has taken a deep dive and identified the key differences between the reports on Qatar and its neighboring Gulf countries. For the most part, the reports for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain use largely similar language that seems cautious not to offend countries consid...

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Al Jazeera And Free Speech In Qatar

Al Jazeera and Free Speech in Qatar

Though Qatar is famous for its wealth of oil and natural gas, perhaps the country’s most recognizable export is not fuel, or sustainable energy, but news. In the over 20 years since its founding, the Qatari news network and global phenomenon Al Jazeera (which means “The Peninsula” in Arabic), has grown to become one of the most trusted news sources in the region, and even across the world. Now with the GCC crisis in full swing, and the blockading co...

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Qatar First Among Arab Countries For Women’s Rights    

Qatar: First Among Arab Countries for Women’s Rights    

From a western perspective, when it comes to gender equality and women’s rights, countries like Qatar may not always be the first that come to mind. Certainly, on a global scale the Gulf countries have a long way to go towards achieving true equality of the sexes. But compared to many of its neighbors, Qatar is one of the most liberal countries in the region. In fact, in the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Index Qatar was ranked ...

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Tamim the Glorious – An Emblem Of Hope In Turbulent Times

Tamim the Glorious – An Emblem of Hope in Turbulent Times

 When the young Qatari artist, Ahmed bin Majed Almaadheed drew a silhouette of his country’s Emir he never thought the image would become so popular. Reminiscent of the gorilla pop-art fetishized in portraits of political icons such as Che Guevara and Barack Obama, Almaadheed’s portrait of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has become a rallying cry in a country ravaged by political turmoil. In the weeks following the advent of the GCC bloc...

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