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Emir of Qatar: “Don’t make the people choose between terrorism and tyranny”, Al Jazeera (Qatar), 24 September 2014

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thanni called for not forcing the people to choose between “terrorism” and “tyranny,” and demanded that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to distance itself from “selective policy” and to pass a decision under Article 7 of the UN Charter forcing Israel to stop its occupation since 1967 of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad  Al ThanniIn his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, Sheikh Tamim acknowledged that “the takfiri interpretations employed by terrorism is an affront to religion” and stressed that it is Arab society that is most afflicted by it. He said that in order for these societies to stand against it, discrimination and deprivation must not be practiced against them.

The Emir of Qatar demanded serious action to put an end to the bloodshed in Syria, and formed that he had previously warned that not supporting the revolution in this country would push Syrians to defend themselves through force of arms.

He said that the Syrian people are living between the jaws of the Syrian regime and terrorism; between the threat of the Syrian regime’s terrorism and the acts of genocide it has undertaken against the Syrian people and the threat of terrorist forces that have exploited the state of misery that these people are going through.

He stressed that the first danger (the Syrian regime) contributed to the second (terrorist forces), and called on the international community to support the Syrian people against the Syrian regime and terrorism.

On the Iraq portfolio, the Emir of Qatar called on the international community to stand firmly with this country against terrorism and to help it out of its ordeal. He also called for all spectrums of Iraqi society to participate in the political process without exclusion or the practice of any discrimination against any segment of society.

Palestinian portfolio
Sheikh Tamim acknowledged that international peace and security in the world will not be achieved without dialogue relying on equality and international law, pointing out that the Middle East region is going through an extremely dangerous stage, especially after the most recent war against the Palestinian people

He described the latest Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip as crimes against humanity, stressing that the arrogance of power will not conquer the Palestinian people’s resistance.

He confirmed that the legacy of this aggression and unjust blockade necessitates that the international community forces Israel to implement international resolutions.

The Emir of Qatar also called on the international community to support Libya to overcome the ordeal it is going through by respecting the will of the Libyan people and meeting their aspirations.

He urged Libyans to achieve comprehensive reconciliation including all political sides and to enter into a national dialogue to reach an agreement preserving the interests of all.
The Emir of Qatar also lauded the Tunisian experience and said that it bodes will due to Tunisians’ insistence on the success of the experience, despite conspiracies against it.

As for the Yemen portfolio, Sheikh Tamim said that a successful experiment was conducted in this country under UN supervision, but it appears that there are forces that have become entwined with it in an attempt to make it fail. Some of them yearn for the previous regime and oppose any changes, and among them are those would would prefer sectarian war over good governance.

He acknowledged that the use of violence is sectarian or factional logic and constitutes a threat to the country and called upon the UN to implement its resolutions on the national dialogue, rebuilding the Yemeni army and dismantling armed militias.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

‘Al-Qaradawi Fatwa forbids voting on Future Egyptian President’, Middle East Online (UK), 12th May 2014

Al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Islamic scholar and presenter of the al-Jazeera programme ‘Shariah and Life‘ has recently emerged into the public sphere and issued a fatwa against participating in the Egyptian presidential elections which are due to occur on the 26-27 May. This is the latest occurrence in the regional diplomatic dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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‘King Mohammed VI speaks to Emir of Qatar by telephone,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad of Qatar spoke on the phone Sunday night. The two discussed bilateral relations between their countries, as well as the latest developments in the region. Continue reading

‘Report: Moroccan teachers lowest paid in the Arab world, after Algeria,’ Hespress (Morocco), 30 April 2014

An American report of teacher salaries in fourteen different countries places Moroccan teachers as the second lowest paid in the Arab world, just ahead of Algeria, earning an average monthly wage of $512. Continue reading

‘Approximately 83,000 Moroccans visited Turkey in 2013,’ Hespress (Morocco), 10 February 2014

Turkey witnessed 9% growth in the number of tourists coming from Arab states last year, with over 3 million Arabs visiting the country for a number of reason. Tourists come to Turkey from around the Middle East for a variety of reasons, including shopping opportunities, hair transplants and to purchase homes. Continue reading

‘Al-Jazeera’ forbids the broadcasting of the match between Chelsea and New Castle stubbornly resisting Egyptians’, al-Bawaba Niewz (Egypt), 8th February 2014

Egyptians are annoyed after al-Jazeera refused to broadcast the Chelsea-New Castle Game today. A further manifestation of the political tension between Egypt and Qatar following the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime.

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‘Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs meets our ambassador,’ ar-Raya (Qatar), 10 January 2014

At a meeting of Arab ambassadors to Canada in Ottawa earlier this month, John Baird met briefly with Qatar’s ambassador to Canada, weeks ahead of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first visit to the Middle East. The Canadian embassy in Qatar opened in 2012, before then, consular services were handled in Kuwait.

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King Mohammed VI receives Emir of Qatar, ChoufTV (Morocco), 7 December 2013

Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, will host the Emir of Qatar some time next month. The two are expected to confirm Qatar’s financial support to the North African kingdom.

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Survey: Egypt is the worst for women’s rights among Arab countries, BBC Arabic, 12 November 2013

استطلاع: مصر الأسوأ في حقوق المرأة بين الدول العربية

كشفت دراسة بنيت على استطلاع لخبراء في مجال قضايا النوع الاجتماعي (الجندر) أن مصر هي أسوأ مكان تعيش فيه المرأة مقارنة بالدول العربية الأخرى

التحرش أصبح واقعا يوميا في مصر حسب الدراسة

وأشارت الدراسة في مصر إلى انتشار التحرش الجنسي، وختان البنات، وتصاعد سطوة الجماعات المتشددة، مما جعل وضع المرأة يصبح سيئا للغاية

واحتلت جزر القمر المرتبة الأولى في الدراسة التي أجرتها مؤسسة تومسون رويترز

وشملت الدراسة 21 دولة أعضاء في الجامعة العربية، فضلا عن سوريا، بنيت على استطلاع شارك فيه 336 خبيرا في قضايا النوع الاجتماعي

وتعد هذه الدراسة الثالثة التي تجريها المؤسسة عن وضع المرأة منذ اندلاع موجة الربيع العربية في عام ٢٠١١

تحرش يومي
وجاء العراق بعد مصر في ترتيب الأسوأ ثم السعودية وسوريا واليمن

وحلت في المرتبة الأولى جزر القمر التي تتولى فيها المرأة 20 في المئة من الحقائب الوزارية، وجاءت بعدها عمان والكويت والأردن ثم قطر

وطلب القائمون على الاستطلاع من من الخبراء تقييم عدة عوامل منها العنف ضد المرأة، وحقوق الإنجاب، ومعاملة المرأة في الأسرة، ودور المرأة في السياسية والاقتصاد

وقال المشرفون عن الدراسة إن القوانين التمييزية وتصاعد ظاهرة استغلال النساء ساهما في تدني ترتيب مصر لتحتل المركز الأخير

وقالت زهرة رضوان عضو منظمة حقوقية في الولايات المتحدة: “هناك قرى كاملة في ضواحي القاهرة أساس نشاطها الاقتصادي تهريب والتجارة بالنساء، والزواج القسري

ولكن العامل الأساسي الذي أشارت إلى الدراسة هو التحرش الجنسي

وكان تقرير للأمم المتحدة أشار في شهر أبريل/نيسان الى ان 99،3 في المئة من النساء والبنات في مصر تعرضوا للتحرش الجنسي

وقالت نورا فلنكمان عضو الحملة المصرية حرس: “إن التحرش الجنسي أصبح واقعا يوميا للمرأة في مصر بغض النظر عن السن، أو الخلفية الاجتماعية والاقتصادية، أو كونها متزوجة أو غير متزوجة، وبغض النظر عن لباسها

ولكن الدراسة أشارت إلى أن العراق أصبح اليوم أخطر مما كان عليه تحت حكم صدام حسين، من حيث العنف الذي تتعرض له المرأة

وتأخرت السعودية في الترتيب، بسبب عدم مشاركة النساء في السياسة، والتمييز في أماكن العمل، وحرية الحركة وحقوق الملكية

ومع ذلك، فإن المملكة كانت أفضل من عديد الدول الأخرى فيما يتعلق بفرص التعليم للنساء والرعاية الصحية، وحقوق الإنجاب والعنف ضد المرأة


Survey: Egypt is the worst for women’s rights among Arab countries

A study based upon a surgery by experts in the field of gender issues revealed that Egypt is the worst place for women to live comported to other Arab countries.

Harassment has become a daily reality in Egypt according to the study

The study pointed to the spread of sexual harassment, female circumcision and the rising influence of extremist groups in Egypt as what has caused the status of women to become so poor.

The Comoros Islands ranked first in the study, which was undertaken by Thompson Reuters Foundation.

The study included the 21 member states of the Arab League, as well as Syria, and was based upon a survey in which 336 gender issues experts participated.

This is the third study carried out by the foundation on the status of women since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011.

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Iraq came after Egypt in the rankings, followed by Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

Ranking first were the Comoros Islands, where women hold 20% of ministerial positions, and after it came Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar.

The organizers of the poll asked experts to evaluate several factors including violence against women, reproductive rights, treatment of women in families, and the role of women in politics and the economy.

Supervisors of the study said that discriminatory laws and the escalation of phenomenon of exploitation of women contributed to the poor placement of Egypt in last place.

Zahra Radwan, a member of a human rights organization in the United States said: “there are entire villages on the outskirts of Cairo whose economic activity is based upon the trafficking of women and forced marriage.”

However, the main factor indicated by the study was sexual harassment.

A United Nations report from April indicated that 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt have been subjected to sexual harassment.

Nora Flankman, a member of the Egyptian Campaign said “sexual harassment has become a daily reality for women in Egypt, regardless of age, social or economic background, the fact that they are marry or unmarried, and regardless of how they dress.”

However the study indicated that Iraq has become more dangerous today than when it was under the rule of Saddam Hussein, with regards to violence perpetrated against women.

Saudi Arabia was behind in the rankings because of the lack of women’s participation in politics, workplace discrimination, freedom of movement, and property rights.

Nevertheless, the kingdom was better than several other countries with regards to women’s education opportunities, healthcare, reproductive rights, and violence against women.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Article available at BBC Arabic.

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Syria complains about Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and France to the Security Council, BBC Arabic, 21 June 2013

سوريا تشتكي قطر والسعودية وتركيا وفرنسا لمجلس الأمن

آخر تحديث:  الجمعة، 21 يونيو/ حزيران، 2013، 01:06 GMT
يوسف القرضاوي أحد رجال الدين السنة الذين أفتو "بالجهاد"

يوسف القرضاوي أحد رجال الدين السنة الذين أفتو “بالجهاد”

دعت سوريا مجلس الأمن الدولي إلى مطالبة قطر والسعودية وتركيا وفرنسا بالتوقف عما سمته دمشق انتهاكاتها التي تهدد الأمن والسلم في الأراضي السورية.

واتهمت وزارة الخارجية السورية في رسائل وجهتها للأمم المتحدة ومجلس الأمن هذه الدول بدعم الإرهاب.

واتهمت الرسائل السورية كلا من قطر والسعودية وتركيا بالوقوف وراء ما سمته حملة يقودها بعض علماء المسلمين ضد سوريا، وذلك في إشارة إلى فتاوى أطلقها رجال دين سنة تحض على قتال النظام الحاكم في دمشق.
كما تضمنت رسائل الخارجية السورية اتهاما مباشرا للحكومة المصرية بالتورط في ما وصفته بسفك الدم السوري، بعدما استضافت القاهرة مؤتمرا حضره بعض هؤلاء العلماء مؤخرا.

وجاء ذلك تعليقا على دعوة “رابطة علماء المسلمين” خلال ذلك مؤتمر الى “وجوب الجهاد” في سوريا.

أما ميدانيا، فقد إستمر القصف الحكومي لمناطق في جنوب العاصمة دمشق وريفها بحسب المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان المعارض، في حين انفجرت عبوة ناسفة في سيارة بمنطقة أبو رمانة في وسط دمشق، مما أدى إلى سقوط عدد من الجرحى.

بينما أفادت وكالة الأنباء السورية الرسمية “سانا” بأن وحدات من الجيش “أعادت الأمن إلى بلدة البجدلية في ريف دمشق بعد سلسلة من العمليات الناجحة قضت خلالها على من وصفتهم بالارهابيين.


\وفي العاصمة الأمريكية، طرح أربعة من أعضاء مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي مشروع قانون الخميس يمنع الرئيس باراك اوباما من تزويد المعارضة السورية بالأسلحة.

وقال السيناتورات الأربعة إن الإدارة لم تدل بمعلومات وافية بشأن ما يعتبرونه تدخلا محفوفا بالمخاطر.

ومن شأن مشروع القانون الجديد، الذي تزامن طرحه مع سعي إدارة أوباما للحصول على دعم الكونجرس لخطتها لتسليح المعارضة السورية، أن يمنع وزارة الدفاع ووكالات المخابرات الأمريكية من استخدام أي أموال لدعم عمليات عسكرية أو شبه عسكرية أو سرية في سوريا مباشرة أو بشكل غير مباشر.

ولا ينطبق ذلك على المساعدات الانسانية.

وعبر رعاة مشروع القانون وهم الديمقراطيان توم اودال وكريس ميرفي والجمهوريان مايك لي وراند بول عن شكوكهم في قدرة واشنطن على ضمان عدم وقوع الأسلحة في أيدي جهات غير مرغوب فيها، ودعوا إلى مناقشة في الكونجرس قبل انخراط الولايات المتحدة بدرجة اكبر في الحرب الأهلية السورية.

وقال بول في بيان “قرار الرئيس الأحادي الجانب بتسليح المعارضة السورية المسلحة مزعج للغاية بالنظر إلى قلة ما نعرفه بشأن من سنسلحهم.”

الا ان أعضاء آخرين في مجلس الشيوخ أصروا على أن التدخل في سوريا يصب في صلب المصلحة الوطنية الأمريكية.

وقال أحد هؤلاء، وهو السيناتور الديمقراطي روبرت مينينديز الذي يترأس لجنة العلاقات الخارجية في مجلس الشيوخ “الأمر يتعلق باحتمال انهيار الدولة السورية وتحول البلاد إلى دولة فاشلة يتمكن الإرهابيون من استخدامها لشن هجمات على حلفائنا وحتى على الولايات المتحدة ذاتها.”

وكان أوباما، وبعد شهور من التردد، قد قرر الأسبوع الماضي تقديم مساعدة عسكرية لقوات المعارضة الساعية للاطاحة بالرئيس بشار الأسد بعدما حصل على ما وصفه بأدلة على أن الحكومة السورية استخدمت أسلحة كيماوية في حربها مع المعارضة.

ومنذ ذلك، تسعى الادارة الأمريكية لكسب مزيد من الدعم في الكونجرس للخطة.

وزار وزير الخارجية جون كيري مبنى الكونجرس مرتين على الأقل هذا الأسبوع ليقدم لأعضاء مجلس النواب إفادات بشأن سوريا.

وقدم هو ومسؤولون آخرون إفادة سرية يوم الثلاثاء لزعماء بالحزبين الرئيسيين ورؤساء لجان بمجلس النواب بشأن سوريا، كما قدموا يوم الخميس إفادة لأعضاء لجنة المخابرات بمجلس النواب ولجنة العلاقات الخارجية بمجلس الشيوخ.

ولا يزال كثير من أعضاء الكونجرس لاسيما في مجلس النواب الذي يسيطر عليه الجمهوريون تنتابهم شكوك عميقة تجاه خطط تسليح المعارضة السورية ويتساءلون عن التكلفة في وقت يتم فيه تقليص برامج أخرى ويبدون القلق من خطر وقوع أسلحة أمريكية في أيدي جهات غير مرغوب فيها.

ويطالب آخرون منذ شهور بتقديم مساعدات عسكرية حيث ينتقد بعض أعضاء مجلس الشيوخ أوباما لتقاعسه عن التدخل في الصراع الذي أودى بحياة أكثر من 90 ألف شخص.

وصوتت لجنة العلاقات الخارجية بمجلس الشيوخ في 21 مايو ايار بأغلبية 15 صوتا مقابل ثلاثة لصالح مشروع قانون لتزويد المعارضة السورية بمساعدات قاتلة. ولم يطرح مشروع القانون هذا على مجلس الشيوخ للتصويت عليه بكامل أعضائه.

وبول وميرفي واودال هم الأعضاء الثلاثة بلجنة العلاقات الخارجية في مجلس الشيوخ الذين صوتوا ضد ذلك المشروع




Syria complains about Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and France to the Security Council

Friday 21 June, GMT 01:07, 2013.

Syria called on the International Security Council to demand Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and France to stop what it called violations that threatened the peace and security of Syrian lands.

The Syrian Exterior Ministry in a letter addressed to the UNSC accused these countries of what it called terrorism.

Furthermore, the Syrian letter accused Qatar, Syria and Turkey of standing behind what is called campaign led by some Muslim scholars against Syria, referring to fatwas launched by men of religion to fight the governmental system in Syria.

Also within the letter, the Syrian Exterior Ministry directly accused the Egyptian government with involvement in what it described as shedding Syrian blood, after Cairo hosted a conference attended recently by some of these scholars.

These comments came from the invitation of the “Association of Muslim Scholars” of a conference on the “necessity of Jihad” in Syria.

As for on the ground, continued government bombardment in the area south of the capital Damascus and surrounding countryside according to Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. Meanwhile an IED in a car exploded in the area Abu Ramana in the centre of Damascus, which led to a number of wounded.

SANA, the official Syrian news agency reported that individuals from the army “brought security to the town al-bajdalia in the Damacus countryside after a series on successful operations wiped out what they describe as terrorists.


In the American capital, four members of the American senate detracted a bill on Thursday to prevent president Barack Obama from providing the Syrian opposition with arms.

The four senate members said that the administration did not have adequate information on what they consider to be a risky intervention.

The new bill, who’s rise coincided with the Obama administration’s pursuit to get congressional support for its plan to arm the Syrian opposition. In an attempt to prevent the Department of Defence and the U.S. intelligence agencies from secretly using any funds to support military or paramilitary directly or indirectly in Syria.
This does not apply to humanitarian aid.

Cross-sponsors of the bill are the Democrats Tom Udall and Chris Murphy and the Republicans Mike Lee and Rand Paul, who expressed doubts in Washington’s ability to ensure that no weapons would go to unwanted hands or destinations.

Furthermore, they called for a debate in Congress before more U.S. involvement in the civil war in Syria.

Paul said in a statement, “the unilateral decision by the President to arm the Syrian armed opposition is very annoying given the lack of what we know about arming them.”

But the other members of the Senate insisted that intervention in Syria is in the heart of the American national interest.

One of them, a Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate, said: “It’s about the possible collapse of the Syrian state and that has turned the country into a failed state, that could be used by terrorists to launch attacks on our allies, and even the United States itself.”

After months of hesitation, Obama decided last week to provide military assistance to the opposition forces seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad after receiving what he described as evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in its war with the opposition.

Since then, the U.S. administration is seeking to gain more support in Congress for the plan.

Obama visited Foreign Minister John Kerry Capitol Hill at least twice this week to give members of the House of Representatives testimony on Syria.

He and other officials made secret testimony on Tuesday with leaders of the two main parties and the heads of the House of Representatives committees on Syria. He also provided testimony on Thursday to members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

Many members of Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans, are still deeply suspicious about plans to arm the Syrian opposition and wondering about the cost at a time when other programs are being reduced and there is a growing concern about the risk of U.S. weapons in unwanted hands.

Others have for months demanded military aid, with some senators criticizing Obama for failing to intervene in the conflict, which has killed more than 90 thousand people.

The Senate Foreign Relations was voted on and adopted by the Foreign Relations Committee on May 21st by 15 votes to three in favor to provide the Syrian opposition with lethal aid. The bill was not transferred to the Senate for a full vote.

Paul, Murphy and Udall are the three members of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate who voted against the project.