William's Feed
Jun 25, 2013

Young Qatar emir likely to remain Gulf Arab exception

DUBAI (Reuters) – Ageing Gulf Arab rulers swiftly congratulated Qatar’s young new emir on his accession on Tuesday, but will be in no rush to emulate his father’s abdication – for them, hereditary rule is for life.

The ascent to power of Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim, 33, provides a stark contrast to other Gulf Arab states whose youthful populations are ruled by kings or princes in their 60s, 70s and 80s, some with heirs of the same vintage.

Jun 24, 2013

Qatar readies new leadership, little policy change expected

DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar appeared on Monday to be readying its population of nearly 2 million for new leadership that could see the emir and prime minister step down, a move analysts say would not herald big changes in energy, investment or foreign policies.

The tiny country, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, is a global investment powerhouse, a growing force in international media and sport, and a financial backer of Arab Spring revolts in alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jun 19, 2013

Taliban host Qatar pushes to forefront of Afghan peace broking

DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar’s hosting of a Taliban office for peace talks with the United States is the latest in a series of foreign policy gambits stretching over a decade – some peace-broking efforts, but others, notably in Libya and Syria, involving armed support.

U.S. officials are expected to meet delegates from the Afghan Islamist insurgency in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday to try to advance peace efforts in Afghanistan, where the United States has battled the insurgents for 12 years.

Apr 29, 2013

In changing region, U.S. committed to military ties with Gulf Arabs

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is signaling its military commitment to its Gulf Arab allies at a time of unfamiliar strain in their decades old partnership.

Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear program have led to tensions, with Gulf Arab states willing a more assertive U.S. response to bring Iran to heel and force Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. Growing U.S. energy independence has further complicated a relationship founded on oil and defense.

Apr 3, 2013
via FaithWorld

Dubai police chief says Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in the Gulf

Photo

(Dubai’s police chief Dhahi Khalfan poses at his office during an interview with Reuters in Dubai April 2, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi’ite neighbour Iran, but Dubai’s veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the “dictators” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Apr 3, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in Gulf: Dubai police chief

DUBAI (Reuters) – Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi’ite neighbor Iran, but Dubai’s veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the “dictators” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dhahi Khalfan’s suspicions focus mostly on the Egyptian branch of the Sunni Islamist organization, propelled to power in the most populous Arab country in elections since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011.

Mar 27, 2013

Syrian opposition chief stakes out independent line

DOHA (Reuters) – Could the head of Syria’s fractious opposition achieve the seemingly impossible – build a unified movement capable of toppling President Bashar al-Assad, without becoming beholden to foreign powers or a particular sect or ideology?

An assertive performance at an Arab summit in Qatar this week showed that independent-minded Moaz Alkhatib is prepared to take risks in pursuit of this goal, banking on populist rhetoric and his personal popularity inside Syria.

Mar 27, 2013

Exclusive: Rebuff of missile request helps Assad-Syria opposition leader

DOHA (Reuters) – The refusal of international powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Wednesday

Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties for the time being.

Mar 27, 2013

Rebuff of missile request helps Assad-Syria opposition leader

DOHA, March 27 (Reuters) – The refusal of international
powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas
of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad
to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib
said on Wednesday

Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he
would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main
anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties
for the time being.

Mar 1, 2013

Exclusive: Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo

By William Maclean and Ben Blanchard

(Reuters) – A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.

These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the businessman, Li Fangwei, has earned at least $10 million from illegal sales to Iran since his indictment by the New York County District Attorney in 2009.