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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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Qatar’s Abu Issa Holding to Enter Iran Retail Market in 2017

By Tom Finn DOHA, Oct 31 – Abu Issa Holding, one of the largest retail and luxury goods firms in the Middle East, plans to expand into Iran next year and open stores in Tehran selling watches and confectionery as the market opens up after sanctions. The family-run Qatari firm is an example of a

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Worker Dies in “Work-Related Fatality” at World Cup Stadium in Qatar

DOHA, Oct 23  – A worker has died in a “work-related fatality” at the site of a 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar, the country’s World Cup organizing body said late on Saturday. The incident occurred on Saturday morning at the Al Wakrah Stadium and is being investigated, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

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Taliban Restart Secret Talks with Afghanistan in Qatar

ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 – The Taliban and the Afghan government restarted secret peace talks in September and have held two rounds of discussions in Qatar, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. Citing a Taliban official, the Guardian said a senior American diplomat was present at the meetings in Qatar, where the Islamist

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FIFA Sued Over Treatment of Qatar World Cup Workers

ZURICH/DOHA, Oct 10 – A Bangladeshi man who says he was harshly exploited while working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar is suing FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure workers are treated fairly. The Gulf state has faced criticism of its treatment of foreign workers from Amnesty International, the Building

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Qatar Sees Foreign Intervention “Changing Equation” of Syria War

SINGAPORE, Oct 5 – Outside powers need to act fast to protect Syrians because foreign military backing for the government is “changing the equation” of the war, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. For 14 days, a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive has been underway to capture eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of

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Seeking Peace: GCC States on Regional Conflicts

Arab Gulf states express their frustration and envisage solutions to solve regional conflicts. By Elizabeth Dickinson Their voices were calm and measured, but as Gulf leaders addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, frustration was palpable. The Middle East today is in flames, and from Syria to Iraq to Yemen and Palestine,

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Qatar to Build Bedouin Camp for 2,000 World Cup Fans

DOHA, Sept 27  – Qatar is to construct a special Bedouin-style desert camp to house thousands of fans during the 2022 World Cup as the Gulf state looks to broaden accommodation for the tournament beyond the limited number of apartments and hotels. A fan village among the sand dunes close to the Saudi border will

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Qatar’s Emir, a U.S. ally, Assails Obama’s Syria Policy

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 – Qatar’s emir criticised U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria on Tuesday, highlighting the growing frustration among U.S. allies at what they perceive to be Washington’s lacklustre action towards the protracted civil war. Qatar, home to a U.S. base, is a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and, like

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