Blog archive: Qatar

  • 23rd December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The royal families of the Gulf have long had a passion for hunting with falcons in wild and sometimes dangerous places. In recent times, the decline or extinction of suitable prey in their home countries coupled, perhaps, with a hankering for excitement, has led them to places that are...
  • 21st December 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One of the photos posted from Iraq by Nayef bin Eid Mohammed Al Thani a few days before he and his Qatari companions were kidnapped Arabic media reports suggest the nine Qatari royals kidnapped in Iraq last week are being held by Iranian-linked Shia elements whose demands are political and...
  • 3rd July 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sheikha Mozah, wife of Qatar's former emir, returned to the spotlight this week when previously-confidential emails were released by the US State Department. The emails reveal that while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state Cherie Blair – wife of former British prime minister...
  • 2nd July 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A GNRD supporter at the UN Human Rights Council accused Norway's public prosecutor of racism In recent statements the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) has portrayed itself as an organisation struggling to "forge a genuine international will to combat terrorism" – in the face...
  • 6th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Loai Mohammed Deeb: ran a university from his home The Scandinavian University, established in Norway in 2007 and closed three years later, boasted of having 175 professors and more than 300 lecturers, plus a wide range of courses stretching from engineering and economics to sharia and...
  • 4th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two British men have been reported missing after travelling to Qatar to investigate the treatment of Nepalese migrant workers there. The assumption is that the Qatari authorities did not like what they were doing, and arrested them. Migrant workers in Qatar, especially in the...
  • 24th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. View of an alley with several tailoring businesses. Photo: Nadine Compton   This is the sixth in a series of blog posts exploring employment problems in the Arab Gulf states. Part one: How it began Part two: The iniquities of kafala Part...
  • 23rd February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This is the fifth in a series of blog posts exploring employment problems in the Arab Gulf states. Part two: The iniquities of kafala Part four: Working outside the rules Part six: Jobs, politics and ethnocracy      THE ARAB Gulf states have long been dependent on...
  • 19th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For sale of return: A recruitment agent stands with a group of Ethiopian domestic workers as they wait for potential clients at an agency office in the Hawalli district of Kuwait. Women who leave employers and return to recruitment agencies – either as a result of their employer’s decision or...
  • 17th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring employment problems in the Arab Gulf states.  Part one: How it began Part two: The iniquities of kafala Part three: Female domestic workers Part four: Working outside the rules Part five: Jobs for citizens? Part six:...
  • 16th February 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Employment systems in the Arab Gulf states are increasingly coming under an international spotlight. Following the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, concerns have been raised about the conditions of migrant construction workers preparing for the tournament – an issue that was...
  • 22nd January 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When uprisings toppled the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in 2011, other Arab regimes trembled. But not Qatar. Brimming with self-confidence, Qatar – perhaps alone among the Arab states – viewed the upheaval as an opportunity rather than cause for alarm. "Qatar's regional posture went into...

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