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Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, a Deobandi cleric turned perfume baron turned politician has shocked almost everyone by asking Muslims to produce more children. His comment came following the Assam government's new criteria for providing employment to people having two or less children. Ajmal, whose political outfit, AIUDF, is a prominent player in Assamese politics –irrespective of the fact it has remained on opposition benches ever since it was formed some fourteen years ago, has clearly baffled many among the community.

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Ajmal, who studied at the famed Islamic seminary in Deoband, while criticizing the state’s two-child norm said that the Muslims will continue to produce children and the fear of losing government jobs will not impact them. He went on to add that "Muslims will continue to produce children and they will not listen to anyone despite the government bringing a law to stop Muslims from having jobs".

If that was not enough, he went on to add, "Our religion and I personally believe that those who want to come to the world will come and no one can stop it. Whatever laws you make, they will have no impact on the Muslims. Tampering with nature is not good. Muslims will do whatever they want to bear children. Don't shout later that we have more children. Don't fight with nature”.

Ajmal, seems to be targeting the poorest of the poor, by opposing the Assam government’s stance on the child limiting norm. His personal loss in assembly elections in the year 2016 had not just come as a rude shock to him but even his opponents, who thought his victory was a foregone conclusion. By siding with the poor over the directive of the state government, he must be trying to solidify his base among Muslims and Dalits.

The cleric turned politician, whose outfit AIUDF has 14 members in the state assembly left many people, including many Muslims flabbergasted. While this was an indefensible act of foolishness or a calculated move by a desperate politician to seek votes, one of his supporters who edits a Muslim magazine had the audacity to support him by writing a few paragraphs. “More children ensure better options for the parents when they are old and in need. Generally when one son or daughter in law rejects parents due to any reason then one comes to assist them…Very few Muslim parents are in old age houses or abandoned by the children because of clear and strong religious instructions for the children that they need to take care of their parents by all means. Muslim parents have more options to chose when they are old”.

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Not just Ajmal, but his defenders also willfully forget the fact that people who usually go for larger families are the ones who are poverty stricken and don’t have access to contraceptives or health facilities. Ajmal and his ilks should know that many Arab countries who thrive on oil money and can afford huge families by their argument, tend to have smaller families. In Qatar the birth rate is 1.91 births per woman, in UAE it is just around 1.75, while in Iran it is merely 1.66. Closer home, we have the lowest birth rate in Bangladesh, where poverty eradication program of the government has seen enormous success.

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Apparently this is the reason that the fertility rate has come down considerably among Indian Muslims. Improving literacy levels among the Indian Muslims besides improved economic condition and access to contraceptives seem to have helped bring down the fertility rate among Muslim women in the country. In the year 1992-93, the fertility rate among Hindus was 3.3 per woman, while among Muslims it was 4.4. This came down to 2.8 among Hindus and 3.6 among Muslims in the year 1998-99. This went down further in 2005-06 when it stood at 2.6 for Hindus and 3.4 percent for Muslims. But the next survey in the year 2015-16 amazed almost everyone when it was found that the fertility among the Muslims had come down to 2.6 per woman from 3.4 a decade ago. Among Hindus the fall in fertility was rather moderate as it came down to 2.1 from 2.6.

There is no denying that Muslim politicians have thrived on ignorance, poverty and illiteracy among the masses in the country. However, I wonder how a person of Ajmal’s caliber can speak so senselessly given the fact that he is not just among the foremost entrepreneurs of Assam and runs a huge business empire but also runs a large number of educational institutions across the north eastern state.

More Columns by Syed Ubaidur Rahman:

Bhagwat, Madani meet: End of the maddening divide

Ahmadullah Shah: Hero whose head and body are buried

Muslim women's entry in mosques: What is the truth?

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La final de la Copa Libertadores entre River y Flamengo de Brasil cambió de sede y en lugar de Santiago de Chile la Conmebol decidió que se dispute en en Lima el próximo sábado 23 de este mes, según se confirmó oficialmente.

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An uncontrollable mess: The proliferation of state spyware


An uncontrollable mess: The proliferation of state spyware


Three NGOs and a digital rights platform from Germany including Reporters Without Borders (RSF Germany), The Society for Civil Rights (GFF), the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) this month filed a criminal lawsuit against FinFisher, a German company that develops and markets the spyware called FinSpy, for illegally exporting their software to Turkey. The Munich public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the charges. 

The matter is not new for those who follow this field; reports of FinSpy's use against the opposition in Turkey have been circulating for years. This latest episode is based on the claim that the Turkish government planted the software on a fake website designed to attract people interested in, or involved with the Adalet website, which was originally created to facilitate the coordination of opposition during 2017 protest marches. 

According to the claims, this site contained an app that infected the users' devices with FinSpy, which has many capabilities that can completely undermine the privacy of the individuals who used their devices, opening up opportunities for the Turkish government to abuse information to put pressure on opposition figures. At this point, this is a claim that is still being investigated, but it is well known that intelligence agencies, governments, and even third parties routinely utilise spyware for multiple purposes.

Installing antivirus or privacy protection software is no guarantee against such tools, which are designed to evade such measures. Regardless of the result of the German court case, such tools will continue to proliferate in the foreseeable future. As early as six years ago, researchers from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto found servers operating FinSpy in 25 countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar and the United States. 

In some cases, the sale and use of FinSpy happened through legal channels, but in an age when the proliferation of extremely complex and costly programmes such as nuclear weapons cannot be fully controlled, to suggest that uncontrolled proliferation of mere software is difficult as it is bound by legal frameworks would be ludicrous. There have already been multiple reports of state actors using FinSpy to monitor their populations and suppress dissent, as the Turkish example also suggests.

And FinSpy is by no means the only tool used by states for such purposes; another recent report of abuse, also revealed by the Citizen Lab in 2018 shows that spyware called Pegasus, developed by Israeli company NSO Group was used by a number of countries. Citizen Lab also found that at least 10 operators of the spyware "appear to be engaged in cross-border surveillance". In total, the report found Pegasus infections in 45 countries.

When it comes to the proliferation of surveillance software, states are not the only interested audience; from businesses to hacker groups (ethical or otherwise), from criminal organisations to terrorist organisations, there is an enormous and chaotic marketplace for such tools, and proliferation happens at every level. In the case of Pegasus, a former employee of NSO Group was charged with stealing the spyware and trying to sell it for $50 million over the dark web. 

Much of the code of FinSpy was found to have been copied and used by the hacker group StrongPity, which staged numerous "Man-in-the-Middle (MiTM)" attacks in recent years, especially in Turkey (but also in Belgium, Italy and Syria). In other words, FinFisher did not have to sell anything illegally to anyone; its code and methods could be compromised by one of many hacker groups. 

Proliferation does not only happen through illicit or illegal means. In 2016, it was found that Turk Telekom had used Sandvine/Procera Networks Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices to deliver FinSpy to users who wanted to download Windows applications. Similar claims were made for Telecom Egypt, as well. When the U.S.-based company Procera, which operates branches in Canada and Sweden, became aware through its engineers in Sweden that its products were used by Turk Telekom, senior technical engineer Kriss Andsten resigned, sending a company-wide email that said: "I do not wish to spend the rest of my life with the regret of having been a part of Erdoğan’s insanity, so I'm out." 

According to Forbes, the initial request by Turk Telekom through a proxy had been deemed legitimate by senior figures at the company. But it turned out that Turk Telekom did not just request usernames and passwords, but also the IP addresses of the users, as well as a list of sites they visited.

The strength of the software that was sold to Turkey was likened to a tool used by the National Security Agency in its capabilities by computer security researchers.

If you thought that the major threat to your privacy came from businesses and social media, consider the fact that the motivations of most businesses involve profit, and the legal tools at their disposal can only collect so much. While this is not taken lightly, it is the tip of the iceberg. What about tools built from the ground up to spy on your every activity, designed to avoid detection, tools capable of reading all your messages, including encrypted ones, tools capable of locating your location at any given time with great precision, tools that can not only access your most intimate personal information, but are capable of acting on your behalf using your own equipment?" Do not forget, these tools are primarily being used by state actors with vast resources, in addition to other groups.

Turkey has been accused time and again of abusing human rights, including the right to privacy. In all three examples above, Turkey was one of the top consumers of spyware. This is not a coincidence.

*My thanks to MiTM Labs ( for the help in researching certain aspects of this article.


© Ahval English

The views expressed in this column are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Ahval.


Is Turkey-Qatar alliance in danger?


Is Turkey-Qatar alliance in danger?


Pro-government Turkish news outlets have begun attacking Qatar-owned Al Jazeera’s coverage of Turkey’s Syria offensive, pointing toward potential trouble in the supposedly cosy Turkey-Qatar alliance. 

Turkey and Qatar have in recent years become close allies and strategic partners. When the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and their allies placed a blockade on Qatar in mid-2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dispatched emergency food supplies and troops to Qatar and committed to expanding Turkey’s military presence there. 

When the Turkish lira tumbled in August 2018, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani promised $15 billion in Qatari investment for Turkey. 

“Today, that seemingly unshakable alliance is now under threat – from within,” Turkish pro-government Daily Sabah said in an editorial on Monday, expanding on a similar complaint made in a lengthy analysis by state-run broadcaster TRT World at the weekend. 

“Al Jazeera English, Qatar's flagship news channel, has been spreading anti-Turkey propaganda,” said Daily Sabah. “Under the pretext of independent and objective journalism, the network has succumbed to bias and fake news to mis-portray known terrorists and fugitives from law as oppressed activists. Jumping on the Western media's Turkey-bashing bandwagon, the network smeared last month's Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

Turkey’s position is that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey for 35 years and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, as well as Turkey. 

This, Ankara argues, made the Kurdish entity along the Syrian border an existential threat and necessitated Turkey’s incursion, despite the fact that the SDF played a crucial role in the U.S.-led effort to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). 

The TRT World analysis detailed anti-Turkey reporting in both Al Jazeera and Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, pinning the former’s as worse. 

“Al Jazeera English goes a step further and even describes the PKK parent organisation as simply ‘Kurdish fighters’- completely whitewashing it of its bloody history,” said the report

“By labelling the YPG as ‘Kurds’ or ‘Kurdish forces’, they are de-facto elevated to the role of representatives of the Kurdish people as a whole.”

Since its Oct. 9 launch, Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has led to hundreds of deaths and displaced some 300,000 people. International media and Western news outlets have in recent weeks charged Ankara with ethnic cleansing, war crimes and worse.

The SDF has used the word genocide to describe Turkey’s actions, as have a number of British newspapers and at least one U.S. senator. 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives appeared to doubly punish Turkey for its offensive, voting for sanctions against Erdoğan and other officials for the Syria offensive and passing a resolution to officially acknowledge the Armenian genocide, which Turkey officially denies. 

All of this appears to have put Turkey’s NATO allies in an uncomfortable position. The Times reported on Monday that the UN had decided against looking for traces of white phosphorous in a recent attack by Turkey-backed rebels, which it said suggests NATO members seem reluctant to investigate possible war crimes committed by Turkey and its partners in Syria. 

Daily Sabah went on to say that Al Jazeera had charged Turkey with deporting Syrian refugees, “without a shred of evidence”. Last week, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Turkey had been deporting Syrians and warned against any future returns to a conflict zone. 

The editorial said that while Al Jazeera Arabic continued to provide the necessary nuance on Syria, Al Jazeera English sought to reshape regional geopolitics. 

“A small group of people within Al Jazeera English are deliberately dismantling the network's own legacy and undermining the Turkey-Qatar partnership in an attempt to dictate the Gulf nation's foreign policy,” said Daily Sabah. 

Dr. Ali Bakeer, an Ankara-based political analyst, pointed out that he wrote an article for Al Jazeera English last month defending Turkey’s Syria offensive, so the site appears not to have taken a fully anti-Turkey position on the issue. 

Yet Bakeer did view Daily Sabah as a poor choice of medium for airing grievances between allies. “I think that whatever the problem regarding the coverage of Al Jazeera English, the Qataris would have certainly preferred that such an issue should have been conveyed through the appropriate channels,” he told Ahval. 

David Roberts, lecturer at King’s College London and non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, sees Ankara being overly sensitive in this case, as about 90 percent of the time Al Jazeera staffers make their own editorial decisions.   

“I tend not to get excited about ‘Al Jazeera slanders x or y,’ kind of stories,” said Roberts, author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State. 

“They are a bureaucracy and all bureaucracies are punchy and resilient in their own ways,” he explained. “I rarely believe that the Qatar government has forced Al Jazeera to do anything. I think it's more likely that Al Jazeera people decided by themselves, to curry favour with Qatari bosses, or they just thought their story was right.”

Either way, Turkey’s pro-government media is not taking any chances, perhaps because Turkey expects to open a new military base in Qatar by the end of the year. 

“The Turkey-Qatar partnership's future is at stake,” said Daily Sabah. “Before it is too late, Al Jazeera needs to weed out all individuals seeking to poison that alliance behind the smokescreen of independent journalism.”


Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow


Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow


The initial rise in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity that greeted Turkey’s success in securing a green light from Donald Trump to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria quickly transformed into cautious negotiations with other actors in Syria. 

Faced with economic sanctions that Turkey, and his political position, could not endure, Erdoğan agreed to a pause in the assault on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces to allow them to withdraw from the 32 km safety zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.

Subsequently, Erdoğan had to accommodate his ambitions to the agenda of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and by extension, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s goal to re-establish his control of the entire country.   And we can expect Iran to assist Assad in that and encourage a reconciliation of the YPG/SDF with Assad’s regime.  And though promised to depart, U.S. forces remains in northeast Syria with a mandate to secure potentially lucrative oil fields.

Military operations are expensive, and though the use of irregular militias reduces the casualties Turkey might face, the financial burden is not eased much by their use.  At the same time, foreign investors are still holding back on investing in Turkey, seen by many as less financially stable following the incursion into northern Syria than before.  The Turkish people overwhelmingly support Erdoğan’s efforts against the YPG, but the political gains may be fleeting if the economy does not show signs of improvement soon.  Also, by claiming success against the YPG, Erdoğan opens himself to a call from his opponents to focus on domestic economic issues now that he’s handled the terrorist abroad.

Economic growth will be hard to come by, in part due to the threat of sanctions.  Even if the U.S. Congress does not proceed with sanctions, either because the Senate under Mitch McConnell’s leadership won’t vote on sanctions or because President Trump blocks their implementation, the potential for sanctions will make foreign investors and domestic business hesitant to undertake new projects.  Business investors like predictability, and in U.S.-Turkey relations, that is in short supply.

There are other concerns as well.  The lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on an Armenian Genocide resolution, 405-11, shows that Turkey, or at least Erdoğan, has few friends remaining in the U.S. Congress.  The apparent lack of coordination with Turkey in tracking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, even though he was only 5 kilometres from the Turkish border, raises doubts about the degree to which the U.S. and Turkish militaries trust each other.  Among policy makers, some suspect, without evidence, that Turkey was at least aware of Baghdadi’s location, if not actively protecting him, much like suspicions some U.S. officials had about Pakistani military intelligence personnel protecting Osama bin Laden given his location near Pakistan’s military academy.  Such suspicions, speculation without evidence or merit, are corrosive in the relations between two nations. 

In response to the Baghdadi raid, Erdoğan recently hinted that Turkey could pursue terrorists in foreign countries and assassinate them, as the Americans did.  This ignores the fact that Erdoğan alone names those opponents as terrorists while Baghdadi was labelled a terrorist by every nation in the world.  To suggest that hunting down a vile murderer is akin to sending assassination squads after political opponents living abroad may play well with his most ardent supporters, but no reasonable person sees them as comparable in any way.  Any such, action undertaken in the U.S. would be destructive to what remains of positive U.S.-Turkish relations.

Turkey’s burgeoning partnership with Russia also calls for caution.  Turkey may engage in joint patrols with Russian forces in some border areas, but the anti-Assad militia fighters it uses as ground forces have already clashed with regime forces. 

Assad’s forces would certainly like to eliminate the opposition fighters that Turkey is using, and they for their part would like to re-ignite their actions against the Syrian regime. So Turkey now finds itself depending on Russia to work with it to secure its southern border as it had previously worked with the U.S. to restrain the SDF/YPG.  For how long the various sides can be held back from avenging themselves on others remains to be seen.

The YPG/PYD has already reached an accommodation of sorts with Assad’s regime. They know that plans for a semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave within northern Syria are dead, for now.  However, they to for Assad to use them as a counterweight against the anti-regime militias now supported by Turkey.  How they will operate against Turkish forces and its allied militias, as the U.S. would not allow, remains an open question.

Overhanging all of this is President Erdoğan’s commitment to return one million or more Syrian refugees from Turkey to Syria.  But to do so, he will need the agreement or at least acquiescence of the different factions and actors in northern Syria, as well as that of the refugees themselves.  Of course, he could try to force them back into Syria, but that would only intensify the denunciations of his policies by European, Arab (excepting Qatar), and North American politicians, and further reduce willingness for their nationals to invest in Turkey.

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Afridza Munandar: RIP Photo: Asia Talent Cup

Rising Indonesian star dies at Sepang

Eight years ago the Malaysian Grand Prix was marred by the death of larger-than-life MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli.

This year’s Malaysian GP was darkened by the passing of Asia Talent Cup rider Afridza Munandar. The Indonesian youngster lost his life in Saturday’s ATC race when he fell on the first lap and was struck by another rider. He was rushed by helicopter to hospital in Kuala Lumpur but succumbed to his injuries

Munandar was one of the standout riders of the 2019 Asia Talent Cup, South East Asia’s so-called road to MotoGP that has already brought Somkiat Chantra, Ai Ogura, Can Oncu, Ayumu Sasaki, Kaito Toba and others into the Moto2 and Moto3 world championships.

"He was pushing, riding with his passion and he will always be the most special rider of this Grand Prix"

The 20-year-old, who also raced underbone machines in the Indonesian national series, had stood on the podium at three world championship rounds this year: he won the ATC support race at the Thailand World Superbike round in March, he took third at October’s Thailand MotoGP round and he was second during the recent Japanese GP round. He also won an ATC race during the Malaysian national superbike event at Sepang in June.

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Márquez spoke eloquently of Munandar’s passing after Sunday’s MotoGP race.

“Today is an emotional day because yesterday we lost Munandar,” said Márquez.

“He was a young talent. I knew him because he’s from Astra Honda, where we went many times [in Indonesia]. We cannot forget that everybody here realises the risks we take on the track. We take these risks to achieve our goals, for those sweet moments, so when we achieve our goals we need to enjoy them. Today we enjoyed racing for him because he was also looking for these moments. He was pushing, riding with his passion and he will always be the most special rider of this Grand Prix.”

Munandar is the fifth rider to lose his life at a MotoGP event in the last ten years. Japanese Moto2 star Shoya Tomizawa was killed during the 2010 San Marino GP, a week after 13-year-old American Peter Lenz died after falling on the warm-up lap of a support race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. All these riders lost their lives in similar ways – they fell from their motorcycle and were struck by following riders. The fifth rider to die during this period was Luis Salom, who was killed during the 2016 Catalan GP, when he was struck by his bike that had rebounded off the trackside airfence.

Despite never-ending development work by riding-gear manufacturers it’s very difficult to protect a fallen rider from the impact of motorcycles travelling at high speed.

Motor Sport extends its deepest condolences to Munandar’s family, friends and loved ones.



More reasons why Yamaha is back up front…

Apologies for this – the following information should have featured in Monday’s Sepang race insight, revealing another the reasons for Yamaha’s current revival. Two weeks before Sepang I spoke to Petronas SRT team manager Wilco Zeelenberg at Motegi.

“This year’s improvements are nothing big, just tiny changes, but the biggest thing has been Fabio [Quartararo] pushing all the other guys by showing them what the bike can really do,” said Zeelenberg. And then they can look at his data and learn from him, so this is a big help for all of Yamaha.

“Many things are better this year: the engine and the electronics, but most of all it’s the engine that helps us by giving us traction, which is what we needed last year. Pretty much all of our problems last year were because the engine was wrong. The way it made power didn’t find traction, the electronics were not the biggest problem.

“Also, Michelin’s 2019 tyres have helped us a lot. The rear tyre compounds are stronger than last year, so this is a real help, because tyre life was our biggest problem last season.”



Márquez evaluates scooter-style rear brake

Márquez in FP2 at Sepang: with rear brake lever above, clutch lever below Photo: Honda

Marc Márquez tried a new rear-brake system at Sepang which may trigger a major shift in how MotoGP riders use the rear brake.

MotoGP riders don’t only use the rear brake to decelerate, they use it to help turn the bike mid-corner, to adjust geometry and to control acceleration on corner exits.

Several riders in MotoGP now use rear brakes operated by the left thumb, because they cannot get their right foot to the rear lever in right-handers. However, a thumb-brake cannot deliver much pressure to the rear brake. A finger-operated lever delivers much more pressure and feels more natural because riders use the same system when riding scooters. World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and several other superbike riders already use finger-operated rear brakes.

“Normally in left corners I’m very fast, but in right corners I’m not extra fast, so we are trying something more,” said Márquez, who only tried the finger lever in FP2. “I didn’t like the thumb brake because I need to feel the handlebar in my hand. But I ride a lot of motocross using the clutch, so this system is easier for me, but at the moment it’s not ready. This was just the first contact to see if it’s possible to use in the future.”

Brembo technicians believe Márquez needs to start 2020 preseason testing with the system and use it for the whole season.



MotoGP aerodynamics to be removed (occasionally)

Aerodynamics has been the greatest area of controversy in MotoGP during the last few seasons and now the downforce devices may be removed, if only occasionally.

The recent Australian Grand Prix, interrupted by gale-force winds that caused several crashes, convinced riders and teams that MotoGP’s aero winglets can be dangerous in certain circumstances.

“Phillip Island is a unique track in a unique location by the sea, so sometimes it does get very windy,” explained MotoGP technical director Danny Aldridge at Sepang.

“Some riders, teams and manufacturers came to me during the weekend explaining that when it’s really windy the wind can get under the wings, so when the weather’s like that they feel it’s safer to run without them.

“But at that late stage in the weekend we couldn’t do much about it, because while some factories use aerodynamics that are attached to the bodywork, others use aero that’s moulded into the bodywork, so it wouldn’t have been fair if some teams had removed their aero and others couldn’t. We have discussed the situation at IRTA and now the proposal will go to the Grand Prix Commission.”



‘Swinglets’ are NOT tyre coolers, confirms KTM

KTM's 'swinglet' during the 2019 MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix

New 'swinglet' on factory KTM RC16 Photo: Oxley

The last of MotoGP’s six factories to introduce swingarm aero used its first so-called ‘swinglet’ at Sepang. KTM is more against aerodynamics than any of the other factories but is going with the flow.

When Ducati introduced the first ‘swinglet’ at the season-opening Qatar GP it caused one of the nastiest confrontations between MotoGP factories in some years. Several rival brands protested at the innovation and the case eventually went to MotoGP’s Court of Appeal, which ruled in the Italian factory’s favour.

At that time Red Bull KTM team manager Mike Leitner said, “a full aero ban would be great; it would make us happy”. But both KTM factory riders raced with ‘swinglets’ at Sepang.

Because swingarm attachments aren’t allowed for aerodynamic reasons Ducati had its unit authorised as a tyre-cooling device. However, every rider from every rival factory that’s subsequently used copies of Ducati’s ‘swinglet’ says the same thing: the ‘swinglet’ increases rear-tyre downforce, which gives them vital extra grip during braking.

“We feel more support from the rear in braking, more rear-tyre force,” said KTM rider Pol Espargaro at Sepang. “This is why all the manufacturers do this: to increase downforce.”

In other words, it would appear that Ducati was being economical with the truth at the start of the season. So what happens next? Will ‘swinglets’ be banned? Not quite.

“I homologate items on the confirmation that the factories give me – what the riders say out there is something else,” said MotoGP technical director Danny Aldridge at Sepang. “Obviously this is no longer a grey area and all the factories have these things, so they will be allowed for 2020. And it’s not all downforce – for example Suzuki say that when they look at their data the unit does cool the tyre.

“The rules will be clarified for next year. Factories will be allowed only one upgrade through the season, and if you remove your unit that’s your upgrade. So you can change the design once, but the upgrade has got to be there all the time, except in the rain.”



Why did KTM choose Lecuona? ‘Because he’s an animal!’

Iker Lecuona during the 2019 Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix

Lecuona with crew chief Mathieu Grodecoeur and WP engineer Tim De Bot Photo: Oxley

When Casey Stoner rode for Ducati his team manager Livio Suppo famously said, “I love Casey – he’s an animal!”

When I asked a top Moto2 engineer why KTM had signed a virtual unknown to its Tech 3 MotoGP team he laughed and said, “Iker is an animal!”.

Motorcycle racing is a vicious sport and requires huge amounts of aggression. This is why KTM signed Iker Lecuona, plus the fact that he is only just starting out as a roadracer and is already fighting close to the front of the Moto2 pack. Incredibly this is only the Spanish 19-year-old’s third full season as a roadracer! Before that he was Spanish Supermoto champion.

At Sepang on Sunday he fought for fourth place on a private KTM, 20 seconds ahead of the next KTM privateer.

The fact that Lecuona (pronounced ‘Laykwona’) is so aggressive on the bike appeals to KTM, which has had its best MotoGP results with Pol Espargaro, who also rides it like he stole it.

And there is something else KTM likes about the Spaniard – he may just have front-tyre skills like Marc Márquez.

“Iker rides with the rear and doesn’t care what happens with the front,” says Mathieu Grodecoeur, his Moto2 crew chief in the American Racing Moto2 squad. “The reason he is strong with the KTM Moto2 bike is that he completely ignores the front chatter and all that stuff.

They have super-rookie in Iker, who will be able tell them completely new things, because he’s never ridden this kind of bike

“When we checked his data from Phillip Island we saw he lost the front every lap at the last corner, but he didn’t mind because he just rides with the rear. He has the attitude to brake late and not really worry about the front.

“His riding style is aggressive. He hangs off a lot and makes the bike turn by himself, working a lot with his body position. I don’t expect him to be consistent in year one in MotoGP, but I think he will show some impressive results sometime.”

Lecuona rode his first Grand Prix in late 2016, then missed the start of his first full-time season in 2017 after suffering serious injuries in preseason testing.

“Since day one working with him I’ve believed in Iker’s huge, huge talent,” adds Grodecoeur. “Obviously he lacks experience in roadracing but his raw talent is incredible.

“For sure KTM’s MotoGP bike has a special DNA, so they need a rider that fits that DNA and I think he will suit the bike very well. When we jumped from Kalex to KTM at the end of 2017 Iker felt from his first lap that this bike was made for him because he can be very aggressive with it and do what he wants with it. With the Kalex you need to be more sensitive with the front and he didn’t like that so much.”

Grodecoeur also believes Lecuona will bring a fresh avenue of development to the RC16

“KTM’s 2019 line-up makes a lot of sense because they have every kind of rider. They have a very experienced MotoGP rider in Pol [Espargaro], they have a rider with one year of experience Miguel [Oliveira], they have a multiple Moto2 race winner in Brad [Binder] and they have super-rookie in Iker, who will be able tell them completely new things, because he’s never ridden this kind of bike

KTM’s MotoGP squad has been watching Lecuona since early 2018 when he fought with Brad Binder and Joan Mir at COTA. Next year he will be replaced in American Racing’s line-up by twice Moto3 race winner Marcos Ramirez



When Márquez’s magic tricks go wrong

Maverick Viñales took home 25 points from Sepang, but the biggest talking point of the weekend was the clash between Fabio Quartararo and Marc Márquez during Saturday’s Q2 qualifying session.

What happened during that outing was basically the opposite of what happened during qualifying for June’s Italian GP.

That afternoon at Mugello, Márquez played a genius move on his Ducati rivals. The Ducati team told Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro to wait in the pits until Márquez started his final run, then sent them out to mess with him.

Márquez wasn’t playing, so the trio cruised around Mugello, until Dovizioso knew time was running out, so he had to get his head down and go for it. This is when Márquez turned Ducati over.

Instead of allowing Dovizioso to use his speed to snatch pole he slotted in behind Dovizioso, leaving himself just enough space to chase down the Italian on their final lap to take pole by two tenths. This was possibly the best qualifying trick since the introduction of the 15-minute format.

At Sepang it was Márquez who did the chasing, riding out of pit lane right behind Quartararo as they began their final run. Every time Quartararo closed the throttle to force Márquez to overtake, the world champion closed his throttle.

The pair rode a whole lap like this. Quartararo finally tired of the game and knew time was running out, so when they started the next lap he returned to full speed. And that’s when it happened. When Márquez flicked into Turn Two his rear tyre slid and gripped, flicking him over the highside, landing knees, elbows and face first on the track.

The champ was badly battered by the fall, which Jack Miller witnessed from just a few metres behind. “I saw the highside and knew exactly what he’d done – he was dicking around,” said the Aussie. “The left side of the rear tyre is quite hard here, so it got too cold and the bike highsided him. He was playing cat and mouse. He’s generally the master tactician, but today it came back and bit him on the arse. The crash didn’t look pleasant.”

The world champ refused to admit his tactics, while Quartararo only admitted to being flattered. “Marc wanted to follow me because we are doing a good job this year,” said the rookie. “And all this is part of the game – if I have the possibility to do it I’ll also do it.”

Márquez’s Sunday comeback from his massive highside was remarkable. MotoGP doctor Angel Charte prescribed anti-inflammatories and painkillers for his injuries and described him as “pure, hardened steel”.

Perhaps without the injuries Márquez may have been hunted down Vinales, but perhaps Q2 was the more important moment of the weekend: the first shot of the 2020 MotoGP season?

Even more remarkable than Márquez’s race was the fact that neither him nor Quartararo were reprimanded for cruising in Q2, because there is nothing more dangerous on a racetrack than riding slowly.

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The Malaysian Grand Prix is MotoGP’s most physically demanding race due to the tropical weather. Sunday’s race took place in 32-degree heat and 60 percent humidity and yet the fastest lap was ridden by the oldest man in the race.

Valentino Rossi, who very nearly won last year’s Malaysian GP and this year was only thwarted in his battle for third by Andrea Dovizioso’s rocket-ship Ducati, broke the four-year-old lap record by almost a second. And he was chuffed to bits.

“I feel good with the bike and I’m very happy to be strong here because physically this is the hardest race of season,” said the 40-year-old. “This time we worked well on tyre life, although you do a lot of the lap on the edge of the tyres here, so you stress the tyres more. Also we have a lack of speed, so when we fight with faster bikes it’s very difficult to manage. I was faster in the long corners, but on the straights Andrea could always repass me. I tried my maximum because there’s a big difference between finishing third and fourth.

“Maverick rode the race in the best way today, because with our bike when you are alone you can make your lines and make the difference in the corners, which is where our bike is strong. But when you fight with a bike that’s faster on the straights you cannot overtake in the corners.”



Bagnaia still using too much corner speed

Last year’s Moto2 world champion Pecco Bagnaia completed February’s three-day preseason test at Sepang second fastest, 0.063 seconds behind Danilo Petrucci and faster than Marc Márquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Fabio Quartararo and everyone else.

That performance had many people marking Bagnaia down as 2019 Rookie of the Year. But the 22-year-old goes into next week’s 2019 season finale at Valencia with less than a third of the points of Fabio Quartararo and only just ahead of embattled KTM rookie Miguel Oliveira. More importantly he’s hit the ground 13 times, putting him just behind Jack Miller and Johann Zarco at the top of the 2019 crasher’s league.

Pramac team manager Francesco Guidotti explains the problem.

“Pecco’s riding style is more corner speed, using the front tyre a lot,” he explained. “There’s a lot more risk to crash with high corner speed, instead of using hard braking, strong acceleration and lower speed in the corners. This is clear and he knows it and he’s trying to change. Sometimes he can, other times he cannot. We show him the data of all the Ducati riders. What he wants to do is to use both styles and make a balance. If he can do that it will be perfect!”

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Lorenzo's battle back from injury - against his subconscious


What’s wrong with Jorge Lorenzo? Has he lost it or is he merely waiting till his back is fully fixed? And why HRC’s plans for its 2020 RC213V should give cause for optimism

Jorge Lorenzo in the Repsol Honda garage

Lorenzo's 2019 season isn't easy on the track or in the garage Photo: Repsol Honda

The MotoGP paddock and fans around the world are agog with talk of Jorge Lorenzo. What’s up with the three-times MotoGP world champion? Has he lost it? Why doesn’t he retire? Why hasn’t he been sacked? Why don’t they put Johann Zarco on his bikes?

It must be said that the three-times MotoGP king is in a hole. A very deep hole. At Phillip Island two weeks ago he finished more than a minute (one minute!) behind winning team-mate Marc Márquez.

Last Sunday at Sepang, the 32-year-old Spaniard finished 34 seconds down. After the race he outlined his target for next week’s season-ending Valencia GP: “we are getting closer and closer to the goal of being 30 seconds from the winner”.

Something is obviously very amiss. But what is it? It’s been obvious since the start of the season that Lorenzo doesn’t get on with Honda’s 2019 RC213V. However, his body is also in a mess. The last time he was fully fit was when he was sat on the grid at Aragon in September 2018, before he fell at the first corner

Two weeks later a huge crash at Buriram caused serious ligament damage to his left wrist, which demanded surgery. The after-effects of that operation caused his left scaphoid to snap during winter training, which hampered him at every race, until he broke his back at June’s Dutch TT.

His disastrous results since his return from injury aren’t simply because he doesn’t feel confident on his bike. They are due to the fact that – and there’s no nice way to put this – he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. His Assen crash was uncomfortably similar to the fall that paralysed Wayne Rainey from the chest down in 1993.

“When you have such a huge injury you do have your doubts – these thoughts do cross your mind"

Lorenzo’s two fractured vertebrae – which began to crack when he crashed heavily during post-Catalan GP testing at Barcelona – still hurt. His surgeon says the breaks are healed, but if he still feels pain, how can he convince himself that if he has another big accident he won’t break his spine? That right there is his biggest problem, because a broken back is very different to a broken arm or leg.

The best way to illustrate Lorenzo’s situation is to compare his results from before and after Assen.

Lorenzo finished the season-opening Qatar GP 14 seconds behind the winner. In Argentina (where he was last away after accidentally engaging the pit-lane speed limiter) he finished 27 seconds down. At Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello he took the flag, 18, 15 and 20 seconds down. Bad results, but at Barcelona he was only four-tenths down in free practice, which may explain why he got over-excited on the first lap and ended up taking out Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi.

On his return at Silverstone where he was in “high pain with my back” he finished 56 seconds behind the winner. At Misano, Aragon, Buriram and Motegi he was 47, 46, 54 and 40 seconds down. At chilly Phillip Island he was caught in the cold-tyre Catch 22 (see last week’s blog) and finished 66 seconds behind winner Márquez.

These are beyond disastrous results, but when you frame them in the context of someone who’s worried about breaking his back, they look a bit different.

Jorge Lorenzo suffers a fractured vertebrae during the Dutch TT

The body flip that fractured Lorenzo's vertebrae at Assen Photo: Dorna Sports S.L.

So why is Lorenzo even riding? Why didn’t he take the rest of the year off and get strong for 2020? Because riders are notoriously insecure about losing their rides, especially when they’re not getting great results. They know how racing works – leave your seat empty for five minutes and someone else will take it. Then there’s the small matter of collecting your wages.

Lorenzo has always been in his own man. You might say he lives in a bubble – let’s call it Lorenzo’s Land – where he is oblivious to the thoughts and concerns of outsiders. He has his own game plan, which involves no one else. Thus when critics suggest he should retire he doesn’t even notice.

“The criticism doesn’t affect me so much,” he said at Sepang.

Presumably (because no one else knows) Lorenzo’s current game plan is to work step by step towards preseason testing in February 2020.

Until then, only one thing matters to him: looking after his spinal cord.

“I guess I’m conscious of it – your brain prevents you from pushing to the limit,” he added. “I still feel pain, even when I’m lifting weights in the gym. Until I feel okay and I don’t feel any pain, then my subconscious won’t change the chip that tells me: okay, now I feel normal again, now I can push.”

Most MotoGP riders, including Lorenzo on a normal day, push to within 99.9 per cent of the limit every time they ride out of pit lane. That means they are always 0.2 per cent away from going over the limit. That’s life on a knife-edge, which is where Lorenzo cannot afford to live at the moment.

Before Assen, Lorenzo’s average race-lap deficit to the winner was 0.7 seconds. Since he fractured those two vertebrae the gap has tripled to 2.1 seconds. That’s how slow you need to go to make sure you don’t crash.

Inevitably this run of results (14th, 14th, 20th, 18th, 17th, 16th, 14th) have had thoughts of retirement swirling around his head.

“When you have such a huge injury you do have your doubts – these thoughts do cross your mind. But once you start feeling better you say, okay, I want to start again and do what I’m able to do.”

This is an important point to remember. Top racers don’t think like you and me. They would never scale the heights they do with an everyday mindset that habitually takes the path of least resistance.

If you or I were Lorenzo we would tell ourselves: I’ve won five world titles, I’ve got tens of millions in the bank and I’m 32-years-old. You know what? I feel like kicking back in a luxury beachside villa in Bali for a few months. Then perhaps I’ll try the Caribbean. And who knows where after that, but’s time to relax and enjoy the fruits of my toils…

Jorge Lorenzo on the grid at Sepang

Lorenzo on the back row of the grid in Sepang Photo: Oxley

Lorenzo insists his daydreams haven’t got that far. Thus we can only assume that he is working towards changing the chip in his brain early next year, once he is certain his spine is as solid as it needs to be.

“It will come together,” he explained. “The feeling that I’m 100 per cent will give my subconscious the mood to flow more, it will allow me to risk more and I will be able to train harder in the gym, so I’ll arrive at the track in better physical condition.”

If Lorenzo does get that far there’s only one other question: his motorcycle.

Honda’s RC213V has never been an easy ride, especially for someone who goes fast by riding smooth, gliding lines.

So what are the chances of HRC building a 2020 bike that works for Lorenzo? Possibly better than you might think.

Márquez, Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow have all tried early prototypes of the 2020 bike and didn’t notice much difference. But HRC says its final prototype RC213V will have a different chassis with revised geometry and centre of mass.

HRC knows it needs to make the changes. Its 2019 RC213V featured a major boost in horsepower and torque, which helped Márquez dominate the championship. However, making big changes to a motorcycle’s engine performance usually affects chassis performance.

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The 2019 RC213V has much more torque than the 2018 bike. And when you increase torque you increase negative torque. This is why all three HRC riders – to varying extents – have struggled with corner entry, because the 2019 engine has more engine-braking, which affects corner entry.

“I think the 2019 bike engine creates some kind of difficulty entering the corners, so it doesn’t give the rider the same feeling with the front,” revealed Lorenzo. “This is why I suffered some big crashes, losing the front at high speed. But some riders who ride more with the rear wheel, like Marc, have struggled less with the bike.

“I hope the new bike will fix these negative aspects and I think Honda understand what they must do to solve the problems. It’s not only me saying these things – Cal and even Marc say more or less the same things. Our comments are not the opposite, they are quite similar. The only difference is that Marc is winning and we are very, very far away! But it’s one thing to know where your problems are and why you are failing, it’s another thing to solve them on the racetrack.”

There may be some people that want Lorenzo gone, but HRC engineers consider him a technical challenge, like Dani Pedrosa, his predecessor at Repsol Honda. Pedrosa is the size of a 14-year-old boy but HRC nearly made him MotoGP champion on a bike that was three times heavier than him.

The inside of Lorenzo’s brain will be an interesting place in the coming months. Perhaps one hemisphere of his consciousness will occasionally be disturbed by thoughts of palm-fringed beaches on Bali, while the other waits for February, hoping that HRC is building a bike that will allow him to return to his former greatness.


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LEESTIP: Waarom Koeman de blunder van zijn leven dreigt te maken

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Why Qatar Is Better Off Without OPEC

One of the many disasters for Saudi Arabia that has come after the accession of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) as its effective leader was the ostracism of neighboring Qatar, to such a degree that the tiny but influential emirate left OPEC in December last year after 57 years as a core member. Not only did this compound MbS’s growing reputation as being politically and economically reckless but it also pushed the gas-rich Qatar out of the increasingly small U.S.-coalition in the Middle East straight into the welcoming arms of Iran…

Tokyo gives in: Olympic marathons will head north

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Interested in buying stake in IndiGo, but time is not right: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

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Have no interest in Air India, only IndiGo: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

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IndiGo signs one-way codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways

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FIFA: Irak es inseguro para partidos de eliminatorias


ZÚRICH (AP) — La FIFA dijo que Irak no es lo suficientemente seguro para recibir los partidos contra Irán y Bahréin por las eliminatorias de la Copa del Mundo.

La entidad rectora del fútbol mundial informó que pidió a la federación de fútbol de Irak que “proponga una sede neutral” para los partidos pautados para el 14 y 19 de noviembre.

Los partidos se iban a disputar en Basora, ciudad situada en el sur del país, donde el mes pasado Irak jugó un encuentro que marcó su regreso a partidos oficiales en casa.

Irak raramente fue local desde la década de 1980 debido a motivos de seguridad.

En las últimas semanas, la inestabilidad en Irak ha sido atizada por problemas económicos y descontento con la influencia política de su vecino, Irán.

El triunfo de Irak por 2-0 ante Hong Kong el mes pasado en Basora dejó a la selección nacional en el primer puesto de su grupo de las eliminatorias, de cinco países. Dos equipos avanzan a la siguiente ronda de las eliminatorias de Asia rumbo al Mundial de Qatar en 2022.


Certified Ethical Hacker - CEH V10 - Hippo Cyber Institute , Dubai

Certified Ethical Hacker V10
A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.

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Our security experts have designed over 140 labs which mimic real time scenarios in the course to help you “live” through an attack as if it were real and provide you with access to over 2200 commonly used hacking tools to immerse you into the hacker world.
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The goal of this course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation. You walk out the door with ethical hacking skills that are highly in demand, as well as the internationally recognized Certified Ethical Hacker certification! This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50.

The Purpose of the CEH credential is to:
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  • Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • Module 02: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  • Module 03: Scanning Networks
  • Module 04: Enumeration
  • Module 05: Vulnerability Analysis
  • Module 06: System Hacking
  • Module 07: Malware Threats
  • Module 08: Sniffing
  • Module 09: Social Engineering
  • Module 10: Denial-of-Service
  • Module 11: Session Hijacking
  • Module 12: Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
  • Module 13: Hacking Web Servers
  • Module 14: Hacking Web Applications
  • Module 15: SQL Injection
  • Module 16: Hacking Wireless Networks
  • Module 17: Hacking Mobile Platforms
  • Module 18: IoT Hacking
  • Module 19: Cloud Computing
  • Module 20: Cryptography
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  • Number of Questions: 125
  • Test Duration: 4 Hours
  • Test Format: Multiple Choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE
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Cost: 5000 AED

Duration: 40 Hours


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PSG : Platini, Zidane, Leonardo défend Mbappé et le Qatar


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« Vaut mieux faire envie que pitié ». C’est par cette expression que Leonardo a résumé les attaques dont...


PSG : Le projet anglais à 80 ME du Qatar prend forme !


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Déjà propriétaire du Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar Sports Investments souhaite racheter l’équipe de D2 anglaise...


PSG : Merci le Qatar, Paris est enfin un grand club


PSG : Merci le Qatar, Paris est enfin un grand club

Transféré en provenance de Palerme pour 42 ME, Javier Pastore est le premier nom clinquant à avoir rejoint...


منبع السعادة الزوجية يأتي من التفاصيل الصغيرة

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حقق بطلنا الرامي محمد الرميحي إنجازاً جديداً لقطر في مسابقة التراب للرجال ضمن منافسات البطولة الآسيوية الرابعة عشرة للرماية والتي تجري أحداثها في الفترة من 4 إلى 14 نوفمبر الجاري بمجمع ميادين لوسيل للرماية ،برعاية سعادة الشيخ جوعان بن حمد رئيس اللجنة الاولمبية القطرية ، وبمشاركة ألف رام ورامية يمثلون 32 دولة من ضمنهم 136 ...

التدوينة الرميحي يتأهل لأولمبياد طوكيو2020 ظهرت أولاً على قطر للرياضة Qatar4Sports.


كأس العالم للسباحة تنطلق اليوم


تفتتح صباح اليوم منافسات كأس العالم للسباحة الدوحة فينا ٢٠١٩ التي يستضيفها الاتحاد القطري للسباحة برئاسة خليل الجابر للعام السادس، على مدار 3 ايام بمجمع حمد للرياضات المائية وسط مشاركة واسعة من أفضل السباحين والسباحات على مستوى العالم، حيث يشارك 210 سباحين وسباحات بواقع 134 سباحاً و76 سباحة وذلك من 44 دولة، علاوة على مشاركة ...

التدوينة كأس العالم للسباحة تنطلق اليوم ظهرت أولاً على قطر للرياضة Qatar4Sports.


اللجنة الأولمبية القطرية يشارك في مؤتمر الوكالة العالمية لمكافحة المنشطات


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تنطلق اليوم التصفيات المؤهلة إلى كأس آسيا تحت 19 عاما والتي تستضيفها الدوحة بداية من اليوم وحتى العاشر من الشهر الجاري، وتقام منافستها على ملاعب اسباير ويشارك فيها منتخبنا الوطني بجانب منتخبات المجموعة الثانية التي تضم سيريلانكا واليمن وتركمانستان بهدف التأهل لنهائيات كأس آسيا للشباب، ويبدأ الأدعم مشواره اليوم بمواجهة المنتخب السريلانكي في الساعة السابعة ...

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Qatar Airways voert vluchten uit tussen Maastricht en Luik, Kamerleden willen verbod

Regeringspartijen D66 en ChristenUnie willen een einde aan vrachtvluchten die Qatar Airways uitvoert tussen Maastricht en Luik, twee luchthavens die hemelsbreed slechts 38 kilometer uit elkaar liggen. Een vlucht met een Boeing 777 van welgeteld 9 minuten.

Qatar- New CEO appointed at Ooredoo Tunisia

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Ooredoo has announced the appointment of Mansoor Rashid al-Khater as the new CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia, effective November 5, 2019. Al-Khater has extensive ...

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Aldo Corzo: "El Monumental es el mejor estadio del Perú y River Plate es como la 'U'"

Aldo Corzo:

Luego del tercer día de entrenamiento de la Selección Peruana que se alista para los amistosos contra Colombia y Chile que serán los últimos del año antes de iniciar las Eliminatorias a Qatar 2022, Aldo Corzo dio detalles de los trabajos que viene realizando la blanquirroja y también se refirió sobre la designación del Estadio Monumental como nueva sede para la final de la Copa Libertadores 2019 entre River Plate y Flamengo.



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Regeringspartijen D66, ChristenUnie en CDA willen een einde aan vrachtvluchten die Qatar Airways uitvoert tussen Maastricht en Luik, twee luchthavens die hemelsbreed slechts 38 kilometer uit elkaar liggen.


IndiGo and Qatar Airways Codeshare Agreement for connectivity between India and Qatar


The airlines have signed a one-way codeshare agreement where-in Qatar Airways will place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad National, November 07, 2019: In-line with its international expansion plans, IndiGo, India’s leading airline, today signed a one-way codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, world’s best airline as per 2019 World Airline Awards. […]

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APPLY3 - (FRESHERS) 'KAAR TECHNOLOGIES' : Off-Campus : BE / BTECH : Software Trainees : On 9 November 2019 @ Chennai

(FRESHERS) 'KAAR TECHNOLOGIES' : Off-Campus : BE / BTECH : Software Trainees : On 9 November 2019 @ Chennai Saveetha Engineering College ( - Exclusive Job for Chetanaites... Recruitment for the company - Kaar Technologies Kaar Technologies is a global consulting firm focused at designing, delivering and deploying the finest ideas and SAP expertise to empower companies in achieving new heights of excellence in today’s challenging business landscape. Our combined thrust drawn from the business vision of our leadership team and assimilated SAP capability propels us to partner with our clients in identifying and architecting their business agenda. Kaar Technologies believes in being a trusted advisor to clients and fosters long-term working relationships by exceeding customer expectations. Driven by the steadfast pursuit of excellence, Kaar Technologies exudes professionalism and proficiency in all areas of function. Every day we are inspired to impact businesses with original and imaginative approaches and help cultivate tomorrow’s breakthroughs. Kaar Technologies is a global digital transformation company focused on Mobility, Cloud, Advanced Analytics, AI & IoT with SAP at the core, helping customers transform their organizations. Kaar Technologies has 3250+ man years of SAP consulting experience, 750+ SAP Consultants & Employees, 1000+ Successful SAP projects, 200+ Global customers, 15+ Industry verticals & 10+ years of SAP partnership and have global offices in India, USA, UK, Netherlands, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman & UAE. Dear ChetanaS, We would like to publish below job requirement in your (Freshers) Walk-In : Pooled Off-Campus : BE / B.Tech : 2019 Passout : Software Trainees @ Chennai (Tamilnadu) Greetings to ChetanaS from Placement Team of 'Saveetha Engineering College' ! We are organizing a Pooled Off-Campus event for the company 'Kaar Technologies'. The event details are as mentioned below: Dear Candidate, If your ‘Desire’ is a ‘Career’…‘In pursuit of Excellence’, then ‘Kaar Technologies’ is ‘The Dream Company’ to be in. To make that dream come true then this is the first step to pursue your career with Kaar technologies. Job Position : Trainee - Software (SAP Consulting) Job Category : IT | Software Walk-In Location : Chennai, Tamilnadu Job Location : Chennai, Tamilnadu Qualification - Eligibility Criteria : (Mandatory) # BE - CSE / IT / ECE & EEE (Full Time) # Year of Passing: 2019 Batch Only # Criteria: 10th - 80%, 12th - 80% & BE - 80% (NO HISTORY OF ARREARS) Desired Experience : 0 Years Eligibility Criteria : # Consistent 80% score in 10th, 12th, Engineering, without a history of arrears and standing arrears. # Candidates interested in pursuing full-time higher education sooner or later are not eligible. # Candidates who are not willing to relocate to Chennai are not eligible. # Candidates who are not ready to travel to project locations in India and abroad, will not be eligible. # Candidates who do not possess constant learning appetite or upskilling their knowledge can refrain from applying Please Carry below documents (mandatory) : # Updated Resume - Multiple Copies # A printout of this ChetanaS job posting # Government Photo ID Proof (Passport/PAN-Card/Aadhar-Card/Voter-ID/Driving-License) # Passport Size Photograph # College ID Card Note: Only for Invited 2019 Batch Colleges - No Registration Fee - Walkin Drive - Criteria Must. Note: You can mention the reference as 'ChetanaS'. Walk-In Date : On 9th November 2019 (Saturday) Reporting Time : 8.30 AM sharp Walk-In Venue : Saveetha Engineering College, Placement Cell, Chennai Contact Person : Placement Officer How to Apply for this Job ? Register Online Here Note: Apply before the link is expired/removed.

Governess in Qatar


One of our private royal clients based in Qatar are looking for a Governess to join their household.

The Governess must have experience working with 4 children, aged between 4 and 12 years old.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Taking care of the children’s needs, welfare, development, health & safety.
  • Supervise the children at all times (except their time in School)
  • Manage and share the social activities with the child (e.g. reading, singing, learning numbers, swimming, painting).
  • Ensure that the child’s school books, homework, clothes, etc. are ready/prepared at all times.
  • Develop a timetable for their daily activities (including learning and play activities, meal plans)
  • Encourage the development of skills, which are relevant to the children's age and level of social development, e.g. puzzles, reading, painting, writing, arithmetic, drawing, music, etc.
  • Teaching Children English and preferably the French Language
  • Travel with the family

Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience in Middle East region.
  • Has very good knowledge of the English school curriculum
  • Flexible to travel with the family whenever required.
  • Ready for permanent and long-term employment with the family.

Accommodation: Own ensuite

Salary: £1,000.00/£1,500.00 net per week – negotiable depending on experience

Unless otherwise specified a minimum of 2 years relevant experience is required to receive the advertised rate of pay

Randolphs is an employment agency and employment business authorised to advertise the role on behalf of our client

Location: Qatar
Salary: £1,000.00/£1,500.00 Net per Week Doe
Hours: Full-time
Type: Permanent
Starting: Immediately
Duration: Ongoing


Liverpool assured LGBT fans welcome in Qatar - CEO

Ale Moreno says Liverpool's close results might indicate a dip in form ahead of a clash with Manchester City. Janusz Michallik argues that Sadio Mané is Liverpool's most important player, after his goal vs. Aston Villa. Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has said the club have been given assurances by Qatari authorities that their LGBT supporters will be welcomed in the Gulf state for next month's FIFA Club World Cup. Qatari officials had met with Liverpool supporters groups, including the LGBT group 'Kop Outs!' to discuss their concerns about attending the tournament which runs from Dec. 11-21. As in a number of majority Muslim countries, homosexual acts are strictly prohibited in Qatar although the law is...

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Iranian parliamentary delegation meets with Qatari speaker in Turkey

Iranian parliamentary delegation meets with Qatari speaker in TurkeyTEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) – An Iranian parliamentary delegation led by Fatemeh Zolghadr held a meeting with Qatar's Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud in the city of Rize, Turkey on Wednesday....

[인도] 11월 6일 경제동향, 비스타라 국제노선에 B787-9 드림라이너 2대, A321 1대 각각 도입 등


인도 저가항공사인 비스타라(Vistara)에 따르면 국제노선에 B787-9 드림라이너 2대, A321 1대를 각각 도입했다. 현재까지 보잉 787-8000NG 9대와  A320neo 4대를 확보했다.

2018년에는 A320neo 50대를 주문했다. 미국의 유나티드에어라인, 재팬에어라인 등과 글로벌 코드쉐어 파트너십을 체결했다.


인도 IT기업인 테크마힌드라(Tech Mahindra)에 따르면 2019년 9월마감 2분기 매출액은 Rs. 9069.9억루피로 전기 대비 4.82% 증가한 것으로 집계됐다.

2분기 IT사업에서 매출액은 8224.5억루피로 전기 7857.2억루피 대비 증가했다. BPO사업 매출액은 854.4억루피로 전기 대비 6.23% 늘어났다.


인도 저가항공사인 인디고(IndiGo)에 따르면 2019년 11월 7일부터 카타르항공(Qatar Airways)과 전략적 제휴를 체결했다.

카타르항공은 인디고에 지분 투자를 진행하기 희망했지만 인디고는 거절했다. 아직까지 외국인 투자자를 받아들일 자세가 되지 않았기 때문이다.


▲ 인디고(IndiGo) 항공기(출처 : 위키피디아) 



[인도] 인디고, 11월 7일부터 카타르항공(Qatar Airways)과 전략적 제휴 체결


인도 저가항공사인 인디고(IndiGo)에 따르면 2019년 11월 7일부터 카타르항공(Qatar Airways)과 전략적 제휴를 체결했다.

카타르항공은 인디고에 지분 투자를 진행하기 희망했지만 인디고는 거절했다. 아직까지 외국인 투자자를 받아들일 자세가 되지 않았기 때문이다.

현재 인디고는 국내 항공시장 점유율이 40%에 달할 정도로 높다. 이러한 성공을 바탕으로 국제노선을 확장하는데 매우 적극적이다. 

터키, 중국, 베트남, 미얀마, 사우디아라비아 등 60개 국제노선을 운행 중이다. 참고로 지난주 인디고는 에어버스의 A320neo 기종의 항공기 300대를 주문했다. 


▲ 인디고(IndiGo) 항공기(출처 : 위키피디아) 


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Qatar : pognon, climatisation, pollution… l’équation mortifère

Qatar : pognon, climatisation, pollution… l’équation mortifère Par Editoriaux 3 min 29 Octobre 2019 C’est petit, le Qatar : 11.586 km2. Population : 2.639.000 habitants. C’est petit, mais c’est riche. Très très riche. Passé en moins d’un […]

Επίγειος Παράδεισος (It Must Be Heaven)


ItMustBeHeaven1Γαλλία/France, Γερμανία/Germany, Καναδάς/Canada, Τουρκία/Turkey, Κατάρ/Qatar, Παλαιστίνη/Palestine, 2019, εγχρ./col.

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Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia

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The agreement commits up to $250 million in funding for developing countries striving to enable access to quality primary education for all of their still out-of-school children. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts of organizations like EAA who usually fund local non-profits directly, this innovative funding model aims to take lessons learned in the field to scale, through direct support to participating countries with implementation, evaluation, and reporting - enabling accountability and systemic change at the national level.

Out of school children (OOSC) are among the hardest to reach in each country due to the many and often compounding barriers to education including extreme poverty, distance to school, and conflict. This new agreement calls on governments to utilise funds to prioritise out of school children by ensuring their access to quality primary education through results-based financing. The agreement highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting developing nations, in providing education for all, and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning).

"The World Bank is committed to addressing the global learning crisis. The partnership with Education Above All is critically important in this effort. There are still too many out of school children around the globe. Together we will bring these children into school and help them learn and fulfil their potential. Learning for all is a foundation for building strong human capital for every country," said Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank.

"Our partnership with Qatar and Education Above All will play an especially important role in the Middle East and North Africa," said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. "As access to quality education is critical for the region to unlock the huge potential of its large youth population, whose energy and creativity could become a new source of dynamic and inclusive growth."

Through this new funding structure, EAA and The World Bank will support financing opportunities for resource mobilization, education advocacy, and poverty reduction in developing countries across three continents. Proposed targeted countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

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The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters. It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit educationaboveall.org

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Twee duels binnen 24 uur voor Liverpool; Klopp grapt, maar is geïrriteerd


Twee wedstrijden binnen 24 uur in verschillende werelddelen. Het klinkt als waanzin, maar het is voor Liverpool in de propvolle decembermaand realiteit. Trainer Jürgen Klopp heeft er zich schoorvoetend bij neergelegd. "Misschien moet Aston Villa maar naar Qatar komen", zei hij dinsdagavond. Het was een grap, maar de ernst van de situatie is er niet minder om.

Hoe zit het dan? Liverpool speelt op dinsdag 17 december op Engelse bodem tegen Aston Villa de kwartfinale van de Carabao Cup (de voormalige League Cup) en moet een dag later aantreden in de halve finales van het WK voor clubteams. In Qatar. Vandaar de opmerking dat Villa daar maar naartoe moest komen. Want het is een programma waar Liverpool niet onderuit kon komen.

Eerder dreigde Klopp nog met een boycot van de Carabao Cup, maar daar heeft hij toch maar van afgezien. Het schuiven met de speeldata bleek onmogelijk, aangezien in die periode ook nog wedstrijden uit de Premier League en Champions League op het programma staan.

Twee selecties voor twee wedstrijden

Er zit voor trainer Klopp dan ook niets anders op dan twee selecties op de been te brengen voor beide duels.

"We hebben deze keuze moeten maken, omdat andere oplossingen nog meer problemen met zich zouden meebrengen. We hebben wel een idee hoe we het gaan vormgeven", zei Klopp dinsdag na het met 2-1 gewonnen Champions League-duel met Genk.

Desondanks zit het de Duitse trainer dwars dat Liverpool met een dergelijke situatie moet zien om te gaan. "Sommige mensen denken dat het grappig is als we vijf wedstrijden in drie dagen moeten spelen", gaat Klopp verder. "Kom op, op deze manier kunnen we toch niet doorgaan?!"


Qatar Airways signs IndiGo codeshare partnership

Qatar Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline. Sales will start from today with the first codeshare flights to operate on December 18th.

11/7/2019: Times Sport: India bag 8 medals in Asian shooting

New Delhi: Indian shooters won eight medals on day two of the Asian Shooting Championship in Lusail, Qatar but the contingent also missed out on at least three possible Tokyo 2020 quota places on Wednesday. The contingent was able to win five medals...

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Pentagon, Qatar Defence Minister Discuss Upgrade of Al Udeid Air Base

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper has held talks with visiting Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Khalid Al Attiyah about modernizing the Al Udeid Air Base, Department of Defence spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said.

US Air Force’s JSTARS Communications Plane Returns Home After 18-Year Qatar Deployment

The US Air Force is finally bringing its E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft home after an 18-year deployment to the Middle East. The communications and intelligence aircraft has been coordinating US military operations since 2002, but it’s becoming outdated.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019


The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.

Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe



Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.               CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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First graduation ceremony held at Qatar campus


The first cohort of students have graduated at the University of Aberdeen's Qatar campus.

Qatar Airways says keen on stake in IndiGo

QA enters into codeshare agreement with the budget airline, says not interested in Air India

Qatar signs pact with GOPAC to host anti-corruption conference on Dec 8


Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) on hosting of the organisation’s seventh conference on December 8 and 9. The agreement was signed on Wednesday.

Speaker of the Shura Council HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al Mahmoud met with the Chairman of GOPAC Dr Fadli Zon and his accompanying delegation. The meeting reviewed the functions of the organisation and its global role in fighting corruption. Following the meeting, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Qatar’s hosting of the seventh conference was signed. The organisation includes parliamentarians from 106 countries and 55 national branches around the world. The MoU was signed for the Shura Council by Shura Council Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al Mahmoud and for GOPAC by its Chairman Dr Fadli Zon.

Doha’s hosting of this conference comes in recognition of the role of the State of Qatar in combating corruption and in support of the great efforts of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani in the fight against corruption and the establishment of transparency and good governance.



Cabinet: Amir’s speech reflects Qatar’s achievements


The Cabinet hailed the speech of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the 48th ordinary session of the Shura Council on Tuesday. 

The Cabinet also welcomed the important implications in the speech at the internal and external levels that reflected the extent of what has been achieved in various fields, and outlined the features of the next stage and the effort it requires for the homeland while adhering to the values and principles, in order to continue the development and building process under H H the Amir’s sound directives in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The Prime Minister and Interior Minister, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (pictured), chaired the Cabinet's regular meeting held at the Amiri Diwan. Following the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, H E Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi gave the details about the topics on its agenda. 

The Cabinet noted that H H the Amir’s lofty speech included stances towards regional and international issues, and emphasised keenness to promote security, peace and stability in the region and the world. The Cabinet also appreciated H H’s speech that referred to the preparation of the Shura Council elections and the necessary draft laws. Moreover, the Cabinet expressed pride in what H H the Amir said about the successes and achievements on the economic field and in the provision of services and decent standard of living, despite the unjust siege, stressing that all these have been achieved thanks to God and to H H’s directives as well as the dedicated efforts of citizens and residents.

H E the Prime Minister directed Their Excellencies the Ministers to implement the directives of His Highness the Amir in his speech and prepare the necessary plans and programmes. The Cabinet also approved a draft law on combating cover-up of non-Qatari business, economic and professional activities in violation of the law. The preparation of the draft law came to replace the current Law No. 25 of 2004, and in the context of modernizing legislation, creating an investment environment based on transparency, and consolidating the practice of activities in accordance with the provisions of the laws in force in the State.

It also approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. 15 of 2014 on the organization of charitable works. The Cabinet approved a draft decision of the Cabinet on the establishment and formation of the Standing Committee to supervise the management of central markets. The draft provides for the establishment of the Standing Committee to supervise the management of central markets at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and specializes in several functions, including: proposing the necessary policies and programs for the development of central markets and raise their efficiency.

It also approved the Cabinet’s draft decision to adopt the National Qualifications Framework, which is a mandatory reference tool for identifying, classifying and organizing national academic and professional qualifications according to the learning levels prepared according to specific criteria. It is designed to meet all aspects and levels of structured education in Qatar, including general, higher, vocational, technical and vocational education by providing a reference context for the design and development of a range of new and flexible qualifications that meet the needs of the State, the labor market and individuals, and ensure that those with the required skills in the field of employment. 

The Cabinet then approved its draft decision to add the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing Unit to the units comprising the Ministry of Justice and to define its competencies. The Cabinet moreover approved the following: A draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of charitable and humanitarian work between the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) in the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in the State of Kuwait. A draft agreement between the governments of the State of Qatar and Hungary for cooperation in the fields of youth and sports. A draft agreement on cultural cooperation between the governments of the State of Qatar and Hungary. 

After that, the Cabinet reviewed the letter of H E the QCB Deputy Governor and Chairman of the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee on the proposal to criminalise the smuggling of migrants in accordance with the UN Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and the views of the Ministry of the Interior in this regard, and took the appropriate decision thereon.



Conversion of the intersection of Al Mirqab Al Jadeed St with Mohammed bin Qasim St into a temporary roundabout


The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announces the conversion of the intersection of Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street with Mohammed bin Qasim Street into a temporary two-lane-roundabout, while keeping the same number of lanes available on Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street, starting from Monday 11 November 2019 for a period of 2 months, in coordination with the General Directorate of Traffic.

This change will be implemented on to enable upgrading works on the intersection and installation of new traffic lights, as part of Improvement of Main Roads in Al Nasr Area Project. The Public Works Authority will install road signs advising motorists of the temporary closure. Ashghal requests all road users to abide by the speed limit, and follow the road signs to ensure their safety.



Talabat celebrates Hero Month to make a positive difference to the community


Together, Talabat employees are making a difference to the community. As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and to foster positive employee engagement, the region’s pioneering online food delivery service platform, marked a 30-day ‘Hero Month’ community volunteering initiative.

Across the region, more than 250 employees of Talabat volunteered over 500 hours to engage in 17 events in seven countries – all with the goal of giving back to the community. Underlining social responsibility as part of the culture at Talabat, Hero Month was a defining success with the various volunteering activities undertaken. Indeed, they are the Talabat Heroes – committed to serving the community.

In Qatar, Talabat’s heroes put in motion the organisation’s extensive delivery supply chain to distribute food packages to the needy as part of World Food Day. More than 500 food packages were distributed across the country. They also marked the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Pinktober) donating QR1 on every order received from a select list of restaurants in the country. More than QAR 23,348 were raised through the initiative, which will be presented to Qatar Cancer Society.  The team also took part in the Cancer Walk, organised by Qatar Cancer Society.

Talabat will continue to uphold its CSR and employee engagement commitment through ongoing ‘hero’ activities – that underline the company’s commitment to doing business with purpose.



Stars of Science Season 11 Grand Final airs on Friday


The polls have closed, and the public votes are currently being counted to reveal the winner of Qatar Foundation’s edutainment show Stars of Science Season 11.

The three finalists – Abdulrahman Saleh Kamis, Nuha Abu Yousef, and Youssef El Azouzi – have worked tirelessly for the past few months to perfect their inventions, but they will have to wait to hear who the public and the jury have chosen as the Arab region’s top innovator in tonight’s episode. Tune in for the live Grand Final and support your favorite innovator and invention.

Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, the Qatari engineer, wants to help young and newly converted Muslims learn how to better perform their Islamic prayers. Nuha Abu Yousef, the Jordanian Ophthalmologist, seeks to allow patients with afflicted facial muscles regain control over their affected upper and lower eyelids with her Active Lazy Eyelid Sticker. While Youssef El Azouzi, the Moroccan doctor, hopes to aid congestive heart failure patients with his Flow Modulator Stent. “In a record-breaking year, Stars of Science Season 11 proves that science has no room for error as just three contestants have reached the Grand Final,” notes Khaled Al Jumaily, the long-standing host of Stars of Science. “The competition is so close and I cannot wait to share the excitement of the crowning moment with the show’s fans!”

While they will each receive a share of the $600,000 seed fund to further develop their projects, only one will be declared the winner of Stars of Science Season 11.

Qatar Foundation’s Stars of Science Grand Final will air on Friday, November 8, on Qatar TV and across seven regional channels, with subtitles available for online viewing. For a full broadcast guide or for applying to season 12, please visit



Explore big cities in Europe, America and North Africa at smaller prices with Turkish Airlines


Turkish Airlines is giving Qatari jetsetters an unmissable opportunity to travel to major European, American and North African cities within its unrivalled global network and pocket a satisfying saving when they book.

Passengers departing from Doha’s Hamad International Airport can benefit from generous discounts on Economy Class and Business class tickets to Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Casablanca, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Houston, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Miami, Milan, Montreal, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Sarajevo, Stockholm, Tbilisi, Toronto, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Washington and Zurich.

The offer is valid for travellers booking a flight any time from now until 25th November 2019, valid for a travel period until 15th May 2020. Book Economy and Business Class tickets now and fly from Doha to the following cities at unbelievably low fares:





QAR 12,505

QAR 2,605


QAR 8,005

QAR 2,100


QAR 15,465

QAR 4,015


QAR 9,500

QAR 2,605


QAR 11,515

QAR 2,515


QAR 13,505

QAR 3,605


QAR 10,505

QAR 2,505


QAR 7,505

QAR 2,305


QAR 8,005

QAR 2,495


QAR 9,505

QAR 2,505


QAR 14, 505

QAR 4,105


QAR 11,505

QAR 2,405


QAR 9,505

QAR 2,605


QAR 12,505

QAR 2,605


QAR 10,505

QAR 2,405


QAR 9,805

QAR 2,405


QAR 11,505

QAR 2,405


QAR 14,505

QAR 4,205


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Los Angeles

QAR 16,005

QAR 4,705


QAR 9,505

QAR 2,305


QAR 14,005

QAR 3,205


QAR 10,525

QAR 2,525


QAR 15,005

QAR 3,405


QAR 10,005

QAR 2,305


QAR 13,465

QAR 3,465


QAR 11,515

QAR 2,015

New York (JFK)

QAR 13,005

QAR 4,045


QAR 10,495

QAR 2,595


QAR 9,515

QAR 2,005


QAR 10,505

QAR 2,605


QAR 10,025

QAR 2,525

San Francisco

QAR 16,005

QAR 3,905


QAR 13,005

SAR 2,095


QAR 10,505

QAR 2,605


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QAR 1,675


QAR 14,035

QAR 4,105


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QAR 2,405


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QAR 14,505

QAR 4,005


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Turkish Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has been providing excellent services to its passengers through its Business Class offering, its flagship new lounges in the Istanbul Airport and its strong reputation for amazing Turkish hospitality and convenience on all levels. There are currently three Turkish Airlines lounges available in the Istanbul Airport– the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles Lounge and Domestic Lounge, with 2 more scheduled to be open before the end of the year.

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Qatar Airways and IndiGo sign codeshare agreement


Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it has signed a codeshare agreement with IndiGo, India’s largest passenger airline. Sales will start from today with the first codeshare flights to operate from 18 December 2019.

This agreement will enable the airline to place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad and is the first step in strengthening cooperation between the ‘World’s Best Airline’ and the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in India’. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are extremely proud to secure this strategic partnership with IndiGo, the largest airline in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets. We believe this agreement will be just the first step in strengthening our relationship and we very much look forward to working together to harness our complementary strengths and resources to enhance the travel experience for our passengers around the world.”

IndiGo Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, said: “This is a momentous occasion for us, as we sign this codeshare agreement with one of the finest airlines in the world. This strategic alliance will not only strengthen our international operations, but also boost economic growth in India, by bringing in more traffic and heralding opportunities for trade and tourism through seamless mobility. We are confident of a successful partnership as we extend our signature on-time, courteous and hassle-free service experience to the passengers of Qatar Airways. These are exciting times for the aviation industry and it is our commitment to remain focused in building one of the best air transportation systems in the world.”

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Qatar Airways currently operates 102 weekly flights between Doha and 13 destinations in India, including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram. The airline’s cargo division, Qatar Airways Cargo, currently operates a total of 28 weekly freighters to seven destinations in India. The top three cargo destinations in India are Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad. A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; and Langkawi, Malaysia. The airline will add Gaborone, Botswana, in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.

IndiGo is India’s largest passenger airline with a domestic market share of 47% as of August 2019 and is amongst the fastest growing carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer low fares and an on-time, courteous, hassle-free service. With its fleet of over 240 aircraft, the airline offers almost 1,500 daily flights and connects 60 domestic destinations and 23 international destinations. 



QNB to install EV charging stations at its Head Office and branches


QNB Group, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has recently signed a contract with Porsche Centre Doha to install a number of electric vehicle charging stations at its Head Office and selected branches.

The move was one of a number of initiatives launched during Qatar Sustainability Week as part of the Group’s sustainability program. Commenting on the installation of the charging stations, Mr. Abdulla Kamal, General Manager Group Administration & General Services from QNB, said: “We are pleased to sign the contract with Porsche Doha for the installation of the charging stations in Head Office and selected branches as part of our joint sustainability efforts which will help facilitate the growth of low emission vehicles for the benefit of the environment.”

He added: “This is only one of the many projects and initiatives our Bank is undertaking in partnership with leading organizations in Qatar and across our international network to promote sustainability, considering it an inseparable part of our strategy, and as one of the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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On his part, Salman Jassem Al Darwish, Chairman and CEO of Porsche Centre Doha, Al Boraq Automobiles Co. w.l.l said: “It is important that we support the country’s vision around the shift towards electric mobility now and in the coming years. We are delighted to be the first automotive manufacturer to work with QNB to ensure owners have the opportunity to conveniently charge their EVs during a visit at its headquarters and branches.” He adds: “With our first destination charging station, we’re facing the future head-on here in Qatar and prepare for the arrival of the all-new Taycan next year. Our first fully electric model is a true Porsche for the age of electromobility. The newly installed charging station is part of ‘Porsche Destination Charging’ facilities in Qatar that is connected with a Global Porsche network.”

Porsche Centre Doha, Al Boraq Automobiles Co. w.l.l., currently has three charging stations, one at each of the organization’s locations. QNB’s partnership with Porsche Doha is part the Group’s ongoing plan to enhance the ownership of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, which guarantees the reduction of air pollution levels and a smaller carbon footprint. Located at the QNB’s head office building on Corniche Road, the 11-kW charger, which is compatible with a range of EVs, will be available to staff and members of the public.

QNB Group’s presence through its subsidiaries and associate companies extends to more than 31 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. The total number of employees is more than 29,000 operating through 1,100 locations, with an ATM network of more than 4,300 machines.



QU hosts Science for Sustainable Development 2019 Conference


Qatar University (QU) hosted the Science for Sustainable Development 2019 Conference (SSD2019) this week where scientific advancements in sustainable development were covered through four dedicated sessions: food security, waste management, water management and renewable energy. The conference focused on addressing how these resources can be actively integrated in order to enable sustainable resource management.

Senior officials in QU attended the conference including QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, QU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Omar Al-Ansari, QU Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies Professor Mariam Al-Maadeed and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Prof. Ibrahim AlKaabi (pictured).

Prof. Ibrahim AlKaabi spoke at the conference-opening saying, “Sustainable development is considered a strategic way to achieving economic prosperity and environmental sustainability in local and international communities. From this point of view, this conference focuses on innovative ways to solve developmental challenges in the areas of food and water security, waste management and renewable energy.” Prof. AlKaabi said the conference reflects the QU vision to promote the culture of scientific research as an effective tool in addressing challenges. In addition, the conference connects researchers and students with their counterparts locally and internationally and introduces new research trends that contribute to sustainable development.

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Prof. Al-Kaabi added, “Our goal is to shed a spotlight on the efforts –both locally and internationally- towards achieving the vision of sustainable development, which is the vision of our nation Qatar, and the goal of the United Nations. In addition, sustainability is a priority of the QU strategy, which covers 2018-2022 and sets a clear path towards excellence in education, scientific research, institutional development and community participation.” Director of QU’s Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) Dr. Hareb Al Jabri also spoke at the event and gave a presentation on the CSD, its departments and achievements, stressing that sustainable development is one of the cornerstones of Qatar National Vision 2030.

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In the Qatar National Vision 2030, sustainable development is one of the main pillars, focusing on aspects of finding a balance between preserving the environment, managing natural resources, and economic and social developments. Key factors which need to be addressed for integrated sustainable resource management are food security, water conservation, renewable energy and waste management. Attempting to integrate all the aforementioned sectors, under the vision of a circular economy, can only be achieved via adopting a policy that actively involves all relevant stakeholders, increases awareness, and establishes effective and reliable communication and coordination links among all players involved.



Aspiring education leaders from 19 countries to meet in Doha


WISE has selected 25 outstanding learners from 19 countries as the 2019-2020 cohort of the WISE Learners’ Voice program.

Selected from a diverse pool of applicants, who demonstrated their commitment to the field of education through their academic, professional and/or personal work, the cohort will convene for an in-person residential session in Doha from November 17-19, 2019, to participate in an action-based leadership and educational development module. In addition to completing the residential training, fellows will participate in the WISE Summit 2019 to share their views and creative energies in addressing pressing global education issues and challenges. 

Selected Canadian fellow, Moiz Lakhani, a current student at McMaster University in Canada, said: “I’m ecstatic to be part of the WISE Learners’ Voice program as it will provide me with a platform to engage with policy makers and educators in the field of education. “I will also have the opportunity to voice my ideas and perspectives on the field of education at an international level. I hope to work closely with the WISE community to rethink and design the future of education, and to one day take on a leading role in this field.”

Participants will engage in a series of collaborative and interactive modules on topics ranging from communication skills to social innovation, delivered by WISE and partner organizations, to increase the impact of their work and collaborate on pressing challenges. Jasmin Higo, another selected fellow, who has been involved in educational and mentorship projects in Germany, Malaysia, the United States, and Ethiopia, said: “By offering the WISE Learners' Voice program, young leaders from all over the world are able to find solutions to the toughest educational challenges facing communities around the world. I hope to benefit from the knowledge and experience of this program and adapt them to my own community.”

Through the program, WISE aims to support and elevate the work of promising young leaders in education by developing young talent within their communities. The Learners’ Voice program aims to bring the perspectives of young people to the challenge of rethinking education and equips them to take on leading roles in their fields and in the world of education. The program is based on the idea that when learners are co-creators of their learning environments, they become active participants invested as stakeholders in the progress of their communities. The program focuses on building knowledge of education, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication skills.



Qatari artist Faraj Daham brings inspirations from India to Qatar


The Fire Station Artist in Residence hosts an exhibition, titled “See the Unseen”, by Qatari artist Faraj Daham, after the artist returned from his month-long residency at “What about Art?” Foundation in Mumbai, India; as part of Qatar-India 2019. The exhibition is open until November 29th, 2019.

Daham’s exhibition addresses the concept of historical concealment and exclusion through a qualitative approach between what is visible and what is real. During his residency, Daham relied on local tangible and intangible materials to create artworks. Such materials include Chinese fishing nets from Kochi, India, which he used alongside handmade manuscripts to hide the intangibility of history.

Daham’s month long residency came as part of the Qatar-India Year of Culture which aimed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between the two countries through various programmes and initiatives. During his stay, Daham was provided with an individual studio space, professional networking opportunities and an intellectually stimulating environment for dialogue on visual arts practices for artists and curators. Commenting on the news, Qatar Museums’ Head of Years of Culture, Aisha al-Attiya stated: “The collaborative nature of residencies allows artists to be introduced to new perspectives, styles and ideas. This helps them expand their horizons. We are really pleased to have collaborated with “What about Art?” to create an opportunity for exchange for one of our most talented artists.”

Daham’s contemporary work is inspired by the transformation of the world around him and responds to the rapid changes experienced in Qatari society. His work has been displayed at Katara, Mathaf, QM Gallery Al Riwaq, and Al Markhiya Gallery, among others.



Qatar International Court and HBKU College of Law sign memorandum of understanding


Opening new avenues to mutual support and collaborative achievement, Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Law signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The signatories thereby confirm their shared commitment to advance Qatar’s legal environment, following the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030.

QICDRC Chief Executive Officer, Faisal al-Sahouti, and Dean of HBKU College of Law, Dr Susan L. Karamanian, signed the three-year agreement in the presence of representatives from both organisations.

Notably, the newly established understanding foresees the launch of a ‘QICDRC-HBKU College of Law Lecture Series’, to be organised and hosted by both parties on topics related to international dispute resolution, substantive principles of commercial and business law, and QICDRC-specific legal applications. In addition to joint conferences, colloquia, and workshops, the MoU also offers Court judges and senior personnel the opportunity to deliver guest lectures at the HBKU College of Law as well as attend courses on an auditing basis.

Highlighting the benefits of the joint initiative, Faisal al-Sahouti, QICDRC CEO, said: “We are proud to sign a partnership with one of Qatar’s foremost higher education institutes that shares our dedication to the law and its central role in society. As home-grown organisations, we follow a fundamental drive towards the development of a diversified, knowledge-based economy for our country’s future, as we are entrusted with the mentorship of the next generation of legal professionals.”

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Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Dean of HBKU College of Law, said: ”The MoU builds upon the already strong relationship between HBKU's College of Law and the QICDRC. We are particularly excited about having QICDRC judges and officials as guest lecturers at the College of Law. Their knowledge, based on a lifetime of varied experiences, will undoubtedly expand the horizons of our students. Collaboration through conferences and workshops will also help to promote the rule of law in Qatar – a goal shared by both institutions.”   

Since its initial inception as the HBKU College of Law & Public Policy in 2014, the HBKU College of Law has taken an innovative approach to the J.D. legal education. Its unique curricular focus on international business, commerce and dispute resolution contributes to an advanced legal ecosystem in Qatar and beyond.

QICDRC consistently seeks new national partnerships to establish Qatar as a commercial hub and world leader in the application of the rule of law in the area of dispute resolution. The latest MoU agreement effectively marks the signatories’ mutual core mandate to enhance national legal capabilities as prescribed by QNV 2030.



W Doha Hotel takes a swing with new partnership


In an ongoing effort to support Qatar’s commitment to sports, W Doha Hotel and Residences has teamed up with Education City Golf Club to launch Qatar’s first ‘W Doha World Cup of Golf’. This partnership and one of a kind event promises to bring together sport lovers, golf fanatics and competitive players to unite as a team of 4 for a memorable day. Taking place on November 30th, 2019, seasoned golfers or avid beginners are welcome to set up their teams and compete for some of W Doha’s most coveted prizes.

The remarkable golfing facility in Education City has already cemented itself for its impeccable service and as a seasonal host for not only golf tournaments but creating events for the community that they want to be part of. The collaboration between Education City and W Doha will support the growing love for golf in Qatar through encouraging new golfers and the community to get active and start swinging into wellness and attract new energy to a beloved game. Wassim Daaje, General Manager of W Doha commented, “W Doha is the ultimate insider’s destination and our partnership with Education City Golf hits close to home as we are committed to residents’ and guests personal fitness and lifestyle – while still incorporating our signature wow moments into everything we do. W Doha continues to be in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 by supporting the nation’s mission to be a hub for some of the world’s top sporting events and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”  

Taking place on November 30th from 8AM-12PM - W Doha World Cup for Golf will bring together the competitive and sporty ones together for a day surely filled with excitement, impressive shots and unexpected wipeouts. The winners will also be announced on the same day later in the evening at the infamous WET Deck at the hotel where a colorful prize giving ceremony will take place and top teams will take home varying prizes. Rhys Beecher, Director of Golf at Education City Golf Club, commented: “We are super excited to join forces with the W Doha Hotel giving us both the ability to think outside the box on how we can collectively grow the game of golf. Our collaboration we share is much more than just a partnership, but a vision to create opportunities for access to the sport for people that might not have it, combining our strengths together, it will be a day to be remembered.”

Teams are encouraged to visit and form their teams as soon as they can before it’s too late! Price per team is QR2500 which comes with the ultimate golfer starter package!



Alfardan Premier Motors’ newly refurbished showroom extends excellence in automotive innovation


Alfardan Premier Motors Co., the official retailer of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in the State of Qatar, has announced the completion of renovation work to its second world-class showroom in the vibrant Al Sadd area in the heart of Doha, as the automotive brand further cements its leadership position in the market.

The enhancements allow the luxury British marque to reach a wider clientele in Qatar and better serve their demands with access to state-of-the-art services for both Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

The newly refurbished location serves as a complementary sister-showroom to the flagship site Alfardan Premier Motors opened at Burj Alfardan in Lusail City, earlier this year. The Lusail branch is currently the world’s biggest, state-of-the-art, multi-level Jaguar Land Rover showroom. Providing the automotive brand’s discerning customers and the nation’s uncompromising motorists with another option for an exemplary Jaguar Land Rover showroom, the Al Sadd location is conveniently positioned in the well-known Alfardan Plaza. The freshly remodelled facility is sure to delight auto-enthusiasts and loyal clientele alike. Alfardan Premier Motors has created a welcoming hub for its customers, merging innovative design and technology built around customers’ needs and expectations.

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“Where our Lusail showroom provided a podium to showcase the finest automotive craftmanship and a springboard for brand growth, our Al Sadd location builds on this momentum by inviting more of Qatar’s astute motorists to immerse themselves in Jaguar and Land Rover. Now newly refurbished, the Alfardan Plaza showroom perfectly embodies the luxury and refinement synonymous with the automotive leader, and marks another signal of our enduring commitment to Jaguar Land Rover,” said Samer Bou Dargham, General Manager for Alfardan Premier Motors.

“Alfardan Premier Motors is an important and long-standing partner of Jaguar Land Rover in Qatar”, commented Bruce Robertson, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover MENA. “Alfardan Premier Motors has consistently invested in providing world-class showrooms and service centres, keeping the needs of our customers at the core. The Alfardan Plaza showroom is just another step forward in this regard, and one that reflects not only the growth of our brand but the local market’s evolving vision and ambitions”.

Alongside state-of-the-art lighting systems and luxurious customer lounges, the showroom boasts a trailblazing vehicle Personalization Studio offering the ultimate in bespoke vehicle customisation. Ultramodern configuration tables and accessory walls allow customers to add their own personal touch while choosing their next model. Alfardan Premier Motors not only offer customers a place to buy their vehicle, but also a space to personally experience the Jaguar Land Rover brand. This showroom has been designed with the same meticulous attention to detail synonymous with the Jaguar Land Rover range of vehicles, in order to provide an uncompromising retail experience for Qatar’s discerning automotive clientele.

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Built to the new Jaguar Land Rover global ARCH standard, the Alfardan Plaza showroom was designed to enrich the customer experience, beyond simply showcasing each brands’ model portfolio. By creating an immersive space featuring distinct architectural touches, the showroom successfully embodies ultimate comfort and luxury worthy of the Jaguar Land Rover name. The newly refurbished showroom will showcase the full range of the latest vehicles for both brands, including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Under the Jaguar line-up will be featured the Jaguar XF, XE, F-PACE, E-PACE and F-TYPE.

Joining the flagship line-up will be the new Land Rover Defender. The keenly anticipated icon is equipped for 21st century adventures, with intuitive technologies and connectivity. Touted to be the most capable Land Rover ever built, the model was revealed earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is due to be launched in the region during the first quarter of 2020. Dedicated areas of the showroom will also display Approved pre-owned vehicles from Jaguar and Land Rover, designed against rigorous Qatari servicing and maintenance quality standards adopted by both brands, and offering pre-owned motorists the same peace of mind they would enjoy when purchasing a new model. The showroom also houses a special vehicles area which is home to the likes of the Range Rover SVAutobiography, Range Rover Sport SVR, Jaguar F-PACE SVR and Jaguar F-TYPE SVR.

Customers will also get to see a range of Jaguar Land Rover premium lifestyle branded goods and merchandise that have been carefully designed with the same attention to detail that goes into designing and developing Jaguar Land Rover range of vehicles. When the time comes to take the keys, the facility has dedicated private bays for the vehicles’ handover to customers.



Qatar Airways voert cargovluchten uit tussen Maastricht en Luik: 9 minuten vliegen


Luchtvaartmaatschappij Qatar Airways voert sinds kort cargovluchten uit tussen Maastricht en Luik, een vlucht van welgeteld 9 minuten. Dat zegt het Luikse gemeenteradslid Pierre Eyben (Vert Ardent) woensdag in de Sudpresse-kranten. Eyben heeft het over een ecologische aberratie. De maatschappij zelf zit naar eigen zeggen verveeld met de situatie.


Will Turkish media criticism of Qatar harm relations?


Will Turkish media criticism of Qatar harm relations?



Turkish state-run media outlets have levelled unprecedented criticism at Qatar over coverage by the Gulf state’s news network Al Jazeera English of Turkey’s military operation in Syria, but analysts say, despite warnings from Turkey, it is unlikely the relationship between the two countries is in any serious danger

Since Turkey launched its attack against Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria last month its state-run press has been hypersensitive of any criticism of the country’s so-called Operation Peace Spring. It frequently accuses the operation’s critics of actively and consciously making propaganda on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), whose Syrian Kurdish affiliates it is fighting. 

More surprisingly, the Turkish media has also directed its condemnation against the Qatari state-owned network for its coverage of the war. TRT World slammed the network by comparing its coverage to that of its Saudi-owned rival Al-Arabiya and even claiming that Al Jazeera English is the most anti-Turkish of the two. The Turkish broadcaster also highlighted human rights concerns related to the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar.

An editorial by the pro-government Daily Sabah said a small group at Al Jazeera English was “undermining the Turkey-Qatar partnership in an attempt to dictate the Gulf nation’s foreign policy” and warned that the countries’ partnership could be at risk if Doha did not “weed out individuals seeking to poison that alliance behind the smokescreen of independent journalism.” 

This is quite remarkable given the fact that Qatar is Turkey’s only real ally left in the Middle East. As Turkey analyst Soner Cagaptay noted in a tweet, “Doha abandoning Ankara in Syria would mean that Turkey and Erdoğan are all but alone in the Middle East.” 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani have affectionately addressed each other as “brother”. Al Thani even gifted Erdoğan a luxury Boeing 747 worth approximately $500 million. 

Moreover, Turkey has a military base in Qatar, giving it a foothold in the strategically important Gulf, and will open a new base this year as well as increasing the number of its troops deployed there. 

Turkey’s diplomatic and military came to the aid of Qatar, which was faced with a Saudi-led blockade in June 2017, and when Turkey faced U.S. sanctions over its imprisonment of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson in 2018, Qatar’s $15 billion investment pledge helped keep the lira afloat. 

Thus, the latest spat over Al Jazeera English is a low point in the special relationship, but analysts doubt it will do any serious harm.

“I think that the dispute has to do with Turkey wanting to shut down all critique, especially in English language media,” Seth Frantzman, a Middle East affairs analyst for The Jerusalem Post, told Ahval. “Turkey is seeking to extend its own suppression of the free press to the modicum of dissent that exists at Al-Jazeera English.” 

Frantzman noted that while Al Jazeera English “doesn’t critique its masters in Qatar, it has had some dissenting voices on Turkey.”

“So this is about a power struggle over media and Turkey is using its state and pro-government media to demand Qatar weed out any journalists that it doesn’t accept,” he said. “This is about Turkey dominating Qatar.”

“I think Doha will probably bend to Turkey’s demands because Doha doesn’t have a lot of close allies and Turkey has sent armed forces to Qatar,” he said. “It’s quite easy to give a nudge to Al-Jazeera to not critique Turkey’s operation. In the past Al-Jazeera has stopped programmes that were considered controversial, such as a report on the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S.”

Political analyst Ali Bakeer believes the current dispute is an ordinary part of relations between friendly countries. 

“Yet, in such situations, the question is ‘how should such challenges be tackled and ultimately resolved?’” Bakeer asked. 

For Bakeer, that could mean finding a middle path in which Qatar is not forced to sacrifice AJE’s credibility in order to avoid disruptions to its relationship with Turkey.

Frantzman agreed there is little chance of the incident seriously harming bilateral relations, but sees it as an interesting example that reveals the total control the Turkish state has over domestic media and its desire to extend that abroad.  

“It’s also interesting because it shows the Turkish state will use state broadcasters and pro-government media to attack other media as a message to the state of Qatar, basically arguing that Qatar and Al Jazeera are one and the same,” he said. 

Al Jazeera has sought to mark itself out in the West as independent, but the current dispute reveals that “from its closest ally’s point of view there is no difference and Turkey’s demand to the emir of Qatar is to stop its criticism,” Frantzman said.

While both analysts agreed reporting by Al Jazeera English is unlikely to cause any serious rift, Turkish former Foreign Minister Yaşar Yakış pointed out that in the longer term “Qatar is not a country that can carry a country the size of Turkey on its shoulders.”

“It is an Arab country and will remain so,” Yakış told Ahval. “Its long-term interests are firstly with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and secondly with the Arab countries at large.”

Yakış said that “an Arab country can hardly remain on the Turkish side in a divide between Turkey and Arab countries,” adding that Turkey would be wise to turn back to its traditional policy of engaging culturally with Arab states, but not getting involved in conflicts between them.

“It should remain equidistant to all Arab countries,” he said. “It should also remain equidistant to Israel,” he said. “This is how Turkey remained for decades a reliable interlocutor, which communicated with all countries in the Middle East, including Arabs and Israel.”

Yakış concluded by warning that: “Any harm done by an Arab country to another Arab country will be forgotten, but any harm done by Turkey to an Arab country is less likely to be forgotten.”


Qatar Airways to codeshare with IndiGo on Doha – India flights


IndiGo and Qatar Airways have signed a codeshare pact today, which will give Qatar Airways access to seats on select IndiGo flights from Doha to India.

The post Qatar Airways to codeshare with IndiGo on Doha – India flights appeared first on Live from a Lounge.


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11/06 Links Pt1: PA: Dead ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was a US “pawn” and Israel and ISIS are “twins”; Israel says UNRWA chief’s stepping aside shows ‘deep’ change needed; Arab Spring 2.0

From Ian:

David Singer: Rabin’s Policies Can Help Break Gantz-Netanyahu Deadlock
The prospect of a third election in Israel within twelve months looms large – should Blue and White leader Benny Gantz be unable to form a Government of National Unity within the next two weeks.

To break the current deadlock Gantz needs at least nine members to defect from the voting bloc of 55 seats led by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Gantz’s cause could be considerably advanced were he to publicly endorse the policies pursued by the late Prime Minister – Yitzchak Rabin – who was assassinated on 4 November 1995.

Rabin made his intentions very clear in his last speech to the Knesset on 5 October 1995 when presenting the 300 page “Israeli - Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip” (Oslo Accords) for approval:

“Members of Knesset,

“We are striving for a permanent solution to the unending bloody conflict between us and the Palestinians and the Arab states." In the framework of the permanent solution, we aspire to reach, first and foremost, the State of Israel as a Jewish state, at least 80% of whose citizens will be, and are, Jews.

"At the same time, we also promise that the non-Jewish citizens of Israel – Muslim, Christian, Druze and others – will enjoy full personal, religious and civil rights, like those of any Israeli citizen. Judaism and racism are diametrically opposed.

"We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

"We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.

Rabin – then Defence Minister – had stated on May 27, 1985:

“The Palestinians should have a sovereign State which includes most of the Palestinians. It should be Jordan with a considerable part of the West Bank and Gaza. East of the Jordan River there is enough room to settle the Palestinian refugees. One tiny State between Israel and Jordan will solve nothing. It will be a time bomb.”

Supporting Rabin’s policies would stand Gantz in good stead as he seeks to form a Government of National Unity and – failing that – in any upcoming election that would hopefully end Israel’s current precarious political situation.

PMW: Dead ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was a US “pawn” and Israel and ISIS are “twins” - according to the PA
While most of western society saw the death of ISIS leader and arch-terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as a positive development in the war on terrorism, the Palestinian Authority chose to outrageously claim that Al-Baghdadi was a US "pawn" and ISIS a US creation - a terror organization only paralleled by Israel.

Muwaffaq Matar, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, presented a venomous PA manifest against the US:
"They [the US] killed their pawn, who they planted in the open borderless territories of Iraq and Syria after they created an organization-state of barbarity, terror, and racism, for which they chose the name 'the Islamic State.'" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2019]

But dealing with ISIS is not enough as it only amounts to "cutting off the tail of the monster," Matar stated, arguing that the monster's head - Israel - is yet to be fought:
"[The elimination of Al-Baghdadi] was tantamount to a strong blow that has cut off the tail of the monster of terror. However, this monster has a head, and in it is a brain that is capable of growing a different tail and wings... The occupation, settlement, terror, racism, crimes against humanity, and rebellion against UN laws and conventions have a state. They named it 'Israel' and established it on the land of Palestine, which is the Palestinian people's historical and natural right."

Comparing Israel to ISIS, Matar stated that in practice ISIS and Israel are identical:
"This [ISIS] is an organization that, in regard to its crimes, there is nothing similar to it in the modern history of the region except for a defective, colonialist, settling, occupying, and racist state for which they chose the name 'the State of Israel.' The heads of large states in the world have said that the elimination of Al-Baghdadi is not the end of ISIS' terror - and this is correct! - but not one of them referred to their responsibility and their state's responsibility to drain the greatest, deepest, and most dangerous swamp of terror for the region and the world: the defective and racist State of Israel. We know... that the Muslim Brotherhood organization... is essentially a twin of the Zionist movement."
MEMRI: Chicago Islamic Scholar Omar Baloch: Israel Arms And Trains ISIS, Uses It To Destabilize The Region, Advance Its Plans For 'Greater Israel,' Alienate Muslims From Concepts Of Jihad, Islamic State
Chicago Islamic Scholar Omar Baloch said in a video he uploaded to his YouTube channel on September 11, 2019 that Islamic State (ISIS) is now fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan because "you will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda [for] Greater Israel." He said that Israel created ISIS in order to weaken Muslims by alienating them from ideas like an Islamic state, Jihad, and Muslim unity, without which he said Islam would not be the same. Showing pictures of ISIS fighters, Baloch said that the weaponry, uniforms, and training that ISIS has are evidence that it is trained and armed by Israel, and he predicted that Israel will use ISIS to destabilize Pakistan and Kashmir. He added that Israel is "working on Kashmir" by means of India's actions in the region and that Israel intends to do to the Kashmiris what it did do to the Palestinians.

According to the Facebook page of the Furqaan Institute of Quranic Education (FIQE), Sheikh Omar Baloch was born in Chicago and is the scholar in residence at the Al-Furqaan Foundation, of which FIQE is a division. The Facebook page also says that Baloch studied at Georgetown University, at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, at Jamia Thul Ahlul Hadith in Pakistan. For more about Sheikh Omar Baloch, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 7053 Illinois-Based Sheikh Omar Baloch: Islamic Relief Organizations Should Promote the Caliphate as the Long-Term Solution to Humanitarian Problems.

"You Will Always Find ISIS In Places That Are Running A Zionist Agenda, The Agenda For Greater Israel"

Sheikh Omar Baloch: "All of a sudden, guess what? ISIS is in Afghanistan and ISIS is killing Taliban.
"You will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda, the agenda for Greater Israel."

NGO Monitor: Key Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s Omar Shakir (HRW) Decision
Like the lower court, the Supreme Court paints a clear picture of Shakir’s BDS activism, from when he founded a pro-BDS student group in 2006 through his present employment at HRW. During this time, he has been a consistent and ardent supporter of BDS (see NGO Monitor’s extensive material submitted in its filings and which was cited in the courts’ decisions). In the words of Justice Yael Wilner (in a short addendum to the main decision), “The statements [made by Omar Shakir and presented] above are definitely calls to boycott entities that operate in Israel and Judea and Samaria, only because of their connection to Israel or an area under its control — each one (statement) individually, all the more so when taken together. It seems to me that there cannot be a substantive argument about this.”

Pro-BDS activists often use the rhetoric of “human rights” and “international law” to justify their discriminatory campaigns, but such rhetoric does not legitimize the boycotts. The Entry into Israel Law, Amendment 28 (2017) applies specifically to boycott calls that are based on a company’s connections to Israel or an area under its control, not to circumstances when the company in question has undertaken problematic activities.

Even though the judges recognize there can be gray areas, Shakir’s activity unquestionably falls within the criteria of the law. Shakir rejects in total the presence of Israeli entities in the West Bank, and his calls for BDS are in opposition to their identity as Israelis, not because of any specific human rights violation.

Contrary to claims from Shakir’s lawyers and Amnesty International (which joined the case in an amicus capacity), denying Shakir’s work visa will not adversely affect human rights NGOs that want to send representatives to Israel to criticize Israel’s policies. This is because Shakir’s involvement in BDS is so egregious.

The Court firmly rejected a key argument from Shakir’s lawyers. They tried to argue that Shakir’s personal BDS activity ended upon his employment at HRW, at which point all his expressions should be attributed to HRW as an organization. Since HRW is not on the Israeli government’s list of “BDS organizations,” Shakir’s activity as an HRW employee should be granted “immunity” from the Entry into Israel Law. In sharp contradiction, the Court determined that he is responsible for his public statements, especially those on his private Twitter account.
Shakir’s BDS is insufficient to trigger a listing of HRW as a “BDS organization” because HRW is a large international NGO with myriad activities having nothing to do with Israel. This is not a reflection on Shakir’s status as a BDS activist or HRW’s anti-Israel advocacy.
Honest Reporting: No Room For BDS Within Human Rights
Omar Shakir is Human Right's Watch (HRW) representative for Israel and Palestine. HRW is notorious for appointing anti-Israel staff and after a long investigation, Israel's Supreme Court have denied Shakir's visa extension. They have asked him to leave the country due to his clear involvement with Boycott movement against Israel.

Israel's law of denying entry to those that are involved with the hateful BDS movement is controversial, but the one thing that everyone is certain of: there is no room for BDS within human rights.

UK Paper Fails to Challenge the Lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinize, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and its recent article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch (HRW)’s regional director Omar Shakir — a longtime BDS activist — follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules,” Nov. 5) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea, and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually delegitimize the country, support BDS, and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs — after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected Supreme Court — wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organization Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the Supreme Court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS — a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state:
BBC News report uncritically amplifies political NGO’s talking points
On the afternoon of November 5th the BBC News website published a report on its ‘Middle East’ page which was presented to audiences with a ‘halo effect’ reference to a “rights activist”.

The report itself (tagged, inter alia, ‘human rights’) is headlined “Israel court rejects Human Rights Watch activist’s deportation appeal” and the caption under the photograph at the top of the article reads:
“Omar Shakir said he had not called for a boycott of Israel during his time at Human Rights Watch”

Obviously the BBC did not fact-check that claim from the person it had already flagged up as a “rights activist” (i.e. good) before amplifying it.

Had it done so, it would know that analysis of Tweets sent from Shakir’s personal Twitter account between June 2018 and February 2019 by NGO Monitor shows that 16% of those Tweets focused on BDS campaigns against and TripAdvisor and additional Tweets supported a UN “blacklist” of businesses operating in Judea & Samaria.

45% of the BBC article’s word count is devoted to uncritical amplification of talking points from Omar Shakir (including a link to a Tweet) and his employer ‘Human Rights Watch’, including the following claim:
Updated Reuters Falsely Reports That Israel Has Criminalized BDS
In an article yesterday about the ruling by Israel's High Court to uphold the government's decision not to renew the visa of Human Rights Watch's Omar Shakir on account of his ongoing anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) activity, Reuters incorrectly reports that Israel has "criminalized" BDS.
In "Israel's top court upholds deportation of Human Rights Watch official," Jeffrey Heller erroneously reports:
Israel says [Shakir] supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which it has criminalized.

It has lobbied Western powers to follow suit, and Shakir’s case was a test for its anti-boycott legislation.

Israel's anti-BDS legislation treats calls for BDS as a civil, not criminal offense. Specifically, the 2011 "Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel Through Boycott," as amended by the Supreme Court, allows businesses that have suffered economic harm as a result of such boycotts to sue for civil damages. There is no criminal component.

UPDATE, 8 am EST, Nov. 6: Reuters Corrects
In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters commendably corrected the article to make clear that promotion of BDS in Israel is a civil matter, not criminal.
INSS: Russia in the Middle East: A Higher Gear or Media Buzz?
Recent weeks have featured Russia's expanded diplomatic activity in the Middle East following its longstanding involvement in the Syrian civil war. With the reduced U.S. military presence in northern Syria, the image of Russia as the leading power in the region was strengthened.

To what extent does this image of Russia reflect reality? Russia's intensive diplomatic activity in the region reflects Moscow's desire to fill the breach left by the U.S, but it does not represent a change in the balance of power between the global powers in the region. The U.S., should it choose to do so, still has the ability to challenge Moscow and upset Russia's achievements in almost every part of the region.

Russian analyst Fyodor Lukyanov, echoing the official position, stressed that Russia does not view the situation in Syria as a zero sum game with the U.S.

The political process to resolve the conflict in Syria, which was resumed on Oct. 30 in Geneva, is not under Moscow's control. The Russian attempt (2017-2019) to promote a resolution in cooperation with Turkey and Iran through the Astana Process did not succeed, and Moscow is now forced to return to the Geneva track, which is under UN control, and over which the West has veto power.

The U.S. still holds very strong cards in Syria - territorial (most of the Kurdish zone and the al-Tanf region); political (veto rights over the Geneva process); military deterrence; and economic (sanctions and preventing aid for rebuilding Syria). Beyond Syria, Russia at this stage has limited influence on regional states. U.S. allies in the Middle East are not rushing to the Russian side.
Russia captures advanced Israeli missile interceptor in Syria - report
An advanced Israeli surface-to-air missile that was fired from the David's Sling (formerly known as the Magic Wand) missile system was given to Russia by Syria, when it was found intact after the rocket did not explode on contact, according to Russian media sources.

The rocket was reportedly fired on July 23, 2018, and Syrian forces that were dispatched to the scene found the missile intact after it sustained minor damage from impact. The missile was then taken to a Syrian-Russian base where it was transferred to Moscow for further research.

David’s Sling was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon. The system is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles and the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles at low altitude.

The system forms the middle layer of air defense systems between the Iron Dome and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 missile defense systems.

Russian media reports quoted Chinese news agency Sina saying that the missile was taken by Russia for “reverse engineering.”
Israeli Deputy FM: We have sent humanitarian aid to Kurds
Israel will help the Kurds in any way it can, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in the Knesset on Wednesday.

The deputy foreign minister added that she cannot go into detail about how Israel aids the Kurds, because doing so can hurt their cause.

“Israel has received many requests for aid in diplomatic and humanitarian matters. We are aiding them in various channels,” Hotovely said, in response to a motion to the Knesset’s agenda on the situation of the Kurds in Syria.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry has helped non-governmental organizations send humanitarian aid to the Kurds.

Hotovely recounted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “condemned the Turkish invasion of northern Syria and warned against ethnic cleansing of the Kurds,” and that Israel conveyed “our truth about the Kurds in a continuing dialogue with the US.”

Israel’s support for the Kurds is based on “historic ties… [and] shared and varied interests,” she added. “There are many Kurdish Jews in Israel who maintained ties with their place of origin. Kurds are a moderate and pro-Western factor in the Middle East.”
Israel says UNRWA chief’s stepping aside shows ‘deep’ change needed
Israel called on the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees to release in full its findings of alleged mismanagement at the organization, following an announcement that its leader was taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The agency, known as UNRWA, said Wednesday the findings of a probe into alleged abuses of power among top management “relate specifically to the commissioner general” Pierre Krahenbuhl.

The Foreign Ministry said reports on alleged mismanagement at UNRWA lend credence to its criticism of the agency and called for a full release of the probe’s findings.

“The reports reinforce Israel’s claims that a deep and fundamental change is needed in the agency’s operating model,” it said in a statement.

The ministry charged that under Krahenbuhl, UNWRA has become more politicized, “the deficit has ballooned” and the agency’s model was increasingly unsustainable.

“The suspension of Krahenbuhl is a first step in a long process needed to eliminate corruption, increase transparency and prevent politicization in the agency,” it said.

It also called on donor states to consider a new operating model for UNRWA and said recent events showed the agency’s mandate should not be automatically renewed three years from now.

Two Jordanians Detained by Israel Return Home After Handover Deal
Two Jordanians, whose detention without charge by Israel led Jordan to recall its ambassador, returned home on Wednesday in a handover deal that defused a diplomatic crisis, officials said.

Hiba Labadi, 24, was arrested in August after crossing into the West Bank to attend a family wedding. She subsequently went on a hunger strike and was hospitalized after her health deteriorated.

Separately, Abdul Rahman Miri, 29, was arrested in September after he also entered the West Bank to visit relatives.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Monday the two would return to Jordan “before the end of the week” without saying how their release had been secured.

Safadi however said King Abdullah had ordered the government to do everything necessary to bring them back “whatever that may cost.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the handover was agreed after talks between Israeli and Jordanian security chiefs. It said Jordan’s ambassador would return to his post “in the coming days.”
The Coming Collapse of Lebanon Is a Crisis for Israel
It is imperative that the United States and Israel’s other allies ensure that Lebanon does not become another Afghanistan — a terror group masquerading as a state. This is a real danger now, and Israel is gravely imperiled by it. America — and all well-meaning peoples — must continue to isolate Hezbollah and its slave government in Lebanon until sanity and civilization return to “the Paris of the Middle East.”

The government and infrastructure of Lebanon are dominated by the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah, which has already dispatched gangs of thugs to drive masses of demonstrators from the streets of major cities like Beirut and Tyre. The government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned due to enormous street protests over his utter mismanagement and corruption.

Israel should be worried, because Hezbollah, with its economic and political power threatened, could lash out at its neighbor to the south as a unifying distraction for its outraged citizenry. A repeat of Hezbollah’s terror-missile war of 2006 would be a far more lethal version of that earlier conflict, which aimed to eradicate the “Zionist entity” on Lebanon’s southern frontier.

Since Hezbollah is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran and Iran’s terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran can be expected to play a key role in Lebanese affairs at this critical juncture. And where Iran gets involved, Israel becomes the ultimate target.
Israeli and Palestinian firefighters practice saving lives together
Israeli and Palestinian firefighters took part in a joint fire-fighting exercise in Rishon Lezion on Tuesday, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The exercise, held at the Rishon Lezion Firefighting and Rescue School and led by the head of the facility, trained the visiting Palestinian firefighters to handle a number of various real-life situations using a simulator. The Israeli firefighters were trained to speak Arabic throughout these life-threatening situations.

Within the scenarios practiced, the joint exercise included real-life situations such as dealing with fires inside buildings and vehicles, as well as efficient ways to rescue casualties or those in need from blocked or closed off areas.

In part of the blossoming professional relationship between the Palestinian and Israeli commissions, the commander of the Palestinian Civil Defense met with the commissioner of the Israeli Fire and Rescue Authority in the commissioner’s office to discuss firefighting innovations, future collaborations and the importance of the joint work between the two governments.

“The close cooperation between Israeli firefighters and Palestinian firefighters is of great importance in the field,” civilian officer Lt.-Col. Samir said. “Thanks to the combination of forces, we have the ability to work together to improve the skills and the proficiency of both Israeli and Palestinian firefighters alike. This collaboration has yielded fruit in the past and continues to bring positive results every time. Therefore, we will continue to work in order to strengthen and improve it, with a clear purpose – to save human lives together.”
Fatah Official Says PA Chief Abbas, Soon to Turn 85, Won’t Run for Re-Election
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will not run for re-election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicted Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that Abbas is Fatah’s only candidate in the next presidential election.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” stated Sheikh.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” said Rajoub. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In a speech in September at the annual UN General Assembly, Abbas said he will call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem.

Abbas is currently in the 14th year of a four-year term.

A date for the Palestinian elections has yet to be determined.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad reject Abbas’s terms for Palestinian elections
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) have rejected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s terms for holding elections for the PA's parliament and president, Ynet reported on Wednesday.

The chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC), Hanna Nasir, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday for talks with leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian factions on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s plans to hold parliamentary elections in the coastal enclave, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to Ynet, Hamas and PIJ, which are not members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, rejected the clause stating that the elections must be held in accordance with the Election Basic Law, which requires recognizing the agreements signed by the PLO to be able to run.

The organizations require a meeting between the factions to define the terms for new elections; only after a consensus is reached, a presidential order for elections would be issued.

A Palestinian parliamentary election was last held in 2006. The following year, Hamas carried out a violent takeover in the Gaza Strip and has been in power in the coastal enclave ever since.
Abbas bans child marriage, with some legal exemptions
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a decision barring Palestinian teenagers from marrying before they turn 18 years old, unless they receive an exemption from a religious court and a top legal official.

The official PA news site Wafa reported earlier this week that Abbas made the decision, but did not say when.

In the West Bank, Palestinian law previously mandated that a female must be 15 years old and a male 16 years old to be eligible to marry, according to Suna Nassar, the PA Women’s Affairs Ministry’s legal adviser. Comparatively, in the Gaza Strip, it had held that a female must be 17 years old and a male 18, she said in a phone call.

The PA controls the West Bank, whereas Hamas rules Gaza. Hamas has not said publicly whether it will enforce Abbas’s decision.

A 2018 PA Central Bureau of Statistics report found that 10.8 percent of women in 2017 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip aged 20-24 had married before turning 18.

In contrast, the report determined that in 1997, 30.3% of women in the West Bank and Gaza who were then between 20 and 24 married before reaching 18.

Hamas Relying on Qatari Funds in Gaza Strip
Qatar warned Hamas, the Palestinian militant group running the Gaza Strip, that it could cease providing funds and aid to the area in 2020. This warning, as Middle East Monitor reports citing Hezbollah-linked Al Akhbar newspaper, came from Qatari envoy Mohammed El-Emadi. El-Emadi reportedly told Hamas and other Gaza factions that Doha had complications with renewing the funding.

Arab Spring 2.0
Moreover, what makes the demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq unique and gives them historical dimension is that they cross the sectarian, religious and party lines, and demand a change in the structure of government, which currently perpetuates these divisions and prevents unity.

This is unheard of for Lebanon, where political power is divided according to the prominence of the various sectors in society, or for Iraq, where the majority of the population is Shiite. In both countries, protesters have made it clear that they would not settle for the mere resignation of the prime minister (Lebanese Prime Minister Said Hariri has already resigned), nor with reforms that would preserve the current and corrupt system of power.

Although economic hardship and the desire to eradicate corruption are the main issues driving the demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq, Tehran is up in arms over them. Both countries are of paramount importance in the process of "exporting" the Iranian revolution, both play a key role in repelling external attacks on Iran, and both are used as the base of operations from which Iran can use proxies to attack potential enemies.

In Lebanon, this task falls to Hezbollah and in Iraq, it is the work of pro-Iranian militias. Therefore, any threat to the internal stability in Iraq and Lebanon could undermine Iran's security and military strategy.

Tehran is also concerned that the Iranian people may catch the protest "bug," as they did in 2009 and in 2017.

The prospect of the second round of the Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq being more successful than its predecessor is unclear. Replacing the political system in Arab countries is no simple matter, and rulers do not give up their seats easily. But the Iranians already feel threatened by this – just as much as they feel threatened by the devastating economic sanctions the US has imposed on them.

It may very well be that Tehran's decision to renew uranium enrichment sought to distract from the internal problems of the protests in Iraq and Lebanon are creating for it. The ayatollahs much prefer the Iranian people focus on the "real" enemy that on their own plights.
FIFA: Iraq 'unsafe' to host World Cup qualifying matches
FIFA says Iraq is not safe enough to host World Cup qualifying games against Iran and Bahrain.

FIFA says it asked the Iraq soccer federation "to nominate a neutral venue" for the matches on Nov. 14 and 19.

The games were to be played in Basra, the southern city which hosted Iraq's return last month to playing competitive games at home.

Iraq has rarely staged home games since the 1980s because of security concerns.

Turmoil in Iraq in recent weeks has been fueled by economic problems and dissatisfaction with Iran's political influence on its neighbor.
Iran shaves weeks off breakout time, but isn’t tearing up nuclear pact yet
The ongoing game of brinkmanship between Tehran and Washington has entered a new, potentially dangerous level, with Iran restarting uranium enrichment at its Fordo nuclear facility and also announcing it was raising the level of this enrichment, up to five percent.

These two decisions represent a distinctly shocking and provocative move by the Islamic Republic, but they also remain easily reversible, experts say, as Iran attempts to bully its way toward financial relief while keeping just shy of prompting European countries to call for a so-called snapback of broader international sanctions.

The transformation of the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant, which is buried deep under a mountain in Iran’s Qom district, from a uranium enrichment facility to one used for other, non-nuclear purposes was a key provision of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The heavily fortified Fordo was originally built and operated in secret by Iran, until it was exposed by Western intelligence services, including Israel’s, and ultimately acknowledged by Tehran in 2009 to great international criticism. The facility is widely regarded as having been built for the explicit purpose of producing highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons far enough underground that it couldn’t be destroyed in a military strike.
US accuses Iran of ‘nuclear extortion’ as Tehran expands enrichment at key plant
The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of “nuclear extortion” and vowed no let-up in pressure after the clerical regime said it would resume uranium enrichment at the key Fordo plant.

“Iran has no credible reason to expand its uranium enrichment program, at the Fordo facility or elsewhere, other than a clear attempt at nuclear extortion that will only deepen its political and economic isolation,” a State Department spokesperson said.

“We will continue to impose maximum pressure on the regime until it abandons its destabilizing behavior, including proliferation-sensitive work.”

The comments came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “never let Iran develop nuclear weapons.”

”Iran expands its aggression everywhere. It seeks to envelop Israel. It seeks to threaten Israel. It seeks to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said at an event in Jerusalem.

Iran has regularly threatened to destroy Israel, and has developed ballistic missiles believed in the West to be intended to carry nuclear warheads in the future.
Macron: With new centrifuge operation, Iran is withdrawing from nuclear deal
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said Iran’s decision to resume enrichment activity at a nuclear facility meant it had withdrawn from the troubled 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers.

Iran on Wednesday said it had begun inserting uranium gas into over 1,000 centrifuges at the Fordo nuclear facility, which under the JCPOA pact had turned into a research facility with no active enrichment.

“I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA (nuclear) agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Macron said at a news conference during a trip to Beijing, according to a Reuters report.

Macron called the developments a “profound change” from Tehran’s previous position and a “grave” move.

“I will have discussions in the coming days, including with the Iranians, and we must collectively draw the consequences,” Macron said.
Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats
Iran briefly held an inspector working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog in the Islamic Republic and seized her travel documents, diplomats familiar with the agency’s work said on Wednesday, with some describing it as harassment.

The incident appears to be the first of its kind since Tehran’s landmark deal with major powers was struck in 2015, imposing restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Hours after Reuters reported the incident, Iran confirmed that it had prevented an inspector from accessing its Natanz site - the heart of its uranium enrichment program - last week, because of a concern that she might be carrying “suspicious material”, according to the Fars news agency.

The episode comes at a time of heightened friction between Iran and the West, with Tehran breaching the deal’s restrictions step-by-step in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal and renewed sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency is also in transition, with a new chief taking over next month.

The incident is due to be reported on at a meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors on Thursday convened at short notice to discuss “two safeguards matters” not specified in the agenda, which was circulated on Monday.
How Tehran Is Surviving U.S. Sanctions
A year ago, the U.S. kicked off a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, in November it reimposed a raft of economic sanctions squeezing Iranian oil exports and curtailing the country's access to the international financial system.

Iran expected that other parties to the nuclear deal would help shore up its economy. But European governments could not force private companies to defy U.S. sanctions. Nor did other friendly governments - China, Russia, and India - pick up the slack. They face little pressure from the oil market to go out on a limb for Iran. Global demand is slowing, supply is abundant, and prices are low - so why risk U.S. sanctions to buy Iranian oil?

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank predict that Iran's economy will rebound from a recession to near zero percent growth in 2020. Iran's fluctuating currency, the rial, has stabilized. The Iranian economy stays afloat in part because it is diversified. In 2017, crude oil accounted for 43% of Iranian exports, so Iran's service, agricultural, and non-oil industrial sectors were able to cushion the blow from the collapse of oil revenues under sanctions.

Moreover, the government can draw upon its $100 billion of reserves to cover any gaps and to ensure the continued strong social spending that Iranians expect.
2 Iranians accused of spying on Jewish, Israeli targets in US plead guilty
Two Iranians who were charged with collecting information on Israeli and Jewish targets in the US and on opponents of the Iranian regime have pleaded guilty to acting on behalf of Tehran, the US Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual US-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were arrested last year.

“The Iranian government thought it could get away with conducting surveillance on individuals in the United States by sending one of its agents here to task a permanent resident with conducting and collecting that surveillance,” said Jessie K. Liu, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Doostdar is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17 and Ghorbani will receive his sentence on January 15.

As part of his plea, Doostdar admitted he traveled to the United States from Iran on three occasions to meet with Ghorbani and to convey directions for Ghorbani’s activities on behalf of Iran.
BBC News mantra on ‘peaceful’ Iranian nuclear programme returns
Iran’s latest breach of the 2015 JCPOA was portrayed by the BBC as “rolling back another commitment” in the opening line of an article headlined “Iran nuclear deal: Uranium enrichment to resume at underground facility” which appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page on November 5th.

As is inevitably the case in BBC reporting on that deal and Iran’s nuclear programme, audiences were told that:

“Iran has insisted that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.”

The BBC knows that in December 2015 (after the JCPOA had already been agreed) the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA – produced a report which stated that:

“…the agency “assesses that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place” up to 2009.”

The BBC also knows that in April 2018 Israel revealed documents from Iran’s nuclear archive which raised new issues. Nevertheless, it once again chose to amplify Iranian propaganda but not to inform readers of those relevant parts of the story.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Iran Defends Imperialism As Bulwark Against Imperialism (satire)
Officials in the Islamic Republic of Iran explain the country’s virtual takeover of Iraq and Lebanon, as well as its use of puppet militias and proxy forces in Syria and Yemen, among others, as a defense against Western efforts to take over Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and other Middle East states, regime sources reported today.

Representatives of various government ministries and the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told journalists Wednesday that the territorial integrity and political independence of countries in the region are sacrosanct, and require Iran’s protection from what they characterized as a US-led effort to exert effective control over them, protection that Iran provides in the form of taking them over and exerting effective control.

“Satanic Western imperialism will not succeed,” warned Deputy Minister of Defense Mohtin Yorai. “To counter the threat of the evil machinations of the Great Satan and its minions we have already assumed de facto control of the governments of Iraq and Lebanon, and are working to establish similar arrangements elsewhere. In the same vein we offer material and financial support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other groups waging a similar fight. The Zionists and their allies will fail in their campaign to subjugate and rule the region because we will do so first.”

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11/05 Links Pt1: ‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'; It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA; Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS

From Ian:

‘I like your frame on this’: Warren nods as supporter claims US backs 'genocide in Palestine'
Elizabeth Warren nodded along with an attendee at her town hall event while he claimed the American military supported genocide.

The Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential hopeful took questions from the crowd in Grinnell, Iowa, on Monday, with one attendee saying, “Right now, the United States is bombing at least seven countries. We support genocides in Palestine and in Yemen. The U.S. military is actually the biggest polluter of any organization in the world.”

He continued, “United States sanctions on Venezuela caused over 40,000 deaths, and we also have sanctions on many other countries like Iran, North Korea, and you can name many more.”

The attendee asked Warren, “I’m wondering, as president, will you stop U.S.-supported murder, whether it’s through sanctions, arms support, or boots on the ground?”

Warren responded, “I like your frame on this.”

Republican Jewish group’s campaign slams Democrats as a ‘disgrace’ — in Yiddish
The Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday launched a $10 million campaign — an unprecedented amount in partisan Jewish advertising — with online ads depicting 2020 Democratic US presidential candidates as a “disgrace.”

Videos titled “Shanda,” Yiddish for “disgrace,” blast the Democrats for saying they would consider reducing aid to Israel.

“The radical Left has taken the reins of the Democratic Party, and their policy proposals will devastate our national security, our alliance with Israel, our economy, and our health care system,” Matt Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said in a statement announcing the release of the 15- to 30-second ads.

The placement of the videos on Facebook, YouTube and other media will cost $50,000. Brooks confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report in Axios that the RJC had budgeted $10 million for its 2020 efforts.

In the spots, “leading Democrats” are accused of “turning their back” on Israel. They show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish.

It’s Time to Close Down UNRWA
UNRWA’s top official, Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, was accused of appointing as an adviser a woman with whom he was romantically involved. The pair traveled on business class flights across the globe. Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell was accused of bullying and of manipulating the system to find a well-paid job for her spouse, Robert Langridge, who was promoted. Chief of Staff Hakam Shahwan was accused of behaving like a thug, placing people loyal to him in positions of power, and lobbying to take over UNRWA operations in Jerusalem.

Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the above, the agency has adopted a culture of secrecy about itself. It employs about 30,000 people (compared to the UNHCR’s 11,000 for the rest of the world’s 17 million refugees and displaced persons). Most of its staff are Palestinians and many are known members of Hamas (indeed, Hamas membership helps one get a UN job). Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s former Commissioner-General (1996–2005), admitted in an interview with CBS that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll. For example, the chairman of UNRWA’s Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, is a member of Hamas’ new political leadership.

Retired IDF Col. Yoni Fighel, a former military governor in the territories, notes that as long as UNRWA employees are members of Hamas, they are going to pursue the interests of that organization within the framework of their job.

The agency was threatened with closure after the Trump administration implemented severe cuts following reports that proved rockets had been hidden inside UNRWA schools. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who sat on the ethics findings for months, claims he is “committed to acting swiftly on the corruption allegations.”

The UN originally made clear that UNRWA’s mandate would be short-term, indicating that the refugee issue should be solved expeditiously through repatriation or resettlement. In the words of former UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie, “The refugees will lead an independent life in countries that have sheltered them. Except for the ‘hardcore’ cases, the refugees will no longer be maintained by an international organization as they are at present. They will be integrated into the economic system of the countries of asylum and will themselves provide for their own needs and those of their families.”

Palestinian residents of Arab states — all of whom are considered refugees by UNRWA — should become citizens of those states, as they are in Jordan.

Israel’s Supreme Court rules HRW Director can be deported over BDS
In a landmark anti-BDS ruling the High Court of Justice has paved the way for Israel to deport Human Rights Watch’s local director Omar Shakir for his support of boycott activity against Israel.

Human Rights Watch is weighing an appeal to a larger judicial panel of the verdict by a three judges. If not appeal is lodged, Shakir could be asked to leave the country within 20-day.

The ruling is a victory for those who hold that advocates of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment Movement are acting against the state and are not engaged in legitimate criticism of Israel. Opponents view it as part of a movement to suppress human rights advocacy in Israel.

Shakir, who is a US citizen, immediately tweeted that if the HCJ decision is upheld, Israel will “join ranks of Iran, N Korea & Egypt in blocking access for @hrw official. We wont stop. And we wont be the last.”

Minister for Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan [Likud] expressed his satisfaction over the verdict.

"I applaud the decision of the Supreme Court that accepted my Ministry and the Interior Minister's position that a work visa should not be given to a foreign boycott activist who wants to harm Israel and its citizens," he said in a statement.

"Omar Shakir is a BDS activist who took advantage of his stay in Israel to harm it, something no sane country would allow. Israel sees great importance in the activities of real human rights organizations, granting hundreds of visas every year to human rights activists. HRW is welcome to appoint another representative in Israel in place of Shakir if it chooses to do so," he added.
NGO Monitor: Resource Page on Omar Shakir (HRW) Court Case
On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court rejected Shakir’s appeal and upheld the ruling of the Lower Court that his work visa will not be renewed.

In October 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) hired Omar Shakir to serve as its “Israel and Palestine Country Director.” Shakir has been a consistent supporter of a one-state framework and advocate for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) campaigns, fitting the longstanding HRW practice of hiring anti-Israel activists to serve in key positions relating to Israel.

In May 2018, due to Shakir’s BDS ties, the Israeli Ministry of Interior chose not to renew his work visa. HRW and Shakir have been challenging this decision in Israeli courts. In April 2019, he lost his case in the Jerusalem District Court and immediately appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The hearing took place on September 24, 2019. While Shakir regularly assails Israel for its “lack of democracy,” in fact, the Israeli courts allowed him to remain in the country during his appeal process despite having no obligation to do so.

Omar Shakir’s background and history of anti-Israel activity exemplifies the organization’s troubling ideological approach to Israel and retreat from the universal principles of human rights.1

Guardian fails to challenge the lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinise, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and today’s article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch’s regional director Omar Shakir – a long time BDS activist – follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules”, Nov. 5th) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s simply unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually deligitimise the state, support BDS and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs – after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected supreme court – wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organisation Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the supreme court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS – a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state.
'A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a 3rd election'
There is virtually no chance, and if there is no dramatic breakthrough in negotiations, Israel will be facing its third general election in a year, senior political officials from the Likud, Blue and White, Yisrael Beytenu, and the New Right were saying Monday.

According to one official, the two sides are farther apart than ever, particularly since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokespeople were questioned by police last week.

The same official said that Blue and White was waiting for Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to decide whether or not to indict Netanyahu. Mendelblit is expected to make his decision in early December. For Blue and White, even if Mendelblit were to drop the count of bribery, any indictment would be the final nail in the coffin of any possibility of forming a government with Netanyahu, he explained.

On the other hand, the official said, Netanyahu wants to remain prime minister, even if he is indicted. Therefore, he will not step down, and will apparently retain the support of the Likud and the smaller right-wing parties when and if he is under indictment.

The official said that as of Monday night, it was clear that neither the Likud nor the right-wing bloc would oust Netanyahu and would prefer to hold a third election, even at their detriment.

He also said that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz's position was shaky and even if he wanted to adopt the compromise put forth by President Reuven Rivlin, he would not be able to negotiate it.

"A unity government is dead, and Israel is on its way to a third election," the official said.
Sderot youth challenge MKs to take up their cause
In the middle of Sderot, near the Gaza border, 120 chairs sat empty on a lawn on Sunday, waiting for MKs to fill them.

The chairs were set up by young residents of Sderot to represent the 120 MKs who they say they feel abandoned them as rockets continue to be fired at them from Gaza on a regular basis, including on Friday.

“Elections are important and coalition negotiations are important,” organizers wrote. “Even investigations are important, recordings are important, indictments are important. And also a memorial ceremony [for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin] is important.”

“Hey, how did we forget?” they continued. “A plane for the prime minister is important and so are demonstrations outside the attorney-general’s house, but wait, rockets on the residents of the South are not a little important.”

The residents said they’re sick of promises that are not being fulfilled.

“After a Shabbat full of fireworks in the sky, after the horror show organized by terrorists on the other side of the fence, we decided to stop being quiet.”

Dvir Sasi, a spokesman for the protest, said: “We welcome all the MKs to come to us and explain the situation to us, and listen to us, and tell us their solution.”

What does conviction of IDF soldier mean for ICC war crimes battle?
Twenty months into the Gaza border conflict, the IDF courts issued their first conviction of a soldier for shooting one of the approximately 350 Palestinians who have been killed.

At the same time, the sentence was a mere one month of community service since the conviction was not for a more serious charge, like manslaughter, but essentially for the low-grade offense of violating the rules of engagement for opening fire.

Why was this the result, and what does all of this mean for the broader big battle before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over whether Israel’s legal system complies with international law or whether it has committed war crimes?

Official and unofficial statements from the IDF were short on details, leaving some critics to speculate about potential improper intentions.

Essentially, they said that the unnamed IDF soldier had violated open fire regulations in shooting toward the 15-year-old Palestinian Othman Helles as he was climbing the Gaza security fence, but that IDF investigators could not establish for sure one way or another whether that soldier’s bullet was the one that killed him.

What does this mean? How can the IDF know the soldier fired illegally toward Helles without knowing whether his bullet was the “kill-shot”?
JPost Editorial: Recognize the Armenian genocide
About 105 years ago, the Armenian genocide began. Members of the Armenian community living in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated at the orders of the governing authorities. As many as 1.5 million Armenians, an ethnic minority, were rounded up and murdered or deported to the deserts of Syria to die.

The Armenian genocide was well known in its time. The German military attaché to the Ottoman Empire described it as “total extermination” and other accounts provided graphic details of the horrors the survivors went through. Women were sold into slavery and raped, children were left to starve. In a prelude to the Holocaust and the crimes of ISIS, the slaughter of Armenians was an opening to a hundred years of similar mass murder events.

As a state founded in the wake of genocide, Israel knows too well what it means to be a small minority subjected to massacre and the systematic murder by a government. Like Armenians, Jews had to live as minorities under regimes such as the Germans or the Poles, enjoying “protection” so long as they did not get in the way of the state’s interests.

In late October, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. It overwhelmingly passed with 405 votes and affirms that the US will record the genocide and provide “solemn remembrance of one of the great atrocities of the 20th century.” The US was moved to act because of recent tensions with Turkey.

Turkey protected Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Turkey protected ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – and Trump should have known.

In his national address announcing that US Special Forces had killed Baghdadi, President Donald Trump commended Turkey while turning a blind eye to Turkey’s collusion with ISIS. While Trump thanked “the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us,” he downplayed the importance of intelligence provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was critical to the mission.

We know that Turkey institutionalized support for jihadis after Syria’s President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian rebels in Ghouta using chemical weapons in September 2013, and that Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) provided weapons, money and logistical support to jihadi groups that evolved into ISIS. Wounded ISIS warriors regularly showed up at Turkish hospitals in Gaziantep to receive medical care.

Baghdadi founded ISIS in the spring of 2014. ISIS attacked Mosul and Sinjar in June, terrorizing Yazidis and Kurds. Over five years, the so-called ISIS caliphate grew to the size of Great Britain, with eight million people under its control.

According to the SDF, “Turkey provides all kinds of support to the terrorist groups. These forces, trained and funded by Turkey, are engaged in a planned ethnic cleansing against our people.” Turkish-backed jihadis in the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) commit crimes on a daily basis in Turkish-occupied areas of Syria such as Afrin, Azaz, Bab, Jarablus and Idlib.
MEMRI: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad: It Is Possible That Al-Baghdadi Has Been Kidnapped, Hidden, Or Had His Appearance Surgically Altered; Israel Has Been Behind The Scenes Throughout The War; Erdoğan Is Our Enemy
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was interviewed on Syria TV on October 31, 2019. He said that the extremist Wahhabi doctrine represented by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS will continue to exist even after ISIS is gone and that Al-Baghdadi had been released from American prisons in Syria in order to lead ISIS. Questioning whether Al-Baghdadi was really killed by the Americans, President Al-Assad suggested that he may have already been dead or that he may have been kidnapped, hidden, or had his appearance surgically altered. He said that the American operation to kill Al-Baghdadi was a trick and that American politics rely on imagination and resemble Hollywood. Later in the interview, President Al-Assad said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is Syria's enemy and that U.S President Donald Trump is the best president America has ever had because he is transparent about American policy and America's interest in Middle Eastern oil.

In addition, President Al-Assad said that even though Turkey is occupying parts of Syria, negotiating with it would not suggest that Syria could also negotiate with Israel, because Syria does not recognize Israel as a state or the Israelis as a people the way it does Turkey and the Turks. He also said that Syria wants to gradually regain sovereignty in Kurdistan. Furthermore, President Al-Assad said that Israel's influence is ever present in Syria, that Israel's involvement in the Syrian civil war is a given even though it is not openly apparent, and that everything that has taken place in Syria has served the interests of Israel through proxies, agents, flunkies, or the United States. The English-subtitled version of the interview was uploaded to the Syrian Presidency's YouTube channel.
Halkbank Says It Will Seek Dismissal of US Indictment, Judge’s Recusal
A lawyer for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank, which has been criminally charged by US prosecutors with helping Iran evade sanctions, said in a letter on Monday that it would seek to dismiss the case and have the judge assigned to it recuse himself.

In a letter to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, Andrew Hruska, a lawyer for Halkbank, said the bank was not agreeing to appear in court on the charges. He asked that he be allowed to represent the bank for the limited purpose of arguing the dismissal and recusal motions.

A hearing is scheduled in the case on Tuesday, and prosecutors have said they may seek a fine against Halkbank if it refuses to appear.

A spokesman for the office of Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment. Hruska did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought the criminal charges against Halkbank on Oct. 16. The bank called the charges an escalation of Washington’s sanctions on Ankara over its military incursion in Syria, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called them an “unlawful, ugly” step.

Hruska said in Monday’s letter that the bank’s “incidental contacts with the US are insufficient to establish… jurisdiction” in the New York federal court.
Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah official: Abbas won't seek reelection
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not planning to run in the next presidential election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said in an interview with Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicts a statement by another senior Fatah official, Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that the only candidate of Fatah in the presidential election will be the 84-year-old Abbas.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” Sheikh said.

Rajoub, who also heads the Palestinian Football Association, described Abbas as a “national treasure.” Abbas, he revealed, does not want to run in the election, and he won’t agree to be a candidate.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” Rajoub said. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In September, Abbas announced in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly that he intends to call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Rajoub, a former head of the PA’s Preventive Security Force in the West Bank, is seen by some Palestinians as a potential successor to Abbas. However, Rajoub did not say in the interview whether he intends to present his candidacy in the presidential election.

Rajoub’s announcement that Abbas won’t seek another term in office is likely to trigger a “war of succession” between several veteran PLO and Fatah officials who see themselves as suitable candidates to succeed the PA president.

Abbas himself has not said whether he intends to contest the next election. Moreover, he still hasn’t announced a date for holding new presidential and parliamentary elections.

The last Palestinian presidential election was held in 2005, when Abbas was elected for a four-year term. The last parliamentary election, held in 2006, resulted in a Hamas victory.

Rajoub expressed hope that Abbas would set a date for the new elections before the end of this year.
PMW: “The most despicable plot” – Palestinian reactions to the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Zionist leader Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Every year, PA officials condemn the Balfour Declaration and seem to compete in calling it names, denying its legitimacy, and refuting the validity of Jews’ right to a national home in “Palestine” as Palestinian Media Watch has reported. This year is no exception. Here are some examples of statements by PA officials and others about Balfour’s “ominous promise”:

PA Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif stated that the Balfour Declaration is an “invalid promise” that Britain had no right to give, and that the Jews had no right to receive. He called it “a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity” and a “historic mistake,” and predicted that Israel/the Jews will disappear like previous “invaders”:
Minister Abu Saif: “Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and the invaders will go away as those who preceded them went away...

He added: ‘The ominous promise, in which the one giving the promise permitted giving what is not his to one who has no right, was a mark of disgrace in the history of humanity. The historic mistake will only be corrected when the right returns to its owners.’”

[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 2, 2019]

The PA claims of the illegitimacy of Britain’s actions and Israel's creation is illustrated by this image printed by the official PA daily, which shows the British and the Israeli flags in a no entry sign on the Balfour Declaration together with an image of Balfour and “Palestine”:

The PLO factions issued a joint statement on the anniversary that named the Balfour Declaration “the most despicable plot in the history of the peoples.” The PLO claimed that the “ominous promise” was the result of the convergence of interests of the “colonialist states” Britain and the US and the Zionist movement. The PLO repeated the PA claim that the colonial powers used the Jewish people as a pawn in the Middle East to gain control in the region, steal its resources, and prevent the Arab countries from developing:
Fatah: “We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” “Jerusalem is ours”
Text: “The deal of the century will never pass. We will defend our holy sites with our blood and our souls” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is not allowed. This cannot happen. This is a decisive moment, a dangerous moment for us. Our entire future is at stake. If Jerusalem is lost, what will you say afterwards?" Text: “Jerusalem is ours and you will never have a place in it” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is a crucial moment that demands that every Palestinian present themselves immediately to quickly discuss the fate of the eternal capital [Jerusalem]. In politics: It’s the capital. In religion: It’s the capital. In geography: It’s the capital." Text: “The shining rage will uproot the tyranny from our land” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Here we are sitting, here we are remaining. We will never repeat the mistakes of the past. We will not repeat the mistakes of 1948 or the mistakes of 1967. We are remaining here – occupation, settlements, whatever – We are remaining here!" Song lyrics: "The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours" Text: “The home is ours and Jerusalem is ours. And with our hands we will liberate it, Allah willing” Text: “Fatah Al-Asifa” (The Fatah logo includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.) [Official Fatah Facebook page, July 28, 2019]

Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas Joins Iranian Plan to Foil Arabs' Anti-Corruption Protests
Alnehaiwi added that the "popular revolutions against the [Iranian] occupiers and [Arab] executioners are a luminous point and milestone that will serve the interest of the Palestinian issue." Noting that Hamas did the right thing when it sided with the Syrian people in their uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad, the political analyst said:
"Hamas may regret its support for Iran. Hamas will lose a great deal if it continues to side with Iran and stands against the people who have revolted against [Iranian] occupation and the executioners."

Such criticism, however, is unlikely to deter Hamas from pursuing its agenda of promoting Iran's interests in the region. The Arabs who are risking their lives to demand good governance and an end to corruption are now being targeted by Iran and its puppets in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Iraq.

It now remains to be seen whether the Arabs who have finally woken up to realize that Iran -- and not Israel -- is the real threat to their well-being will be able to keep up the momentum and continue their uprising against corruption and Iranian dominance over their countries.

By continuing to align itself with Iran, Hamas is leading its people straight toward even greater suffering. The only way for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to alleviate their misery is by revolting against their "leaders" in Hamas. Instead of firing rockets at Israel and demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinians ought to learn from their brothers in Lebanon and Iraq who their real enemies are: Iranian-backed dictators and fake Palestinian leaders, who only know how to lead their people towards further suffering.
Hamas Encouraging Youth Drug Use as Qatar Support Comes to an End
As the year comes to an end, the Gaza Strip is preparing to return to the familiar, suffocating financial crises that is sure to result from Qatar’s ending its grant to poor families. Qatari envoy in the Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, has informed Hamas and other terror factions there that his government is having difficulties renewing the grant, Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday.

These funds did not cover all of Gaza’s poor families, and the most each lucky family received was $100 each month, but it was a reliable stopgap measure to stave off the explosion that’s sure to come without this charity. There will be two more payments until the end of 2019, Al Emadi told the local leaders, after which they are on their own.

Over the weekend, Hamas made it clear that it was blocking the security escalation with Israel and is not interested in keeping it up. But then, on Monday, Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza, bragged that he had been the one to determine in recent years whether or not there would be war.

Kan 11 TV on Monday night provided a glimpse into the other wars Hamas has been waging: internal leadership wars, a cruel, Darwinian effort to literally “thin the herd” with violent border fence riots, and an unofficial operation to induce as many as 200,000 Gazan youths to using drugs, mostly hashish and opiates – to help them forget the hardships of their daily lives.
Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years
Egyptian authorities have barred Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh from traveling outside the Gaza Strip and Egypt for almost three years to prevent him from meeting with their political rivals, a senior official in the terror group said in an interview published Tuesday.

The last time Haniyeh traveled beyond Gaza and Egypt was in late 2016 and early 2017 before he was elected Hamas head.

“The Egyptians are not permitting the head of the politburo to travel abroad because they do no want him to meet their political rivals,” Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the terror group, told Dar al-Hayat, an Arabic-language news site. “This ban [has been in place] for about the last three years.”

Hamas, which frequently meets with Egyptian intelligence officials mediating between the terror group that rules the Strip and Israel, also maintains close ties with countries that Cairo views as foes such as Qatar and Turkey.

In chilling detail, ex-envoy to US Oren warns of Israel-Iran ‘conflagration’
Former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren has described in chilling detail how a conflict between Israel and Iran could easily be sparked and descend into a massive conflagration, devastating Israel and other countries in the region.

Israel is already girding for a war with the Islamic Republic, and has carried out hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked targets in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. A single miscalculation during one of those airstrikes could draw retaliation by Iran, Oren wrote in a column published in The Atlantic on Monday.

“The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran,” he began. “Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time. And it’s not hard to imagine how it might arrive. The conflagration, like so many in the Middle East, could be ignited by a single spark.”

An Israel Defense Forces bombing run could inadvertently hit a sensitive target, or an Israeli official could step out of line and say something to embarrass Iran following an attack, Oren wrote.

“The result could be a counterstrike by Iran, using cruise missiles that penetrate Israel’s air defenses and smash into targets like the Kiryah, Tel Aviv’s equivalent of the Pentagon. Israel would retaliate massively against Hezbollah’s headquarters in Beirut as well as dozens of its emplacements along the Lebanese border. And then, after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin,” he continued.
The Revolt Against Iran
Unsurprisingly, Iran and its allies in Iraq and Lebanon are blaming recent unrest on the usual suspects: a conspiracy of foreign actors that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Zionists.

How will this end? In 2008, civil unrest led to Hezbollah’s armed seizure of Beirut. Hezbollah and Iran have poured thousands of fighters and billions of dollars into neighboring Syria to help crush the rebellion against their Syrian ally. In 2009, Iran’s green movement protests over stolen elections finally ebbed in the face of torture, beatings, and detentions meted out by the regime. “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,” Iran’s second-most powerful man assured Iraqi officials this month. “This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

Ten years ago, when Iran saw its largest uprising since the 1979 revolution, Obama was not only reluctant to express solidarity with Iranians, he also refused to acknowledge the rigged elections, dismissed advisers who urged active assistance, and blocked CIA resources earmarked for supporting democratic uprisings. In The Iran Wars, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon reveals how Obama’s peculiar reticence was largely motivated by his worry that American involvement would ruin his secret overtures to Tehran in hopes of brokering an agreement. While President Trump has also expressed a desire to strike a deal with Iran, he has already retweeted two videos of Iraqi demonstrators storming the Iranian consulate in Karbala. Whether this administration is able to leverage these protests into successful policy beyond tweets remains to be seen. And perhaps more importantly, it is too early to tell whether the nascent political revolts in Lebanon and Iraq can survive the backlash from Iranian-backed militias and snipers long enough to evolve into a meaningful, organized political opposition.
Rep. Cheney to Introduce Legislation Mandating Full Dismantling of Iran Nuclear Deal
Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) will soon introduce new legislation that would compel the Trump administration to eradicate the remaining vestiges of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the lawmaker told the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheney's legislative effort comes as GOP hawks in Congress have launched an offensive against the Trump administration's decision to again grant Iran sanctions waivers that permit it to conduct sensitive nuclear work, including at an underground bunker site that once housed the regime's atomic weapons program.

The legislation is yet another sign of mounting frustration among hawkish Republicans over the Trump administration's mixed signals on Iran. Critics allege the administration is backtracking on its own "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran in order to preserve possible diplomacy with Tehran down the road.

The Free Beacon reported last week that the Trump administration's State Department had signed off on the nuclear waivers, despite public and private pressure from anti-Iran voices on Capitol Hill. The debate marks one of the clearest divides yet between typically faithful Trump administration supporters in Congress and those inside the administration.

Cheney told the Free Beacon that the waivers have helped legitimize Iran's nuclear infrastructure and paved a way for it to continue working on sensitive nuclear issues with help from countries such as China and Russia.
The Islamic Zealots Who Seized U.S. Embassy 40 Years Ago Today Weren't 'Students'
These were first and foremost religious zealots blindly following the will of clerics (Ali Khamenei and Mousavi Khoeini among them) who often visited the hostages, too. Many attended Amir Kabir University, "strictly allied with Khomeini and the new Mullah establishment," according to Mark Bowden in Guests of the Ayatollah (2006). As Bowden puts it, they "were all committed to a formal Islamic state and were allied, some of them by family, with the clerical power structure around Khomeini."

Bruce Laingen, who was the chargé d'affaires at the embassy, wrote in his journal that Khoeni was "the clerical link with the 'students' at the embassy since the day of the seizure and . . . the link before that, too, in the planning for the seizure." On July 21, 1980, he wrote with certainty that Khoeni was Khomeini's "liaison with the 'students' of the embassy" and that there "can be no question of the extent to which the clerical forces are solidly in control."

The term "students" was inaccurate and misleading in 1979, and it is all the more so now. After four decades, the time has come finally to get it right.

40 Years On: How US-Iran Hostility Affects the World Today
With anti-American slogans and effigies mocking President Donald Trump, thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. Amid renewed tensions with Washington, state television showed rallies taking place in several other cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz and Esfahan, four decades after revolutionary students stormed the diplomatic mission. "They will continue their enmity against us. They are like a lethal scorpion whose nature is to have a poisonous sting," the head of the army, General Abdolrahim Mousavi, said in a speech at Tehran. "We are ready to crush this scorpion and will also pay the price."

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Qatar may cut aid to Gaza at end of year

Lebanon's Al Akhbar (associated with Hezbollah) reports that Qatar's envoy to Gaza has warned that much of its funding to the poor in Gaza may end by 2020.

Mohammed Al Emadi told Hamas and other factions in the Gaza Strip that it would be difficult for Qatar to renew the $30 million it has been giving every month to help Gazans.

Al Akhbar said it received this information from Hamas officials. Palestine Today confirmed the story.

Qatar has been giving some 109,000 Gaza families $100 every month, along with paying for fuel, major building projects and other infrastructure. Qatar has been cooperating with Israel is providing this aid.

Hamas is hoping that either Qatar reverses the decision or that some of the tax revenues that the PA is refusing to accept from Israel will go directly to Gaza. This seems like wishful thinking.

Qatar has been the only Arab country that has seemed to actually care about Gazans beyond lip service. It has coordinated countless shipments of aid to Gaza with Israel. It has given hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aid while most Arab countries attend anti-Israel conferences and issue statements.

Yet even though only Qatar has walked the walk, the article says that Gazans resent the Qatari aid because Israel supports it. In the words of the writer, "Gazans know that what Doha offers is an Israeli interest before it is Palestinian."

That zero-sum thinking represents a lot of the problems of the Middle East in a nutshell.

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"Cash strapped" Palestinian Authority has given $1 million to Harvard U

In September, the Clarion Project released an incredible report showing a minimum of how much various dictatorships and repressive regimes have been donating to American universities.

Dominating the field is Qatar, which has given an astonishing $1.5 billion to some 28 universities.

Other huge amounts were given by China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

These gifts aren't because these foreign countries love American universities. These are attempts to influence what the university teaches, and with that to influence the next generation of American leaders.

Even the Palestinian Authority, supposedly with no money to pay its own bills, manages to give a million dollars to Harvard University, in 2017.

In case you are wondering, many other countries do this as well. Israel gave some $53 million since 2012. The largest amount was to Johns Hopkins University, and the next two are USC and UCLA.

Every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe gives money to US universities. The largest single gift I saw was $750 million from Bermuda to Carnegie Mellon University, which might be a typo. A handful of countries gave gifts to individual universities of over $100 million, besides Qatar - India to University of Phoenix, Hong Kong and England to Harvard, France to Duke.

(h/t Yerushalimey)

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11/04 Links Pt1: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority; The delusional one-state solution; Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran

From Ian:

PMW: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority
Since its creation, the Palestinian Authority has received tens of billions of dollars of international aid. Just since 2011, the European Union, the United States, and other countries have provided the PA with hundreds of millions of dollars and euros of aid.

While the PA has constantly complained about its financial difficulties, scrutiny of the PA’s own financial records for the years 2011 - 2018, shows that the PA transferred from its coffers over 7 billion shekels to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), some of which was then given to terrorist organizations. In that same period, the PA also spent over 440 million shekels to fund its non-functioning institutions.

Funding to the PLO and internationally designated terrorist organizations

The PLO, which is also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is an umbrella organization for several Palestinian groups. The largest and most dominant member is Abbas’ Fatah party. Other members include groups designated as terror organizations by the US and the EU such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Front. PLO members are entitled to and receive funding from the PLO.

While international donors have demanded that the PA show financial transparency, the PLO is not subject to any financial regulation or demands of transparency. Accordingly, it is impossible to know what happens with billions of dollars of donor money the PA has given and continues to give today to the PLO.

Only on sporadic occasions are the financial workings of the PLO exposed. In June 2018, a senior PFLP official, Maher Mazhar, complained that the PFLP was not getting its monthly allocations from the PLO.

Denying the claim of the PFLP, PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad confirmed that Abbas and the Palestinian National Fund - the financial branch of the PLO - are responsible for funding the PFLP, and stressed that the allocations had not been stopped:

“PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped. In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP.” [Ma’an, (Independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018]
The delusional one-state solution
Events like the Jaffa Riots of 1921 (95 dead) and the Riots of 1929 (249 dead) were a common fixture. When all out war inevitably emerged in 1948 due to Arab rejection of a Jewish state, it ended with the permanent exile of up to 90% of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory. Nothing unusual here. Population transfers are a common result of intrastate ethnic conflict. Those wishing to alleviate Palestinian hardship should consider this when contemplating a situation that would result in a power struggle similar to what emerged following the British Mandate.

And a power struggle it will be. One-staters envision shared governance between Jews and Arabs, who will work together under a liberal democratic framework, but the Palestinians have proven unable to do this even amongst themselves. Two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas overthrew the PLO and instituted a totalitarian Islamist regime.

Things are not much better in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas is now in his 15th year of a four-year term. The “occupation” cannot be blamed. After all, pre-state Israel somehow managed to uphold democratic norms under the brutality of the British Mandate. Democracy is simply not presently part of the Palestinian lexicon.

The same goes for the “liberal” part of “liberal democracy.” Polls by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center show that the Palestinians hold beliefs vehemently at odds with an inclusive society. A majority support honor killings, and 93% of the population harbors antisemitic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Before the one-state solution as envisioned by Palestinian advocates is even discussed, Palestinians have a very long way to go. Looking at examples from the broader region, there’s good reason to believe that an Israeli-Palestinian utopia will forever remain a pipe dream.

Understandably, as US President Donald Trump continues to delay his vision for resolving the conflict, ideas counter to the mainstream two-state solution will be discussed. Some are worse than others, but few are as bad as the one-state solution.
Trump’s Middle East shake-up led to killing of al-Baghdadi
As it turns out, the killing of both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his heir apparent, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was a direct result of Trump’s shake-up of the pre-existing order in northern Syria and northern Iraq. While it should be obvious, it bears repeating: the media and the American people are not privy to the vast trove of intelligence the commander in chief has at his fingertips. This is particularly important in the complex and multidimensional Middle East, where alliances and verbal agreements are the rule, rather than the exception.

We think in black-and-white terms, but the truth is often closer to gray and white, or black and gray. I have many theories as to just how our US special forces pulled off this miraculous assault against the No. 1 terrorist in the world, but overall, I would venture that what it boils down to is that the president caught al-Baghdadi off-guard.

Al-Baghdadi was no doubt celebrating America’s pullout from the region and got careless. Essentially, it flushed him out into the open. He was planning a new barrage of terror, especially against the Kurds and Yazidis. What he was not prepared for was the determination and steadfastness of Trump. He miscalculated regarding our president and suffered the consequences.

By taking out al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir, Trump has now sent the clearest message yet to all of our enemies, including Iran and North Korea, that he means business. This was and is a major turning point in his presidency, and it is a crying shame that he can’t seem to get one iota of credit for it from his political opponents.

In the final analysis, the American people will ultimately decide how much credit to give him. I am a firm believer they will be much kinder and wiser judging his record in hindsight.

Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran
The Arab world’s perception of Israel is undergoing a seismic shift, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Addressing a 200-strong crowd in Jerusalem at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and inauguration of the Friends of Zion Museum’s new media center, Netanyahu said Israel has gone from being perceived as an enemy in the region to being seen as an “indispensable ally.”

“Something very big is happening: the transformation of Israel in the minds of many in the Middle East. It’s no longer being perceived as an enemy. We’ve become an indispensable ally against the enemy of militant Islam,” he said.

As evidence, Netanyahu cited the lack of violence following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then later of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“People said there would be a tremendous convulsion. But what happened? Nothing,” said Netanyahu.

The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem is an interactive facility that harnesses Christian support to combat BDS and antisemitism.

The impetus behind the Arab world beginning to band together with Israel, said Netanyahu, was Iran. Israel’s goal, he said, was “to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that its march toward an empire and conquest has stopped.”

Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose hefty economic sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but said that “if Israel was not here, Iran would already have nuclear weapons.”

Thanks to the Likud, Israeli Arabs Are Flourishing
During Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure in office, and contrary to widespread perceptions that he is anti-Arab, the Jewish state’s Arab citizens have seen major social and economic improvements. Netanyahu himself displayed his characteristic savvy and tenacity in pushing through an important 2015 measure to increase government investment in Arab communities. Drawing on an interview with Ron Gerlitz—a staunchly leftist activist who advised the government in devising and implementing these policies—Netta Ahituv explains what they have accomplished. (Free registration required.)

Over the past seven years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80 percent. Over five years the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number of Arab students pursuing master’s degrees in all fields have both jumped 50 percent, while the number studying for a PhD has soared 60 percent.

In the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased eighteenfold, and one-quarter of them are women. . . . The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018, and 21 percent of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry. Educational institutions in Arab locales are receiving unprecedented levels of funding—including 130 million shekels ($37 million) for informal-education programs. Moreover, public transportation is finally making inroads into the smaller Arab towns, to the point where the Bank of Israel recently declared that the gap in access to such transport between Jewish and Arab locales with fewer than 20,000 residents has shrunk considerably.

In the interview, Gerlitz notes that some of the ministries that have contributed the most to these improvements have done so under the direction of right-swing politicians, such as Likud’s Yisrael Katz and the Orthodox Shas party’s Aryeh Deri. And he notes other kinds of good news as well, including major changes in the labor market:

Government investment, on the one hand, and a new spirit in Israeli Arab society, on the other, has led to Arabs enrolling in higher education and working in both the public and private sectors; [in fact], the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7 percent in 2007 to 11.3 percent in 2017.
Arabs and Jews speak up for Israel and foster coexistence
Israel is often accused by her enemies of being an apartheid state. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As one who grew up under the apartheid system in South Africa, I can attest to this. Arab citizens of Israel are accorded the same rights as any other citizen. They travel on our public transportation in safety without the fear of being attacked. They walk freely around our neighborhood streets, play with their children in the local parks, attend the local movie theaters, eat in Israeli restaurants, and are treated in all Israeli hospitals.

Until not long ago, some of the Hamas terrorist officials were sending their relatives to be treated in Israeli hospitals. The practice was stopped at the behest of the Hamas leadership, who forbade their citizens from seeking treatment in Israel – despite medical services in Gaza being woefully inadequate.

In Jerusalem, many of the main pharmacies are staffed and managed by Arab citizens. Arab women wear the Hijab and are often seen shopping in Israeli shopping malls and supermarkets with their husbands and families. Many of the doctors and specialists in Jerusalem are from the Arab sector. A friend’s daughter gave birth to her child at Hadassah-University Medical Center, on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. She shared a ward with another expectant mother who also happened to be Arab. The obstetrician was a Muslim Arab from East Jerusalem.

“He was outstanding,” our friend told us. “Apart from being an excellent doctor, he was also so kind and considerate. In fact, my daughter was so impressed with him that she asked if she could come and see him at his consulting rooms in East Jerusalem. Unsurprisingly, he advised against it. He told her that it would not be safe for her to come to the neighborhood where he worked.”

Many years ago, a few years after the Six Day War, I lived in Jerusalem for a short while. In those days relations between Jewish and Arab citizens were particularly cordial to the extent that we young people would patronize some of the Arab discotheques. This was before the days of fundamentalism (on both sides). We spent many Saturday nights learning the moves of the exotic oriental disco music. Both Arabs and Jews mingled on the dance floor and had a great time. We shopped in the Arab shuk, and would regularly visit the souvenir stores of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

Despite the feeling of gloom and hopelessness, there are chinks of light. One of my first voluntary activities was to coach young Israelis. I ended up coaching two remarkable young people. One was an Israeli Arab from a virulently ant-Israeli town in the north, where “A” was brought up to hate Israelis and Jews. When the IDF offered young Arab youths the opportunity to attend an engineering course for free, A decided to sign up.

“After all,” he told me, “anything we could take from the Israelis for free was almost considered an obligation.”

A recounted his first encounter with Israelis. He was surprised and almost shocked to discover how friendly and “nice” the personnel were.
JPost Editorial: Gaza policy
Ten rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the South on Friday night. Although they were fired after a month of relative calm, it’s hard to say they came out of the blue. Israelis, and particularly residents of the western Negev, are aware that rocket attacks from Gaza can happen at almost any time.

The main difference with the rockets this weekend was that they did not seem to be fired for any particular reason. There had been no Israeli operation in the area and no casualties in the ongoing “March of Return” border protests. The rockets, one of which scored a direct hit on a home in Sderot, were reportedly fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and not Hamas, which controls the Strip.

Although this is not the first time, this should be of concern because the large number of rockets launched indicates that Hamas might be losing its grip to more radical terrorist organizations, and that an internal struggle among these terrorist groups could result in them trying to gain points by attacking Israel or even trying to drag Israel into an escalated conflict.

Until now, Israel has seen Hamas as in control and responsible for what happens in Gaza. But it should be kept in mind that PIJ is affiliated with Iran and relies on the Islamic Republic for funds and weapons. In this sense, the events in the South cannot be seen in isolation from the tension with Iranian-proxy Hezbollah on the northern border.

The general opinion seems to be that Hamas is not interested in another mini-war with Israel – what would be the fourth serious conflict since 2008 – and Israel does not want another war on its southern border.

The fact that there is not a fully functional government following two rounds of elections – and a serious possibility now of a third round – might act as an encouragement to the terrorists in Gaza. It will be clear to the Palestinian extremists that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to face a third election in a state of war on the southern border.
Only Decisive Action on the Ground, Not Precision Firepower from Afar, Can Defeat Israel’s Enemies
In its conflicts fought in the past two decades with Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon, the IDF has a used a strategy based on the combination of precision weapons with detailed intelligence. David M. Weinberg, basing himself on a recent, extensive report, argues that this doctrine has proved to be a failure, and calls for a return to the military principles that served the Jewish state so well in the first three decades of its existence:

In most clashes, a deleterious dynamic has repeated itself. At first, Israel successfully launches a salvo of firepower based on accurate intelligence gathered over a long period of time. Then follows a decline in the quality of targeting intelligence with an attendant reduction in the number of targets that justify a strike, and a recovery by the enemy and a continuation of its attacks against Israel.

Subsequent Israeli frustration leads to attacks on targets with high collateral damage or on useless targets, alongside an immense effort to acquire new quality targets, which can lead to an occasional success but does not alter the general picture. What follows is a prolonged campaign—leading to public anger and frustration—and a maneuver by ground forces that is not sufficiently effective to bring the enemy to the point of collapse.

Consequently, a return to combat along more traditional lines is inevitable in many cases. This means maneuvering into enemy territory, locating and destroying enemy forces (or capturing them, thus undermining the myth of the self-sacrificing jihadist “resistance”). Only this will break the spirit of the enemy.

Consider this, too: while no large conventional armies today threaten Israel, the situation could change. If a radical Muslim Brotherhood regime should rise in a country like Egypt, or if the Syrian army is rebuilt after that country’s civil war, the IDF must be ready. Bear in mind that building ground forces is a complex process that takes time. Neglecting IDF ground-maneuver capabilities is therefore a dangerous gamble.
Caroline Glick “The Joint Arab List is Unified to Wipe Israel Off the Map”
The Joint Arab List is a political party in Israel’s parliament. It currently has 13 seats.

The only way the Anti-Bibi Netanyahu forces can form a government without Netanyahu is if it has the support of this Joint Arab List party. Yet how can any Israeli, or Israel supporter, support having this list or these politicians in an Israeli government or even in Israel’s parliament?

Nobody else is saying the truth about this party like Caroline.

Israeli Transportation Ministry Pushing ‘Sovereignty Through Transportation’
Israel’s Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich is pursuing a policy that would bolster the road and rail infrastructure in Judea and Samaria with the goal of creating de facto annexation of the territories, according to a report by Israel Hayom.

The program, described by the ministry as “sovereignty through transportation,” would see the road connecting Jerusalem to Gush Etzion expanded at a cost of about NIS 1 billion ($283 million). A major new road from Gush Etzion southward would be built at a similar cost under the plan.

According to Smotrich’s office, this new policy, which includes additional projects, is designed to “end the current isolation of Judea and Samaria when it comes to transportation planning, so that the area is just like any other region in Israel.”

To promote this agenda, Smotrich has also created a special bureau for Judea and Samaria planning in his ministry. He has also had Judea and Samaria transportation projects integrated with national projects so that the residents of those areas can have their concerns addressed over the long term.

This means that a variety of issues that have previously been ignored by state agencies will have proper oversight, including road safety. It would also allow residents of Judea and Samaria to use the same general monthly or daily public transportation passes used all over Israel, known as the Rav Kav.
EU slams Israel for okaying 2,342 settler homes, road that ‘fragments’ West Bank
The European Union on Monday condemned Israel after construction plans for 2,342 settlement homes were green-lighted last month.

The bloc said its position on Israel building in the West Bank remains unchanged: “All settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

The EU also criticized the decision to approve the expansion of a road that connects settlements to Jerusalem while bypassing Bethlehem, referred to by locals as the tunnel road, saying it is “entrenching the fragmentation of the West Bank.”

The Peace Now settlement watchdog has speculated that the project would “dramatically increase the number of settlers in the Bethlehem area.”

The bloc made its statement after the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee — the Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction — published on Thursday the protocol from a meeting it held earlier this month when it made the approvals, capping off a record year for such plans since US President Donald Trump took office.

The quarterly session was the last held during the 2019 calendar year, during which plans for 8,337 homes were advanced — the most since 2013. Each of Trump’s nearly three years in office saw an increase in settlement approvals, with 6,742 green-lit in 2017 and 5,618 advanced in 2018.
This Ongoing War: In Washington, a step towards bringing the Sbarro bomber to justice
So did the legislators ask King Abdullah II to extradite Tamimi so she can be put on trial for the terrorism charges she faces in Washington? We still don't know and it's not for lack of trying. But at least we know now this isn't because Jordan is free of the obligation to hand her over. We know the State Department has an actual view on this. That view is the Jordanians surely are obliged and that justice demands it.

Jordan's government tracks what was published in yesterday's Country Report about Jordan and Ahlam Tamimi. We know because it's a front page item in today's Jordan Times, the English-language newspaper said to be controlled by the government (and which blocks us on Twitter):

The US Department of State has hailed Jordan as a “committed partner” in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). In its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, the Department of State commended Jordan’s “leading role” in the global coalition to defeat the Daesh terror group...

Hailed and commended, yes. As for the State Department report saying the US regards the extradition treaty as valid, that part the authoritative Jordanian daily's editors simply ignore. They just choose not to report it. And for those laboring under the illusion of a free, liberal and fair-minded Hashemite Kingdom, you might want to glance at "20-Jan-18: Shutting down media critics in Jordan isn't quite the challenge it might seem to be". According to Freedom House, Jordan has one of the world's most unfree news industries, media and human rights environments.

Nonetheless, what's just happened amounts in our eyes to a welcome step in the direction of overdue justice.
Jordanians held in Israel to be sent home, Amman set to return envoy after row
Two Jordanian nationals who were recently detained by Israel will return to the Hashemite Kingdom in the coming days, authorities in both countries said Monday.

Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s foreign minister, made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. It was later confirmed by Israeli authorities, who pointed to the importance of Jerusalem’s ties with Amman.

Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri were detained several months ago over suspicions of ties to terror groups and held without charge, sparking a diplomatic row between Jerusalem and Amman.

Jordan recalled ambassador to Israel Ghassan Majali last week to protest the pair’s detention.

“Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri will return home before the end of the week,” Safadi tweeted.

“The government has worked to secure their release since the first day [they were arrested] in accordance with strict instructions from his Majesty King Abdullah II to take all measures necessary to bring them back safely,” he added.

Israel detained Labadi, 32, and Miri, 29, at the Allenby crossing in the Jordan Valley on August 20 and September 2, respectively. The Palestinian Authority Prisoners Affairs Commission has said that both of them were held under administrative detention orders.

Administrative detention is a measure that allows Israel to detain certain suspects for months at a time without indicting them or presenting details of the accusations against them.
'We'll turn Israeli cities into ghost towns,' Hamas leader warns
If Blue and White leader Benny Gantz "dares" to order a "foolish operation" against the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip, he will "rue the day he was born," leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sinwar declared on Monday.

Sinwar was speaking in response to remarks Gantz made about a possible military response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

In a meeting at which Hamas' politburo leader Ismail Haniyeh and UN Special Coordinator for the Gaza Strip Sergey Mladenov were also present, Sinwar called Gantz "the next leader of the occupation."

According to a report on the Al Ghad TV station, at a separate meeting with young people in Gaza, Sinwar said, "If Israel continues to tighten the siege on Gaza, we'll shoot rockets at Tel Aviv for six months straight. We'll turn the cities of Israel into ghost towns."

Over the past few days, Sinwar had made a number of stringent anti-Israeli declarations. In an interview Sunday, he said that a prisoner exchange deal was not currently possible because of the political situation in Israel and the "leadership vacuum it has created."

Sinwar also said that "They don't even have a government that can agree on a budget, or a limited government to discuss security issues such as the Iranian threat, for example."
How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists
A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State’s use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has been written about how Hezbollah uses similar approaches to recruit and execute attacks. A new study published this month in the CTC Sentinel explores this development by analyzing several cases of Hezbollah’s alleged social media efforts to recruit Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to kill Israelis.

From the end of 2015 through 2017, both the Islamic State and Hezbollah recruited terrorists outside their base countries using social media and encrypted communications platforms to help people form cells and conduct terrorist attacks abroad. Several high-profile Islamic State virtual plots were carried out successfully, killing people in Europe and beyond during this period. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has thus far failed to execute an attack using Palestinians recruited online. But foiled, covert plots still point to a major, yet poorly understood, terrorist threat to Israel. By hiding behind anti-Israel Facebook groups, Hezbollah can oversee plots from afar, at a limited cost to the organization.

The latest study compares and contrasts six publicly available cases of Palestinians recruited by Hezbollah handlers online. In each case, Hezbollah operatives develop ties with individual Palestinians through anti-Israel Facebook groups. After establishing a relationship, the Palestinian recruit is instructed to continue discussions over encrypted email and other communications platforms. The recruit is then asked to form cells with other trusted people in the West Bank. According to the analysis, all of the recruits and cell members were young men from across the West Bank between the ages of 18-32. The sole exception was 49-year-old Mustafa Ali Mahmoud Basharat — who did not make it very far in the planning process before Israel foiled that plot.

In most cases, Hezbollah used secure platforms to send instructions on how to build explosive devices. Palestinian recruits usually conducted surveillance of Israeli military targets, unless Israeli authorities disrupted the cell early on the planning process. Hezbollah’s instructions ranged from kidnapping Israelis, carrying out bombings, and conducting shooting attacks against Israeli military targets. In one case, a Hezbollah-led cell started to build explosives to use in a suicide bombing targeting an Israeli bus.
It’s Time for the US and NATO to Give Turkey the Boot
No wonder. Despite a long, friendly relationship with Turkey, Ankara under Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly belligerent towards the United States and our allies, especially Israel, and, most recently, the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey’s invasion of Syria this month to subdue US Kurdish allies has generated condemnations from Western European and Arab nations, as well as from Russia, India, China, and, surprisingly, even Iran

But this is only the latest dust-up: Erdogan’s Turkey is guilty of a string of international offenses.
In 2015, Turkey, unprovoked, shot down a Russian fighter jet.
To Egypt’s annoyance, Turkey supports its enemy, the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan frequently issues antisemitic calumnies, is a reliable foe of Israel, and in 2010 attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which ended in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.
Turkey deployed a team of thugs to the streets of Washington, DC to abduct anti-Erdogan Turkish activists.
Turkey illegally occupies most of Cyprus.
After buying American F-35 fighter jets, Erdogan contracted with Russia to purchase anti-aircraft batteries against stern US objections.
Erdogan runs Turkish politics with an authoritarian fist, just a short step from totalitarianism

To make matters worse, Turkey is a member of NATO, and the alliance’s only Eurasian member; all others are North American or European, but Turkey has been in the group since 1952. Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has moved further from the goals and policies of other NATO members, often standing in stark opposition to the body’s will, as it is currently doing in Syria.

US Vice President Mike Pence insisted that “the United States of America is not going to tolerate Turkey’s invasion of Syria any further.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper is encouraging NATO members to take “diplomatic and economic” measures against Turkey. President Donald Trump threatened Erdogan with devastating economic sanctions, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that “military action” may be needed.
Turkey’s Erdogan May Call Off US Trip After Congress Votes: Officials
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey, three Turkish officials said.

Erdogan is due in Washington on Nov. 13 at President Donald Trump’s invitation, but said last week that the votes put a “question mark” over the plans.

“These steps seriously overshadow ties between the two countries. Due to these decisions, Erdogan’s visit has been put on hold,” a senior Turkish official said, adding that a final decision had not been taken.

Turkish sources say Trump and Erdogan have a strong bond despite anger in Congress over Turkey’s Syria offensive and its purchase of Russian air defenses, and despite what Ankara sees as Trump’s own erratic pronouncements.

Those personal ties could be crucial given NATO member Turkey’s purchase of Moscow’s S-400 missile defense system, which under US law should trigger sanctions.

Turkey is already suspended from the F-35 fighter jet program in which it was both joint producer and customer, and the offensive it launched against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Oct. 9 set the stage for further US retaliation.
Turkish pro-gov media orders Qatar to 'weed out' critical journalists
In a withering attack on Al Jazeera and Qatar, the pro-government Daily Sabah slammed Al Jazeera English for being critical of Turkey’s foreign policy and demanded that it “weed out” journalists.

Turkey, which Amnesty International calls “the world’s largest prison for journalists,” appears to be using its far-right nationalist media to try to order Qatar to muzzle Al Jazeera in English. The lead editorial at Daily Sabah calls the network a “threat against the Turkey-Qatar alliance.”

The editorial begins by noting that Turkey and Qatar are “strategic partners” and accuses Israel and other countries of “ganging up” on Qatar. But the Turkish newspaper accuses Al Jazeera English, “Qatar’s flagship news channel,” of “spreading anti-Turkey propaganda under the pretext of independent and objective journalism.” Turkey’s pro-government media now accuses Qatar’s media of “jumping on the Western media’s Turkey-bashing bandwagon” and “smearing last month’s Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

The US State Department slammed Turkey on Saturday as one of the “worst offenders” in crimes against journalists. Amnesty International says Turkey has arrested hundreds of people for being critical of Turkey’s invasion of Syria. The Daily Sabah article now reflects Turkey’s demands that regional media of other authoritarian states abide by Turkey’s demands and control critical journalists. There can be no critique of Turkey’s military operation, either in Turkish media or abroad.
Turkey vows to return jihadists to countries that revoked their citizenship
Turkey said Monday it would send jihadist prisoners back to their countries of origin, regardless of whether they had been stripped of citizenship.

Interior Minister Soleyman Soylu said Turkey had nearly 1,200 foreign members of the Islamic State terror group (IS) in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria.

“Of course, those that are in our hands, we will send them back to their countries,” he said, state news agency Anadolu reported.

“However, the world has devised a new method. They say ‘Let’s strip them of their citizenship… Let them be tried where they are.’

“It is impossible for us to accept this view… We will send Daesh (IS) members to their countries whether they strip them of their citizenship or not,” he added.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to do so in practice.

Western countries have often refused to accept the repatriation of citizens who left to join IS in Syria, and have stripped many of their citizenship.

Although under the New York Convention of 1961, it is illegal to leave someone stateless, several countries, including Britain and France, have not ratified it, and recent cases have triggered prolonged legal battles.
JCPA: The Mystery Successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
U.S. intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi paid sums of money to the “Hurras al-Din“ (Guardians of Religion Organization) which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, to provide protection for ISIS members and their families, who fled Deir ez-Zor and Mosul.

The main difference between ISIS and al-Qaeda was that ISIS initiated the establishment of the Caliphate through the occupation of huge territories in Iraq and Syria and founded the “Islamic State,” whose capital was Raqqa. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile concentrated on establishing its affiliates in various parts of the world.

As a result of ISIS’s success, terrorist branches in various parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, such as the Philippines and Myanmar abandoned al-Qaeda and swore allegiance to ISIS instead.

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a severe blow to the morale of ISIS, but ISIS has already lost leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, so the death of the latest leader may be a temporary blow from which the organization can recover.

The new leader of ISIS will find it very difficult to re-take control of the vast territories the “Islamic State” lost in Syria and Iraq and will have to devise a new strategy.

The dream of the Islamic Caliphate ended even before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.

ISIS’s new leader is now expected to become the number one target of U.S. intelligence, who the U.S. will also seek to assassinate because ISIS and its new leader pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Protests in Iraq Have Turned against Iran
At the beginning of last month, anti-corruption demonstrations spread through Iraq. They were put down, violently, by the government, sometimes with the help of the Iran-backed militias that have come to exert increasing influence in the country. The deaths of protestors at the hands of these militias have, however, only stoked popular anger and diverted much of it toward the Islamic Republic itself. David Adesnik and Nicholas Wernert write:

From the onset of the unrest, Tehran has played an integral role in shaping Baghdad’s response. After the first protests, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the organization’s expeditionary branch, flew to Baghdad and—in place of the prime minister—chaired a meeting of Iraq’s top security officials.

The U.S. has supported the elected Iraqi government’s efforts to assert the rule of law over the militias, yet their parliamentary factions serve as key power brokers in Baghdad. The current protests also demonstrate Iraqi voters’ complete loss of confidence in their prime minister, in part because of his failure to resist Tehran.

Until now, the U.S. government has been extremely hesitant to designate Iraq’s Iran-backed militias as terrorist organizations, fearing a potential popular backlash. Yet Iraqis’ own resentment of Iran’s proxy forces is now obvious. Washington therefore should designate these groups [as terrorists] under human-rights as well as counterterrorism authorities in order to highlight their atrocities and demonstrate that America stands with the Iraqi people.
Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters, killing 5
At least five people were killed as Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands continued to gather in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades.

A Reuters witness saw one man shot dead, his body carried away by fellow protesters, when security forces opened fire with live rounds on demonstrators near Baghdad's Ahrar bridge.

A Reuters cameraman saw at least four others get killed.

However, security and medical sources put the toll at one dead and 22 wounded, adding that rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, were used. The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

More than 250 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.
‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy
Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the former US Embassy in downtown Tehran as state television aired footage from other cities across the country.

“Thanks to God, today the revolution’s seedlings have evolved into a fruitful and huge tree that its shadow has covered the entire” Middle East, said Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, the commander of the Iranian army.

However, this year’s commemoration of the embassy seizure comes as Iran’s regional allies in Iraq and Lebanon face widespread protests. The Iranian Consulate in Karbala, Iraq, a holy city for Shiites, saw a mob attack it overnight. Three protesters were killed during the attack and 19 were wounded, along with seven policemen, Iraqi officials said.

Associated Press video showed a fire burned the consulate’s gate as demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and climbed its walls, some waving an Iraqi flag. Iranian media only reported a “protest outside” of the diplomatic post, adding that things had returned to normal.
Iran announces fresh violations of nuclear deal with extra, advanced centrifuges
Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it’s doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one. Iran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though Western fears about its work led to the 2015 agreement that saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Salehi dramatically pushed a button on a keyboard to start a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where he was being filmed, increasing the number of working centrifuges to 60.
Iran remains worst state-sponsor of terror, works with al-Qaeda
The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

“Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” noted the document titled, “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” that was released on Friday. “The regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe. Tehran has funded international terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It also has engaged in its own terrorist plotting around the world, particularly in Europe.”

The report said that “Tehran continued to allow an AQ [al-Qaeda] facilitation network to operate in Iran, which sends fighters and money to conflict zones in Afghanistan and Syria, and it has extended sanctuary to AQ members residing in the country.”

“At the same time, the United States and its partners continued to pursue al-Qa’ida (AQ) globally, and the United States applied maximum pressure on Iran-backed terrorism, significantly expanding sanctions on Iranian state actors and proxies and building stronger international political will to counter those threats,” the State Department said.

Germany and the EU have refused to designate Hezbollah’s entire organization a terrorist group. According to German intelligence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, 1,050 Hezbollah members and supporters operate in Germany. The Hezbollah operatives raise funds for Hezbollah in Lebanon, recruit new members and spread antisemitic and jihadi ideologies in Europe. The Netherlands, Canada, the US, Israel, Britain and the Arab League proscribed Hezbollah’s entire entity a terrorist organization.

“Hezbollah remained Iran’s most powerful terrorist partner and the most capable terrorist organization in Lebanon, controlling areas across the country,” wrote the State Department’s counterterrorism experts. “Iran’s annual financial backing to Hezbollah – an estimated US $700 million per year – accounts for the overwhelming majority of the group’s annual budget. Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria continued to pose a threat to Israel.”
European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims
The European Union on Monday warned that it could back away from supporting the Iran nuclear deal, after Tehran announced a major increase in enriched uranium production.

Following a series of steps away from its commitments under the 2015 accord, the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency said Monday that production of enriched uranium had reached five kilos a day and two new advanced centrifuges had been developed.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, said that the EU’s backing for the deal depends on Tehran keeping up its end of the pact.

She said the bloc “took note” of the announcement but would wait for confirmation by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency before responding.

“We have continued to urge Iran to reverse such steps without delay and to refrain from other measures that would undermine the nuclear deal,” Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels, saying the EU “remained committed” to the nuclear deal.

“But we have also been consistent in saying that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran.”
Iran's decision to speed up uranium enrichment 'unacceptable,' says German FM
Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up its uranium enrichment jeopardizes an agreement with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday, urging Tehran to return to the original accord.

"Iran has built very advanced centrifuges, which do not comply with the agreement," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a news conference in response to a question about the announcement.

"They have announced in early September that they would not comply with the nuclear accord and we think this is unacceptable," he said through an interpreter.

On Monday, Iran broke further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it was doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement – which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal – came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon – if it chose to pursue one.

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Ooredoo Qatar Passport service is now available in Monaco


Ooredoo’s popular Ooredoo Passport service is now available in Monaco via Monaco Telecom network, expanding even further the extensive list of countries where customers can use roaming services while avoiding excessive charges, the telecom provider announced on Tuesday.   Traveling to Qatar? Get your sim card here All Qatarna and New Shahry 250 customers travelling […]

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India's IndiGo, Qatar Airways sign codeshare agreement

India's IndiGo announced a codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways Thursday, just days after ordering 300 Airbus planes, as the low-cost airline boosts its foreign ambitions and the Gulf carrier taps into the booming domestic market.

Qatar Airways

Award-winning journeys, at your fingertips. Book flights, check in, manage bookings and take full control of your journey with the Qatar Airways mobile app.Book flightsWith a tap of a finger, find and book flights to more than 160 destinations around the world. Use our timetable function to find the most convenient flight options for your journey. Our app enables you to book one-way, return or multi-city trips, and book Award tickets with Qatar Airways using your Qmiles. Booking flights through the mobile app also gives you the added advantage of a simplified booking process, allowing you to enter your travel details simply by pointing your phone camera at your passport.Various payment options When booking through the mobile app, you can take advantage of a range of payment options available worldwide and specifically in your country. If you are undecided about your reservation, you can use our app to hold your booking along with the guaranteed fare for up to 72 hours, in exchange of a minimum fee. Complement your journeyEnhance your journey with an array of additional services. Through the app, you can purchase excess baggage as well as book lounge access, meet and greet services, hotel stay, and car rental. If you are a resident of certain countries, you will also have the option to purchase travel insurance during booking or by managing your pre-existing booking through our mobile app.My trips Manage your booking conveniently using the Qatar Airways mobile app by adding it to “My Trips”. Once added, the app will help you keep track of every step throughout your journey, sending you flight notifications about check-in, boarding, baggage collection and upgrade offers. “My Trips” also allows you to conveniently manage your booking, change your seat and meal preferences, modify your flight details, purchase excess baggage and much more. Check inCheck in through the mobile app simply by pointing your mobile camera at your passport details page. Choose your seat, view/save your boarding pass and use the fast-bag-drop counters at the airport to check in your bags.Flight status notificationsThrough the mobile app, you can request arrival and departure information on all Qatar Airways flights and receive updated information on the status of your flight directly on your smartphone via a push message.OffersCheck our special fares and find great deals to that destination you've always wanted to visit through the mobile app. You will always find the same fare available on the website at the time of search (and sometimes, you may even discounted fares when booking on mobile during certain promotions).Track bagIn cases of delayed or mishandled baggage, you can ensure your baggage’s safe and timely delivery upon your arrival to your destination, through tracking its journey using the mobile app.Privilege Club Through the mobile app, Privilege Club members can easily: - Access their dashboard and view account details, latest activities, upcoming trips and more.- Use the Qcalculator to check the Qmiles and Qpoints that can be earned on flights, as well as the Qmiles required for Award redemption with Qatar Airways and partner airlines. - Stay up to date with the latest offers from Privilege Club and register for them.- Communicate with the Privilege Club member service center easy processing of requests.- Claim missing Qmiles on past flights.- Generate statements for any given period of time.- Update profile and communication preferences for emails and SMS from Qatar Airways.Other featuresAdditionally, the Qatar Airways mobile app also allows you to:- Access the airport map for Hamad International Airport for easy navigation during your journey- View the contact details of Qatar Airways offices worldwide - Find the visa and passport requirements for your journey to your desired destination

Jurgen Klopp makes Liverpool Carabao Cup quarter-final team selection vow

Liverpool face Aston Villa in the last eight of the Carabao Cup on December 17, and then play their Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the very next day

تشغيل سيرفرات قنوات IPTV على برنامج VLC media player شرح بالصور

تشغيل سيرفرات قنوات IPTV على برنامج VLC media player شرح بالصور لكل مبتداء .

فى ظل احتكار بعض الشركات الكبرى للبطولات العالمية مثل الدورى الانجليزى والاسبانى والبطولات القارية من الصعب ان تشاهد هذه المباريات بالمجان الا اذا لديك سيرفر على جهازك الرسيفر قد تشاهد هذه المباريات ولكن  من الصعب ان تشاهد بطولة دورى ابطال افريقيا والكونفدرالية  وبطولات اخرى تحتكرها شركة بى ان سبورت والحل الوحيد لمشاهدة اى مبارة ان تمتلك سيرفر IPTV وطبعا هذا النظام يتطلب ايضا دفع الاموال ولكن يوجد الكثير من خدمات المواقع الذى تضع لك الروابط المجانية ولكن قد لا تعرف استخدام هذه الروابط وكيفية تشغيلها ولذلك سأضع لكم شرح مصور لكيفية تشغيل نظام الــ IPTV على جهازك الكمبيوتر عبر برنامج  VLC media player الشهير مشغل الفيديوهات .

قبل ان اضع لكم طريقة تشغيل خدمة الــ IPTV عليك بالاطلاع على هذه المقالة ما هو نظام IPTV اى بى تى فى ؟
بعد ان تعرفنا على نظام خدمة الــ IPTV وتريد معرفة استخدامها على جهازك الكمبيوتر تابع معى الطريقة .

كيفية تشغيل خدمة IPTV على برنامج VLC media player 

لكى تتمكن من تشغيل خدمة الــ IPTV على برنامج VLC media player عليك بتحميل البرنامج اولا وتثبيته على جهازك اذهب الى الموقع الرسمى للبرنامج عبر الرابط التالى :

هل قمت بتحميل البرنامج وتثبيتة على جهازك الكمبيوتر ؟
انت الان بحاجة بتشغيل الخدمة 
اولا قم بفتح البرنامج ومن القائمة العلوية MEDIA ومن القائمة اختار OPEN NETWORK STREAM كما تشاهدون عبر الصورة التالية :
بعد اختيار OPEN NETWORK STREAM يتم نقلك الى نافذه جديدة ومن القائمة العلوية اختار Network ومن هذه الخيار ستجد خانة مثل خانة البحث قم بوضع بداخلة رابط الــ IPTV وبالأخير اضغط على زر PLAY كما تلاحظون بالصورة التالية :
بعد الانتهاء من هذه الخطوات ستجد القناة تعمل معك وبدون تقطيع وعلى حسب جودة السيرفر وسرعة الانترنت لديك والصورة التالية توضح لنا وضع رابط القناة .
كما تلاحظون بالصورة السابقة والمحدد باللون الاصفر هو رابط القناة بعد ما قمت بوضع رابط القناة والضغط على زر PLAY القناة تعمل بدون اى مشاكل كما تلاحظون 
اعتقد الطريقة بسيطة واعجبت كل مبتداء فى هذا المجال بالطبع يوجد روابط قنوات شبكة بى ان سبورت ولكن احببت ان اشرح لكم الطريقة لأى قناة عشوائية .
اى ستفسار بخصوص هذا الشرح قم بوضع اسئلتك عبر التعليقات 


Mexican federation thanks fans for efforts against controversial chant

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican football federation (FMF) has praised Liga MX and national team fans for helping to eradicate the goalkeeper chant that could see&nbsp;El Tri&nbsp;banished from qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The FMF and Liga MX announced a crack-down on the controversial goalkeeper chant, which FIFA has ruled anti-gay, back in September, rolling out a five-step procedure for Liga MX games and Mexico home matches. The procedure could've seen games temporarily suspended...



The League Cup quarter final tie between Aston Villa and Liverpool will be played on Tuesday 17th December at 7.45pm, just 24 hours before Liverpool’s Club World Cup fixture. Liverpool will have to play two teams in two continents within 24-hours. One squad will be sent to Villa while another will be sent to Qatar. …

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Meh: Emirates Reports Half Year Financial Results


While US airlines are reporting impressive financial results, airlines in some other parts of the world are struggling. For example, we've seen a flurry of European airline bankruptcies, and the Gulf carriers overall haven't been reporting great results either.

Etihad lost about $1.28 billion in 2018, and Qatar Airways recently reported a $639 million loss for the past financial year, which was their biggest loss ever. Meanwhile in May Emirates reported a $237 million profit for the past financial year, which was down 69% compared to the previous year.

Well, Emirates has now reported their performance for the first half of the 2019-2020 financial year (April 1 through September 30, 2019), so how did they do?

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Outrage Over Qatar Airways’ 24 Mile Cargo Flight


Cargo airlines operate some very interesting routes. For example, my home in Miami has a great view of the arrivals path for Miami International Airport, and nothing gets me quite as excited as seeing the Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8 landing from Anchorage. That's not a route or plane most people would expect to see!

There's currently controversy surrounding a Qatar Airways Cargo flight, which might also just be the world's shortest scheduled flight operated by a wide body cargo aircraft.

One of Qatar Airways' regular 777-200LR cargo routes (QR8173) is from Doha to Liege (in Belgium) to Mexico City. Liege is a cargo hub, so the route isn't too surprising, as I imagine they transport significant goods to both Belgium and Mexico with this route.

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It’s getting easier to do business in Africa—but there’s room to do more


Le Togo, petit pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest connu pour ses précieuses réserves de phosphate et ses plages de sable, vient de rejoindre le groupe des dix premiers pays réformateurs au monde dans le rapport Doing Business 2020 du Groupe de la Banque mondiale sur la facilité de faire des affaires. 

Le pays a fait un impressionnant bond de 30 places dans le classement pour avoir facilité la création d’entreprises, l’obtention de permis de construire, le paiement des impôts, l’accès au crédit et l’enregistrement des biens fonciers. Ces améliorations et d’autres ont permis au Togo de se hisser à la 97e place parmi les 190 pays évalués à l’échelle mondiale en fonction du degré de facilité de faire des affaires sur leur territoire. 

En Afrique, le Togo n’est cependant pas un cas unique. 

Le Nigéria, plus grande économie du continent dont le PIB est 100 fois supérieur à celui du Togo, s’est aussi classé cette année parmi les dix pays qui ont le plus amélioré le climat des affaires selon le rapport Doing Business. Les deux pays — l’un vaste, l’autre de petite taille — sont conscients que la promotion de politiques qui aident le secteur privé à se développer et à créer des emplois renforce l’économie et réduit la pauvreté. Au Groupe de la Banque mondiale, nous croyons beaucoup à cette formule même si elle peut paraître très simple.

L’impressionnante liste des réformes du Togo inclut la création d’un portail en ligne pour les demandes de permis de construire, grâce auquel les promoteurs gagnent du temps et s’épargnent du stress. Le Nigéria, de son côté, a simplifié la création d’entreprises en améliorant une plateforme en ligne, a réduit les frais de permis de construction et a mis en place un nouveau tribunal des petites réclamations chargé de juger les affaires commerciales. Au total, le pays a procédé à des réformes dans six des dix domaines évalués par le rapport Doing Business. 

S’il est vrai que le Togo et le Nigéria sortent du lot cette année en Afrique, plusieurs autres pays du continent — Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya et Rwanda, par exemple — ont aussi amélioré le climat de l’investissement sur leur territoire pour aider les entreprises à investir, à se développer et à créer des emplois. IFC et la Banque mondiale ont soutenu ces efforts en rapprochant les secteurs public et privé pour qu’ils s’accordent sur les priorités, surmontent les obstacles et formulent des réformes à long terme.

Depuis une dizaine d’années, l’Afrique subsaharienne est devenue la région la plus réformatrice du monde. Aujourd’hui, un entrepreneur peut enregistrer une société en 20 jours ou moins dans 26 des 48 économies subsahariennes, alors qu’il y a dix ans cela n’était possible que dans trois pays.

Il y a certes lieu de célébrer la vigoureuse dynamique de réforme observée en Afrique, mais la vérité objective est que les endroits les moins propices à l’entreprise se trouvent encore en grande partie en Afrique. Seulement deux pays subsahariens se classent parmi les 50 premières économies du classement sur la facilité de faire des affaires, tandis qu’un grand nombre des pays occupant les 20 dernières places sont des pays africains. 

Pourquoi l’Afrique est-elle en retard ? Les réformes dans des domaines tels que la fiscalité et l’accès à l’électricité et au crédit, par exemple, peuvent se révéler coûteuses et chronophages, car elles demandent de gros investissements en infrastructure et dans les systèmes de technologie de l’information. En outre, c’est en Afrique qu’on trouve la plus forte concentration d’États fragiles et de pays sortant d’un conflit, c’est-à-dire des contextes où il peut être particulièrement difficile de mettre en œuvre des réformes du secteur privé. Pour autant, tous les pays africains doivent être prêts à procéder aux investissements nécessaires pour rattraper les économies asiatiques, européennes et nord-américaines. 

Bien que réels, les défis de l’Afrique ne sont pas alarmants. Nous avons vu en effet que l’engagement de la région en faveur des réformes et du développement du secteur privé était, globalement, maintenant bien enraciné. Les pouvoirs publics ne se contentent pas de simplifier la réglementation à laquelle sont soumis les entrepreneurs : ils entreprennent des réformes fondamentales pour mobiliser l’investissement privé à l’appui de projets dans l’infrastructure, l’agriculture et d’autres secteurs. Toutes ces activités sont essentielles à la création d’emplois pour une main-d’œuvre dynamique et croissante. 

À la Banque mondiale, nous aidons les pays à mettre en œuvre des politiques et des réformes qui permettent à leurs citoyens, quelle que soit leur catégorie socio-économique, d’obtenir plus facilement des emplois de qualité. Pour sa part, IFC travaille en amont avec les autorités pour mobiliser l’investissement privé au profit des secteurs les plus cruciaux, en particulier l’infrastructure, afin d’améliorer les conditions de vie des populations et de faciliter l’activité économique. 

Dans le rapport Doing Business 2020, la République de Maurice, qui figure au 13e rang, est le pays africain le mieux classé. À Maurice, la construction d’un entrepôt prend environ 95 jours contre 213 en France et 222 en Autriche. À Kigali, il suffit de suivre trois étapes simples pour transférer une propriété en sept jours, une performance qui place le Rwanda à la troisième place pour cet indicateur derrière la Nouvelle-Zélande et le Qatar. Il ne faudra peut-être pas beaucoup de temps avant que d’autres — en Afrique et dans le reste du monde — rattrapent leur retard.


La version originale de cette tribune a été publiée dans Jeune Afrique



Hafez Ghanem

Vice-président pour l’Afrique à la Banque mondiale

Sérgio Pimenta

Sérgio Pimenta

Vice-président régional pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique à IFC

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Liverpool speelt twee dagen op rij

Liverpool gaat volgende maand de selectie in tweeën splitsen. Een deel van de groep vliegt naar Qatar, voor deelname aan het WK voor clubs. Het andere deel blijft achter in Liverpool, om in de kwartfinales van het toernooi om de League Cup aan te treden tegen Aston Villa. Na overleg met alle betrokken partijen zijn de `Reds` akkoord gegaan met dinsdag 17 december als speeldatum voor het duel met Aston Villa. Een dag later speelt Liverpool in Qatar. `Daarom zullen we twee selecties vormen. Eén selectie doet mee aan het WK in Qatar, de andere speelt de beker. Het is weliswaar niet ideaal, maar we zijn tot deze beslissing gekomen in het belang van het toernooi, van de andere clubs en van onszelf`, staat in een verklaring van de huidige koploper van de Premier League. Een alternatieve datum voor het bekerduel bleek niet te vinden.

Liverpool splitst selectie in tweeën

Liverpool gaat volgende maand de selectie in tweeën splitsen. Een deel van de groep vliegt naar Qatar, voor deelname aan het WK voor clubs. Het andere deel blijft achter in Liverpool, om in de kwartfinales van het toernooi om de League Cup aan te treden tegen Aston Villa.

Liverpool splitst selectie in tweeën

Liverpool gaat volgende maand de selectie in tweeën splitsen. Een deel van de groep vliegt naar Qatar, voor deelname aan het WK voor clubs. Het andere deel blijft achter in Liverpool, om in de kwartfinales van het toernooi om de League Cup aan te treden tegen Aston Villa.

Colombie : James Rodriguez de retour en sélection


Le meneur de jeu du Real Madrid James Rodriguez a été convoqué pour la première fois depuis quatre mois avec la sélection colombienne pour les rencontres amicales contre le Pérou et l'Equateur à partir de la semaine prochaine. Ménagée par son sélectionneur Carlos Queiroz, la star des Cafeteros n'avait plus joué en équipe nationale depuis l'élimination en quarts de finale de la Copa América contre le Chili fin juin et manqué quatre matches amicaux avec la "Tricolor" comme l'indique Sport24.

James fait son retour au meilleur moment avec ces deux matches de préparation, le 15 puis le 19 novembre, avant le début en mars des éliminatoires sud-américains pour la Coupe du monde au Qatar en 2022.


Liverpool refuse de loger dans un hôtel au Qatar pour cette raison


Le club de Liverpool a pris la décision ce mercredi de refuser de loger dans le luxueux hôtel que le Qatar, théâtre de la prochaine Coupe du monde des clubs (11-22 décembre), et la Fédération internationale de football (Fifa), avaient choisi pour héberger les derniers vainqueurs de la Ligue des champions.

L’établissement, construit sur une île artificielle, peut bien afficher cinq étoiles, c’est "pour raisons éthiques" que les Reds déclinent cette offre de logement durant la compétition comme l'indique Football. Et l’actuel leader de Premier League de dénoncer ainsi les conditions de construction et de gestion du personnel de ce luxueux hôtel.

The Athletic explique comment le club de Liverpool a motivé sa décision sur la base d’une enquête du Guardian, réalisée l’an passé, selon laquelle notamment les gardiens de l’hôtel seraient rémunérés moins de dix euros pour douze heures de travail quotidien sous 45 degrés de température ! Suffisamment préoccupant pour que l’équipe de Jürgen Klopp opte pour une solution d’hébergement sur le continent, qui "ne suscite pas de telles inquiétudes". La classe !  


Qatar Airways inks IndiGo codeshare



Klopp reagerte på VGs Qatar-spørsmål: – Absolutt ikke greit

LIVERPOOL (VG) Liverpool skal ha takket nei til et femstjernershotell i Qatar av etiske hensyn, men manager Jürgen Klopp synes ikke det er greit å bli spurt hva han mener om å spille turneringer i det kontroversielle landet.

Luxurious Apartments, Doha - SK - 2 Bed 01 Doha Qatar

Luxurious Apartments, Doha - SK - 2 Bed 01 Doha Qatar

Qatar VPN in 2018 – Stay Private & Battle Government – Imposed Censorship

Middle eastern countries are known for imposing online restrictions, blockades, censorships and so on to prevent internet users from accessing their favorite contents. This is a major issue for both Qatar citizens and all those visiting the country since online freedom is completely withheld. VoIP services like Skype, Viber, etc. are blocked in the country, […]

Qatar Airways и Etihad: борьба за Индию

Два ведущих ближневосточных авиаперевозчика – Qatar Airways и Etihad – начинают борьбу за освоение одного из самых быстрорастущих авиационных рынков мира – Индии. Согласно сообщениям СМИ, Qatar Airways вскоре заключит договор о код-шеринге с крупнейшей авиакомпанией Юго-Восточной Азии – индийской IndiGo, в то время как Etihad в партнерстве с Air Arabia собирается создать в Индии нового бюджетного авиаперевозчика после окончательного закрытия бывшего партнера Etihad по индийскому бизнесу – Jet Airways.Для обеих ближневосточных авиакомпаний этот вопрос важен, и причины у них похожи. Обе авиакомпании переживают непростые времена: Etihad завершил 2018 год с чистым убытком в 1,28 млрд. долл. США, тогда как убытки Qatar Airways в 2019 финансовом году достигли 639 млн. долл. США. И если убытки Etihad связаны с неудачными инвестициями в ряд авиакомпаний, включая  airberlin и Jet Airways, то проблемы Qatar Airways обусловлены блокадой воздушного пространства со стороны соседей Катара, что существенно увеличивает издержки национальной авиакомпании этой страны. В то же время, согласно многочисленным прогнозам, рынок авиаперевозок в Индии будет уверенно расти в ближайшие годы, и оба ближневосточных гиганта стремятся укрепить свои коммерческие позиции в этой перспективной стране. Индия и Ближний Восток В последние годы рынок международных авиаперевозок в Индии устойчиво растет. Если в 2015-2016 года общее число международных авиапассажиров в Индии составляло 49,7 млн. человек, то в 2016-17 – уже 54,6 млн., а в 2017-2018 – 60,5 млн. международных пассажиров, вылетевших или приземлившихся в аэропортах Индии. По данным Генерального директората гражданской авиации Индии, международный авиационный трафик в стране не прекращает свой рост с 2004-2005 года. Основным международным направлением для Индии является ОАЭ. Так, в первом квартале 2019 года 28,7% от общего числа международных пассажиров в Индии вылетело или прилетело именно в/из ОАЭ. Доля Катара в международном индийском трафике составляла 5,3%. В первом квартале 2018 года доля ОАЭ составляла 30,2%, а Катара – 5,5%, а в первом квартале 2017 года – 33,2% и 5,1% соответственно. С другой стороны, основную долю международного трафика обслуживают индийские авиакомпании. Крупнейшим зарубежным авиаперевозчиком на рынке Индии является Emirates, контролирующий 8,8% этого рынка. На долю Qatar Airways приходится лишь 3% от общего числа международных пассажиров, прибывших или вылетевших в/из Индии, в то время как Etihad и вовсе не вошел в первую десятку ведущих авиакомпании в Индии за первый квартал 2019 года. Высокие цифры ОАЭ и Катара объясняются просто – численность индийской диаспоры в Катаре составляет 700 тыс. человек (21,8% от населения страны), а в ОАЭ – 2,6 млн. человек (27,4%). Обслуживание этой целевой группы имеет огромный потенциал, и Qatar Airways с Etihad решительно настроены завоевать этот рынок. Инвестиции EtihadАвиакомпания Etihad владела 24%-м пакетом акций в уже обанкротившейся Jet Airways. Итогом краха этой авиакомпании для Etihad стал избыток ее слотов в Индии,  общее число которых на данный момент равно 100. Etihad собирается использовать эти слоты, создав нового бюджетного авиаперевозчика, который сфокусируется на направлении Индия – Абу-Даби. Air Arabia станет важнейшей составляющей данного проекта, предоставив 70 из 100 самолетов, которые планирует заказать новое СП. Создание новой авиакомпании может представлять собой риски для Etihad, который уже испытывает финансовые трудности. Более того, несмотря на стремительный рост, большинство традиционных авиакомпаний Индии, включая ведущего национального авиаперевозчика Air India, переживают непростые времена. Примером здесь может стать авиакомпания AirAsia India – совместное предприятие AirAsia Berhad (49%) и Tata Sons (51%). Несмотря на фантастический рост числа пассажиров (с 4,4 млн. в 2017 году до 6,8 млн. в 2018-м) авиакомпания завершила 2018 год с убытком в 87 млн. долл. США. Партнерство без рисковЭто может объяснять желание Qatar Airways не вкладываться в новое индийское предприятие, а заключить партнерское соглашение с лидером местного рынка – IndiGo. Катарская авиакомпания сообщила о партнерстве с IndiGo 7 ноября 2019 года. Однако IndiGo тоже чувствует себя не очень хорошо – в прошлом квартале авиакомпания зафиксировала 149,5 млн. долл. США убытков. Более того, авиационные власти страны приказали IndiGo заменить двигатели Pratt & Whitney PW1100G в ее самолетах A320neo до 31 января 2020 года, иначе их эксплуатация будет запрещена. Все это усугубляется деловым конфликтом между владельцами IndiGo – Рахулем Бхатией и Ракешем Гангвалом. Несмотря на эти проблемы 29 октября нынешнего года IndiGo анонсировала гигантский заказ на 300 авиалайнеров A320neo. В этот раз на самолетах, вероятнее всего, будут установлены двигатели CFM. Партнерство с IndiGo позволяет Qatar Airways укрепляться на рынке Индии без каких-либо коммерческих рисков. Потенциально оно может стать для ближневосточного авиаперевозчика предпосылкой последующей покупки доли в IndiGo. Однако совместное предприятие Etihad и Air Arabia будет обладать гораздо более высокой гибкостью и управляемостью.

Source: Transportweekly

Dawladda Qatar oo mar kale Muqdisho ka soo dejisay gargaar ay uga qeyb qaadaneyso gurmadka fatahaadaha “Sawirro”

Muqdisho (SONNA) Diyaarad siday gargaar ka yimid Dawladda aynu walaalaha nahay ee Qatar ayaa maanta markii labaad timid …

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Cuando la belleza se convierte en un negocio de un billón de dólares


Luego de un humilde comienzo abandonando el mundo de las finanzas para escribir un blog de belleza, Huda Kattan se ha convertido en un nombre reconocido en el mundo del maquillaje. La iraquí estadounidense de 36 años ahora dirige su imperio homónimo Huda Beauty, una línea de maquillaje valorada en US$1.2 mil millones que se ha convertido rápidamente en una de las favoritas entre las celebridades y los artistas “A list” de todo el mundo.

Su personalidad ha sido clave para conectarse con el público a través de las redes sociales, un importante impulsor de su maquillaje, conocido por su color vibrante y su contorno popular entre las mujeres árabes. Kattan es parte de una creciente vanguardia de marcas construidas alrededor de una personalidad, un modelo de negocio en expansión a medida que las marcas más establecidas enfrentan ventas cada vez más lentas.

“Creo que la idea del maquillaje como una forma de autoexpresión crecerá aún más”, compartió Kattan en Dubai. “Ya no creo que se trate de embellecer”.

Kattan llega a sus seguidores a través de un canal de YouTube donde comparte todos sus tutoriales de maquillaje. La cuenta de Instagram de su marca cuenta con más de 39 millones de seguidores, junto con sus siete millones de seguidores en Facebook. Su línea de belleza ha tenido éxito a nivel mundial, especialmente en el Medio Oriente y el Golfo Pérsico, donde su modelo comercial ha sido particularmente exitoso.

Los llamados “influenciadores de la belleza” (beauty influencers) están experimentando un fuerte crecimiento en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, una federación de siete jeques que alberga Dubai. También juegan un papel importante en la exhibición de productos de belleza y cuidado personal en Arabia Saudita, que tiene el mayor número de usuarios activos en la región en las plataformas de redes sociales.

Según Euromonitor International, proveedor líder mundial de inteligencia empresarial global y análisis de mercado estratégico, las grandes marcas en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos como Mac, Bobbi Brown y Estee Lauder “vieron ligeras disminuciones en sus acciones de valor en 2018, debido a la mayor competencia de marcas más pequeñas” como Huda Beauty, Fenty Beauty (la marca de la cantante Rihanna) y Charlotte Tilbury.

A medida que las ventas de maquillaje disminuyen en Europa y en Estados Unidos, continúan creciendo en el Medio Oriente. De 2018 a 2023, Euromonitor predice un crecimiento del 7.2% en la industria de cosméticos en todo el Medio Oriente, con un crecimiento del 2.9% en el Consejo de Cooperación del Golfo, que incluye a Bahrein, Kuwait, Omán, Qatar, Arabia Saudita y los Emiratos Árabes Unidos. Solo este año, el mercado de cosméticos está valorado en US$2.3 mil millones en el Medio Oriente, creciendo a US$3.1 mil millones para 2023, según Euromonitor.

Kattan dijo que su negocio se mantuvo fuerte debido a su enfoque en el Medio Oriente. A diferencia de muchos países occidentales donde los looks de maquillaje más naturales están de moda, las mujeres en los países del Golfo Árabe a menudo se inclinan por tendencias y accesorios de maquillaje llamativos que compensan el utilitarismo de los velos negros y las abayas. Eso complementa los colores llamativos de las líneas de Kattan.

“Siento que es muy normal en un negocio de cosméticos ir tras el negocio de belleza ‘número 1’ o la industria, que es Estados Unidos”, dijo. “Por supuesto, quiero ir a Estados Unidos, pero todavía siento que hay mucho por hacer en esta parte del mundo”.

Ese enfoque le ha servido bien hasta ahora. Con un patrimonio neto de más de US$600 millones, Kattan fue nombrada una de las “10 personas más influyentes en el mundo de la belleza” en 2017 por la revista Forbes y fue nombrada por Time como una de las 25 personas más influyentes en Internet.

La línea de maquillaje de Kattan incluye lápices labiales, paletas de sombras de ojos, bases y marcadores, entre otros productos. Ahora está expandiendo su imperio con una nueva línea de perfumes encabezada por su socia comercial y hermana, Mona Kattan. Huda también ha comenzado un reality show web en el servicio Watch de Facebook.

Mientras estaba sentada junto a Huda en su oficina en Dubai, Mona Kattan dijo: “Creo que hay un zumbido de las marcas de belleza que han crecido y creado marcas de miles de millones de dólares como Huda Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics y muchas otras marcas. En realidad se está volviendo súper competitivo y las ventas están cayendo para casi todas las marcas de belleza. La única forma en que puedes sobrevivir es si tienes una misión realmente decidida y una identidad fuerte, si estás tratando de ser diferente. Eso es lo que siempre hemos tratado de hacer”.

Huda Kattan también planea crear una línea de cuidado de la piel próximamente. “Sabes, nunca tuve una piel excelente y siempre quise sentirme cómoda sin usar maquillaje. Finalmente me siento así por primera vez en mi vida... El maquillaje no debería ser una necesidad; debería ser un deseo. ¡Como los hombres!”, concluyó con una sonrisa.

Texto: Malak Harb


W.Va. Air Guard, Qatari Air Force exchange ideas for current operations

Four members of the West Virginia Air National Guard's (WVANG) 167th Airlift Wing (167th AW) and 130th Airlift Wing (130th AW) recently took part in a current operations subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 18 - 22, 2019.
Members of the West Virginia Air National Guard's 130th and 167th Airlift Wing discuss current operations planning and procedures with representatives of the Qatari Emiri Air Force Aug. 17., 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The subject matter expert exchange was the second WVANG-QEAF partnership meeting to be held since the announcement of the new partnership in May 2018, which marked the second partner nation for the WVNG and the sixth SPP country in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility for the National Guard. (Courtesy photo)


Η Λίβερπουλ ύψωσε ανάστημα απέναντι στη σύγχρονη δουλεία

Η Λίβερπουλ ύψωσε ανάστημα απέναντι στη σύγχρονη δουλεία andrewvagias Πέμ, 11/07/2019 - 09:00

«Από τη στιγμή που τίποτα δεν αλλάζει πρέπει να πιέσουμε όλοι για την αλλαγή. Είπαν ότι θα σταματήσουν το νόμο καφάλα, αλλά το μόνο που έκαναν ήταν να του αλλάξουν όνομα. Αν θέλεις να φύγεις από τη χώρα πρέπει να πάρεις έγκριση. Δεν μπορείς να πάρεις το διαβατήριο σου, χρειάζεσαι τη συγκατάθεσή τους. Επί της ουσίας τίποτα δεν άλλαξε, ο κόσμος ακόμα πεθαίνει. Πρέπει η FIFA επιτέλους, να παρέμβει, δεν μπορεί να γίνει το Μουντιάλ σε αυτή τη χώρα, δεν ταιριάζει με τις αξίες του ποδοσφαίρου και του αθλητισμού.

Υπάρχει κόσμος στο Κατάρ που θέλει την αλλαγή, αλλά η συντηρητική πλευρά είναι πολύ ισχυρή. Οι εργάτες ζουν σε άσχημες συνθήκες. Προσπαθούν κάποιοι να κάνουν τα πράγματα καλύτερα ως προς αυτό, αλλά παραμένουν άσχημα. Το σημαντικό είναι όμως ότι οι άνθρωποι δεν είναι ελεύθεροι. Δεν μπορούμε να δώσουμε το Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο σε μία χώρα που δεν σέβεται τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα. Το Κατάρ πρέπει να εγκαταλείψει εντελώς την καφάλα. Και οι παίκτες; Θα δεχθούν να παίξουν σε μια χώρα που υποστηρίζει ακόμα τη δουλειά; Πρέπει να μιλήσουν οι ίδιοι οι ποδοσφαιριστές γι' αυτό. Θέλουμε να ακούσουμε τον Μέσι και τον Ρονάλντο. Θέλω να ρωτήσω τον Μέσι, αν θα πανηγυρίζει τα γκολ του σε μια χώρα που ο κόσμος πεθαίνει...»

Από τον Ουαντού στη Λίβερπουλ

Τα παραπάνω λόγια ανήκουν στον πρώην παίκτη του Ολυμπιακού, Αμπντεσλάμ Ουαντού, ο οποίος αποφάσισε να αγωνιστεί στον Κατάρ λίγο πριν κλείσει την καριέρα του. Είχε μιλήσει στο Documento το καλοκαίρι του 2017 για το σύστημα στη χώρα που θα διοργανώσει το Μουντιάλ του 2022, έχοντας βιώσει κι ο ίδιος την κόλαση της σύγχρονης δουλείας. Ο Ουαντού έγινε... αναγκαστική μεταγραφή από την Λεκουίγια στην Κατάρ FC και αρνήθηκε να φύγει από τη δεύτερη χωρίς να του δοθεί αποζημίωση. Η απάντηση του συλλόγου στο δίκαιο αίτημά του ήταν να τον αφήσει χωρίς ηλεκτρικό και με απλήρωτο ενοίκιο, ενώ τον ανάγκαζαν να κάνει προπονήσεις μόνος του το μεσημέρι, κάτω από τον καυτό ήλιο και με θερμοκρασία 50 βαθμών Κελσίου. Η διεθνής καριέρα του και η κατακραυγή που δημιουργήθηκε τον βοήθησαν να ξεμπλέξει. Κι αν ο Ρονάλντο και ο Μέσι δεν απάντησαν ποτέ στο αν θα πανηγυρίζουν τα γκολ σε μια χώρα που ο κόσμος πεθαίνει, το έκανε η Λίβερπουλ.

Η κίνησή της να απορρίψει τη διαμονή της στο Κατάρ σε πεντάστερο ξενοδοχείο για το Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο συλλόγων τον Δεκέμβριο, θύμισε σε όλους πως οι εγκαταστάσεις που θα φιλοξενήσουν την διοργάνωση, αλλά και το Μουντιάλ το 2022, είναι βαμμένες με αίμα και έφερε ξανά το χειροκρότημα για την ομάδα του Κλοπ, αυτή τη φορά για εξωαγωνιστικούς λόγους.  Η διαμονή στο εν λόγω ξενοδοχείο είχε κλειστεί από την FIFA. Τόσο η Παγκόσμια Ομοσπονδία, όσο και η UEFA, συνηθίζουν να κάνουν κρατήσεις σε ξενοδοχεία στην πόλη που διεξάγονται τα τουρνουά τους και στη συνέχεια τα διαθέτουν στις ομάδες που προκρίνονται. Οι «Κόκκινοι» όμως έψαξαν πριν αποδεχτούν την πρόταση και την απέρριψαν για ηθικούς λόγους. Έρευνα του Guardian το 2018 είχε αποκαλύψει ότι το πεντάστερο «παλάτι» που τους προσφέρθηκε είχε χτιστεί  και λειτουργούσε παραβιάζοντας τους εργατικούς νόμους, από εργάτες μετανάστες που αμείβονταν χαμηλότερα από τον κατώτατο μισθό. Συγκεκριμένα, οι καταγγελίες ανέφεραν ότι για τη λειτουργία του ξενοδοχείου οι υπάλληλοι δούλευαν 12 ώρες σε θερμοκρασία 45 βαθμούς Κελσίου, με αμοιβή οκτώ λίρες την ημέρα. 

Το συγκεκριμένο ξενοδοχείο, όπως και πολλά άλλα, ελέγχονται από κρατικό οργανισμό και η πράξη της Λίβερπουλ έστρεψε ξανά τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας στο «αμαρτωλό» Μουντιάλ του Κατάρ, το οποίο έχει προκαλέσει πάρα πολλές αντιδράσεις σε παγκόσμιους οργανισμούς και συνδικάτα για την «σύγχρονη δουλεία» που ήταν σε πλήρη εφαρμογή κατά τη διάρκεια του χτισίματος των γηπέδων και γενικά των εγκαταστάσεων.

Η ξεκάθαρη δήλωση 

«Ο Σοσιαλισμός στον οποίο πιστεύω είναι όλοι να δουλεύουν για τον ίδιο στόχο και όλοι να έχουν μερίδιο στην ανταμοιβή. Έτσι βλέπω το ποδόσφαιρο, έτσι βλέπω τη ζωή», έλεγε ο θρυλικός προπονητής Μπιλ Σάνκλι, ο οποίος άλλαξε την μοίρα της Λίβερπουλ. Ο ίδιος ο σύλλογος του Μέρσισαϊντ έχει ξεκάθαρη λειτουργία, η οποία περιστρέφεται γύρω από τον σεβασμό στα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα και η διακήρυξη βρίσκεται αναρτημένη στην ιστοσελίδα της, για να χαράσσει πορεία.

«Ο ποδοσφαιρικός σύλλογος της Λίβερπουλ αναγνωρίζει ότι ο σεβασμός για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα είναι αναπόσπαστο μέρος της κοινωνικής ευθύνης του ως ένας υπεύθυνος σύλλογος της Premier League. H Λίβερπουλ ενθάρρυνε και συνεχίζει να καλλιεργεί μια κουλτούρα οργάνωσης, η οποία σέβεται την αξιοπρέπεια και τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα. Πιστεύουμε ότι το επιχειρείν με υψηλά ηθικά στάνταρ είναι θεμελιώδες γι' αυτή την κουλτούρα. Η Λίβερπουλ υπόκειται επίσης στις απαιτήσεις του Νόμου για τη Σύγχρονη Δουλεία του 2015 και δεσμευόμαστε να διασφαλίσουμε ότι στον οργανισμό μας δεν υπάρχει κάτι τέτοιο. Επίσης, θέλουμε να αποτρέψουμε την υποβολή εργαζομένων στη σύγχρονη δουλειά στις αλυσίδες εφοδιασμού μας, καθώς και στις επιχειρήσεις των εταίρων μας». Διαβάζοντας την παραπάνω διαχρονική θέση, ήταν ξεκάθαρο πως οι «Ρεντς» θα αντιδρούσαν για μια δομή φιλοξενίας, για την οποία το τοπίο είναι θολό. 

Από την πλευρά της, η FIFA σχολίασε μέσω επίσημου αξιωματούχου τους πως «ο οργανισμός έχει δεσμευτεί να προστατεύει τα δικαιώματα των εργατών», που συνέβαλαν στην προετοιμασία της φιλοξενίας του Παγκοσμίου Κυπέλλου από το Κατάρ. «Η FIFA και και υπόλοιποι διοργανωτές είναι μέρος μιας πρωτοβουλίας με πολλά ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη για την προώθηση των δικαιωμάτων των εργαζομένων στον τομέα της φιλοξενίας του Κατάρ. Γίνονται βήματα για να δουλέψουμε διμερώς με ξενοδοχεία που συνδέονται άμεσα με τα τουρνουά που θα γίνουν στη χώρα, για να ενισχύσουμε τις δικές τους ευθύνες για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα, σύμφωνα με την Πολιτική Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων της FIFA και τα καθιερωμένα πρότυπα του Παγκοσμίου Κυπέλλου».

Το καθεστώς της σύγχρονης δουλειάς 

Το Μουντιάλ του Κατάρ αρχικά βρέθηκε στο μάτι του κυκλώνα για το σκάνδαλο διαφθοράς και στη συνέχεια για τις συνεχείς καταγγελίες παραβίασης ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και τους θανάτους όσων δούλευαν στα έργα. Τον Μάρτιο του 2016, η έκθεση της Διεθνούς Αμνηστίας έκανε λόγο για «συνθήκες σύγχρονης δουλείας» για να περιγράψει τις τραγικές συνθήκες διαβίωσης και εργασίας των μεταναστών εργατών στις υποδομές για την μεγαλεπήβολη διοργάνωση του 2022.  Οι εργαζόμενοι, κυρίως από το Νεπάλ, την Ινδία και το Μπαγκλαντές που αναζήτησαν στο Κατάρ μια νέα προοπτική, βρέθηκαν να ζουν σε άθλιες συνθήκες, υποσιτισμένοι και χωρίς να έχουν ουσιαστικά το δικαίωμα να φύγουν αν δεν το θέλει ο εργοδότης τους. Όσοι επέμεναν, τιμωρούνταν με φυλακίσεις και απελάσεις.


Το εργασιακό σύστημα «καφάλα» καθιστά τα αφεντικά των εργατών υπεύθυνα για τη βίζα και το νομικό καθεστώς τους. Ο «σπόνσορας»-εργοδότης ελέγχει ουσιαστικά το που θα δουλέψουν και την παραμονή τους στη χώρα. Οι εξαγγελίες για αλλαγή του καθεστώτος ήταν συχνές και λίγο πριν μπει το 2017, με επίσημη ανακοίνωση, η κυβέρνηση της χώρας έκανε λόγο για «νέες νομοθετικές ρυθμίσεις, οι οποίες θα εξασφαλίσουν τα δικαιώματα σε όλο το εργασιακό φάσμα», υποστηρίζοντας ότι εγκατέλειψε την «καφάλα». Ελάχιστοι, τότε, πίστεψαν τις ανακοινώσεις. Έναν περίπου χρόνο αργότερα, το Κατάρ ξεκαθάρισε ότι οι μετανάστες εργαζόμενοι δεν χρειάζονταν πια άδεια εξόδου για να φύγουν. Η ζημιά όμως είχε γίνει. Τα έργα βάδιζαν προς την ολοκλήρωση, εκατοντάδες εργάτες είχαν χάσει τη ζωή τους, ενώ χιλιάδες είχαν μείνει εγκλωβισμένοι περιμένοντας να πληρωθούν. Σύμφωνα με τις εκτιμήσεις της Γενικής Συνομοσπονδίας Συνδικάτων μέχρι την πρώτη σέντρα του Μουντιάλ οι νεκροί εργάτες μπορούν να έχουν φτάσει τις 7.000.

Τον Αύγουστο του 2019, χιλιάδες εργατών βγήκαν στους δρόμους, διαμαρτυρόμενοι για τους μισθούς και τις συνθήκες. Κάποιοι από αυτούς, με δηλώσεις τους στο δίκτυο Al Jazeera, δήλωσαν ότι πέρα από τις αφόρητες συνθήκες της καθημερινότητάς τους ήταν απλήρωτοι για μήνες. Παράλληλα, οι εργοδότες τους δεν είχαν ανανεώσει τις συμβάσεις τους, καθιστώντας ουσιαστικά την παραμονή τους στη χώρα παράνομη, ενώ δεν τους έδιναν την έγκριση για να αλλάξουν εργοδότη ή να φύγουν από τη χώρα! Ένα μήνα μετά η Διεθνής Αμνηστία κατακεραύνωσε ξανά το Κατάρ, σημειώνοντας συν τοις άλλοις ότι χιλιάδες εργάτες δεν άντεχαν να περιμένουν την δικαστική δικαίωση και έφυγαν από τη χώρα απλήρωτοι. Τον Οκτώβριο, ο πρωθυπουργός του εμιράτου Αμπντουλάχ μπιν Νασίρ μπιν Καλιφά αλ Τανί επιβεβαίωσε «την εφαρμογή της μεταρρύθμισης των πολιτικών και της νομοθεσίας για τη βελτίωση της διαβίωσης των εργαζομένων», τονίζοντας την «πλήρη δέσμευση της χώρας στα θεμελιώδη δικαιώματα που σχετίζονται με την εργασία». Το υπουργείο Εργασίας ανακοίνωσε την εφαρμογή νέας νομοθεσίας, στην οποία προβλέπεται κατώτατος μισθός. Η ολοκλήρωση των εργασιών για τα στάδια αναμένεται να ολοκληρωθεί μέχρι το τέλος του 2020, οπότε γίνεται κατανοητό πως οι μεταρρυθμίσεις έγιναν κατόπιν εορτής...


Η άρνηση της να μείνει σε ένα ξενοδοχείο του Κατάρ που παραβίαζε τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα ρίχνει ξανά τα φώτα στο αιματοβαμμένο Μουντιάλ του 2022 και θυμίζει ότι κάποιοι ποδοσφαιρικοί σύλλογοι δεν προδίδουν τις αρχές τους.


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Emir de Qatar: “No habrá paz en Oriente Medio sin reconocer los derechos palestinos”


Foto: el emir de Qatar, el jeque Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. 07 de noviembre de 2019 El emir qatarí, el jeque Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, dijo ayer que no habría paz en Oriente Medio sin reconocer los derechos “legítimos” palestinos, informó Quds Press. Durante un discurso en la apertura del Consejo de la Shura de […]

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Pas d'association entre la charge de travail avec la survenue d'une blessure aux ischio-jambiers dans le football professionnel


Première étude examinant le lien entre la charge de match/entraînement et les blessures aiguës aux ischio-jambiers dans le football professionnel.

👉 Depuis 2015 l’incidence de blessures aux ischios augmente de 2,3% par an. Le coût relatif est estimé à 86 millions d’euros dans le football professionnel européen. 
On connait l’intérêt et le sérieux des publications sur le sujet de Van Dyk et de ses collaborateurs. Beaucoup d’hypothèses sont étudiées et parmi elles la charge de travail et sa responsabilité dans cette incidence. 
De fait, ils ont voulu observer pendant 3 saisons de football professionnel si la charge de travail pouvait avoir une influence sur la survenue d’une lésion musculaire. 

👉 étude publiée le 30 octobre 2019 sur Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

Comment ?

👉 Relevés RPE et session-RPE (s-RPE, session-duration × score) matchs et entraînements (collecte 30 min post-effort)
👉 Relevés de temps en minute des entraînements et des matchs 
👉 Les variables de charge ont été calculées en périodes de données de 7, 14, 21 et 28 jours et en changements de semaine en semaine pour les évaluations
👉Étude en Qatar league pendant 3 saisons, de mai 2015 à février 2018.
👉 Relevés des blessures aux ischios : Sont inclues les lésions avec minimum 3 jours d’arrêt. Ne sont pas inclues les rechutes. 

 Résultats ?
👉 145 lésions musculaires relevées mais 30 retenues pour l’étude (3 rechutes, 18 pour erreurs de report, 124 pour défaut d’exposition à l’activité)
👉 Time loss médian : 18 jours (13-25)
👉 Quel que soit le mode de calcul des données de charge sur des périodes prédéfinies, les corrected odds de blessures aux ischio-jambiers pour les scores RPE moyen, s-RPE moyens, les durées cumulées en minutes et les s-RPE cumulées pour toutes les périodes de charge physique  n’étaient pas liés aux lésions.

Les auteurs n’ont pas trouvé d'associations pertinentes entre les mesures d'effort perçu et la durée de la session avec la survenue d'une blessure aux ischio-jambiers chez les joueurs de football professionnels. 

Que retenir ?

👉 Cette étude présente bien entendu beaucoup de limites que les auteurs reconnaissent et expliquent avec beaucoup d’humilité. On pourra toujours discuter de la pertinence du choix des marqueurs et score (ex : le s-RPE n’est pas sans limite en tant que mesure globale de la perception de l’effort), de l’absence de datas GPS (mais ceux-ci ne représentent pas le stress physiologique réel imposé aux joueurs), des délais choisis 7-14-28 (mais les auteurs se justifient par la réalité : le calendrier. Il indique le plan d’entraînement et les calendriers hebdomadaires (c’est-à-dire 7 jours) qui sont conçus pour que les joueurs soient prêts pour le match. Dans ce contexte, des périodes de 7 jours à 28 jours représenteraient des unités logiques et pratiques pour définir les charges physiques à court et à long terme.)

👉 Cependant cette étude apporte beaucoup de nouveautés et permet d’offrir des stats RC2S qui serviront de base pour orienter les calculs de la taille de l’échantillon lors d’études futures sur la survenue de blessures dues à la charge et aux ischio-jambiers dans le football professionnel.

J’ai aimé ?
La rigueur et l’humilité habituelle de Van Dyk et al., la nouveauté dans l’approche quant aux questions sur le load que beaucoup de spécialistes se posent, à l’opposé des ruminations mentales et de l’infobésité actuelles en France.


👉 L'étude :
No association between perceived exertion and session duration with hamstring injury occurrence in professional football. Lorenzo Lolli, Roald Bahr, Matthew Weston, Rodney Whiteley, Montassar Tabben, Daniele Bonanno, Warren Gregson, Karim Chamari, Valter Di Salvo, Nicol van Dyk.
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 2019.


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NOC Denies Congratulating AFN

Lagos The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) has denied authoring a congratulatory message purportedly sent to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) after the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar last month. Nigeria won a bronze medal courtesy long jumper,Ese Brume and a congratulatory letter dated October 7,2019 emerged in the social media, purportedly []The post NOC Denies Congratulating AFN appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.

Tatsuma Yoshida names Lions squad to play Yemen in World Cup Qualifier

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Intérêt confirmé pour QSI et Leeds United


QSI a racheté le PSG en 2011 et ne compte pas s’arrêter en si bon chemin. En effet, le fond d’investissements souhaite acquérir le club de Leeds United. Et si QSI rachetait Leeds United ? C’est en tout cas le souhait du fond d’investissements qatari. Il y a quelques semaines, Andrea Radrizzan, actionnaire majoritaire de...

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