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          12/4/2018: FINANCE & MARCHES: Retrait du Qatar de l’organisation : les dessous d’une décision surprise      Cache   Translate Page      
La crise diplomatique qui oppose le Qatar à ses voisins depuis dix-huit mois a eu une conséquence inattendue lundi : le richissime petit émirat a annoncé qu’il quitterait l’Opep en janvier. Il était membre du cartel depuis 1961. A en croire le ministre...
          12/4/2018: FINANCE & MARCHES: Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani      Cache   Translate Page      

Ce n’est pas parce que Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani est surnommé « Monsieur Sport » qu’il est fair-play. Voici en effet l’émir du Qatar qui quitte son club au moment où ce dernier n’est pas au mieux. Le nul encaissé par le PSG contre Bordeaux n’est pas en...
          Coupe du monde 2022 au Qatar : des matchs à 11 heures ?      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Energy Secretary Perry to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he would soon visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a trip expected to occur after this week's meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

          Qatar leaving OPEC to focus on natural gas      Cache   Translate Page      
The Persian Gulf state of Qatar, one of the smallest members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, will leave the cartel in January after nearly six decades. Qatar said the move allows it to focus on its natural gas industry. Qatar's decision says a lot about the growth of natural gas in the world’s energy market. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
          Don’t Trust the Process      Cache   Translate Page      

Four hundred and eighteen days after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, 415 days after Bruce Arena’s resignation from the position, the U.S. men’s national team finally has a new permanent head coach: Columbus Crew manager and former U.S. national team defender Gregg Berhalter.

Berhalter’s first order of business will be stopping the wheels that have been spinning idly since the loss to Trinidad and Tobago that cost the team its qualification. The one squint-real-hard-and-you-might-see-it-if-you’re-the-insufferable-kind-of-optimist silver lining to failing to qualify was that the U.S. would have a 10-month head start on preparing for the 2022 tournament. Since the World Cup in Qatar doesn’t start until November, a promising crop of young talent would have a five-year cycle to grow into the new coach’s system.

That time is now lost. Spain hired its new coach eight days after being eliminated from the World Cup. Egypt and Tunisia, both knocked out by the end of June, made their hires by Aug. 1. (Tunisia has already fired Faouzi Benzarti, even though he won all three of his games in charge and led them to qualification at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.) Meanwhile, the U.S. has waited, first for the election of the new U.S. Soccer president, Carlos Cordeiro, in February; then for the hiring of the new men’s team general manager, Earnie Stewart, in June; then, finally, for the end of the Crew’s MLS season earlier this month. Four hundred and eighteen days. The only thing more depressing than the morass the men’s program found itself in post-Trinidad is how reluctant U.S. Soccer has seemed to pull itself out.

The nets, from what we know of the hiring process, do not appear to have been cast far and wide. New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch, perhaps the co-favorite along with Berhalter, took himself out of consideration by moving to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga as an assistant. Other mooted possibilities, such as Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City, said they didn’t get further than preliminary talks. FC Dallas coach Óscar Pareja, who just took a job with Mexico’s Club Tijuana, told reporters in late September that he hadn’t gotten an interview. (He apparently did speak to U.S. Soccer sometime after that, according to Yahoo’s Doug McIntyre.)

Other foreign candidates such as former Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio and Atlanta United manager Tata Martino, formerly of Argentina and Barcelona, said they weren’t even contacted, the latter possibly because of an asinine requirement that the new manager speak English fluently. Earlier this month, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported that former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui had reached out to U.S. Soccer via an intermediary to express interest in the job, only to be told it was too close to the end of the process to bring in a new candidate.

Four hundred and eighteen days is a lot of time to spend not interviewing people. U.S. Soccer has yet to convince anyone that Berhalter didn’t have the job all along. This is a slight problem only because his brother, Jay Berhalter, already works high up in U.S. Soccer as the chief commercial and strategy officer, overseeing broadcast and corporate partnerships and event operations. In theory, hiring a new national team coach is well outside Jay’s purview, but the process has not exactly been a model of openness and transparency, and at the very least Gregg’s smooth path into the country’s most prominent job is bad optics. Some U.S. Soccer fans have already spent much of the past decade carelessly crying nepotism. You would think the federation might have an interest in trying to stave that off this go-around.

Awkward family ties or no, Berhalter is a heartening if not exhilarating hire for a program that really needs to get this one right. He comes to the job with—and almost certainly got the job because of—a clearly defined style of play that he’s instituted in Columbus over the past five years, one based on stretching the defense laterally then quickly changing the point of attack to hit the gaps that have been created. The system has coaxed career years out of three different center forwards: Kei Kamara in 2015, Ola Kamara in 2017, and Gyasi Zardes in 2018. Zardes was playing right back for the Los Angeles Galaxy a year ago, and this year he finished tied for fourth-most goals in the league.

The Crew has had up and down years both defensively and offensively since Berhalter took over before the 2014 season. This year it scored the second-fewest goals in the league, though it balanced that out with an organized defense that limited opponents’ transition opportunities. Columbus hasn’t won a trophy during Berhalter’s tenure, though it did finish as MLS Cup runner-up in 2015 and made the playoffs in four of his five years despite a salary budget that’s in the league’s bottom third.

After spending the better part of a decade wandering the tactical wilderness with only Jürgen Klinsmann’s motivational speaking and Bruce Arena’s let-the-old-guys-figure-it-out strategy as guides, literally any coherent soccering system seems like an upgrade for the U.S. Even 2018, the team’s inadvertent gap year free from the responsibilities of a major tournament or qualifying, has been spent toiling in interim head coach Dave Sarachan’s off-the-rack 4-1-4-1, which sacrificed creativity and attacking intent in favor of stability and numbers behind the ball. Same as it ever was, though in Sarachan’s defense he has missed his key source of both creativity and attacking intent for much of the year. Christian Pulisic suited up for the U.S. just three times in 2018 after being given the summer off to rest and picking up small injuries during the first two of the fall international windows.

Without a permanent head coach or the team’s best player, U.S. Soccer leaned hard into the mantra of generational change to gin up interest in its 2018 games. Sarachan trotted out some incredibly young lineups this year, giving 27 total caps to 20-and-under players Tim Weah, Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, and Tyler Adams, then fed those lineups to the likes of France, Brazil and Colombia, where they’ve won one of their past eight. No matter. “The Future is US,” according to U.S. Soccer’s new, maddeningly vague marketing campaign. What future? When?

It’s the federation’s own “Trust the Process,” a promise that while things may have gotten bad, they are being handled by someone, somewhere. But U.S. Soccer, which drew out the program’s most important decision for 418 days and still managed to bungle its execution, has done little to prove it deserves that trust. (On the men’s side, at least. The U.S. women are rampaging through the present like a T-1000, going undefeated in 2018 ahead of their World Cup next summer.)

Instead the federation is passing the responsibility to make good on that promise—and the promise of its talented young players—on to Berhalter. U.S. Soccer is trusting that his structure will help the team succeed at the international level, and that his results will help fans forget what a shambles the hiring process ended up being.


          Saoedische koning nodigt Qatar uit voor regionale top      Cache   Translate Page      
De Qatarese emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani heeft uit Riyad een uitnodiging gekregen om de voor 9 december geplande jaarlijkse top van de GCC, de Gulf Cooperation Council, bij te wonen. Dat heeft het Qatarese persbureau QNA dinsdag gemeld. Of Doha ook ingaat op die uitnodiging, is nog niet bekendgemaakt.
          Il Qatar esce dall'Opec: lo strappo di Doha è l'ultima sfida a Riad      Cache   Translate Page      

Lo strappo di Doha è di quelli destinati a lasciare il segno su più versanti: su quello della partita petrolifera, ma anche sul piano più strettamente geopolitico e nello scontro intersunnita. Dal primo gennaio 2019 il Qatar uscirà dall'Opec. La decisione di ritirarsi dall'organizzazione dei Paesi esportatori di petrolio è stata annunciata dal ministro dell'Energia Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi: "Il Qatar ha deciso di ritirare la sua membership dall'Opec a partire dal gennaio 2019", dichiara al-Kaabi in conferenza stampa a Doha, aggiungendo che all'Opec è già stata comunicata la decisione. Intanto in avvio di giornata si registra un rimbalzo sostenuto per i prezzi del greggio. Sui mercati asiatici i future sul Light crude Wti (West Texas Intermediate) crescono a 53,5 dollari, quelli sul Brent a 62,16 dollari. A trainare il rimbalzo, dopo i recenti crolli, la notizia che Russia e Arabia Saudita sono d'accordo nell'estendere fino al 2019 il loro accordo per gestire il mercato petrolifero.

Ufficialmente il Qatar ha spiegato di volersi concentrare sul gas naturale liquefatto, di cui è il maggior fornitore con quasi il 30% della produzione mondiale. Ma le motivazioni "tecniche" lasciano il tempo che trovano, perché ben altre, e più corpose, sono le motivazioni che hanno spinto il Qatar a questa decisione. A rimarcarlo è l'autorevole Financial Times, secondo cui la decisione segue un peggioramento dei rapporti di Doha con i suoi vicini.

La "Guerra delle petromonarchie" ha una data di inizio, 5 giugno 2017: Arabia Saudita, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Bahrein ed Egitto annunciano la rottura delle relazioni diplomatiche con Doha, ritirando i propri ambasciatori e imponendo l'espulsione dei cittadini del Qatar. E questo dopo che il Qatar aveva respinto la lista di 13 condizioni imposta dal "fronte dei Quattro" per l'abolizione delle sanzioni contro Doha definendola "irrealistica". Tra le richieste avanzate dal fronte guidato da Riad figuravano quella di chiudere la tv Al Jazeera, interrompere i rapporti con l'Iran e con la Fratellanza musulmana, rinunciare ad una base militare turca. Una lista che andava ben oltre le accuse iniziali di sostenere il terrorismo e che impone di fatto all'emirato una limitazione della sua sovranità. La mossa ha visto anche la chiusura dello spazio aereo, che per i Paesi del Golfo ha implicato l'interdizione delle acque territoriali. Riad ha inoltre chiuso il proprio confine terrestre con il Qatar impedendo di fatto qualsiasi transito di merci. Alle misure hanno aderito tra gli altri anche Eritrea, Mauritania, Maldive, Senegal, il governo yemenita del presidente Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi e l'esecutivo libico non riconosciuto di Al Baida. Giordania, Gibuti, Ciad, Niger hanno declassato invece le proprie rappresentanze diplomatiche. E lo scontro si veste anche di guerra di religione con l'Arabia Saudita che vieta ai qatarini di entrare nella più sacra delle moschee, quella della Kaaba alla Mecca. L'accusa mossa al Qatar, in sintonia con la dottrina-Trump, è di supportare al-Qaeda, i Fratelli musulmani e, più recentemente, anche gruppi filo-iraniani. Questa strumentalizzazione del termine non è certamente nuova. È sufficiente ricordare l'esempio eclatante di quando Saddam Hussein fu accusato di finanziare il terrorismo internazionale per giustificare e legittimare l'intervento in Iraq.

Al fianco del Qatar si schiera il "Sultano di Ankara": nella notte dell'8 giugno, il presidente Recep Tayyp Erdogan ha controfirmato la legge che gli permette di inviare soldati turchi e addestratori nell'emirato, un primo contingente di 5 mila uomini che potrebbe salire a 15 mila. Il sostegno di Ankara a Doha si spiega soprattutto esaminando il versante economico: secondo le cifre pubblicate dai media gli investimenti qatarini in Turchia ammontano a 1,5 miliardi di dollari. Compagnie turche hanno ottenuto contratti per più di 13 miliardi di dollari per i progetti in vista della Coppa del Mondo di calcio prevista nel 2022. La Turchia, inoltre, ha già aperto una base militare in Qatar e presto verrà stabilito anche un comando divisionale congiunto a Doha. Tra le 13 richieste-ultimatum c'è anche la chiusura della base turca. Anche questa richiesta suona come inaccettabile. Non solo per Doha ma soprattutto per Ankara. Aperta l'anno scorso dopo l'accordo del 2014 fra l'emiro Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani e il presidente turco Erdogan, la base militare turca dista 30 chilometri da Doha. Prima della crisi accoglieva 300 soldati i turchi. Ma il ponte aereo in corso dovrebbe portare in tempi molto brevi il loro numero fino a 5mila militari, con l'appoggio anche di aerei e navi da guerra. Soprattutto, ai Sauditi non sono mai piaciute le "relazioni normali" che il Qatar tradizionalmente intrattiene con l'Iran: relazioni basate su solidi interessi economici comuni, a cominciare dallo sfruttamento congiunto del giacimento gasifero di South Pars/North Dome, il più grande del mondo". Il Golfo – rimarca Eleonora Ardemagni, in un documentato report per l'ISPI - complice la rivalità storica tra sauditi e iraniani e quella intra-sunnita tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, è stato ed è il primo artefice, il demiurgo -seppure per vie indirette- dell'attuale disordine mediorientale: attraverso i suoi proxies, esso ha partecipato allo scardinamento dell'ordine regionale. Un processo aggravato dalle linee rosse disattese (Stati Uniti in Siria) oppure dagli ambigui interventi militari (Russia in Siria) delle potenze internazionali. Perché molto di ciò che accade oggi in Siria, Iraq, Yemen, Libia, Egitto, dipende primariamente dalle scelte politiche di Arabia Saudita, Iran, Qatar ed Emirati Arabi Uniti....". Geopolitica, affari, e non solo. Quel che è già evidente, - riflette Rami Khouri, tra i più autorevoli giornalisti libanesi - è la determinazione di alcuni Paesi arabi, guidati dall'Arabia Saudita, a ricorrere alla guerra economica e militare, a tattiche di deprivazione alimentare e ad altri mezzi pur di mantenere il mondo arabo nella sua fatiscente condizione attuale. È questa la reale minaccia che pende sui cittadini e le società del mondo arabo. Anche se lo spazio politico per esprimere simili opinioni, nella regione e altrove, si fa sempre più esiguo". E quello spazio rischia di chiudersi completamente se alle macerie siriane si aggiungessero quelle provocate da una nuova Guerra del Golfo.

Di certo, il Qatar vede ormai il suo futuro al di fuori dell'Opec, dominato dall'Arabia Saudita, il maggior produttore dell'organizzazione con oltre 11 milioni di barili al giorno. Le "crisi passano", ma vi sono cicatrici che "durano nel tempo" come la controversia economica e diplomatica che, da oltre un anno, vede opposte Doha e Arabia Saudita È quanto aveva sottolineato l'emiro del Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani nell'annuale discorso alla nazione, lo scorso 6 novembre, rivolgendosi anche alle nazioni alleate di Riyadh nell'area e chiedendo loro di rispettare la sovranità del proprio Paese e "non interferire" negli affari interni. "La storia ci insegna – aveva sostenuto nel suo discorso al-Thani - che le crisi passano, ma una loro cattiva gestione si lascia alle spalle effetti che poi durano nel tempo". "È davvero deplorevole - ha proseguito l'emiro del Qatar - che il perpetrarsi della crisi mostri in tutta la sua portata il fallimento del Consiglio di cooperazione dei Paesi del Golfo (Gcc) nel raggiungere i propri obiettivi e nel soddisfare le aspirazioni del nostro popolo". Egli ha quindi voluto rassicurare i cittadini, sostenendo che la nazione non ha subito effetti negativi dal boicottaggio e continuerà a mantenere il primato mondiale nell'esportazione di idrocarburi. "Il blocco - ha detto - non ha provocato alcuna ripercussione sulla vendita del nostro petrolio e del gas naturale". Lo Stato, ha concluso l'emiro, "è entusiasta di adempiere a tutti i suoi obblighi derivanti dai contratti in essere" e ne ha firmati altri "a lungo termine, l'ultimo dei quali con Petro China", gigante cinese dell'energia.

Le mosse di Doha sono monitorate con particolare attenzione dall'Italia. E la ragione è molto prosaica, e si lega fortemente alla "diplomazia degli affari" che va oltre il pur fondamentale settore energetico. Al Qatar, infatti, piace tanto lo "shopping" italiano. Tra i colpi messi a segno c'è quello in Sardegna dove la Qatar Airways si è presa il 49% di Meridiana. Nel 2011 gli Al-Thani, la dinastia che regna il Paese, hanno acquisito l'Hotel Gallia a Milano, nel 2012 il fondo sovrano ha praticamente rilevato la Costa Smeralda. Nello stesso anno, attraverso la "Mayhoola for investment", i reali del Qatar hanno comprato la maison Valentino per 700 milioni di euro. E più di recente la stessa QIA, che ha comprato Porta Nuova, è entrata con un investimento di 165 milioni nel capitale di Inalca, la società del gruppo Cremonini, insieme al Fondo Strategico italiano. In Italia hanno comprato alcuni dei più prestigiosi alberghi di Firenze: acquisiti il Four Season, all'interno del Palazzo della Gherardesca, che fa tuttora parte della Compagnia italiana alberghi. A Milano, il Qatar Investment Authority si è concentrato sulle sedi delle banche come il palazzo di via Santa Margherita che ospita gli uffici di Credit Suisse. Oltre ad aver partecipato a un fondo costruito ad hoc per valorizzare un portafoglio di filiali di Deutsche Bank. Alberghi, maison di moda, compagne aeree, palazzi. E non solo. Lo shopping dello Sceicco Al-Thani. investe anche un settore alquanto delicato: quello degli armamenti. In poco più di un anno l'Italia ha venduto a Doha sette navi da guerra Fincantieri per 4 miliardi di euro, 28 elicotteri NH 90 (ex Agusta Westland) per 3 miliardi di euro, inoltre è stata siglata un'intesa da oltre 6 miliardi di euro per 24 caccia Typhoon del consorzio Eurofighter, di cui Leonardo-Finmeccanica ha una quota del 36%. E anche i nostri produttori agricoli hanno registrato un aumento dell'export, con un volume di esportazioni quadruplicato negli ultimi 10 anni e certificato dall'ultimo accordo siglato da Coldiretti con l'emirato per la distribuzione dei prodotti italiani.

"I rapporti tra Italia e Qatar – ha recentemente detto all'Adnkronos l'ambasciatore a Doha, Pasquale Salzano - sono veramente ottimi, nell'ultimo anno abbiamo aumentato di circa l'11% il nostro interscambio. Nell'emirato c'è una grande richiesta di Italia, presente in modo massiccio già con i grandi gruppi, come Salini Impregilo, Saipem, Eni, Fincantieri, Rizzani de Eccher, Leonardo, che riguarda le piccole e medie imprese, l'artigianato, i prodotti di lusso e dell'agroalimentare, senz'altro una novità per le dimensioni nelle quali ci viene richiesto".

Nella disputa tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, Roma tifa per Doha. E per il suo shopping miliardario.


          Arabia Saudí invita a Qatar a participar en la cumbre del CCG en el primer paso para zanjar la crisis regional      Cache   Translate Page      
El rey Salmán de Arabia Saudí ha invitado formalmente al emir de Qatar, Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani, a participar en la próxima cumbre del Consejo de Cooperación del Golfo (CCG), en lo que supone el primer paso para resolver la crisis regional que se desató el año pasado.
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          Qatar Quits Oil Club—Energy Journal      Cache   Translate Page      
Good morning. I’m Neanda Salvaterra, with today’s energy run-down. Qatar says it’s cancelling its membership to the exclusive oil club, OPEC. Meanwhile, oil prices showed signs of life after major producers Russia and Saudi Arabia committed to continue collaborating to reduce supply and balance the market. Investors were also cheered by news that the U.S. […]
          12/4/2018: REPORT ON BUSINESS: QATAR TO WITHDRAW FROM OPEC, FOCUS ON GAS EXPORTS      Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar said it will quit OPEC to focus on gas in a swipe at Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the oil exporting group, which is trying to show unity in tackling an oil price slide. Doha, one of OPEC’s smallest oil producers but the world’s biggest...
          DAILY BRIEFING: Qatar pulls out of Opec to focus on natural gas production following blockade      Cache   Translate Page      
The Gulf state’s oil firm announced it will leave the Opec alliance at the start of next year after. It has been blockaded by many of its Middle Eastern neighbours for the past 18 months.
          Al matrimonio dei principi del Qatar le torte nuziali e i capolavori di docezza di Sal De Riso [FOTO]      Cache   Translate Page      
I capolavori di dolcezza di Sal De Riso alla corte dei regnanti del Qatar per il matrimonio del secolo tra i principi He Sheikh Fahad Bin Addualaziz Bin Suhaim Al Thani ed He Sheikha Aisha Bint Khalid Bin Nasser Al Thani. Nozze da favola, nel lusso più sfrenato, che ha visto due giorni fa a Doha diversi...
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Mary Ann Rishel, Professor Emerita, Writing, recently presented a paper in Doha, Qatar on medical humanities entitled The Great Medical Questions—and Beyond:  A Global Medical-Humanities Curriculum.  The paper will be published on the online journal Innovations in Global Health Professions Education (IGHPE).

 



          Le baril RÉSISTE à l’annonce du Qatar sur l’Opep      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Qatar to quit OPEC in 2019: Energy minister      Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar is to leave OPEC next month in order for the Gulf state to focus on gas production, Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi announced on Monday.
          Qatar Umumkan Keluar dari OPEC      Cache   Translate Page      

Pemerintah Qatar secara resmi mengumumkan keluar dari Organisasi Negara-Negara Pengekspor Minyak Bumi (OPEC).

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          England fans set for 10am pub dates to watch World Cup 2022 in Qatar as Fifa announce schedule plans      Cache   Translate Page      
FOOTBALL fans could be sitting down in pubs as early as at 10am to watch the first matches of the day at the World Cup in Qatar, it was revealed yesterday. The other kick-offs for the 2022 tournament would be a lunchtime one at 1pm, another at 4pm before a potential evening match gets underway […]
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          Qatar Quits OPEC After Close To 60 Years – Here’s Why The Decision Makes Perfect Sense      Cache   Translate Page      
Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi dropped a bombshell on Monday (Dec 3) – Doha would leave OPEC on January 1, 2019. Clearly, it was a big news, considering that the small kingdom has been an official OPEC member since 1961. The timing of the announcement was suspicious – just days before OPEC and its allies are scheduled […]
          Qatar decides to leave OPEC      Cache   Translate Page      
The decision is more about the Gulf’s troubled politics than oil prices
          G20: You can smell tear gas in the streets as the oil industry squabbles      Cache   Translate Page      
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Q: Well, sa mga nagsasabing bakit di pinalaro si Pringle?
A: You have to know that hindi consider as local player si Pringle, as well as si Standhardinger. So isa lang sa kanila ang pwedeng maglaro per game. Versus Iran si Standhardinger ang pinili ni Coach Yeng as Gilas naturalized player.
Q. Bakit daw di kasama sa lineup sa Abueva? 
A. Mga sirs, 6-game suspension po ang nakapatong sa ulo ni Abueva. Kaya di talaga pupwede na lumaro sya kahit gustuhin ng coach. Basa-basa din pag may time.

Q. Bakit daw wala din sa lineup si Romeo at Blatche?
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Q. May pagasa pa ba ang Gilas sa World Cup?
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Q. What if, after the last games of Gilas, number 4 lang ang naging seed nation sa Group F? May pag-asa pa ba sa World Cup?
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Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.


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“With such an amazing food & drinks offering accompanied with breathtaking live music, STK will become the number one destination for foodies and jetsetters alike” said Caglar Mustafa, General Manager at STK Doha.

For more information, please visit STK Doha’s website at www.stk-doha.com or call +974 4484 8588. 

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The campaign emphasises Vodafone’s full range of Internet of Things (IoT) and fixed connectivity services and how these services help business succeed, making Vodafone the ideal partner in a digital world.

Developing world-class business solutions is a major component of the Company’s commitment to accelerating Qatar towards becoming one of the most connected and technologically advanced countries in the world. Vodafone is also committed to delivering the transformative potential of 5G on which these solutions will increasingly be delivered. Such technology is set to transform everything – enabling people to access information more quickly day-to-day, enhancing the services and mobile technologies that are available to us in our personal and professional lives and increasing businesses’ efficiency and productivity.

Commenting on the campaign, Mahmud Awad, Chief Business Officer, Vodafone Qatar said: “This campaign makes clear to businesses that we’re so much more than mobile. From providing innovative solutions, bringing the latest technologies including IoT to market, though to rolling out a fixed network for business customers to develop their operations on – our track record speaks for itself. Thanks to the strength of our relationships and customer-centric approach, we’re ideally placed to provide the support that the country’s dynamic business sector relies on to succeed and grow.”

In the past 9 years, Vodafone Qatar has established a strong track record for providing innovative solutions, bringing the latest technologies to market and developing tailor-made and smart solutions for businesses.

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          Qatar Finance and Business Academy Northumbria takes part in University Expo Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      

With an aim to expand its reach, Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) Northumbria University, participated in the University Expo, which was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education Qatar on November 28 – 29, 2018 at Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. This Expo offered a poised platform for QFBA Northumbria to create an awareness about its bachelor degrees to a wider audience.

University Expo Qatar is a comprehensive two-day exhibition attended by students aged 16+ who are considering their higher education options, as well as their parents and teachers. Hosting 50+ regional and international universities, colleges and vocational training centers, two live seminar rooms and a lively social area, institutes, participating at the fair, had a greater access to meet and engage with their prospective intake of students from Qatar and the wider Middle East.

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On their participation, Dr. Khalid Al Horr, CEO, QFBA, said: “We are elated to have participated in University Expo Qatar as it offered a greater avenue to reach out to our prospective students across the Middle East and Qatar. Basis our discussion with these young minds, we got an understanding about their requirements, which help us in further targeting our business degrees portfolio as per their needs and buoyant market conditions. We would like to thank the organizers for taking this incredible initiative of connecting high school students with leading education providers from around the world and this platform has served us in creating an awareness about our latest offerings and our future plans in place.” “Furthermore, we plan to undergo several road shows in high schools of the country starting January next year to showcase the bachelor degrees being offered by QFBA Northumbria University. “He added.

QFBA’s partnership with Northumbria University opens a new gateway to a career in Accounting, Finance, and International Banking for the people in Qatar. In September, QFBA Northumbria University commenced its first academic year 2018-19.  Around 53 students from 12 different countries have been enrolled for the first academic year.

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          Banana Island Resort Doha launches its festive season offers      Cache   Translate Page      

To Celebrate the festive season, Banana Island Resort Doha has launched a variety of offers in all of its outlets and facilities. The offers are available at all its restaurants, Balance Wellness Centre and at the Anantara SPA. In addition, a selection of activities will offer guests and visitors the opportunity to witness a unique island experience filled with luxury and upscale services during this festive season of the year.

During this period, Azraq, the perfect destination for the gathering of family members and friends, is offering a variety of international dishes, seafood and live cooking stations in a private setting during the festive dinner buffet on the 24 December and the festive brunch on Monday 25 December. Furthermore, to celebrate the Qatar National Day and share joy on this happy occasion with members of the community, the ‘I Love Qatar Brunch’ at Azraq will be available on the 7th, 14th and 18th December. For the New Year’s Eve, Q Lounge will present to its guests and visitors a lavish buffet by the waterfront with delectable dishes from around the globe, including European cuisines, delights from across Asia, Indian curries and grills from the tandoor, plus mouth-watering Arabic selections.

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Adding to the festivity, will be live cooking stations, fresh seafood selection, and the eastern and western sweets corner. Moreover, guests will enjoy the latest oriental and western beats played by the resident DJ. Zest Café is joining the festivity as well and six chefs have prepared a ginormous gingerbread house, which is the biggest ever made by any of the local hotels. The massive gingerbread house took 200 hours to complete, consumed 650kg of flour, 42kg of brown sugar, 25kg of ginger powder, 1200 eggs and 30 liters of milk, and will welcome kids during the entire month of December and January. Zest Café is also offering a special menu of winter foods and festive drinks during the period.

Italian food lovers are in a special appointment with Riva Restaurant, which will take them into a special culinary trip to the northern part of Italy, where they will enjoy a diverse selection of Risotto dishes and the traditional Lombardy dish served with an array of creamy recipes crafted with the finest imported ingredients. Guests can dine indoors or enjoy an amazing al fresco experience with a splendid view overlooking the Gulf. For people searching for sense of adventure, Banana Island Resort Doha is offering up to 40% discount on diving experience. The offer includes a quick theory lesson by the poolside, allowing participants to gain confidence with a practice session in a dedicated dive pool, then experience an amazing dive in the warm blue waters of the Gulf. 

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To ease the stress of daily routine life, guests can head to Balance Wellness Centre and the Anantara SPA to immerse themselves in the Arab hospitality, tranquility and beauty. During December guests and visitors alike can pamper themselves with a 60-minute massage or hammam treatment and benefit from complimentary 30 minutes access to the floatation pod or infrared sauna. Moreover, Banana Island Resort Doha has initiated the ‘Festive SPA Indulgences’ program, allowing its guests to select from a range of seasonal spa packages created specifically for the festive season and available only via gift card.

On this occasion Mr. Thomas Fehlbier, Area General Manager - Qatar of Minor Hotels - owners of Anantara brand  operating the Banana Island Resort Doha, said “As the year comes to a fruitful end our humble effort is to give families and friends the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful times during December with our best services in all the resort’s facilities, in a special ambiance and to live an unforgettable experience.”

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          National Museum of Qatar receives LEED Gold and GSAS 4 Star sustainability ratings      Cache   Translate Page      

In another milestone ahead of its opening next year, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) became the first national museum in the world to receive both a LEED Gold and a 4 Star GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System) sustainability rating.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Certifications from LEED are globally recognized symbols of sustainability achievements, while the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) is the first performance-based system in the MENA region developed for rating green buildings and infrastructure. The primary objective of GSAS is to create a sustainably built environment, considering the specific needs and context of the region.

Commenting on the announcement, Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Director of the National Museum of Qatar, stated: “A national museum is an integral part of a society. As such, it has a responsibility to protect the environment in which it exists, which will ultimately impact the world at large. The National Museum of Qatar aspires to become a global benchmark, not just in terms of its architectural beauty and immersive offering, but also for its sustainability legacy which will impact generations to come. We are proud to become the first national museum in the world to receive this honour and look forward to future achievements that will put Qatar on the world’s cultural map.”

Set to open in March next year, NMoQ will celebrate Qatar’s past, present and future. The iconic building embraces as its centerpiece the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar. Designed by Jean Nouvel, the 40,000-square-meter building incorporates the Palace while seamlessly integrating innovative artworks commissioned from Qatari and international artists, rare and precious objects, documentary materials, and interactive learning opportunities.

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The ambitious project is currently being brought to life by ASTAD, a fully integrated project and asset management services provider, covering the design and construction of complex building and infrastructure projects. ASTAD’s dual role as project manager and as sustainability consultant for LEED & GSAS certifications enabled effective integration of sustainability into the design and construction of the museum. In spite of its complex design, the museum’s construction enables it to reduce energy consumption by 26% when compared to the ASHRAE baseline – a minimum requirement for energy efficient designs for buildings.

ASTAD Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Ali Al-Khalifa stated: “This is a major achievement for Qatar Museums and ASTAD. I would like to thank Qatar Museums for entrusting ASTAD with project management consultancy as well as LEED and GSAS consultancy to support the development of this iconic landmark. Sustainability has been embedded into ASTAD’s operations since our very inception and we strive to identify effective solutions that sustain through the life of projects, creating efficient, high-performance and climate-responsive buildings that are internationally recognized through green building certifications.”

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          KPMG sheds light on tax landscape in Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      

Qatar-based professional services firm KPMG held a seminar on Tuesday 4 December 2018 to shed light on the ever-evolving tax and regulatory framework in the country and beyond.

At the event, titled ‘Navigating the future’, KPMG’s Head of Tax and Corporate Services Barbara Henzen explained to over 150 tax and finance leaders that the most important part about changes to tax regimes is to be prepared, stating: “taxation is an important part of sustaining a country’s economy and an inevitable part of running a business. Whilst in Qatar, we are lucky to have low taxes; it is likely that this will change gradually in coming years as the country continues to establish itself as a global power. Businesses need to ensure that they are fully aware of, and prepared for, new and evolving taxes to avoid penalties for non-compliance and ensure that they are managing their tax obligations in the most efficient way possible.”

Salah Gueydi, Director of Tax at Qatar Financial Centre was the keynote speaker at the event and briefed guests on the developments and key changes that are occurring to Qatar’s tax landscape, discussing not only domestic but also international factors that have shaped Qatar’s tax policy so far. He also discussed the ways in which Qatar is trying to modernize its tax system and meet international standards. He stated that: “While the ever changing international tax landscape poses a challenge to tax policy makers and tax administrations, it also offers an opportunity to reassess the policies and adapt the tax regime to be fair, efficient and transparent in light of international standards. Qatar has committed to all relevant international initiatives and has implemented, or is in the process of implementing, them. We, at the QFC, are very proud to work closely with Qatar’s Competent Authority in this respect”.

Henzen and KPMG in Qatar’s Tax Director David Snowden, talked on a number of subjects including the upcoming implementation of value-added tax (VAT) and lessons learned from other countries. Henzen explained that many countries showed a lack of VAT awareness prior to implementation, resulting in many commercial disputes leading to cash flow issues due to delays or non-payment of invoices. She also noted that some businesses experienced significant challenges with offsetting the VAT they pay against the VAT they charge. Storing and submitting incorrect documentation and record keeping were also highlighted as causing issues for businesses who had not prepared effectively.

The seminar also covered Common Reporting Standards (CRS), a global anti-tax avoidance and evasion scheme issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which has recently been implemented in Qatar. On this Snowden noted: “With over 100 countries signing up to CRS, by implementing the principles locally, Qatar has demonstrated its commitment to ethical and transparent economic activity. There are a number of important steps that business should make to ensure that the information that they hold about their transactions and activity is accurate, safe and ethically used”. 

The seminar also covered a number of international tax developments, which could impact businesses with overseas operations including the OECD’s Action Plan to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and combat aggressive tax planning, and country-by-country reporting and transfer pricing, which help to identify tax evaders and assets unethically held off-shore.  For Qatari parented groups these are very important as they have the potential to impact after-tax cash flow.

KPMG has one of the largest tax teams in Qatar, employing over 25 specialist staff, well equipped to deal with clients’ in-country and overseas tax needs.

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          HEC Paris Information Session: Executive MBA      Cache   Translate Page      

Location: Tornado Tower, West Bay

 

In brief: The next Information Session for HEC Paris Executive MBA will take place on 11 December 2018. Learn more about this world-class executive program. Discover the international diversity of participants, blended learning and international mobility options. Find out how it will help you transform yourself and your career.

 

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          QU’s College of Pharmacy organizes the second Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition      Cache   Translate Page      

To help prepare students to provide optimal pharmaceutical care and advance healthcare outcomes, the College of Pharmacy (CPH) at Qatar University (QU) recently organized their second Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition, which helps provide students with incentive to excel.

During the competition, students have five minutes to review a prescription and provide optimal counseling on the use of the prescribed medication and the associated medical condition for a standardized patient. The first round focuses on obesity management and the three best performing students from this round move into the final round, which focuses on acne and isotretinoin medication counseling.

The three contestants selected for the final round of the Arabic category are: Hend Al-Naimi, Aicha Ahmed and Meral Abdulselam. The English category finalists are: Ikram Zoukh, Nour Fakhr and Abier Elboshra. A panel of four judges evaluated the participating students based on different criteria including language skills, communication skills, professional competencies and clinical knowledge. The panel of judges included Pharmacy Director of Qatar Armed Forces Dr. Amal Jalham, CPH Associate Professor Dr. Maguy El Hajj, CPH Assistant Professor Dr. Zachariah Nazar and Clinical Lecturer Dr. Ziad Nasr.

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Ikram Zoukh won first place for the English version of the competition. Hend Al-Naimi won the Arabic. She says of the victory, “I am glad to be announced as a first-place winner, for sure, it is an unforgettable moment that gave me a huge push to proceed. This all reflects the knowledge and skills that our instructors helped us on throughout our courses. I am really grateful for such an opportunity and I do invite students to get involved in such activities as it a great way to explore what is really like to be a pharmacist.”

In his remarks, Assistant Professor and Dean of CPH, Dr. Mohammad Diab says, “Believing in Qatar University’s mission to be regionally recognized for distinctive excellence in education and research, the CPH exerts a lot of efforts in bestowing a growing environment for its students through attending conferences, workshops and competitions like this one. We highly believe in the importance of pharmacist counseling in increasing medication adherence as well as increasing a patients understanding of their medical condition and improving patient outcomes. Congratulations to all the students who have participated in this competition. Our college is very proud of you.’’

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Chair of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section, Dr. Maguy El Hajj said, “I was very happy to contribute as a judge in the second patient counseling pharmacy competition organized by the College of Pharmacy. The pharmacy profession has undergone dramatic changes over the last decade and has shifted its focus from being product oriented to patient oriented. The competition reflects the changing role of the pharmacist and encourages future young pharmacists to promote their profession and to become role model healthcare providers and educators.”

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          Woqod hosts Open Induction Day      Cache   Translate Page      

As part of its Qatarization program, Qatar Fuel Company (Woqod) hosted an open induction day on December 4, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The induction was scheduled in two phases – morning and evening to receive applications for vocational training and development programas well asoffer an easy access to students for the induction program.

The purpose of the event was to attract Qatari graduates to provide training and development opportunities, and to engage in the work of a fuel company. The motive alsocommensurate with the level of performance and support the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030 in the development of human capital and the enhancement of national competencies, through this program.

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On this occasion, Eng. Saad Rashid Al-Muhannadi, Chief Executive Officer at Woqod, said: “Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, through The Qatar National Vision 2030, Woqod is committed to participate in developing the Qatari Human Capital with well skilled and qualified Qatari men and women to have the best opportunities to join Woqod workforce with different backgrounds. This endeavor offered us an opportunity to meet with the graduate students and showcase them the tremendous opportunity that Woqod beholds. As part of Woqod’s responsibility towards the community, we will train and develop the Qatari competencies across the various technical fields of the organization.”

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          Turkish Airlines offers free Istanbul stopover to passengers from Doha      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, has launched a unique Istanbul stopover package, enabling transit passengers from Doha to take advantage of a free night’s stay in the city.  

The unique offer from Turkish Airlines allows passengers travelling from Doha through Istanbul to experience a taste of Turkey for free. Turkish Airlines will give passengers the chance to turn a layover into stayover by offering four and five star hotel accommodation at no charge to those transiting through Istanbul to numerous destinations around the world, including Europe, North Africa, America (USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, Venezuela), Cyprus, Mauritania, Ghana and Ethiopia and of course combine any of those wonderful places with a quick magical trip to Istanbul too.

Mr. Mehmed Zingal, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Qatar, said: “We want to provide our passengers who are traveling from Qatar with an opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and other attractions that the beautiful city of Istanbul has to offer. We are confident that our passengers will benefit from our service and will make the most out of it”.

Passengers connecting through Istanbul from Doha with a layover of more than 20 hours can enjoy a free hotel stay based on their tickets. Economy-class passengers who choose to stopover in Istanbul will get a complimentary night’s stay at a four-star hotel, while business class passengers receive two nights in a five-star property in Taksim. Passengers should complete the booking process beforehand in order to receive their vouchers for the accommodation. The stopover package provides free accommodation only for round-trip passengers through Turkish Airlines and can be used on both, the outbound or inbound journey, while visa fees, cost of travel around the city and between the airport and hotel are borne by the passenger.

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          La oferta de Primera Clase de Emirates se supera: suites privadas      Cache   Translate Page      

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Los aviones se reinventan día a día, sobre todo en intentar ofrecer más comodidades y lujos a aquellos que se quieren distinguir. Si aquellos que pagan (mucho) más disfrutan de cosas que en clase turista no podríamos ni imaginar, desde esta semana la oferta de Primera Clase de Emirates se supera: suites privadas en pleno avión.

Sí, ya no llega sólo con unos asientos que por momentos son como nuestra propia cama y una atención por parte de los tripulantes de cabina digna del mejor hotel, con comidas a la carta, lo que empieza a ofrecer Emirates es una suite privada, con todas las comodidades, para hacer el viaje de la única manera que faltaba: en soledad.

Suite 1

Aisladas con puertas correderas de suelo a techo y con líneas puras de diseño, las nuevas suites privadas del Boeing 777 de Emirates llevan el lujo y la intimidad en vuelo a un nuevo nivel. Son casi 4 metros cuadrados para espacio personal, con bastante sensación de amplitud y completamente cerradas y privadas. Están diseñadas con el único objetivo de buscar el confort del viajero, con asientos que se reclinan como si fuera una cama completa y que pueden alcanzar una "posición de gravedad cero", inspirados por tecnología de la NASA y que proporcionan un sentimiento de total relajación y sensación de ingravidez.

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Pero es que a todo lo que os estamos contando hay que unir que el avión incluye las primeras ventanas visuales de la industria para las suites que están localizadas en la fila central. Lo que hacen es proyectar la vista del exterior del avión utilizando cámaras para captar lo que ocurre en el exterior. Todos los asientos son de ventanilla entonces. En las otras, las que realmente son de ventanilla hay binoculares para aquellos que quieran explorar los cielos. Y cortinas, nada de esas persianas con tan poca clase.

Suite 2

Y si el exquisito pasajero que va en esa suite igual de exclusiva necesita algo de la tripulación se puede comunicar con ellos a través de una nueva función de vídeo llamada, y recibir lo que solicitaron a través de una ventanilla especial, aunque sigue presente también el botón de llamada de toda la vida y que aparezca una persona humana. Con el pack de regalo además de unos cómodos auriculares que bloquean el sonido también hay una agenda de cuero para aquellos que prefieran abstraerse escribiendo.

En Business Class también hay nuevos diseños

Bussiness

Pero no sólo hay como novedades las nuevas suites, sino que los asientos de Business Class también tienen lo suyo y aparecen inspirados por un coche de carreras moderno, con reposacabezas ergonómico y todos los controles para el asiento y los sistemas de entretenimiento en vuelo están en la pantalla táctil individual. También hay diversas opciones para las luces, paneles de privacidad entre asientos, zona para los zapatos, reposapies y un mini-bar.

Todas estas comodidades y nuevos diseños se pueden disfrutar en uno de los dos vuelos diarios que Emirates realiza entre Dubai y Viena, el que sale de los EAU (el vuelo EK125) a las 16:50, por si tenéis un montón de dinero y queréis disfrutar de esta experiencia aérea. Sólo son seis por vuelo así que reservad con tiempo. De precios no han hablado de momento, así que estamos un poco en ascuas.

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          G20: You can smell tear gas in the streets as the oil industry squabbles      Cache   Translate Page      
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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          Saudi king extends invitation to Qatari emir to attend GCC summit      Cache   Translate Page      
Doha has yet to confirm the level of representation it will send to the Gulf gathering on December 9.
          Venezuela y Qatar establecen relaciones de cooperación socioeconómico      Cache   Translate Page      
El embajador de Qatar en Caracas, Rashid Mohsin Al Fetais, informó este martes a través del canal del Estado, Venezolana de Televisión, que las relaciones diplomáticas y comerciales entre ambos países se fortalecen cada vez más, debido al esfuerzo del presidente, Nicolás Maduro con el actual emir de Qatar, Hamad Al Thani. Las relaciones de […]
          Saudi Arabia refuses to engage in WTO dispute brought by Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      
Riyadh says it cannot engage in dispute settlement procedures because of 'national security concerns'.
          Mind control, the CIA and other topics      Cache   Translate Page      
Have you listened to the latest GUNS & BUTTER?  It's really interesting.  Her guest is an author named Jay Dyer and they discuss the mind programming and other topics and reference points include THE PARALLAX VIEW, CLOCKWORK ORANGE, EYES WIDE SHUT and CHINATOWN.

It's a really interesting show.


Also of interest is Jacob C. Hornberger's article at INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE which asks the question how does the CIA have the 'right' to assassinate anyone:



In 1947, the CIA was called into existence as part of this new national-security state. President Truman, the president who was responsible for the federal government’s conversion to a national-security state, intended for the CIA to be strictly an intelligence-gathering agency. But someone slipped a bit of nebulous language into the law that called the CIA into existence, which the CIA seized upon to justify the adoption of omnipotent powers, including the power to assassinate people with impunity, so long as the assassination was to protect “national security.” Needless to say, the CIA had the omnipotent power to make that determination.

As monumental as the conversion to a national-security state was, it was not done through a constitutional amendment. The Constitution continued to be the supreme law that governed the operations of the federal government, including the CIA. Thus, since the Constitution did not give the federal government the power to assassinate people and since the Fifth Amendment expressly prohibited the federal government from assassinating people, the US Supreme Court and the rest of the federal judiciary had the responsibility to declare the CIA’s power to assassinate people unconstitutional.

Unfortunately, however, in a national-security state power is everything and especially omnipotent power. Recognizing that as a practical matter, there would be no way that the federal judiciary could keep the CIA from assassinating people in the name of protecting “national security,” the federal courts went silent or even supportive.

In 1989 the Cold War ended. Yet, we still have a national-security state and we still have a CIA with the power to assassinate people, including Americans. Why is that?


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  "All that I have is that I saw.  I saw without being afraid and without turning away.  And that I didn't forgive the unforgivable."


Replying to 
Invaded Panama. Invaded Iraq (the first time) on a lie. Withheld evidence from Iran/Contra hearings. Highway of Death. We ignore the horrible things former politicians did, "honor them for their service" when they die, then wonder why the next ones are worse.





That's the man some are mourning, a true War Criminal.

And you can't mourn a War Criminal without a lot of lies.  Which is how we get Barbra Streisand. 


Two years ago this week, I was honored to invite our 41st President and First Lady to my first ever concert in Texas. They came to my dressing room before the show and we exchanged gifts. I’m glad he and Barbara are together again. RIP. 🙏🏻





I'm so glad you made nice, Babsy.

Let's see when did you do your live concert again?  Hmm, September 1986.  Why again?  You were so scared to perform live but you were more scared about what might happen to our planet if the Reagan-Bush years continued into Bush years, remember now?

Remember any of the crap you said at the time?

The reality of War Criminal George H.W. Bush does not get "kinder and gentler" if you just zoom in to his domestic activities.  He campaigned on racism (the Willie Horton ads) and he campaigned on sexism.  He especially campaigned on sexism because he had the 'wimp factor' issue to overcome.  From Susan Faludi's BACKLASH: THE UNDECLARED WAR AGAINST AMERICAN WOMEN:

Rather than meeting the demands of women, the GOP men struck macho stands that they hoped would impress their own sex.  Bush hoped especially to prove his manly mettle to members of the press corps, who seemed as obsessed with the "wimp factor" as the male politicians they were covering.  "I get furious," Bush assured them.  "I go ballistic.  I really do and I bawl people out.  Of course, everyone's running for cover."  He even predicted, more wistfully than assertively, "Maybe I'll turn out to be a Teddy Roosevelt."
During the race, Bush's campaign managers dismissed questions about women's rights; they were too trivial to warrant comment, they said.  "We're not running around and dealing with a lot of so-called women's issues," Bush's press secretary indignantly told the New York Times.  When Bush summoned a group of elected officials to advise him during the campaign, only one was a woman.  While the candidate claimed that opposition to abortion was a cornerstone of his campaign, he didn't give this critical concern of women's much apparent thought.  When asked in a televised debate if he was "prepared to brand a woman a criminal for this decision," he said, "I haven't storted out the penalties."  His one seeming nod in the direction of working women's needs during the campaign was a penny-ante child care proposal that would give the poorest working families about $20 a week in tax breaks.  This pocket change was supposed to pay for basic child care that, on average, costs four times as much.  In the end, the Bush campaign's only real gesture to women was,incredibly, the selection of Dan Quayle.  His youthful blond looks, Republican leaders told journalists, would surely charm the ladies.



I'm sorry, unlike Barbra I don't support abortion rights one moment and, the next, shed tears and offer praise for a man who tried to destroy women's rights.  George H.W. Bush was despicable.   The April 1988 and April 1992 abortion right marches in DC?  We had to take to the streets to push back against Poppy Bush and all the other sickos who thought they could control women's bodies.


Some women were repeatedly targeted by Poppy Bush.  This was especially true if the women were women of color and/or gay.  Kevin Naff (WASHINGTON BLADE) remembers how homophobic Poppy was:



There’s nothing more galling than revisionist history and last weekend’s reactions to the death of former President George H.W. Bush brought an onslaught of it to many social media feeds and, more predictably, to mainstream media.
I was stunned to see my own feeds filled with tributes to the 41st president — some written by gay men. And on World AIDS Day, no less.
Even the Advocate — once a leading critic of the Reagan-Bush administrations — joined this chorus of glossing over Bush’s anti-LGBTQ record. In an Advocate story posted on World AIDS Day about Bush’s death, the word “AIDS” appears just once in a reference to Reagan. The headline describes Bush as “no enemy of LGBTQ people.”

Chris Johnson (WASHINGTON BLADE) reports:


Gay former Rep. Barney Frank, whose 32-year tenure in Congress included the George H.W. Bush administration from 1989 to 1992, told the Washington Blade in an interview Saturday the late former president “was bad” on LGBT rights and “wouldn’t do anything” to advance them.
“I asked him, for example, to rescind the Eisenhower rule that said we couldn’t get security clearances,” Frank said. “He refused to do it. Bill Clinton did a few years later.”
Frank also said Bush refused to roll back military’s ban on gay service members, which was administrative and not statutory in the days before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law of 1993.
“Bush was simply unsupportive on any issue,” Frank added.
[. . .]


Larry Kramer, a longtime activist against HIV/AIDS, was succinct in response to a Blade email inquiry on whether Bush deserves credit for signing the Ryan White Care Act into law.
“I will not give him credit for anything,” Kramer said. “He hated us.”

Poor Barbra Streisand.  Yet again, Larry Kramer's telling truths and Babsie's hedging her bets.  One stands for LGBTQ rights and the other just uses gays to try to prop up her dying career.


Sometimes it's as basic as you tell the truth or you lie.  You stand up or you whore.  As Rose says in Jane Smiley's A THOUSAND ACRES (Michelle Pfeiffer gives an incredible performance as Rose in the film version which recently came out on Blu Ray), "All that I have is that I saw.  I saw without being afraid and without turning away.  And that I didn't forgive the unforgivable."

Rose can make that claim.  Whores like Barbra Streisand cannot.

More than any other Americans, the Bush Crime Family destroyed the country of Iraq and left so many people damaged.  Raya al-Jadir (INDEPENDENT) explores realities for the disabled and challenged in Iraq:



Years of wars, economic sanctions and corruption have dominated life in Iraq and contributed greatly to the fact that the disabled community is simply not a priority for the government. Poverty rates in Iraq are on the rise, affecting 35 per cent of the population according to the ministry of planning, meaning many are unable to afford education or healthcare.

Official statistics indicate that there are more than 1.3 million disabled people in Iraq (3 per cent of the population); campaigners however believe the real number is three times that. Although Iraq is party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, media activist Ali Adil says: “In Iraq, many persons with disabilities continue to suffer from marginalisation and lack of access to their basic rights, in addition to community discrimination.”
On paper, every disabled person in Iraq is in receipt of a financial allowance regardless of whether the person is in employment or not – this amounts to approximately £66 a month. The stipend depends on the assessed severity of the person’s disability and to qualify Iraqis have to go through various consultations and medical examinations. As one activist who works with the British Council in Iraq informed me, “This long and bureaucratic system is almost 'disabling' the disabled person.”
Specialist care and services are either inaccessible or non-existent. Families often choose to home school their children in an effort not to send them to mainstream schools which are ill equipped to provide support or tackle discrimination.

Accessing healthcare has also become out of reach for many who cannot afford to pay. Rahma, a four year old girl, has phenylketonuria (PKU) a genetic condition that can lead to a build-up of the amino acid phenylalanine, which untreated can lead to brain damage and seizures. A protein-limited diet and supplements can prevent serious build ups, but these are not available in Iraq; her mother has to order it from abroad costing her more than £400 per month.


Here's a cold hard reality, the Iraqis above?  They didn't get 30 minutes of airtime over the weekend but Poppy Bush got non-stop praise on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and it will continue today.  It's an informercial selling War Criminals and war.  And useless whores like Barbie Streisand -- now 92% plastic thanks to all the fillers in her face -- will rush to identify with the criminals.  Barbara is not of the people and if you missed that, while she was promoting her album (Sour) WALLS, she sat down for an interview and explained why so many Republicans saw her in concert -- "They're the only ones who can afford the tickets!"  She thought that was funny.  She claims to be a Democrat, she claims to be a feminist, she claims to love her fans.  But she's perfectly fine with charging outrageous prices that guarantee only the very wealthy can see her.


Corruption, it inflicts more than just governments.  But it does inflict governments -- the US, certainly, and it's puppet Iraq.

At the end of October, Adil Adel al-Mahdi was moved from prime minister-designate to prime minister despite his inability to form a full Cabinet.  He still doesn't have a full Cabinet, despite constantly promising 'next week.'  John Davison and Ahmed Rasheed (REUTERS) report:


The two largest parliamentary groupings to emerge after the vote in May - one led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the other by Iranian-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri - formed a tacit alliance in October when they picked a president and approved 14 out of 22 cabinet ministers.
But since then there has been stalemate, mainly over the empty interior ministry post dominated for years by allies of Amiri, who are backing the former head of a paramilitary force supported by Tehran. Sadr meanwhile says no one with a political affiliation should get the post.
A vote in parliament to fill the vacant ministries in Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet has been repeatedly put back.  


RUDAW reports that al-Mahdi's finally come up with choices for his eight empty Cabinet posts:


Dara Nuradin – Ministry of Justice

Falih Fayadh – Ministry of Interior

Faysal Jarba – Ministry of Defense

Qusay Abdulwahab Suheil – Ministry of Higher Education

Saba Khayradin Tani – Ministry of Education

Abdulamir Hamdani – Ministry of Culture

Nouri Natiq Dlemi – Ministry of Planning

Hanna Immanuel Gorgis – Ministry of Immigrants and Immigration



But nominees require a vote in Parliament.


PM has arrived at the parliament building. On the agenda is a vote on the remaining 8 cabinet positions, including Defence & Interior.
 
 



Breaking: MPs say only six out of the eight remaining ministers will be voted on today; the two ministeries excluded are the Defense and Interior Ministries due to discord over the candidates
 
 



Huge walkout in 's parliament in protest over candidates for his half empty cabinet.Bif crisis is looming.
 
 



Meanwhile, the flooding continues in Iraq.

Iraq: Families flee Mosul homes following flash floods
          OIL: Qatar's OPEC departure suggests Gulf rift is here to stay      Cache   Translate Page      
The campaign to isolate Qatar, launched 18 months ago by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations, may have peaked with a tweet in August.
          Opec: addio Qatar segnala crepe, dubbi su intesa a Vienna      Cache   Translate Page      

Riad frena su taglio produzione. C'è chi vede nuove defezioni

L'articolo Opec: addio Qatar segnala crepe, dubbi su intesa a Vienna proviene da La Voce d'Italia.


          Zašto se Katar baš sada povlači iz OPEC-a?      Cache   Translate Page      
Piše: Abdullah Nasup Sa’d el-Kabi, ministar energije i izvršni direktor Qatar Petroleuma, objavio je na konferenciji za medije da je
          Qatar 2022, si va verso la spalmatura in quattro fasce orarie      Cache   Translate Page      
Gli organizzatori del Mondiale 2022 hanno annunciato che il torneo, che si disputerà in Qatar, avrà alcune partite che verranno giocate alle 11 del mattino, ora italiana (le 13 a Doha).
          Qatar’s OPEC Exit May Just Be The Beginning      Cache   Translate Page      
Much has already been written over the last 24 hours by pundits and analysts alike about Qatar’s decision to leave the Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) by January next year. Some have chimed in, claiming that it’s an irrational move, while others have, perhaps correctly, attributed it to “toxic politics” in the always volatile Middle East. The latter view has much credibility given Qatar’s ongoing geopolitical rift with many of its Arab neighbors over allegations of financing terrorist groups, which…
          Qatar-Oman Business Council reviews ways to boost cooperation      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA The Qatari-Omani Business Council held a meeting yesterday on the sidelines of the ongoing ‘Made in Qatar' expo 2018 in Muscat and reviewed way...
          Why is Qatar leaving OPEC?       Cache   Translate Page      
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          Qatar to withdraw from OPEC to focus on liquified natural gas      Cache   Translate Page      
The decision also comes amid a more than year-long feud between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors, who have accused its government of sponsoring terrorism.
          Qatar’s OPEC Exit May Just Be The Beginning      Cache   Translate Page      
Much has already been written over the last 24 hours by pundits and analysts alike about Qatar’s decision to leave the Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) by January next year. Some have chimed in, claiming that it’s an irrational move, while others have, perhaps correctly, attributed it to “toxic politics” in the always volatile Middle East. The latter view has much credibility given Qatar’s ongoing geopolitical rift with many of its Arab neighbors over allegations of financing terrorist groups, which…
          "AASTMT Master of Quality Management" Celebration      Cache   Translate Page      
The Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport AASTMT celebrated with the graduation of a new batch of Master of Quality Management from AASTMT Institute of Productivity and Quality on Sunday 2 12 2018 in the presence of H.E Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit Secretary General of the League of Arab States H.E Assistant Secretaries of the League of Arab States and H.E members of the Higher Coordination Committee for joint Arab action where the number of graduates were 251 representing six Arab countries Egypt UAE Palestine Libya Sultanate of Oman and Qatar.It is worth mentioning that H.E Prof. Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghafar Ismail Farag AASTMT President congratulates AASTMT Institute of Productivity and Quality for the accreditation of Investors in People that is the standard for people management lead the drive for better leadership and better workplaces as they started out as a UK Government project and notforprofit organization that helps thousands of organizations to lead support and manage people well for sustainable results then H.E Prof. Dr. AASTMT President has handed over the certificate of accreditation to Dr. Mohamed Hassan Abdorabeauh Dean of AASTMT Institute of Productivity and Quality as this accreditation is considered to be the first for an educational institution in Egypt and the second in the Arab world.
          OPEC has problems with some oil producers, reasons for Qatar's exit must be examined: Iran oil minister      Cache   Translate Page      
OPEC has problems with some oil producers, and the reasons for Qatar's exit from the organization must be examined, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Tuesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

          Saudi king extends invitation to Qatari emir to attend GCC summit      Cache   Translate Page      
Doha has yet to confirm the level of representation it will send to the Gulf gathering on December 9.
          12/5/2018: SPORTS: IAAF extends international ban on Russia      Cache   Translate Page      
The IAAF extended its ban on Russia’s participation in international competitions on Tuesday, with no clarity on whether the suspension may be lifted before next year’s world championships in Qatar. Sticking to a harder line than the World Anti-Doping...
          OPEC, non-OPEC members to discuss Qatari withdrawal influence on oil deal      Cache   Translate Page      

Moscow (Russia): The Ministerial Monitoring Committee of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-cartel oil producers will be discussing on Wednesday the influence that Qatari withdrawal from OPEC may have on the oil output cut deal, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said here on Tuesday.

"We'll discuss it tomorrow," he told reporters on the sidelines of a forum.

On Wednesday, the 175th ordinary OPEC meeting will be held in Vienna, while the Austrian capital will also host meetings of the OPEC and non-OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee and of all signatories of the oil output cut deal.

On Monday, Qatar announced its decision to withdraw from OPEC on January 1, 2019, in order to concentrate on boosting its liquefied natural gas production.

OPEC and several non-OPEC oil producers reached a deal in Vienna in 2016 to cut oil output by a total of 1.8 million barrels per day in an effort to stabilize global oil prices. Non-OPEC states pledged to jointly reduce oil output by 558,000 barrels per day. The agreement, which came into effect in 2017, has been extended twice since then and is set to remain in force until the end of 2018.


          12/5/2018: SPORT: Atletiek WK 2023: Boedapest      Cache   Translate Page      
De wereldkampioenschappen van 2023 zullen plaatsvinden in de Hongaarse hoofdstad Boedapest. Na het Qatarese Doha (2019) en het Amerikaanse Eugene (2021) keren de wereldkampioenschappen zes jaar na Londen 2017 terug naar Europa.
          Barça: L’ultimatum lancé à Umtiti      Cache   Translate Page      
Handicapé par des blessures à répétition au genou gauche, Samuel Umtiti continue d’inquiéter les dirigeants du FC Barcelone. Alors que le joueur continue de privilégier les soins à l’opération, l’ancien Lyonnais ayant cette fois sollicité l’avis du professeur Saillant, installé au Qatar, les Blaugrana lui auraient donné jusqu’à la reprise, début janvier, pour être rétabli. Si aucun progrès n’était constaté, un passage par la case opération lui serait alors imposé.
          Energy-Rich Qatar Announces It Will Leave OPEC In New Year      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The Persian Gulf nation of Qatar says it will pull out of OPEC. OPEC is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. It's a cartel designed to manage oil prices for its members' benefit. Qatar is a tiny country with enormous energy supplies. It is withdrawing from the cartel amid a dispute with another OPEC member, its neighbor, Saudi Arabia. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Qatar's energy minister, Saad al-Kaabi, announced the pullout at a news conference in Doha. State oil producer Qatar Petroleum confirmed the decision to withdraw in a post to its Twitter account. The energy minister says the reason for pulling out of the 15-member bloc is that Doha intends to focus on increasing its production of natural gas. Qatar is aiming for a major increase in its gas production, from 77 to 110 million tons, and al-Kaabi says it makes sense to focus on that instead of oil. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SAAD
          Vodafone Qatar launches new business brand campaign      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Qatar has launched a new campaign for Vodafone Business, emphasising Vodafone's range of Internet of Things (IoT) and fixed connectivity services...
          Ooredoo Qatar starts 5G network tests across desert       Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) Ooredoo Qatar has announced that customers will be able to use 5G across Qatar's desert, as soon as commercial devices are available in Qatar...
          Qatar’s emir invited to attend Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
Overture raises prospect of a thaw in damaging spat between Gulf nations
          Raja Mandala: Rethinking the Gulf (GS 2,IR,UPSC IAS Mains)      Cache   Translate Page      
India’s relations with the key Gulf countries have never been as good as they are today. The deepening energy interdependence is marked by growing volumes of energy imports into India and the prospect of substantive investments from the Gulf into the Indian hydrocarbon sector. The number of Indian migrant workers in the region stands at more than 7 million. The Gulf is among India’s top trading partners.

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Meanwhile, a high-level engagement between India and the Gulf has blossomed in recent years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj have travelled frequently to the Gulf and there has been a steady stream of senior Gulf leaders visiting India. The expansion of the political engagement has been matched by the growing security cooperation, especially on counter-terrorism. India and its Gulf partners are also taking tentative steps towards defence cooperation.

There is no question that Delhi’s political neglect of the Gulf has ended during the last few years. Yet, India’s relations with the Gulf have been constrained by too strong a focus on the bilateral. Delhi is paying too little attention to the growing weight of the Gulf in regional affairs and the strategic possibilities that it opens up for India.

To be sure, Saudi Arabia has long been a pivotal state. As the nation with one of the world’s largest petroleum reserves and capable of modulating its oil production, Riyadh has played a critical role in shaping the world energy markets since the 1970s. As the home to Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia has a unique place in the Islamic world. Since the late 1960s, Riyadh has exercised significant political influence in the evolution of the Middle East.


The rise of the UAE, in contrast, has been less noticed. What differentiates the UAE from other petrostates is a rare purposefulness that has turned it into a strategic actor of consequence in the Middle East and beyond. The cathartic events of 9/11 and the Arab Spring have convinced Abu Dhabi that it must act boldly and generate the capabilities to survive amidst the regional turbulence.

Consider for a moment the defence budget of the UAE. Some reports put it around $22 billion, which is nearly 40 per cent of India’s defence spending of about $52 billion. The UAE was the fourth-largest importer of weapons during 2013-17.


The UAE is also a major player in the global logistics market, thanks to the successful development of Dubai as a major port and aviation hub. It is now striving to emerge as a centre of art, higher education and technological innovation. As the home to multiple nationalities from around the world, the UAE has become a small but important cosmopolitan centre.

If Delhi looks beyond the bilateral, it will find two very important axes of potential partnerships in the Middle East. One is the idea of a “moderate Arab centre”. The UAE leadership has made the construction of a moderate bloc in the region its highest regional priority. It sees the construction of such a core around Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi believes that only a coalition of moderate Arab states can move the region out of its current deeply troubled state.

Abu Dhabi also believes that the values of cultural openness, religious tolerance, women’s empowerment, and economic opportunities for younger people — which helped the Emirates succeed — can be extended to other parts of the Middle East. By any measure, this is an ambitious project. And there are many obstacles to its realisation — especially the deepening divisions within the Gulf.

But the idea of a moderate Arab centre should resonate deeply with India’s natural ethos and its traditional empathy for modernising forces in the Arab world. Helping the construction of a moderate Arab centre envisaged by Abu Dhabi, then, is very much in India’s interest.

Second is the growing impact of the Gulf countries in the Indian Ocean region. Nowhere is this more evident than the Horn of Africa. The recent success of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in brokering peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea who had been locked in a prolonged conflict underlines the positive role of the Gulf in Africa. Others point to the destabilising impact of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the one hand and Qatar and Turkey elsewhere in the region, most notably in Somalia and its rebel provinces.

Alliances, military bases, interventions and peace-making have long been considered as the preserve of great powers. But the Gulf countries today are bringing a combination of financial resources and political will to shape the geopolitics of their neighbouring regions. Some of the Gulf countries like the UAE are eager to collaborate with India on development assistance and the construction of strategic infrastructure in the Indian Ocean littoral. If India continues to be disinterested, they are bound to look for other partners.

The Gulf states have relied in the past on the Anglo-Americans for their security. As America and Britain gaze at their own navel, the Gulf states are taking greater responsibility for managing the regional order. The conditions under which India could afford to take a purely bilateral approach to the Gulf nations are beginning to disappear. India needs an integrated regional strategy to secure its ever-rising stakes in the Middle East and the Western Indian Ocean.


          The Implications of an OPEC Downsize      Cache   Translate Page      

Yesterday, a week-long rumor finally saw the light of day.

I had heard it prior to my departure for Singapore last week, and it had at the time been the substance of some talk on its potential importance, if true, during our meetings.

Well, it is no longer just a rumor.

This morning, the Qatari Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi announced that the Persian Gulf state was leaving OPEC, effective January 1.

Qatar is a minor oil producer, averaging some 600,000 barrels a day, putting it at the bottom of the OPEC ladder, along with Ecuador.

However, it is a major natural gas producer, and the world's leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

But there is a more important reason why the Qatari departure from OPEC is likely to shift the regional tensions into a higher gear.

And it's not about oil.

It's all about using natural gas as an increasing global lever...

The post The Implications of an OPEC Downsize appeared first on Oil & Energy Investor.


          Il Qatar abbandona l’Opec e punta sul gas naturale       Cache   Translate Page      

Doha ritira l’adesione all’organizzazione dei Paesi esportatori di petrolio a partire dal gennaio 2019. L’emirato continuerà a rispettare gli impegni in tema di produzione come altre nazioni non Opec. La scelta frutto di un piano industriale, slegato dalla controversia in atto con l’Arabia Saudita. 


          QATAR為什麼選擇退出OPEC.?      Cache   Translate Page      
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          OPEC has problems with some oil producers, reasons for Qatar's exit must be examined: Iran oil minister      Cache   Translate Page      
OPEC has problems with some oil producers, and the reasons for Qatar's exit from the organization must be examined, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Tuesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

          Gli stadi di calcio più strani del mondo Dalla Spagna a Singapore a quelli dei Mondiali in Qatar       Cache   Translate Page      

Gli stadi di calcio più strani del mondo Dalla Spagna a Singapore a quelli dei Mondiali in Qatar

Dal più alto in Perù ai faraonici progetti della Coppa del mondo 2022


          the cher show      Cache   Translate Page      
no post monday night, sorry.  we went to nyc to see the opening of 'the cher show' on broadway.

it is amazing.  it's a musical so don't look for some grand import or insight.  the point is to entertain and dazzle - and the show does that.

for the costumes alone, it's worth seeing. 

but the performances are pretty incredible as well.

let me grab my program (because i didn't know a single actor in the cast).

cher is not 1 person but 3 in the play.  the youngest cher is  played by micaela diamond, then cher is played by teal wicks and our modern day cher is played by stephanie j. block.

all are incredible - but in different ways.  micaela, for example, puts across an innocence that stephanie probably couldn't but as the oldest cher, stephanie needs to project wisdom and experience and stephanie manages all that (and humor).  i think she's my favorite of the 3 actresses - stephanie.

a definite tony nominee has to be michael berresse.  he plays 3 characters including director robert altman but it's his performance as bob mackie that should guarantee him a tony nomination.  bob is the man who costumed cher for so many famous outfits - including the 'nipples to wind' outfit she wore on the cover of 'time' magazine (bette middle dubbed it that) as well as the outfits she wore on her variety shows and the ones she wore to the oscars - as well as all her costumes in this broadway musical.  he makes bob come alive.

matthew hydzik struggles with both of his roles.  if it was just with gregg allman, i'd think i didn't care for him because i never cared for allman.  but he also plays 1 of cher's mother's husbands (john southall) and he seemed sketchy in that role as well.

i liked emily skinner as georgia (and as lucille ball).  i loved michael campayno as rob camillettie and even jarrod spector as sonny bono.  but i did not care for matthew hydzik at all.


 fortunately, he's not very big part of the show and not even enough to bring it down.

this is a high energy production and it grabs you from the start and pulls you along.  it's involving and just a great show and experience.

if you're in nyc or going to be, make a point to see 'the cher show.'


let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'


Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  "All that I have is that I saw.  I saw without being afraid and without turning away.  And that I didn't forgive the unforgivable."


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Invaded Panama. Invaded Iraq (the first time) on a lie. Withheld evidence from Iran/Contra hearings. Highway of Death. We ignore the horrible things former politicians did, "honor them for their service" when they die, then wonder why the next ones are worse.





That's the man some are mourning, a true War Criminal.

And you can't mourn a War Criminal without a lot of lies.  Which is how we get Barbra Streisand. 


Two years ago this week, I was honored to invite our 41st President and First Lady to my first ever concert in Texas. They came to my dressing room before the show and we exchanged gifts. I’m glad he and Barbara are together again. RIP. 🙏🏻





I'm so glad you made nice, Babsy.

Let's see when did you do your live concert again?  Hmm, September 1986.  Why again?  You were so scared to perform live but you were more scared about what might happen to our planet if the Reagan-Bush years continued into Bush years, remember now?

Remember any of the crap you said at the time?

The reality of War Criminal George H.W. Bush does not get "kinder and gentler" if you just zoom in to his domestic activities.  He campaigned on racism (the Willie Horton ads) and he campaigned on sexism.  He especially campaigned on sexism because he had the 'wimp factor' issue to overcome.  From Susan Faludi's BACKLASH: THE UNDECLARED WAR AGAINST AMERICAN WOMEN:

Rather than meeting the demands of women, the GOP men struck macho stands that they hoped would impress their own sex.  Bush hoped especially to prove his manly mettle to members of the press corps, who seemed as obsessed with the "wimp factor" as the male politicians they were covering.  "I get furious," Bush assured them.  "I go ballistic.  I really do and I bawl people out.  Of course, everyone's running for cover."  He even predicted, more wistfully than assertively, "Maybe I'll turn out to be a Teddy Roosevelt."
During the race, Bush's campaign managers dismissed questions about women's rights; they were too trivial to warrant comment, they said.  "We're not running around and dealing with a lot of so-called women's issues," Bush's press secretary indignantly told the New York Times.  When Bush summoned a group of elected officials to advise him during the campaign, only one was a woman.  While the candidate claimed that opposition to abortion was a cornerstone of his campaign, he didn't give this critical concern of women's much apparent thought.  When asked in a televised debate if he was "prepared to brand a woman a criminal for this decision," he said, "I haven't storted out the penalties."  His one seeming nod in the direction of working women's needs during the campaign was a penny-ante child care proposal that would give the poorest working families about $20 a week in tax breaks.  This pocket change was supposed to pay for basic child care that, on average, costs four times as much.  In the end, the Bush campaign's only real gesture to women was,incredibly, the selection of Dan Quayle.  His youthful blond looks, Republican leaders told journalists, would surely charm the ladies.



I'm sorry, unlike Barbra I don't support abortion rights one moment and, the next, shed tears and offer praise for a man who tried to destroy women's rights.  George H.W. Bush was despicable.   The April 1988 and April 1992 abortion right marches in DC?  We had to take to the streets to push back against Poppy Bush and all the other sickos who thought they could control women's bodies.


Some women were repeatedly targeted by Poppy Bush.  This was especially true if the women were women of color and/or gay.  Kevin Naff (WASHINGTON BLADE) remembers how homophobic Poppy was:



There’s nothing more galling than revisionist history and last weekend’s reactions to the death of former President George H.W. Bush brought an onslaught of it to many social media feeds and, more predictably, to mainstream media.
I was stunned to see my own feeds filled with tributes to the 41st president — some written by gay men. And on World AIDS Day, no less.
Even the Advocate — once a leading critic of the Reagan-Bush administrations — joined this chorus of glossing over Bush’s anti-LGBTQ record. In an Advocate story posted on World AIDS Day about Bush’s death, the word “AIDS” appears just once in a reference to Reagan. The headline describes Bush as “no enemy of LGBTQ people.”

Chris Johnson (WASHINGTON BLADE) reports:


Gay former Rep. Barney Frank, whose 32-year tenure in Congress included the George H.W. Bush administration from 1989 to 1992, told the Washington Blade in an interview Saturday the late former president “was bad” on LGBT rights and “wouldn’t do anything” to advance them.
“I asked him, for example, to rescind the Eisenhower rule that said we couldn’t get security clearances,” Frank said. “He refused to do it. Bill Clinton did a few years later.”
Frank also said Bush refused to roll back military’s ban on gay service members, which was administrative and not statutory in the days before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law of 1993.
“Bush was simply unsupportive on any issue,” Frank added.
[. . .]


Larry Kramer, a longtime activist against HIV/AIDS, was succinct in response to a Blade email inquiry on whether Bush deserves credit for signing the Ryan White Care Act into law.
“I will not give him credit for anything,” Kramer said. “He hated us.”

Poor Barbra Streisand.  Yet again, Larry Kramer's telling truths and Babsie's hedging her bets.  One stands for LGBTQ rights and the other just uses gays to try to prop up her dying career.


Sometimes it's as basic as you tell the truth or you lie.  You stand up or you whore.  As Rose says in Jane Smiley's A THOUSAND ACRES (Michelle Pfeiffer gives an incredible performance as Rose in the film version which recently came out on Blu Ray), "All that I have is that I saw.  I saw without being afraid and without turning away.  And that I didn't forgive the unforgivable."

Rose can make that claim.  Whores like Barbra Streisand cannot.

More than any other Americans, the Bush Crime Family destroyed the country of Iraq and left so many people damaged.  Raya al-Jadir (INDEPENDENT) explores realities for the disabled and challenged in Iraq:



Years of wars, economic sanctions and corruption have dominated life in Iraq and contributed greatly to the fact that the disabled community is simply not a priority for the government. Poverty rates in Iraq are on the rise, affecting 35 per cent of the population according to the ministry of planning, meaning many are unable to afford education or healthcare.

Official statistics indicate that there are more than 1.3 million disabled people in Iraq (3 per cent of the population); campaigners however believe the real number is three times that. Although Iraq is party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, media activist Ali Adil says: “In Iraq, many persons with disabilities continue to suffer from marginalisation and lack of access to their basic rights, in addition to community discrimination.”
On paper, every disabled person in Iraq is in receipt of a financial allowance regardless of whether the person is in employment or not – this amounts to approximately £66 a month. The stipend depends on the assessed severity of the person’s disability and to qualify Iraqis have to go through various consultations and medical examinations. As one activist who works with the British Council in Iraq informed me, “This long and bureaucratic system is almost 'disabling' the disabled person.”
Specialist care and services are either inaccessible or non-existent. Families often choose to home school their children in an effort not to send them to mainstream schools which are ill equipped to provide support or tackle discrimination.

Accessing healthcare has also become out of reach for many who cannot afford to pay. Rahma, a four year old girl, has phenylketonuria (PKU) a genetic condition that can lead to a build-up of the amino acid phenylalanine, which untreated can lead to brain damage and seizures. A protein-limited diet and supplements can prevent serious build ups, but these are not available in Iraq; her mother has to order it from abroad costing her more than £400 per month.


Here's a cold hard reality, the Iraqis above?  They didn't get 30 minutes of airtime over the weekend but Poppy Bush got non-stop praise on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and it will continue today.  It's an informercial selling War Criminals and war.  And useless whores like Barbie Streisand -- now 92% plastic thanks to all the fillers in her face -- will rush to identify with the criminals.  Barbara is not of the people and if you missed that, while she was promoting her album (Sour) WALLS, she sat down for an interview and explained why so many Republicans saw her in concert -- "They're the only ones who can afford the tickets!"  She thought that was funny.  She claims to be a Democrat, she claims to be a feminist, she claims to love her fans.  But she's perfectly fine with charging outrageous prices that guarantee only the very wealthy can see her.


Corruption, it inflicts more than just governments.  But it does inflict governments -- the US, certainly, and it's puppet Iraq.

At the end of October, Adil Adel al-Mahdi was moved from prime minister-designate to prime minister despite his inability to form a full Cabinet.  He still doesn't have a full Cabinet, despite constantly promising 'next week.'  John Davison and Ahmed Rasheed (REUTERS) report:


The two largest parliamentary groupings to emerge after the vote in May - one led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the other by Iranian-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri - formed a tacit alliance in October when they picked a president and approved 14 out of 22 cabinet ministers.
But since then there has been stalemate, mainly over the empty interior ministry post dominated for years by allies of Amiri, who are backing the former head of a paramilitary force supported by Tehran. Sadr meanwhile says no one with a political affiliation should get the post.
A vote in parliament to fill the vacant ministries in Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet has been repeatedly put back.  


RUDAW reports that al-Mahdi's finally come up with choices for his eight empty Cabinet posts:


Dara Nuradin – Ministry of Justice

Falih Fayadh – Ministry of Interior

Faysal Jarba – Ministry of Defense

Qusay Abdulwahab Suheil – Ministry of Higher Education

Saba Khayradin Tani – Ministry of Education

Abdulamir Hamdani – Ministry of Culture

Nouri Natiq Dlemi – Ministry of Planning

Hanna Immanuel Gorgis – Ministry of Immigrants and Immigration



But nominees require a vote in Parliament.


PM has arrived at the parliament building. On the agenda is a vote on the remaining 8 cabinet positions, including Defence & Interior.
 
 



Breaking: MPs say only six out of the eight remaining ministers will be voted on today; the two ministeries excluded are the Defense and Interior Ministries due to discord over the candidates
 
 



Huge walkout in 's parliament in protest over candidates for his half empty cabinet.Bif crisis is looming.
 
 



Meanwhile, the flooding continues in Iraq.

Iraq: Families flee Mosul homes following flash floods
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Da Stilum curiae, mentre si discute di Global Compact sulle migrazioni riprendiamo una riflessione di Agostino Nobile in tema di laicismo e islam. Son cose da noi dette in più occasioni ma in ordine sparso. Giova riprenderle per tener desta l'attenzione e non cessare di approfondire le ragioni e l'impegno di una resistenza ad oltranza

Perdonate se insisto sul tema, ma se continuiamo ad accogliere in pompa magna l’Emiro del Qatar Al-Thani che, oltre a sovvenzionare moschee in Europa, sostiene i Fratelli Musulmani che progettano la conquista dell’Occidente, siamo condannati all’islamizzazione. Davvero ci vogliono barattare per un piatto di lenticchie? Ancora più preoccupante se pensiamo che molti governi occidentali si comportano allo stesso modo. Non è solo per denaro. C’è qualcosa che dovrebbe farci molto preoccupare. Il “Global Compact on Migration” deciso dall’ONU prova senza ombra di dubbio la volontà di islamizzare l’Occidente. Perché questa ostinatezza?
I mondialisti sanno che un popolo costituito da atei è difficilmente controllabile, come hanno dimostrato i comunismi che, nonostante il pugno violento dell’ideologia, hanno fallito. Evidentemente si sono persi l’ammonimento di François-Marie Arouet, in arte Voltaire. Il mangiapreti per eccellenza, nel suo Dictionnaire Philosophique, scrive “Per quale motivo una società di atei sembra impossibile? Perché si ritiene che uomini che non avessero freno non potrebbero mai vivere insieme; che le leggi non possono nulla contro i crimini segreti; che ci vuole un Dio vendicatore che punisca in questo mondo o in quell’altro i malvagi sfuggiti alla giustizia umana”. Più avanti leggiamo: “È indubbio che, in una città civile, è infinitamente più utile avere una religione, sia pur cattiva, che non averne affatto”. Riguardo a coloro che non si pongono domande sull’esistenza di Dio, o vivono come se Dio non esistesse, aggiunge “sono come bambini; un bambino non è né ateo né teista, non è nulla”.

I laicisti, al contrario dei marxisti, hanno fatto tesoro dei consigli del loro padre ideologico. Così hanno puntato sulla religione-ideologia rappresentata dall’islam, che significa per l’appunto sottomissione. Dottrina ideale che consente di cancellare quei diritti umani che solo il cristianesimo possiede e custodisce. Possiamo dunque comprendere i motivi che hanno spinto l’ONU e i Governi a creare il neologismo “islamofobia”, sebbene migliaia di morti sono cristiani ammazzati dai musulmani. Molti fatti ci portano a pensare che tra l’élite laicista e l’islam corra buon sangue. La monarchia saudita, per ovvie ragioni, non ha firmato la Dichiarazione dei Diritti Umani, ma grazie al supporto malcelato del Regno Unito nel 2016 l’Arabia Saudita è stata nominata Capo del Consiglio delle Nazioni Unite per i Diritti Umani. Poco importa se nel 2015 ha sentenziato oltre cento decollazioni, vieta tutte le altre religioni e punisce chi cerca entrare nella patria dell’islam con la Bibbia.

Dato che il laicismo sostiene una libertà dei costumi che l’islam aborre, qualcuno potrebbe pensare che io stia scrivendo delle fesserie. Ma siamo sicuri che non sia una provocazione pianificata per aizzare i giovani musulmani contro un’Europa che, dopo averla metodicamente svuotata della sua fede, ha superato tutti i limiti della decenza? Se nella maggior parte dei paesi musulmani una donna con la minigonna è considerata una spudorata, come si può pensare di integrare milioni di giovani che, pur disinteressati all’islam, si ritrovano in una società dove gli uomini si sposano con gli uomini e le donne con le donne? Davvero i laicisti sono così rimbambiti? Da come stanno andando le cose è certo che laicisti e islamisti condividono l’antico proverbio che recita “il nemico del mio nemico è mio amico”. L’ONU e i nostri Governi, corrompendo i costumi e le intelligenze, hanno dato su un piatto d’argento l’anima europea all’islam. Gli imam stabiliti in Europa, per sobillare i giovani musulmani battono sempre lo stesso chiodo: corruzione dei costumi, donne puttane e uomini effeminati incapaci di tenerle a freno. Dall’altro lato, sempre l’ONU, seguita a ruota dai Governi occidentali, non ha mai puntato il dito contro le aberrazioni che avvengono nel mondo islamico. Anzi, fanno di più. In questi giorni, sul blog JihadWatch, Robert Spencer ci informa che il giudice federale di Detroit, Bernard Friedman, ha stabilito che il Congresso non ha l’autorità per rendere illegale l’infibulazione. Quindi i musulmani americani, come nel resto del mondo, hanno il diritto di mutilare i genitali delle loro bambine.

Le persecuzioni praticate durante i secoli dai musulmani contro i cristiani è paragonabile all’odium fidei dei rivoluzionari francesi e marxisti. Nel laicismo postumano come nell’islam non esiste il concetto di persona, ma di Popolo e Massa, quello che l’islam definisce Umma. Per le due dottrine il concetto di persona è sostituito con una struttura sociale piramidale o, se vogliamo, totalitaria, dove la dignità del singolo viene liquefatta per essere assorbita dalla Massa-Umma, che si traduce nell’azzeramento della dignità individuale e della famiglia monogama.

Basta consultare la Storia per comprendere i comuni intenti dell’élite laicista e islamica. Già Martino Lutero sperava che i turchi mangiassero in un boccone “la prostituta di Roma”. Mentre Hitler amoreggiava coi mufti musulmani per estinguere prima gli ebrei e dopo, come lui stesso affermava, i cattolici.

L’attrazione tra islam e laicisti, dunque, esiste da secoli e le fedi nunziali già pronte. Aspettavano solo la benedizione del terzo incomodo. Cosa che è arrivata in questi ultimi anni. La teologia acattolica, gli inviti degli imam nelle chiese, che recitano il Corano, e la politica immigrazionista del Vaticano fanno supporre che sono andati oltre la benedizione. Sembra che abbiano celebrato, tacitamente o meno, un bizzarro matrimonio a tre.
Agostino Nobile
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De acordo com o presidente da Federação Venezuelana, a crise econômica do país impede que o país desembolse R$1.9 mi em amistosos

Venezuela pode não receber amistosos no ano de 2019 devido à crise financeira

Venezuela pode não receber amistosos no ano de 2019 devido à crise financeira

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A crise econômica da Venezuela chegou ao futebol. O presidente da Federação Venezuelana de Futebol (FVF), Laureano González, admitiu nesta terça-feira que as chances da seleção disputar amistosos em seu país em 2019 são quase zero.

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Em entrevista a rádio Deportiva 1300, Laureano comentou que “é muito difícil ter novamente amistosos na Venezuela”. Segundo o cartola, é necessário 500 mil dólares (R$ 1.9 milhões, na cotação atual) para hospedar uma seleção estrangeira, o que a crise financeira atual não comporta.

González explicou que mesmo com as vendas de ingressos para as partidas da seleção no país não seria possível recuperar o investimento alto que precisaria ser feito, já que os venezuelanos estão tendo dificuldades até para compra comida.

E como serão os jogos da Venezuela ‘em casa’ nas eliminatórias sul-americanas para a Copa do Mundo do Qatar, em 2022? De acordo com o presidente, as opções de sede para a seleção estão sendo analisadas e, até agora, a preferida é Barquisimeto.

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Barquisimeto é a capital da cidade mais populosa do estado de Lara, no oeste da Venezuela. A capital musical do país tem 881 mil habitantes em 353 km².

O Estádio Monumental de Cabudare, no estado de Lara, precisará de algumas reformas e melhorias para se adequar aos padrões exigidos nas Eliminatórias. A capacidade máxima de público é de 47.913 pessoas e o estádio pertence ao Clube Deportivo Lara.

“Temos que trabalhar na grama, há um 40% que não recebe sol e há melhorias a serem feitas, mas não podendo jogar em Caracas, gostamos de Barquisimeto”, concluiu González.

Faltando quatro anos para a Copa do Mundo no Qatar, as Eliminatórias Sul-Americanas para o Mundial iniciam-se em outubro de 2019, após a disputa da Copa América no Brasil, entre junho e julho.

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Apesar da crise, a Venezuela brigará por uma vaga no Mundial de 2022, assim como Argentina, Bolívia, Brasil, Chile, Colômbia, Equador, Paraguai, Peru e Uruguai.


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أعلن وزير الدولة لشؤون الطاقة في قطر سعد الكعبي انسحاب بلاده من منظمة الدول المصدرة للنفط (أوبك)، وذلك اعتبارا من الأول من يناير المقبل. وذكر الكعبي أن قطر أبلغت المنظمة بهذا القرار قبل المؤتمر.

أعلنت قطر الاثنين أنها قررت الانسحاب من منظمة الدول المصدرة للنفط أوبك، وذلك اعتبارا من الأول من يناير 2019، بحسب ما أعلن وزير الدولة لشؤون الطاقة سعد الكعبي. وقطر هي عضو في منظمة أوبك منذ عام 1961.
وقال الكعبي في مؤتمر صحافي في الدوحة إنه تم ابلاغ المنظمة الاثنين بالقرار قبل المؤتمر.
وقال الكعبي إن القرار يعكس "رغبة دولة قطر بتركيز جهودها على تنمية وتطوير صناعة الغاز الطبيعي، وعلى تنفيذ الخطط التي تم إعلانها مؤخراً لزيادة إنتاج الدولة من الغاز الطبيعي المسال".
وفي 5 يوليو 2017، أعلنت قطر، أكبر مصدر عالمي للغاز الطبيعي المسال، عزمها على زيادة إنتاجها من الغاز في حقل الشمال بنسبة 30% من 77 إلى 100 مليون طن سنويا في خضم أزمة مع جيرانها الخليجيين.
وكانت السعودية ومعها الإمارات والبحرين ومصر قطعت علاقاتها الدبلوماسية مع قطر في 5 يونيو 2017، بعدما اتّهمت الإمارة بدعم تنظيمات متطرفة في الشرق الأوسط، وهو ما نفته الدوحة مرارا.
وتعد قطر التي تبلغ مساحتها 11 ألفا و600 كلم مربع المنتج والمصدر العالمي الأول للغاز الطبيعي المسال. وقد ساهمت الأرباح التي حصدتها الإمارة من قطاع الغاز في جعلها إحدى أغنى دول العالم وتمكنت من الفوز باستضافة كأس العالم المقبلة لكرة القدم في العام 2022.




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Mary Ann Rishel, Professor Emerita, Writing, recently presented a paper in Doha, Qatar on medical humanities entitled The Great Medical Questions—and Beyond:  A Global Medical-Humanities Curriculum.  This presentation took place at the First International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East.  The paper argues that literary theory can strengthen analytical methodologies necessary for identifying pathological belief systems.  The paper will be published on the online journal Innovations in Global Health Professions Education (IGHPE).

 



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          The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See      Cache   Translate Page      

The Lobby,” the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.

The …

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Claudio Tapia estará en Madrid para ver la final de este domingo, entre River y Boca por la Libertadores. El presidente de la AFA también aprovechará para reunirse con Lionel Scaloni, quien fue el técnico interino de la Selección tras el Mundial y al que quiere mantener hasta la Copa América de 2019. 

En la reunión no sólo se tratará el ofrecimiento de continuidad de la AFA. También, comenzarán a diagramar el organigrama de las juveniles, DT de la Sub 20 incluida. Se debe resolver si Scaloni planea un nuevo nombre o nominar a alguno con contrato vigente, como Walter Samuel, Pablo Aimar o Diego Placente. 

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          Qatar acepta 48 selecciones      Cache   Translate Page      

A principio de este año, Alejandro Domínguez, presidente de la Conmebol, planteó la idea de adelantar la ampliación del cupo de selecciones a 48 equipos para Qatar 2022, cuando ya está dispuesto que será así en el 2026 (México, Estados Unidos y Canadá). El presidente de la FIFA, Gianni Infantino, aceptó la posibilidad y lo ratificó tras el G 20. Y desde la sede en la península arábiga ya hay una respuesta positiva.

La prensa de Doha confirmó que la Federación está dispuesta a aceptar 48 equipos en el Mundial, pero aclaró que en ese caso el Mundial no podrá disputarse en 28 días, sino que deberá aumentarse el lapso a un tiempo no resuelto. La fecha inaugural está dispuesta para el 21 de noviembre y la final para el 18 de diciembre.

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Actualmente, la Conmebol tiene cuatro plazas y media para el Mundial. De aprobarse la ampliación, dispondrá de seis cupos y medio sobre diez selecciones. 

Todo está en manos del Comité Ejecutivo de la FIFA, que deberá resolver si da el ok a la ampliación. Qatar tiene 160.000 cuartos de hotel para ocupar durante el Mundial por los aficionados, además de la gente que podrá quedarse en los cruceros en el puerto.


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Angel Di María reveló que tiene ganas de volver a vestir la camiseta de la Selección y es por eso que habló con Lionel Scaloni para avisarle que se encuentra disponible en caso de ser convocado para los próximos desafíos. "Hablé con Scaloni y le dije que quería volver", soltó.

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Fideo, en diálogo con Fox Sports, declaró que conversó con el técnico y le dijo que no deje de contar con él, ya que se encuentra en su mejor momento. Además, agregó que hará todo lo posible para regresar y nunca se negaría a estar convocado: "Intento hacer lo mejor en el club y él lo sabe, yo estoy disponible y sino seguiré trabajando para el día que me toque estar, jamás le voy a decir que no a la camiseta que uno siente tan importante y que es algo tan grande para un jugador".

Di María tras la eliminación de Argentina en el Mundial de Rusia 2018.

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Por otro lado, se refirió acerca de la cercanía del entrenador con los jugadores e indicó que quiere estar: "Lo único que deseo es estar en los próximos partidos por Eliminatorias y después en la Copa América. Trabajo para eso y trato de hacer lo mejor para estar ahí":

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          G20: You can smell tear gas in the streets as the oil industry squabbles      Cache   Translate Page      
What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Last week, two important meetings took place—one, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, and two, in Vienna, Austria, of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers. The two meetings did not produce any resolution to the major economic challenges in the world. But they did soothe the nerves of financial markets. At the G20, the United States and China dialed down the temperature over trade but did not settle the long-term grievances each side has of the other. At the OPEC+ meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to cut production and raise the price of oil despite pressure from the United States and others to keep oil prices low.

At neither meeting did the major powers find solutions to their problems. They are all caught in mazes from which there are no easy exits. But what calmed the world of finance was that the geopolitical tension between the major powers seemed to have lessened. What impact this reduced tension has for the world’s people, however, is not clear.

Trade

The “trade war” engineered by U.S. President Donald Trump against China began with tariffs and ended with a damp squib. At the G20, Trump told China’s Xi Jinping that the U.S. tariffs that would have gone up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will no longer be applied. China, for its part, said that it would import more goods from the United States. No specifics were announced, which is why the tensions over even this agreement spilled over onto Twitter (courtesy of Trump’s hyperbole) and into more sober statements from the Chinese government.

The more fundamental questions of intellectual property and currency valuation remain unsolved. The United States accuses China of theft of the intellectual property of U.S. firms, but the Chinese counter—as they have in the arbitration panels of the World Trade Organization—that they merely draw from technology transferred as a result of commercial agreements freely made by firms eager to use Chinese labor. It will be impossible to resolve these two problems, since neither side sees the issues in the same way. Their worldviews regarding intellectual property and currency valuation are utterly alien to each other. If the United States believes that China is unfairly valuing its currency, the Chinese point to the unfair advantage that the dollar has over every currency in the world since it is used as one of the major global currencies for facilitation of trade and for the storage of wealth.

Oil

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman offered each other a friendly hand slap at the G20. Everyone seemed happy to see Mohammed bin Salman, despite the clear evidence of his role in the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But the real agreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia were not directly made in Buenos Aires. They were made more quietly in Vienna at the OPEC+ meeting. At Buenos Aires, Putin said, “yes, we have an agreement to prolong our accords.” He was referring to the deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 2016 to manage oil prices to their mutual benefit. The deal notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia has continued to pump itself into trouble—flooding the market with oil, driving prices down and depleting its own treasury as a result. Now Russia is eager to see oil production cuts and oil prices rise. Trapped by sanctions and by low oil prices, Russia has plunged into internal economic difficulties. The real issue was how much each country inside and outside OPEC should pump. That is why Putin said, “there is no final deal on volumes.” In fact, even after the deal has begun to emerge, there is no final deal. Saudi Arabia has not been a good partner here. It has pumped outside the numbers over the course of the past few years, largely under pressure from the United States.

There are two reasons why the United States wants low oil prices, despite the fact that the U.S. is now one of the world’s largest oil producers. First, low oil prices mean an immediate subsidy for the U.S. consumer and for U.S. manufacturing firms. There is no economic incentive to move to renewable energy when oil prices are low. Second, low oil prices hit adversaries of the U.S.-led world order that—as it happens—are major oil producers. The list includes Iran and Venezuela, two countries that have been sent into internal turmoil as oil prices have plummeted. But the United States has sufficient tools to hurt these countries without forcing oil prices down. For instance, even if oil prices rise, U.S. sanctions can be harsh enough to cut Iranian and Venezuelan oil out of the market. The lack of Iranian and Venezuelan oil operates as an effective cut in oil production, which will itself raise oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has already begun to pressure Libya and Nigeria to reduce oil exports, although both these African countries are reliant upon oil revenues. Saudi Arabia has succeeded in pushing Qatar out of OPEC on political grounds, but since Qatar only produces 2 percent of OPEC’s crude oil the departure, Qatexit is not meaningful. Inside the world of oil, there are those who are always pushed aside so that others can benefit.

Oil Buyers’ Club

In 2005, Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar assembled his counterparts from across Asia to start a discussion on a buyers’ club. The precise issue on the table was the “Asian Premium” charged by Saudi Arabia and other oil producers to Asian countries. The “Asian Premium” is substantial—close to $10 billion per year for the Asian consumers of Gulf oil. It is what bothered Aiyar and the other oil ministers. But they did not come to any agreement.

Asia is the largest importer of oil in the world. India and China, with the United States, are the three largest importers of oil. Right behind them are Japan and South Korea. If you add the oil imports by China, India, Japan and South Korea, then these four Asian countries import a full third of world oil imports. They are both reliant upon the oil exporters, but they also have power as a bloc of consumers.

In 2012, China’s premier Wen Jiabao said that there needed to be a counter-cartel to OPEC that should include Europe and the United States. Interest in his proposal was minimal. Oil had reached $100 per barrel. It stifled economic growth and did not move any of these industrial giants toward non-carbon renewable fuel.

The issue of a buyers’ cartel came back on the table in April this year at the International Energy Forum. The chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Sanjiv Singh and the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin then met in Beijing to go deeper into the possibility. By June, China and India—which import 17 percent of the world’s oil—had begun to openly talk about a buyers’ cartel to help create “stable and moderate” oil prices, as India’s current Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan put it.

China and India have been upset by the U.S. sanctions on Iran. They have felt that these produce an adverse impact on Asian economies. They are joined by Japan and the European Union, who are also not pleased with these sanctions. It is now being said that if China and India establish a buyers’ club, Japan and Europe will join in.

Smell of Tear Gas

From the air-conditioned rooms of the oligarchy, we go to the tear gas of the streets.

Protests in Paris, France, have been the most violent in decades. The yellow vests (gilets jaunes) appeared as if out of nowhere to demonstrate against the French government’s hike in fuel prices. They make the case that the violence of the economy has destroyed their ability to function. Any violence on the streets is a reflection of the violence that structures their lives. The streets of Paris smelled of tear gas.

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, labor unions and political groups of one kind or another planned massive protests against the G20. They wanted to scream at their leaders, who have been deaf to their pleas. But the Argentinian government held the G20 meeting at the Costa Salguero convention center, on the magnificent Rio de La Plata. Police cordoned off the area, while the coast guard boats sailed up and down the river. No one could get near the site. None of the leaders were interrupted by the chants.

There were no protests in Vienna. The OPEC building was nonetheless surrounded by the elite WEGA units. No one knew that the meeting was being held. There is so little democracy in the institutions that structure our lives.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Men Kanarieöarna håller ställningarna som svenskarnas största favorit.

Från tre flygplatser i Västsverige kan du åka direkt till flera av öarna.

– Det är det resmål som ligger närmast om man vill få sol och värme under vintern, säger Barbro Holmberg, informatör hos Ving.


          Катар давит на газ      Cache   Translate Page      
В понедельник на пресс-конференции в Дохе государственный министр Катара по вопросам энергетики Саад бен Шарида аль-Кааби объявил, что с 1 января 2019 года эмират выходит из состава Организации стран-экспортеров нефти (ОПЕК). Министр пояснил выход из ОПЕК желанием Катара сосредоточиться на добыче газа и производстве сжиженного природного газа (СПГ). Сейчас на этом рынке эмират занимает одну из лидирующих позиций в мире, уступая только Австралии.




ОПЕК почти не виден…

От новости из Дохи нефтяной рынок не дрогнул, а, наоборот, показал уверенный рост. Эксперты связывают это с ослаблением доллара и результатами встречи на саммите «Большой двадцатки» в Аргентине президента России Владимира Путина и наследного принца Саудовской Аравии Мухаммеда бен Сальмана Аль Сауда.

Можно сказать, ОПЕК не заметила потери газового эмирата. Удивляться здесь нечему. В организации экспортёров нефти Катар занимает скромное одиннадцатое место с объёмом добычи 610 тысяч баррелей нефти в день – не больше двух процентов общего производства.

Не был Катар и в числе основателей мирового нефтяного картеля. Он присоединился к нему только через год после того, как осенью 1960 года пять нефтедобывающих стран (Венесуэла, Иран, Ирак, Кувейт и Саудовская Аравия) создали организацию для борьбы с крупнейшими транснациональными компаниями, диктовавшими свои условия мировому рынку нефти. 

То были хорошо известные нам и сегодня «Семь сестёр» – Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, Texaco, Chevron, Mobil, Gulf Oil и British Petroleum. Катар не сразу поддержал это очевидное противостояние. Тем не менее, он провёл в ОПЕК 57 семь лет и был её активным участником. 

Неожиданное решение Дохи некоторые связали с конфликтом, случившимся нынешним летом в семье монархий Персидского залива. Тогда, как помним, в результате внутриполитических разборок наследных саудовских принцев арабские соседи обвинили Катар в поддержке терроризма (этим неблаговидным занятием грешит, кстати, само Саудовское Королевство) и разорвали с ним дипломатические отношения.

Конфликт из острой фазы постепенно перешёл в вялотекущую, но к миру и согласию так и не привёл. Потому решение Катара выйти из контролируемой суадитами ОПЕК сейчас объясняют чисто политическими причинами. Меж тем, набирает силу мнение, что Доха сделала важный стратегический шаг, рассчитанный на долговременную перспективу. 

Смысл его заключается в том, что нефтяные ресурсы мира близки к истощению, а вот газ ещё многие годы будет питать мировую экономику. Пока министр Саад аль-Кааби обозначил только ближайшие планы эмирата – увеличить к 2024 году ежегодную добычу газа с 77 млн. до 110 млн. тонн. Ресурсы для этого есть.

Катар вместе с Ираном осваивают крупнейшее в мире нефтегазовое месторождение Северное/Южный Парс, в котором только ресурсы газа составляют 28 трлн. м³ (нефть – 7 миллиардов тонн). В целом по запасам газа эмират занимает третье место в мире (после России и Ирана). При существующих объёмах добычи катарцы могут качать газ из своих месторождений примерно 135 лет. 

Эта перспектива сподвигла Доху на строительство газопровода в Европу. В 2010-2011 году он должен был пройти через территорию Сирии, но эмиру Катара не удалось договориться с сирийским лидером. В результате – весной 2011 года Сирия заполыхала в крови «народного восстания», а эмират, если не считать небольших поставок южным соседям, переориентировался на экспорт сжиженного природного газа.

Катарский привет из Америки

Новость, с которой в понедельник ознакомил мир министр Саад аль-Кааби, вовсе не была спонтанной. В начале осени эмир Катара шейх Тамим бен Хамад Аль Тани, сменив на время национальное облачение на европейский костюм, прилетел с визитом в Берлин. Здесь 7 сентября эмир выступил на открытии конференции деловых кругов Германии и Катара и пообещал вложить в немецкую экономику 10 миллиардов евро.

На первый взгляд это было заявление о привычных для Германии катарских инвестициях. Эмират уже крепко вложился в акции немецких фирм. Он приобрёл большие пакеты автостроителя Volkswagen, технологического концерна Siemens, логистической компании Hapag-Lloyd, крупнейшего финансового конгломерата Германии Deutsche Bank и других знаковых компаний. По оценке самих катарцев, они потратили на покупку германских активов 25 миллиардов евро.

Только вот на сентябрьской встрече с канцлером Ангелой Меркель эмир Тамим Аль Тани больше говорил о газовых проектах. Предлагал, например, вложиться в строительство немецких СПГ-терминалов. Предлагал, по оценке местных СМИ, очень настойчиво. Дело в том, что Германия (между прочим, крупнейший импортёр газа в Европе) обеспечивает свои потребности в «голубом топливе» через систему подземных и подводных трубопроводов из России, Норвегии и Нидерландов.

Так сложилось десятилетиями. За это время терминалы по приему СПГ появились в Великобритании, Италии, Испании, Нидерландах, Франции, Польше и даже Литве. А немцы настойчиво вели к себе трубопроводный газ. Вот и сейчас строят «Северный поток-2», да ещё оговаривают сохранение транзита через Украину. Кому-то покажется это заботой об украинской экономике. На самом деле, Германия хочет обеспечить будущее своим растущим потребностям в углеводородах.

Выбор в пользу трубопроводных поставок определяется дороговизной СПГ. Но кроме экономических резонов есть ещё и политические. В последнее время, например, президент США Дональд Трамп требует от Германии покупать сжиженный газ из Америки, мотивируя это обеспечением безопасности поставок и сокращением зависимости от России.

Немцы вынуждены считаться с требованием своего главного союзника. Потому предложение гостя из Катара оказалось очень кстати. Его уточнил уже знакомый нам министр Саад аль-Кааби (по совместительству глава государственной нефтегазовой компании Qatar Petroleum). 

«Мы хотим стать частью решения вопроса о поставках газа в Германию, – сказал Саад аль-Кааби в интервью немецкой деловой газете Handelsblatt. – Если Германия хочет иметь собственный терминал и снабжение из разных источников, то мы готовы поставлять из Катара, а также по линии QP из других стран мира».

Последний пассаж этой цитаты напрямую касается Соединённых Штатов. Qatar Petroleum ещё в 2010 году построила здесь (доля в проекте – 70%) СПГ-терминал «Golden Pass». Потом вложилась в заводы по сжижению газа, трубопроводы, другие объекты СПГ-инфраструктуры. Теперь, когда Дональд Трамп ищет в Европе рынок сбыта для американского сжиженного газа, он торит дорогу и для катарских компаний, уже вполне освоивших Соединённые Штаты.

То ли на обещанные катарские деньги, то ли на давление Трампа, но немцы отреагировали с пониманием. Вскоре энергетическая компания RWE объявила о заключении договора с фирмой German LNG Terminal на строительство предприятия по регазификации СПГ в небольшом городке Брунсбюттеле, расположенном в устье Эльбы к северо-западу от Гамбурга. 

В 2022 году терминал в Брунсбюттеле должен принять первые танкеры с катарским сжиженным газом. Об этом вполне определённо высказалась пресс-служба RWE: «Мы обсуждаем с Qatar Petroleum контракты на поставку газа в Германию». Видимо, хорошо обсуждают. В местной прессе уже растиражированы планы строительства ещё одного СПГ-терминала в Вильгельмсхафене что в Нижней Саксонии.

Не очень понятно, зачем это немцам? Зато интересы Катара видны совершенно ясно. По прогнозу Международного энергетического агентства (МЭА) к 2022 году на рынке сжиженного природного газа ожидается перепроизводство. Производство СПГ достигнет 650 млрд. кубометров в год. При этом спрос подрастёт только до 460 миллиардов. Получится избыток мощностей СПГ в 190 млрд. кубометров.

Катар начал готовиться к этому уже сегодня и дал пример другим производителям сжиженного природного газа. По всему чувствуется, на рынке СПГ ожидается повышение конкуренции. Оно коснётся и российских газодобывающих компаний…
Геннадий Грановский

          AALCO Group Jobs 2019 in Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      
www.Jobz.pk announced AALCO Group Jobs 2019 in Qatar jobs. Technical and hard working persons for the posts o... This Overseas job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Express newspaper of dated 05 December 2018, Wednesday for region Qatar Pakistan, located in Qatar AALCO Group. To see full details of this job and many more visit www.Jobz.pk now.

          I dolci di Sal De Riso per il matrimonio dei principi del Qatar      Cache   Translate Page      
Sal De Riso con la moglie Anna
Hanno voluto i dolci di Sal De Riso per il loro matrimonio da favola. I principi del Qatar non hanno avuto dubbi: quando c’è stato da scegliere chi avrebbe suggellato i festeggiamenti per il loro matrimonio, hanno scelto la pasticceria del famoso maestro italiano. Le nozze del secolo sono state tra il principe He Sheikh Fahad Bin Addualaziz Bin Suhaim Al Thani e He Sheikha Aisha Bint Khalid Bin Nasser Al Thani; “Un ricevimento da Mille e una Notte” ha affermato Sal De Riso. Prima di scegliere il maestro pasticcere a cui affidare il momento topico dei festeggiamenti, gli sposi reali e il loro staff hanno fatto una serie di richieste dettagliate poi, sedotti dalla bravura di De Riso, lo hanno accolto all’interno del palazzo reale. In sala, hanno curato il servizio oltre 150 camerieri tra cui anche 34 ragazze italiane, tutte campane. Un numero impressionante di invitati, che sono arrivati da ogni parte dei Paesi Arabi, e non solo, serviti da una brigata di circa 400 persone. La sera precedente al matrimonio, c’è stato un festeggiamento per circa 100 persone, all’insegna della cucina e della pasticceria italiana. A conclusione del ricevimento nuziale, il momento dedicato ai dolci è stato un tripudio difficilmente immaginabile al di fuori di un contesto principesco: 1440 porzioni di torte della collezione, torte all’italiana, Ricotta e Pera, Panarea, Cinque Sensi.
 
Ottocento monoporzioni, tra cui Torta di Mele, Frangipane al Pistacchio e Pere, Torta Caprese, Caprese al limone, Torta di noci, Tortino di mele annurche, limone e zafferano, Giffonese alla Cremderi. Per chiudere: otto gateaux de mariage a tre piani e una a sette piani, formata da Delizie al limone impreziosite con scaglie d’oro 18 k, per un totale di 1000 porzioni. Duemila pezzi di pasticceria mignon, tradizionali e moderni: dalla Sfogliatella Santa Rosa al Babà, dai Pasticciotti alle Frolle e tante altre specialità. Per finire, dolci alla frutta e 400 kg di frutta ripiena di gelato, oltre a 700 dolci al bicchiere mignon. Gli ospiti, iniziando dalla mamma della sposa, hanno apprezzato molto. E come sempre succede, un matrimonio tira l’altro: già sono arrivate nuove prenotazioni, e la pasticceria campana si è confermata una pasticceria da re.
          Submissions open for 2019 WISE Prize for Education      Cache   Translate Page      

The World Innovation Summit for Education, an initiative of Qatar Foundation, has opened the submission period for the 2019 WISE Prize for Education - the first distinction of its kind to recognize outstanding, world-class contributions to education.

Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, the WISE Prize for Education raises the status of education by giving it similar prestige enjoyed in other areas for which international recognition exists, such as literature, peace, and economics. The WISE Prize for Education Laureate(s) will receive a $500,000 cash prize to help them continue their work in education, as well as a gold medal. As well as celebrating outstanding education leaders, the WISE Prize also supports recipients to shape the future of education, providing Laureates with tailored support over two years to grow their initiative further and scale its impact.

Nominations can be submitted from today until 1pm GMT on February 26, 2019. They are judged according to strict criteria, with individuals or teams of up to six people being expected to show their commitment to education, demonstrate their capacity to generate positive systemic change through their leadership, and prove that their projects have had sustainable impact. During 2019, a panel of independent judges will select 12 WISE Prize finalists, who will then be required to submit a proposal outlining how they aim to use the WISE Prize funds. The jury will review proposals during the final evaluation period, before selecting the 2019 WISE Prize for Education Laureate(s).

The winner will be announced during the opening plenary of the 2019 WISE Summit, which will take place in Doha, Qatar, from October 28-30, 2019. The Laureate(s) will gain global visibility and opportunities to collaborate through various platforms, including the global summit and WISE events across the world, as well as WISE communications and publications.

Nominations for the 2019 WISE Prize for Education can be submitted online at: www.wise-qatar.org/2019-wise-prize-education

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          FNAC Qatar marks remarkable participation at the 29th Doha International Book Fair      Cache   Translate Page      

FNAC, the leading cultural destination in Qatar, together with the French Embassy to Qatar and the French Institute, is marking a remarkable participation at the 29th Doha International Book Fair where it displayed a large variety of French books and a special section for Qatari authors and organized a range of activities such as workshops, book signings, meet and greets, story-telling sessions, and other interactive activities.

Held under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, H. H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the 29th Doha International Book Fair is being held until December 8 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), under the theme, ‘Doha, A City of Knowledge and Conscience’. This year, FNAC is set to host notable authors especially invited by Fnac International, France, including Sibylline Desmazières and Jérôme D'Aviau, authors and illustrators of the book ‘Rat et les animaux moches’ who interacted with students during their workshops. Alexis Nesme, the author and illustrator of the book ‘Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant’ also led workshops for school students.

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Over the ten days, FNAC booth is expected to attract more than 600 students from different schools in Doha. During the whole period of the book fair, Qatari writers and artists will be visiting the booth throughout the exhibition to present their work. Fnac is supporting local talent through cultural and educational activations and signing ceremonies. All of these activities inspire and enlighten students on the importance of reading books, which helps further hone their talents. The Doha International Book Fair is considered as the largest international book fair in the region with extensive participation from different countries worldwide. It is a platform to exchange cultural diversity and a space to inspire dialogue and share knowledge.

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          QU earns recognition in 2019 Times Higher Education ranking      Cache   Translate Page      

Qatar University (QU) continues to be recognized in Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, placing 201–250 in the Computer Science subject for the second year and 176–200 in the Engineering & Technology subject for the 2019 year. QU has improved in its computer science ranking from 2018, where the university previously placed 251-300. The announcement was made by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings on November 29.

The Computer Science ranking judge’s world class universities across all of their core missions, teaching, research, knowledge transfers and international outlook, while the Engineering & Technology Subject ranking highlights universities that are leading across electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical and general engineering subjects.

Commenting on the announcement, QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham said, “This is a proud achievement for Qatar University.  We are pleased to see the fruits of our commitment and dedication to quality education and to steering the organization in the direction of world-class standard in research, teaching, international outlook, and in our strong links with industry.  This achievement will resonate not only throughout the QU community but also to parents, prospective students and faculty, industry partners, and our academic collaborations at home and abroad.”

THE World University Rankings Editor Phil Baty said, “Qatar University’s performance is particularly impressive this year, because Times Higher Education has added many new additions to its rankings database. As more and more universities apply to be judged against THE’s rigorous, global performance indicators, the competition gets more intense, and universities have to run just to stand still in the zero-sum rankings. So to move up in these circumstances is a great achievement and testament to the hard work of many people at Qatar University.”

QU is hosting The Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Summit 2019 on January 14-16, 2019, in collaboration with Times Higher Education (THE), in which world-class experts, top leaders from university and industry sectors, policymakers and many more players from the world’s emerging economies will gather to share expertise with the aim of advancing knowledge economies for high-value return to societies. Phil Baty says of the summit, “We are very excited to be hosting a major international summit with Qatar University in January, where global university leaders can share best practice and see at first hand the resilience shown by Qatar University and the great social impact it is having.”

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          CNA-Q celebrates Qatar National Day in Darb Al Saai      Cache   Translate Page      

College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) is preparing to participate in Qatar National Day celebrations taking place at Darb Al Saai from December 12 - 20.

The College held National Day related events over three days on its campus. A majlis was designated for celebrations, and the campus was covered in the colours of the Qatari flag. Students and staff were treated to national songs and given gift bags with Qatari promotional materials to wear at the Darb Al Saai event.

The public is invited to visit the CNA-Q booth at Darb Al Saai, and to enjoy the various activities and events that will be offered by the College. The aim of the CNA-Q booth is to highlight a modern Qatar, and the use of technology to enhance Qatar’s national spirit. The College is planning a series of interactive events that will attract the attention of the public and provide visitors with an insight into the importance of scientific and technical disciplines for the development of the country. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about CNA-Q, and its four Schools of Business Studies, Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades, Health Sciences and Information Technology.

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          Qatar Insurance organizes workshop on diabetes for World Diabetes Day      Cache   Translate Page      

Qatar Insurance, the leading insurer in collaboration with Syrian American Medical Center commemorated World Diabetes Day by organizing an awareness workshop for its staff.

The workshop included a presentation on the risk factors for diabetes, its symptoms and early detection signs, strategies for prevention and treatment of the disease. The session also included free medical checkup for all QIC staff. Attendees also benefitted from the talk given by diabetes educators and therapeutic nutritionists, who spoke at length about following a healthy diet and lifestyle. The awareness campaign aligns with QIC Group’s efforts towards realizing the Qatar National Diabetes Strategy, which was launched by The Supreme Council of Health last year. It also casts a spotlight on the Group’s mission as a responsible employer in ensuring wellness of its entire staff.

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Speaking about the workshop, Mr. Abdulla Al Mulla, Group Chief Administrative Officer of Qatar Insurance Group stated, “Besides being a core part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, this initiative reiterates our commitment both as a corporate citizen and as a responsible employer. By raising awareness about this epidemic and embarking upon initiatives such as this, we would like to ensure well-being of all our employees, who we consider our most important asset.” He further commented, “Renewing our efforts with the theme, ‘Preventing Diabetes Together’, we want to educate and raise awareness on aspects of the deadly disease, which many may not be aware of!”

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          MEEZA Expansion with CloudBlue and Microsoft launches Business Cloud and extends its services to GBI      Cache   Translate Page      

MEEZA, Qatar’s prominent end-to-end Managed IT Services & Solutions Provider, takes pride to announce the launch of its ‘Business Cloud’ Platform to enhance its existing cloud service offerings as part of its business expansion strategy.

The Business Cloud platform will enable clients to subscribe and provision a wide range of products and services including Microsoft Office 365, Azure Public cloud services, Domain registrations and Managed Services hosted within MEEZA’s Qatar based Tier III Certified LEED Platinum Data Centre.

The MEEZA Expansion team is also delighted to announce that in partnership with CloudBlue and Microsoft, the MEEZA Business Cloud is being used by Gulf Bridge International (GBI) as part of its Digital Transformation program. On this collaboration, Ghada Philip El Rassi, Chief Executive Officer Expansion/Executive Board Member, MEEZA, said: “Building upon the local capability and experience of MEEZA Qatar and our world class facilities,  we are proud to launch one of the most unique and comprehensive platforms that provides a central location for local, regional and international customers to subscribe to a wide range of products and services.

In today’s changing world with cloud adoption increasing, our clients demand agile, scalable and flexible solutions. The MEEZA Business Cloud intends to offer our clients just the same, thereby ensuring they stay ahead of the market when it comes to technology adoption and digital transformation. We are also delighted to announce that Gulf Bridge International (GBI) have chosen The Business Cloud to migrate from a traditional on premise solution.” For his part, Isidoro Porquicho, Vice President EMEA CloudBlue, said: “We live in an “as a service” world, and it’s exciting to see MEEZA leverage our CloudBlue platform and strategic alliance with Microsoft to better serve their customers and adopt and benefit from cloud-based services and solutions at a more rapid rate.”   

Speaking about the Business Cloud, Lana Khalaf, Country General Manager, Microsoft Qatar, said: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. This is the time for bold decisions that will shape our futures for years to come. Organizations that take the plunge into digital transformation, soon discover the power to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations and reinvent products, services and business models. Gulf Bridge International will benefit greatly from its migration to MEEZA’s Business Cloud, gaining access to Microsoft’s trusted, secure and agile Azure platform, and the industry-leading productivity of solutions such as Office 365. Cost-savings, innovation, optimization and many other welcome milestones lie on the road ahead for GBI.”

On the availability of Business Cloud, Abdulla Al-Rwaili, Executive Director and Managing Director of GBI, said: “As part of our Digital Transformation Program our decision to move our IT infrastructure to the cloud was an easy one to make, however finding the correct approach to implementing and migrating to the cloud was complex and needed to be done with great precaution. We are delighted to start this exciting journey with MEEZA for the Business Cloud solution. Our vision for this Transformation Program will ensure GBI remains agile, resilient and competitive.”

Our partnership between CloudBlue and Microsoft required close cooperation between the three companies to identify products, services and international market strategies with immediate focus being on the state of Qatar supporting local SMBs and Enterprises in their digital transformation journey. Our focus on Software as a Service, Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Services are at the core of the MEEZA Business Cloud offering.    

More information can be found here:  http://www.meeza.net/businesscloud/

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          Evolution Sports Qatar’s IAM EVO Holiday Camp from 18th to 20th December 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

During the upcoming winter break Qatar’s leading multiple sports provider Evolution Sports, will be providing opportunities for young people to keep active and still participate in sports through the ever popular #IAMEVO Multi-Sports and Soccer camps.

The #IAMEVO Multi-Sports and Soccer Camps are designed to challenge young learners to progressively develop their skills in a range of sports and improve their confidence. Throughout the week there will be fun themed days and a combination of sporting and educational activities that will ensure every child is fully engaged. Fun and enjoyment are the key focuses on the camps and whether a child has been before or is starting for the first time, they will be made to feel welcome as part of the Evo family.

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On top of the #IAMEVO Camps, Evo are also offering invite only ‘Train Like a Pro’ skills clinics that are aimed at challenging the most talented athletes at the club by giving them an insight into what it takes to become an elite performer. These skills clinics are delivered by Evo’s most highly qualified and experienced coaches and also feature a number of current and ex-professional athletes who attend to share their knowledge with these up and coming athletes. During the winter break the #TLAP skills clinics will be delivered by Soccer, Basketball and Netball. All Evo Sports programmes are delivered by fully qualified coaches, who are also DBS police checked, and have up to date safeguarding and first aid certificates.

Due to Evo’s commitment to the teaching community in Qatar we are also offering 20% off to any teachers and school staff that wish to enrol their children into any of our sports camps between 18th – 20th December. If you would like to know more about either of our holiday camps, please contact our friendly Customer Support team on 4407 6772 or email – camps@evosportsqatar.com

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          Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy recognizes its outstanding students      Cache   Translate Page      

The College of Pharmacy (CPH) at Qatar University (QU) honored the academic excellence of 92 of its students at a ceremony held recently to mark their inclusion on the Dean’s Honor List.

The ceremony acknowledged the efforts of pre-pharmacy and pharmacy students who made it onto the Dean’s list by achieving GPA scores of 3.5 or above in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. The ceremony was attended by CPH administration, faculty, students and their families. 92 distinguished students received their pins and certificates from CPH Dean, Dr. Mohammad Diab. Another 19 students were recognized for achieving international or local awards in the last academic year.

The event’s program featured an opening speech by CPH Assistant Dean for Students Affairs Dr. Alla El-Awaisi followed by a welcoming speech and presentation on CPH achievements over the last academic year delivered by Dean of the CPH Dr. Mohammad Diab. This was followed by a keynote speech by CPH MSc student Sawsan Al-Mukdad. The ceremony ended with the distribution of pins and certificates to the awarded students. In his remarks, Dr. Mohammad Diab said: “Events like the Dean’s List are an excellent opportunity for the CPH to recognize the efforts of its undergraduate students with outstanding records of academic performance. Through this celebration, students get to celebrate with faculty members and stakeholders as well as receive pins and certificates as an honor for their achievements. This also comes in alignment with Qatar University’s strategic plan of excellence.”

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Dr. Alla El Awaisi said, “Our students in CPH, proved their excellence in academic and scientific competencies, and have qualified for today’s distinction. They have also earned several prizes, both locally and internationally. Their distinction was not earned overnight, but was the result of their hard work, diligence and determination. We are proud of our students and graduates and highly believe that they will always be honored ambassadors for the college, Qatar University and the state of Qatar, and an integral part of the success and distinction of our college.”

Dr. Amani Al-Haddad, CPH PharmD graduate and Clinical Pharmacist at the Pharmacy Clinical Services Unit in Sidra Medicine attended the event saying, “Excellence is the dream of all students, but only those who have done their best in fulfilling the academic requirements could achieve it. Despite this, student effort is considered to be only one of the success factors. CPH played a crucial role in providing students with golden opportunities that enabled them to succeed. My colleagues and I give our sincere thanks to Allah first then to the college for their efforts with us. We dedicate our success to Qatar and always aim for raising its name highly.”

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Dima Kawas, the student who received the highest number of pins said, “Achieving academic excellence is both challenging and rewarding. Being on the Dean’s list is an honor realized by sincere dedication, family support and professor guidance. I am highly grateful to my college for its continuous appreciation of student hard work, sincerity and distinguished abilities and for always encouraging us to continue achieving academic excellence by offering various learning experiences. To the new students, I say: You can succeed, have fun, and own your future! With time management, you can have it all.”

First year pharmacy student, Asma Buojallouf said, “It is such a joy to celebrate this event along with a large number of fellow students. It a great honor to be on the Dean’s List. This achievement motivates me to work hard and to maximize my potential to reach my goals towards success.”

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          UDC’s The Pearl-Qatar wins Best Mixed-Use Development at 2018-2019 Arabian Property Awards      Cache   Translate Page      

United Development Company (UDC), one of Qatar’s leading public shareholding companies and master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Islands, is pursuing its successful journey of developing premium real estate projects that fall in line with the highest international standards and the company’s well-planned objectives and milestones, in a bid to optimize shareholders and investors’ returns.

As testament to its success in developing and managing leading real estate ventures, UDC recently won the 2018-2019 "Best Mixed-Use Development" award for The Pearl-Qatar project in the Arabian version of the awards. Mr. Abdulla Al Hamadi, Executive Director Property Management at UDC, received the award on behalf of the company in a ceremony that took place at the Savoy Hotel in London on December 3, 2018.

UDC’s The Pearl-Qatar wins Best 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgThe award reflects UDC’s leading position ahead of hundreds of firms across 48 real estate categories, including residential and commercial properties, that have been carefully appraised by a panel of 80 international experts led by three members of the UK’s House of Lords. The evaluation is based on criteria such as design, quality, services, innovation and commitment to sustainability. Commenting on this latest achievement, Mr. Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC’s President and CEO, said, “The award reflects our unwavering commitment not only to excellence but also to the development and delivery of sustainable projects that have a positive impact on the community, and contribute to the long-term development of real estate projects.”

Earlier this year, UDC won two awards from the Qatar Business Excellence Awards 2018, presented by MEA-Markets - one of the leading business magazines in the Middle East and North Africa region - which honors companies, departmental functions and individuals who are credited with advanced experience and specialization. UDC was presented with the awards in recognition of the company’s significant contribution to the development and management of some of the region's leading real estate projects. Despite regional uncertainty and economic challenges, UDC continues to unveil innovative and integrated projects, while maintaining satisfactory financial returns to its investors. In April 2018, UDC unveiled its latest real estate project - Gewan Island - at Cityscape Qatar. The 400,000 square-meter project is located adjacent to The Pearl-Qatar, with constructions works due to be completed in 2021.

UDC is expected to invest a total of QR 5.5 billion in key projects over the 2018-2022 period. These investments reflect the company’s strong commitment to pursuing unique development projects and moving forward with its strategy of tapping new investment opportunities to bolster corporate gains and minimize risk, by taking advantage of residential and commercial investment opportunities at The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island. UDC is a leading Qatari public shareholding company with a mission to identify and invest in long-term projects contributing to Qatar’s growth and providing significant shareholder value. Established in 1999, the company went on to be listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange in June 2003. UDC’s current investment portfolio includes real estate development, property management, infrastructure and utilities, maritime related businesses, and hospitality.

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          WCM-Q conference explores medical humanities in the MENA region      Cache   Translate Page      

The role of the medical humanities in improving understanding of both disease and wellness was explored at a two-day conference organized by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The Medical Humanities in the Middle East Program brought senior academics in the fields of medicine and the humanities from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America together at the Sheraton Hotel to discuss the impact on perceptions of health and disease of a broad spectrum of humanities subjects, including literature, history, politics, religion, art and art therapy, and medical ethics, among others.

The conference began with a keynote speech by Dr. Mohammed Ghaly of the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) on Islamic perspectives on ethical issues relating to genomics. There then followed a series of presentations by expert speakers arranged in five sessions addressing the arts and healing, humanities and literature, sociological and historical approaches to understanding healthcare, medical ethics, and culture and its impact on the clinic. Academics and professionals were in attendance from institutions including WCM-Q, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatargas, Boston University School of Medicine, King’s College London, the American University of Beirut, University College London, and many others.

Dr. Alan Weber, professor of English at WCM-Q and a member of the organizing committee of the event, said: “The medical humanities have emerged as important and useful tools for helping medical practitioners, academics and students reconcile the pressing sociological, economic, philosophical and ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine. This conference brought together experts from all over the world to discuss these issues, with the ultimate goal of discovering how far and in what ways humanistic approaches to medicine and the teaching of medicine can improve patient outcomes.”

The event featured presentations of abstracts of 24 research projects on topics such as the use of art therapy in medical settings for dealing with grief, the role of storytelling in trauma therapy, the impact of fluorescent lighting on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the challenges of integrating the humanities into medical curricula.

WCM-Q’s Dr. Mohamud Verjee, associate professor of family medicine in clinical medicine/assistant dean for medical student affairs, gave a presentation and submitted an abstract examining the importance and nature of the listening skills deployed by physicians when conducting consultations with patients. Dr. Verjee said: “In the clinical setting, a physician’s behavior and attitude towards a patient are observed, and acknowledged, followed by implicit trust. The capacity to listen to patients’ histories is not limitless. Attentive listening is manifestly important. Not only is it essential to elicit the nature of a visit but what matters to the patient, and how they feel.” Dr. Verjee was also a member of the organizing committee, along with Ms. Jamie Gray, director of the Distributed eLibrary at WCM-Q.

The conference also saw research posters presented by Dr. Linda Miller of Imperial College London on ‘Graphic medicine as a reflective tool for self-efficacy and motivation’ and Dr. Tsai Pi-hua of Mackay Medical College in Taipei, Taiwan on ‘Preparing medical students for the writing of history of present illness: Marching from short story reading and the practice of visual art’.

Ms. Gray said: “Improved understanding of the human context that defines the giving and receiving of healthcare can ultimately lead to improved healthcare outcomes. We are therefore extremely grateful to all who participated in this conference and shared their valuable insights into the ways the humanities can be successfully integrated into medical education programs.”

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Seeking to capitalize on Wayne Rooney’s worldwide fame, D.C. United is exploring opportunities to conduct a portion of training camp far from home in early 2019. Possible destinations include China, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. United...
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Qatar 2022, cambiano gli orari: partite alle 11?

Il Mondiale del 2022 potrebbe presentare una novità anche negli orari: possibili le quattro fasce giornaliere, la prima alle 11 italiane (13 di Doha). Lo ha spiegato il segretario della competizione, Nasser Al-Khater: "Al momento il format prevede tre partite al giorno, ma stiamo programmando di arrivare a quattro perché il tempo sarà buono e tutti gli stadi sono dotati di aria condizionata"

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Minister will meet with Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi

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Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is in Qatar for a treatment on his knee cartilage problem, and his absence has forced the Catalan giants into making emergency plans to sign a new defender during the January transfer window. As reported by Sport, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld, whose contract ends with the north London side in June, is one of the targets Barcelona will consider. The Belgian continues to play hardball over putting pen to paper at Spurs, and after he was left out of the team that lost 4-2 to Arsenal on Sunday, with manager Mauricio Pochettino preferring the inexperienced Juan

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CURRENT AFFAIRS  NOVEMBER 2018


Important Current Affairs 1st November 2018
MHA approves ‘Safe City Project’ for Lucknow
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approved a ‘Safe City project’ for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. The Safe city proposal for Lucknow will be implemented by Uttar Pradesh Police, assisted by the Municipal bodies and city transport authorities. The Safe City project for Lucknow also envisages gender sensitization awareness campaigns.
MoU b/w India & South Korea approved
The Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea on 1 November 2018. The main objective of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in tourism and to increase the exchange of information and data related to the sector. Korea is one of the leading tourist generating markets for India from East Asia.
TATA steel is the partner for hockey world cup
Steel manufacturing giant Tata Steel was named as an official partner for the 2018 Men’s hockey World Cup on 29 October 2018. The hockey world cup will be held here from 28 November 2018 to 16 December 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Tata Steel is the 10th-largest steel producer in the world.
Agreement b/w India & Morocco approved
The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on 1 November 2018. The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime. It aims to increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing the necessary peaceful ambience .
Arunachal to host ‘Rally Championships’
The third round of the Indian National Rally Championships, the country’s premier motorsports event, will be held in Arunachal Pradesh. The event will be organised from 2 November 2018 to 4 November 2018. The rally that is being hosted by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal Pradesh. The rally teams from major automotive companies will be participating in the race.
‘Olu’ to be the opening film at 49th IFFI
Malayalam film Olu will be the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). This was decided by the jury for the Indian Panorama. The IFFI will be held at Goa from 20th November – 28th November 2018. The Feature Film Jury of thirteen members was headed by film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
Couple honoured with ‘Roy M Huffington Award’
Marie and Vijay Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US. They were awarded for making significant contributions to the areas of literacy, education and healthcare in India. The Huffington Award is the highest honour granted by the Asia Society Texas Centre (ASTC). Vijay Goradia is the founder and Chairman of Vinmar International.
Axis Sec launched commodity derivatives
Axis Securities has launched trading in commodity derivatives with the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) on 31 October 2018. In August 2018, it had launched trading in commodity derivatives with the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX). Arun Thukral is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Axis Securities.
‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ launched in Kerala
The Kerala Tourism Department has launched  ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ . A ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ links tourists with their places of attraction and providers of experiential services. The ‘SMiLE’ guide renders information on 40 Malabar attractions. It has been conceived and executed by Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC).
Pankaj Advani won Asian Snooker Tour title
Pankaj Advani won the Asian Snooker Tour on 31 October 2018 in Jinan, China. He defeated China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final. He became the first Indian to win an Asian Snooker Tour event. The Government of India has awarded him Padma Bhushan in 2018.
UN chief appointed new envoy to Syria
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed veteran Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen as next Special Envoy for Syria. He succeeds Italian-Swedish envoy Staffan de Mistura. He is currently Norway’s ambassador to China. At the UN, Mr Pedersen served as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon between 2007 and 2008.
UN tourism organisation meet in Bahrain
The 109th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council was held in Manama, Bahrain. The UNWTO Executive Council began on 30 October 2018. Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons is leading the Indian delegation at the UNWTO Executive Council. India will be the chair of the ‘programme and budget committee’ of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021.
FP-LMIS inaugurated in Haryana
The Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) has been inaugurated in Haryana on 31 October 2018. It will ensure availability, supply and monitoring of family planning services from the state level to the Accredited Social Health Activists’ (ASHA) level. It would provide online information about medicines and family planning commodities.
Section 7 of RBI Act: Explained
Under Section 7 of the RBI Act of 1934, the government of India can give directions to the RBI to take certain actions ‘in the public interest’. Till now, the government has never invoked section 7 of RBI Act. The issue of invoking Section 7 (1) of the RBI Act came up during the hearing of Allahabad high court in a case filed by the Independent Power Producers Association of India.
Core sector growth slows down 4.3%
Growth of eight core infrastructure sectors slowed down to 4.3% in September 2018 as production of crude oil and natural gas declined. Previously, the lowest growth rate was in May 2018, when the core sectors expanded at 4.1%. Infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity grew by 4.7% in September 2017.
India-US Dialogue on IP began
The first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property (IP) was launched on 31 October 2018 to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy in New Delhi. The dialogue was launched by US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and FICCI in partnership with the US-India Business Council. The US-India Business Council is a business advocacy organisation.
‘Saubhagya Raths’ inaugurated in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ for 20 districts to identify households without electricity on 31 October 2018. Officials onboard these ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will survey areas in their respective jurisdiction with an aim to achieve 100% electrification of households. ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will traverse each district for one month till November 30, 2018.
Punjab Police bagged CCTNS award
The Punjab Police bagged the Union Home Ministry’s ‘Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems’ (CCTNS) award on 31 October 2018. They were awarded for the development of the Digital Criminal Intelligence Gazette and the generation of the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) reports. CCTNS was launched in 2018 to keep digitised records of FIRs and information on crimes and criminals.
S. S. Deswal appointed as DG of ITBP
SS Deswal has been appointed as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). SS Deswal, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre, is currently working as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). ITBP was raised in 1962 and works under the command of the Union Home Ministry.
World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’ released
The World Bank released ‘Doing Business Report’ on 31 October 2018. According to the 2018 report, India is placed at 77th rank among 190 countries assessed by the World Bank. In 2017, India was placed at 100th rank. In the ‘Grant of Construction Permits’ indicator, India’s ranking improved from 181 in 2017 to 52 in 2018.

Important Current Affairs 2nd November 2018
India’s first microprocessor developed
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed and booted up India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’. The Shakti microprocessor can be used in low-power wireless systems and networking systems. The Shakti family of processors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh.
Mary Kom is the brand ambassador
Boxer Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship on 31 October 2018. India is hosting the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship from 15 November 2018. Since the inception of the Women’s World Championship in 2001, India had hosted the tournament once in 2006.
Vietnam will host the F1 race in 2020
Vietnam will host a Formula One race in April 2020. The race will be hosted in the capital Hanoi. Vietnam will be the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race in history after Malaysia and Singapore. Hanoi will be the second Southeast Asian city to host a race in 2020 along with Singapore.
BRICS nations signed a declaration
The BRICS nations have signed a declaration to accelerate creative and sustainable cultural cooperation on 31 October 2018. The declaration will see Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) cooperating in fashion, culture and animation. South Africa hosted an inaugural BRICS Fashion Show and Fashion Business Forum on 24 October 2018.
2019 World Corporate Games in Qatar
Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019. The games will provide an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive prowess through sports. The World Corportate Games aims to bring together, the local, regional and international business sporting community. The last edition was held in Houston in the US in 2017.
India-Japan military exercise begins
Armies of India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018’ at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram on 1 November 2018. The focus of the two-week-long exercise will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase inter-operability between the two forces. The Indian contingent is represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.
Delhi government and railways signed MoU
The Delhi government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the railways to cater to pilgrims availing the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ on 1 November 2018. As per the agreement, Railways will provide separate coaches to pilgrims who are selected under the Yojana. The scheme will enable 1,100 senior citizens of Delhi every year to undertake free pilgrimage.
Vikas appointed as CEO of Swadhaar Finserve
Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Vikas Muttoo as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its subsidiary Swadhaar Finserve. Vikas Muttoo was the Chief Business Officer of Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited. The headquarters of Swadhaar Finserve is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Mukundan selected for ‘Ezhuthachan award’
Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018. The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam literature, carries a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation. ‘Kesavante Vilapangal’ and “Delhi Gadhakal” are among his popular works.
Int day to end Impunity for Crimes observed
The ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed on 2 November every year. The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers. It is observed in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Important Current Affairs 3rd November 2018
Apeejay Literary Festival will held in Kolkata
The 10th ‘Apeejay Literary Festival’ will be held from 18 January 2019 to 20 January 2018 in Kolkata. The festival will focus on health, current affairs, women’s issues and children’s literature among other themes. Andrew Sean, author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be addressing the event.
India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018
India Pavilion was inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome on 2 November 2018. India was partner country at Videocittà 2018. Videocittà 2018 is an event focussing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. India’s participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
1st Annual Senior Care Conclave organised
1st ‘Annual Senior Care Conclave – Igniting Industry for India’s Ageing Sector’ was held in New Delhi on 1 November 2018. It was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). A report titled, ‘Igniting Potential in Senior Care Services’ was released at the event. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare delivered the keynote address at the event.
Patrol vessel ‘ICGS Varaha’ launched
A new offshore patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha was launched by Indian Coast Guard in Chennai on 3 November 2018. The vessel has been designed and built indigenously. ICGS Varaha will soon be fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. It also carries pollution response equipment to contain the oil spill at sea.
Ease of Moving Index 2018 released
Ola mobility institute has released ‘Ease of Moving Index 2018’ on 1 November 2018. The index covers 20 cities inhabited by approximately 92 million people and was based on a survey of over 43,000 respondents along with secondary data inputs.  Kolkata was ranked first in terms of affordability of public transport. Delhi’s transport has been found to be most comfortable.
Cabinet approved to open ISA membership
The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval for opening up the International Solar Alliance (ISA) membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations on 1 November 2018. It will move a resolution in the first assembly for amending the framework agreement of the ISA. The ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India.
Indian Railways eliminated UMLCs
Twelve Zonal Railways on Broad Gauge route have now become free from Unmanned Level Crossings. As on 1 April 2018, there were 3479 Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge routes and total 3402 UMLCs have been eliminated. All Unmanned level crossings on routes having speed more than 130KMPH and on Sub-urban routes have been eliminated.
Mandela internship programme established
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has established the Nelson Mandela ‘Be the Legacy’ internship programme on 3 November 2018. The programme is aimed at empowering young people under the age of 30 years from IORA member states with work experience in their chosen fields of study. The programme will be launched on 18 July 2019.
Rahul Dravid inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’ on 1 November 2018. Rahul Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper Claire Taylor, were announced as the new inductees in the Hall of Fame. Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41.
Paleontologists discover new Sauropod species
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of a dinosaur that lived 110 million years ago in Argentina. The remains came from three separate dinosaurs from the herbivorous group of sauropods, the best known of which are the Diplodocus and Brontosaurus. This new species has been named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis.
Justice Ranganathan takes oath as CJ
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court on 2 November 2018. Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya administered the oath of office to Justice Ranganathan. Justice Ranganathan was the judge of the Hyderabad High Court before his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.
Kirloskar group got RBI’s nod for NBFC biz
Kirloskar Capital has received a licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC). Kirloskar Capital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kirloskar Oil Engines (KOEL). It will be headed by Vimal Bhandari. Prior to joining Kirloskar Capital, Vimal Bhandari was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indostar Capital.
Tourist Police & Suraksha App launched
The Arunachal Pradesh Police launched the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Tourist Police’ and the ‘Arunachal Suraksha App’ to help the citizens during emergencies. The mobile app, first of its kind for the state police, would help users to find the nearest police stations and the contact details. It has also the capacity to send SOS message to emergency contacts.
INS Viraat to become a floating museum
The Maharashtra Cabinet approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum on 2 November 2018. The carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The project will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP). INS Viraat was decommissioned in March 2017.
India and Japan signed a Loan Agreement
India and Japan signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage in West Bengal on 2 November 2018. The Project will strengthen the capability to respond to the fluctuation in supply and demand of power. It will also improve the stability of the power supply. This will contribute to the Industrial Development and Living Standard Improvement in West Bengal.
Over 1.2 cr subscribers join APY
More than one crore twenty lakh subscribers have joined Atal Pension Yojana (APY). More than 27 lakh new subscribers have joined the scheme during the current financial year. States, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are the top contributors in the Atal Pension Yojana enrollment.
China launched new high-orbit satellite
China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown ‘BeiDou’ global satellite navigation system on 2 November 2018. It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. The satellite is meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Ordinance to amend Companies Act approved
The government of India has promulgated the Companies Amendment Ordinance, 2018 to promote Ease of Doing Business with better corporate compliance. President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the promulgation of the Ordinance. The main amendments in the Act include shifting of the jurisdiction of 16 types of corporate offences from the Special Courts to in-house adjudication.
RBI allowed banks to provide PCE to NBFCs
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to NBFCs and HFCs on 2 November 2018. PCE will be provided to bonds issued by systematically important Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). The proceeds from the bonds backed by PCE from banks will be utilised for refinancing the existing debt of the NBFC/HFCs.
Atul Goel appointed as MD, CEO of UCO Bank
Atul Kumar Goel assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank on 2 November 2018. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India. He replaced R.K. Takkar, who has completed his three-year tenure on November 1, 2018. He started his career as Chartered Accountant in Allahabad Bank in 1992.

Important Current Affairs 4th November 2018
National Affairs- 2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       India Mobile Congress(IMC) 2018 concluded on 27 October 2018.
·       Train 18, the country’s first engine-less train, was unveiled on 29th October 2018.
·       The Statue of Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat on 31 October 2018.
·       Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised a conference on  ‘Innovation in Cyberspace & Cyber Security’ on 29th October 2018.
National Affairs- 1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       India’s first gallery on robotic dinosaurs was inaugurated on 27th October 2018 at the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala, Punjab.
·       Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for India’s largest dry dock at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala on 30th October 2018.
·       The Union Cabinet has approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’.
Miscellaneous News (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’.
·       The ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed on 2 November every year.
·       Boxer Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship.
Awards & Honours (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018.
·       Marie and Vijay Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US.
·       Malala Yousafzai will be conferred ‘2018 Gleitsman Award’ by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.
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Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is in Qatar for a treatment on his knee cartilage problem, and his absence has forced the Catalan giants into making emergency plans to sign a new defender during the January transfer window. As reported by Sport, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld, whose contract ends with the north London side in June, is one of the targets Barcelona will consider. The Belgian continues to play hardball over putting pen to paper at Spurs, and after he was left out of the team that lost 4-2 to Arsenal on Sunday, with manager Mauricio Pochettino preferring the inexperienced Juan

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General Motors is closing plants.  Will Morrow (WSWS) reports:

Since the transnational automotive giant General Motors announced on Monday that it plans to close five plants in the United States and Canada in 2019, and two more plants in unspecified locations, the political establishment and trade unions have stepped up their efforts to fan the poisonous flames of nationalism to divide and pit workers against one another and prevent any fight against GM’s attacks.
Among workers, however, there is widespread support for a joint struggle across national lines against the globally organized corporation.
In Windsor, Ontario, just across the international border with Michigan, Peter, a Fiat-Chrysler worker with 19 years, said the news of the plans to close the GM plant in Oshawa, Canada, as well as in Detroit, Michigan and Lordstown, Ohio, “has been going around like crazy. It’s a fear for us because of the uncertainty. It’s like one day you’re working and the next you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s GM, but who’s to say it won’t be Ford or Chrysler next.”
Peter said he thought workers should “fight together. We should stand together. There’s no better way to make a stand than with high numbers. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from; it’s the people who are working. Everyone wants to make a living. That’s what it really comes down to: the working class is the one that has to pay.”
There were previously two GM plants 10 years ago in Windsor. “Both of them were shut down, and all that’s left is a Chrysler and Ford plant. You never know who’s next.” As far as the company is concerned, “there’s never apparently enough money for them. They just made billions. It’s like the modern grief factor: Everyone has to suffer in order for the big guys to get more in their pockets? How much is enough before you stop destroying jobs?”


As Jerry White has observed, "In its coverage of the General Motors plant closure announcement, the World Socialist Web Site has stressed that one of the central aims of the job massacre is to intimidate 140,000 GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers whose contracts are expiring next summer and break their determination to win significant improvements in wages and working conditions from the highly profitable automakers."





This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday:


Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  "All that I have is that I saw.  I saw without being afraid and without turning away.  And that I didn't forgive the unforgivable."


Replying to 

Invaded Panama. Invaded Iraq (the first time) on a lie. Withheld evidence from Iran/Contra hearings. Highway of Death. We ignore the horrible things former politicians did, "honor them for their service" when they die, then wonder why the next ones are worse.







That's the man some are mourning, a true War Criminal.

And you can't mourn a War Criminal without a lot of lies.  Which is how we get Barbra Streisand. 




Two years ago this week, I was honored to invite our 41st President and First Lady to my first ever concert in Texas. They came to my dressing room before the show and we exchanged gifts. I’m glad he and Barbara are together again. RIP. 🙏🏻







I'm so glad you made nice, Babsy.

Let's see when did you do your live concert again?  Hmm, September 1986.  Why again?  You were so scared to perform live but you were more scared about what might happen to our planet if the Reagan-Bush years continued into Bush years, remember now?

Remember any of the crap you said at the time?

The reality of War Criminal George H.W. Bush does not get "kinder and gentler" if you just zoom in to his domestic activities.  He campaigned on racism (the Willie Horton ads) and he campaigned on sexism.  He especially campaigned on sexism because he had the 'wimp factor' issue to overcome.  From Susan Faludi's BACKLASH: THE UNDECLARED WAR AGAINST AMERICAN WOMEN:

Rather than meeting the demands of women, the GOP men struck macho stands that they hoped would impress their own sex.  Bush hoped especially to prove his manly mettle to members of the press corps, who seemed as obsessed with the "wimp factor" as the male politicians they were covering.  "I get furious," Bush assured them.  "I go ballistic.  I really do and I bawl people out.  Of course, everyone's running for cover."  He even predicted, more wistfully than assertively, "Maybe I'll turn out to be a Teddy Roosevelt."
During the race, Bush's campaign managers dismissed questions about women's rights; they were too trivial to warrant comment, they said.  "We're not running around and dealing with a lot of so-called women's issues," Bush's press secretary indignantly told the New York Times.  When Bush summoned a group of elected officials to advise him during the campaign, only one was a woman.  While the candidate claimed that opposition to abortion was a cornerstone of his campaign, he didn't give this critical concern of women's much apparent thought.  When asked in a televised debate if he was "prepared to brand a woman a criminal for this decision," he said, "I haven't storted out the penalties."  His one seeming nod in the direction of working women's needs during the campaign was a penny-ante child care proposal that would give the poorest working families about $20 a week in tax breaks.  This pocket change was supposed to pay for basic child care that, on average, costs four times as much.  In the end, the Bush campaign's only real gesture to women was,incredibly, the selection of Dan Quayle.  His youthful blond looks, Republican leaders told journalists, would surely charm the ladies.



I'm sorry, unlike Barbra I don't support abortion rights one moment and, the next, shed tears and offer praise for a man who tried to destroy women's rights.  George H.W. Bush was despicable.   The April 1988 and April 1992 abortion right marches in DC?  We had to take to the streets to push back against Poppy Bush and all the other sickos who thought they could control women's bodies.


Some women were repeatedly targeted by Poppy Bush.  This was especially true if the women were women of color and/or gay.  Kevin Naff (WASHINGTON BLADE) remembers how homophobic Poppy was:




There’s nothing more galling than revisionist history and last weekend’s reactions to the death of former President George H.W. Bush brought an onslaught of it to many social media feeds and, more predictably, to mainstream media.
I was stunned to see my own feeds filled with tributes to the 41st president — some written by gay men. And on World AIDS Day, no less.
Even the Advocate — once a leading critic of the Reagan-Bush administrations — joined this chorus of glossing over Bush’s anti-LGBTQ record. In an Advocate story posted on World AIDS Day about Bush’s death, the word “AIDS” appears just once in a reference to Reagan. The headline describes Bush as “no enemy of LGBTQ people.”

Chris Johnson (WASHINGTON BLADE) reports:



Gay former Rep. Barney Frank, whose 32-year tenure in Congress included the George H.W. Bush administration from 1989 to 1992, told the Washington Blade in an interview Saturday the late former president “was bad” on LGBT rights and “wouldn’t do anything” to advance them.
“I asked him, for example, to rescind the Eisenhower rule that said we couldn’t get security clearances,” Frank said. “He refused to do it. Bill Clinton did a few years later.”
Frank also said Bush refused to roll back military’s ban on gay service members, which was administrative and not statutory in the days before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law of 1993.
“Bush was simply unsupportive on any issue,” Frank added.
[. . .]



Larry Kramer, a longtime activist against HIV/AIDS, was succinct in response to a Blade email inquiry on whether Bush deserves credit for signing the Ryan White Care Act into law.
“I will not give him credit for anything,” Kramer said. “He hated us.”

Poor Barbra Streisand.  Yet again, Larry Kramer's telling truths and Babsie's hedging her bets.  One stands for LGBTQ rights and the other just uses gays to try to prop up her dying career.


Sometimes it's as basic as you tell the truth or you lie.  You stand up or you whore.  As Rose says in Jane Smiley's A THOUSAND ACRES (Michelle Pfeiffer gives an incredible performance as Rose in the film version which recently came out on Blu Ray), "All that I have is that I saw.  I saw without being afraid and without turning away.  And that I didn't forgive the unforgivable."

Rose can make that claim.  Whores like Barbra Streisand cannot.

More than any other Americans, the Bush Crime Family destroyed the country of Iraq and left so many people damaged.  Raya al-Jadir (INDEPENDENT) explores realities for the disabled and challenged in Iraq:



Years of wars, economic sanctions and corruption have dominated life in Iraq and contributed greatly to the fact that the disabled community is simply not a priority for the government. Poverty rates in Iraq are on the rise, affecting 35 per cent of the population according to the ministry of planning, meaning many are unable to afford education or healthcare.


Official statistics indicate that there are more than 1.3 million disabled people in Iraq (3 per cent of the population); campaigners however believe the real number is three times that. Although Iraq is party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, media activist Ali Adil says: “In Iraq, many persons with disabilities continue to suffer from marginalisation and lack of access to their basic rights, in addition to community discrimination.”
On paper, every disabled person in Iraq is in receipt of a financial allowance regardless of whether the person is in employment or not – this amounts to approximately £66 a month. The stipend depends on the assessed severity of the person’s disability and to qualify Iraqis have to go through various consultations and medical examinations. As one activist who works with the British Council in Iraq informed me, “This long and bureaucratic system is almost 'disabling' the disabled person.”

Specialist care and services are either inaccessible or non-existent. Families often choose to home school their children in an effort not to send them to mainstream schools which are ill equipped to provide support or tackle discrimination.

Accessing healthcare has also become out of reach for many who cannot afford to pay. Rahma, a four year old girl, has phenylketonuria (PKU) a genetic condition that can lead to a build-up of the amino acid phenylalanine, which untreated can lead to brain damage and seizures. A protein-limited diet and supplements can prevent serious build ups, but these are not available in Iraq; her mother has to order it from abroad costing her more than £400 per month.


Here's a cold hard reality, the Iraqis above?  They didn't get 30 minutes of airtime over the weekend but Poppy Bush got non-stop praise on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and it will continue today.  It's an informercial selling War Criminals and war.  And useless whores like Barbie Streisand -- now 92% plastic thanks to all the fillers in her face -- will rush to identify with the criminals.  Barbara is not of the people and if you missed that, while she was promoting her album (Sour) WALLS, she sat down for an interview and explained why so many Republicans saw her in concert -- "They're the only ones who can afford the tickets!"  She thought that was funny.  She claims to be a Democrat, she claims to be a feminist, she claims to love her fans.  But she's perfectly fine with charging outrageous prices that guarantee only the very wealthy can see her.


Corruption, it inflicts more than just governments.  But it does inflict governments -- the US, certainly, and it's puppet Iraq.

At the end of October, Adil Adel al-Mahdi was moved from prime minister-designate to prime minister despite his inability to form a full Cabinet.  He still doesn't have a full Cabinet, despite constantly promising 'next week.'  John Davison and Ahmed Rasheed (REUTERS) report:



The two largest parliamentary groupings to emerge after the vote in May - one led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the other by Iranian-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri - formed a tacit alliance in October when they picked a president and approved 14 out of 22 cabinet ministers.
But since then there has been stalemate, mainly over the empty interior ministry post dominated for years by allies of Amiri, who are backing the former head of a paramilitary force supported by Tehran. Sadr meanwhile says no one with a political affiliation should get the post.
A vote in parliament to fill the vacant ministries in Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet has been repeatedly put back.  


RUDAW reports that al-Mahdi's finally come up with choices for his eight empty Cabinet posts:


Dara Nuradin – Ministry of Justice

Falih Fayadh – Ministry of Interior

Faysal Jarba – Ministry of Defense

Qusay Abdulwahab Suheil – Ministry of Higher Education

Saba Khayradin Tani – Ministry of Education

Abdulamir Hamdani – Ministry of Culture

Nouri Natiq Dlemi – Ministry of Planning

Hanna Immanuel Gorgis – Ministry of Immigrants and Immigration



But nominees require a vote in Parliament.




PM has arrived at the parliament building. On the agenda is a vote on the remaining 8 cabinet positions, including Defence & Interior.







Breaking: MPs say only six out of the eight remaining ministers will be voted on today; the two ministeries excluded are the Defense and Interior Ministries due to discord over the candidates







Huge walkout in 's parliament in protest over candidates for his half empty cabinet.Bif crisis is looming.  

     
 





Meanwhile, the flooding continues in Iraq.


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