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How is Qatar these days?
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posh



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great!

Surely if they want to wear a burqa, etc in western countries, then they should do so in the privacy of their own homes.
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blastermill



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Dress Code Appeal to Expatriates Reply with quote

This problem has been going on for years. Even guys like me who like to see a pretty woman are sometimes embarrassed by the amount of flesh that is visible for all to see.

This article dates from 2008!

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=228280&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

I spent the weekend in Dubai - same thing going on there.

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=351870&version=1&template_id=37&parent_id=17


Quote:
Offensive’ foreigners stoke ire of Emiratis
AFP/Dubai
Emiratis, a minority in their homeland, no longer hesitate to denounce the sometimes-offensive liberal customs of foreigners who have boosted the country’s economic success With tolerance wearing thin for behaviour considered inappropriate, more and more Emiratis are denouncing the “offensive” customs of foreigners.


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blastermill



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Millionaires in Q increasing Reply with quote

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=509744&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16
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blastermill



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Slashed Parking Fines Reply with quote

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/196442-new-traffic-law-may-slash-parking-fines.html
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battleshipb_b



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A feast for deprived eyes for those of us who come in from the Magic Kingdom for libation and relaxation. But you're right -having lived on the other side for so long, it is a shock to see so much skin.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Slashed Parking Fines Reply with quote

blastermill wrote:
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/196442-new-traffic-law-may-slash-parking-fines.html


If you have KSA plates, you are a target for the ticket-happy cops. You have to pay your fine before you cross the border.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:06 pm    Post subject: Main perps for accidents Reply with quote

Survey identifies reasons for stunt driving by youths
A field study finds that young Qataris are more subject to meet with road accidents than their expatriate peers.

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=513292&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56
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blastermill



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/world/middleeast/qatars-royal-patronage-of-the-arts-glittering-but-empty.html?pagewanted=al

I say thanks to the patrons MIA is a fantastic museum and there are a lot of great things happening in this country. They are trying their best to introduce global culture to the masses and if you go to Katara you'll see it's starting to work. Kudos to the patrons! They're great people.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: A potent medium of change Reply with quote

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/199375-a-potent-medium-of-change.html

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The situation is no different in Qatar where people have used Twitter hashtags to run a wide range of campaigns from calling for reforms in Qatar University, to running awareness campaigns on the rights of construction workers as well as live reporting, a phenomenon that originated with Villaggio fire that killed 19 people in May this year. The local campaigns have seen people of all ages, nationalities coming together to register their grievances and to call for reforms – be it the Qtelfail or the QatarAirwaysfail campaigns.


Well this really changed QU Foundation - they have changed the whole English program - for better or worse. We will see.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:44 am    Post subject: Qatar takes on the world Reply with quote

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/07/qatar-takes-on-the-world
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:54 am    Post subject: Confucius Institute to open in Qatar - Reply with quote

Relations with China are growiing. Thousands of Chinese now employed here with Qatar Airways, in shops, restaurants, etc. Now a language institute will soon open. Qatar recognises the growing importance of Chinese. Japanese is already being taught and a Korean language institute may also be in the offiing.

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/printArticle.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=521779&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16
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mesquite



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the BBC World video clip: Tales of woe from workers in Qatar.
www,bbc,co,uk/newws/busiiness
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:56 am    Post subject: Slain US teacher Reply with quote

http://dohanews.co/post/36579490332/family-of-slain-teacher-expresses-frustration-with

American teacher was murdered in Qatar a few weeks ago. The whole business is a mystery.

Father of slain woman blasts US embassy

Monday, 26 November 2012

BY AZMAT HAROON The Peninsula

DOHA: The father of the slain American woman has accused the US Embassy here and Qatari authorities of not being cooperative as, he says, he is still awaiting her body to be flown home for burial.
Richard Brown told The Peninsula over phone yesterday that more than 10 days after his daughter Jennifer was brutally killed here by a security guard, her body has not been released.“My girl is still over there. I got a phone call from the school this morning, saying it might take another two to three days,” a grieving Brown said. He said he had contacted several (US) Congressmen, Senators and even the White House for help in getting the body of his daughter home. “I have got some people here, some Congressmen, Senators working on the case, and we even got people from the White House, who are trying to get her back here.”It has been over 10 days since Jennifer Brown, a 40-year-old school teacher, was murdered by a Kenyan security guard.He said he had only ‘heard’ that a knife was used as the murder weapon, but there has been no confirmation to that effect. The family has so far heard nothing from the authorities here, including the US Embassy, except the little information they are being “fed every now and then by the school” (where Jennifer taught).

“I have heard very, very, very little—in fact, I haven’t heard from the authorities at all,” said Brown, whose daughter taught at Al Wakra Campus of English Modern School (EMS).The murder had apparently taken place at the school accommodation for teachers where Jennifer stayed.Attempts to reach the Kenyan Embassy here for comment failed as its officials refused to speak up on the issue.

Asked if he knew how Jennifer was killed, and if they knew the motive of the murder, Brown replied in the negative. “I heard they caught a guy, and he confessed to it. But it was not any authority who told me that; it was the school,” he said, adding that “so far, there has been no cooperation from your end” (Doha). The US Embassy in Qatar, meanwhile, was not available for comment. A spokesman for the mission told this newspaper earlier, while confirming that “a US citizen was killed in Doha last week” that he couldn’t give further details about the incident due to US privacy laws.
Brown feels that attempts are being made to cover up the murder case, and in fact, “they don’t want people to know about it”.

He also said that he wished the process would speed up so that Jennifer (a reference to her body) might return to her home in Jim Thorpe, in Pennsylvania. “I wish you would do a story on Jennifer, to let people know there.”The director of EMS, Judith Drotar, told this newspaper that she was “impressed” by the work of the police here and that the school trusted that “justice will be served”. She said: “The newspapers have more information than I do.” Drotar said the school was heartbroken, and that they were mourning the loss of one of their own, but also felt that “something private has been made very public.”

The Peninsula
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject: Climate Change Delegates Deported Reply with quote

A big hoopla for this conference - a lot of big name activitists and climate specialists but the fact remain that the biggest carbon footprint on the planet is caused by this tiny little place.


Qatar deports activists after climate talks protest: group By Regan Doherty

DOHA | Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:40am GMT

(Reuters) - Two activists were deported from Qatar on Thursday after calling for more leadership on tackling climate change from the Gulf state, which is hosting U.N. talks in Doha, their campaign group said.
Libyan Raied Gheblawi, 22, and Algerian Mohamed Anis Amirouche, 19, held up a banner in the conference hall's central meeting point reading "Qatar, why host not lead?" "Both were stripped of their badges and asked to leave the hall by security guards. They were told to return to their hotels and be at the airport no later than 12 am," said a spokesman for IndyAct, a regional advocacy group on climate change policy of which both deportees are members. "They were trying to draw attention for the need for Qatar to take a real leadership role in these last 48 hours of the negotiations. They did nothing but hold up a banner."

The Qatari government was not reachable for comment. Delegates from 200 nations have gathered in Qatar for the November 26-December 7 summit to try to agree an extension to the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that obliges about 35 developed nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Qatar has come in for particular criticism as it has so far failed to set clear targets for reducing its own emissions. However the tiny Gulf state argues that its liquefied natural gas exports mean it is helping other nations move away from using more polluting coal. It has also promised to raise the proportion of electricity generated via solar power to 16 percent by 2018, and on Wednesday said it would establish a climate change research center with Germany's Potsdam Institute. Campaigners say they expect more from one of the world's richest counties with the highest emissions level per-capita. Finance is a huge stumbling block at the meeting. Many developed countries, facing economic difficulties at home, are reluctant to set new aid targets to help poorer nations curb their fast-rising emissions and cope with floods, droughts and rising seas.

(Reporting By Regan Doherty; Editing by Pravin Char

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two activists held for protesting at COP18

Friday, 07 December 2012 By fazeena saleem

DOHA: Two young Arab activists were whisked away by the UN security personnel at the Climate Change conference venue here yesterday for staging a protest without seeking formal approval from the organisers.
The UN is expected to issue a press statement on the issue today, but the colleagues of the duo told this newspaper that they (the protesters) were to be repatriated to their home countries later in the day. Mohamed Anis Amirouche and Raied Gheblawi, from an NGO — indyACT, were intercepted and whisked away by the UN security personnel at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) last afternoon for displaying a huge banner demanding that member-countries must announce their pledge to cut carbon emissions.

They were asking the COP18 presidency to do more to advance the negotiations in the next 48 hours. The accreditations of the protesting activists were withdrawn for indulging in what the organisers said was ‘non-authorised action’. The activists had not sought permission to stage the protest. “The duo was arrested and will be sent back later today (yesterday) to their home countries, Libya and Algeria,” Ali Fakhry, Media Campaigner for indyACT, told this newspaper.

“We didn’t seek permission because there was no time. It (announcement by member-countries of their pledge to cut carbon emissions) was an urgent matter to be addressed,” Fakhry said. “We want to see the COP meeting being held in an Arab country for the first time to succeed,” he added. Fakhry said they were not surprised that the activists were whisked away. “But the decision to send them back to their home countries was shocking,” he said.

Over 100 young Arab activists are here to make their voice heard at the COP18 UN Climate Change Conference and Qatar has sponsored some of them. A newly-formed Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) has waged a campaign on Facebook and Twitter against the arrest and alleged repatriation of the activists. “The activists staged a protest criticizing member-countries for not coming up with a clear pledge to fight climate change. The duo did not seek official permission, so they were removed from the venue and their accreditations were taken away,” said Riya Voorhr, Communication Coordinator, Climate Action International. She, however, added that she was not aware about their repatriation. “But if they were sent back, it’s surprising,” Voorhr said. The UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) says, in the interest of security and safety of the participants and for smooth and efficient conduct of the sessions, reserves the right to deny or restrict access to the conference premises or request a participant to leave the conference premises. The Peninsula
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