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Qatar: Bad Time For Evil Babylon

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 17, 2015

ILO finds Qatar guilty

qatar-airways-emirates-airlineGeneva-based United Nations agency the ILO (International Labor Organization) today found Qatar guilty of allowing its state-owned airline, Qatar Airways, to violate international and national agreements and institutionalize discrimination. The case was successfully brought against Qatar by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) (see http://goo.gl/Ka5inH.)

Qatar Airways (QR) is guilty of systemic workplace sex discrimination, including in its past and current work contracts, which allow it to automatically terminate the employment of women cabin crew who become pregnant, as well as in its prohibition on women being dropped off/picked up at/from company premises by a man other than their father, brother or husband.

The Qatari government has breached its international obligations by turning a blind eye to these offences. By allowing QR to behave in this way Qatar has violated ILO Convention 111 on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), which Qatar signed in 1976.

The ILO Tripartite Committee also noted that the contractual bar on employees marrying in the first five years of service – after which they could only marry with company permission – has now been removed from the airline’s contracts, and ‘expresses the firm hope that the Government takes the necessary measures without delay to ensure that all cabin crew members are transferred under the new employment contract so as to be able to get married and change their marital status without the company’s permission’.

It also goes on to state that: ‘the Committee considers that particular attention should be given by the Government so as to encourage the company to provide its employees, including foreign employees, with appropriate complaint mechanisms to ensure that they can obtain redress without being exposed to stigmatisation or reprisals, and without the fear of being deported from the country, in cases of harassment or any other discriminatory behaviours based on the grounds set out in the Convention.’

It also noted, ‘the Government’s reply that various dispute settlement mechanisms are in place to handle complaints of migrant workers … the Government did not provide information on how these procedures can be or have been used by cabin crew, in particular women. The Committee observes that access to such procedures and remedies by cabin crew members, who are migrant workers, may be difficult because of the fear of victimization or reprisals, including dismissal and deportation from the country … given the large number of women in cabin crew staff, the appointment of trained women labour inspectors may be a positive measure’.

Aljaz2For two years the ITF has exposed discrimination and repressive practices at QR, including arbitrary dismissal, surveillance and curfews (see http://goo.gl/MzKq0Y) . Meanwhile the ITUC has challenged Qatar over the appalling treatment of migrant workers there.

ITF president Paddy Crumlin commented: “This decision is a game changer. A year ago we put Qatar and Qatar Airways in the dock and today it has been proved that we were right to do so. Everything has to change now. QR can no longer deny and evade. The changes made to the rules for staff failed to fool the ILO. Now the airline must make them for real. It’s time to make QR free from fear.

Ever since we made those rules public we’ve made clear that they had to go. By revealing them we unleashed a torrent of stories of what it is like to work there. We congratulate all those, including those who bravely and secretly spoke to us from inside the airline, those in trade unions, in the wider aviation industry and in the media, who helped us decry these abuses.”

Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary, commented: “The attempts to tinker with the rules on pregnancy and marriage made once we brought this case show that Qatar Airways has been shamed into action – and more must come. We, along with everyone who works for the airline, will not rest until it addresses what many of those workers call the ‘climate of fear’ at QR.”

She continued: “The gaze of world opinion is locked on the behaviour of the Qatari government – over Qatar Airways, over its abhorrent treatment of migrant workers, and over the World Cup. In Geneva today Qatar has been proved wanting. We have shown that money doesn’t buy silence. The nation is on trial. It cannot evade its responsibilities. It has to begin to do the right thing.”

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How Qatar Used and Abused Its Al Jazeera Journalists

“Al Jazeera’s managers crossed an ethical red line. By attempting to manipulate Egypt’s domestic politics, they were endangering their employees.”

JourActivismThis week, I am back in court in an effort to prove my innocence at a retrial on charges that I was a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, designated a terrorist organization in Egypt since December 2013, and that I sought to harm the country’s reputation and security. I already spent 412 days in detention before my conviction in the first trial was overturned on appeal earlier this year.

The terrorism charges against me and my colleague Baher Mohamed are unfounded and have been widely discredited. The other charges relate to our employment by the Al Jazeera media network, which is owned by the state of Qatar.

Following the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, Egypt moved to ban Al Jazeera’s Arabic service in the country, known as Mubasher Misr, because it was perceived as a Qatari-sponsored propaganda mouthpiece for the Brotherhood. I was the bureau chief of the Al Jazeera English service, a separate operation that adhered to higher journalistic standards, which, we assumed, would inoculate us against accusations of bias. We were mistaken.

Now, Baher and I find ourselves once again in the soundproof defendants’ cage, fighting to avoid long prison terms. Our friend and fellow Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, will not be with us. Thanks to his government’s work to win his release, Peter is home in Australia.

At the retrial, we will argue that we continued to work despite the broadcast ban because we believed the English service was exempt and Al Jazeera failed to obtain legal clarification from the Egyptian authorities. If, as a result, there were violations of licensing laws, which in any case would be merely misdemeanors, it is the network’s executives from Qatar who should pay, not us. A final ruling from the Egyptian court could come later this month.

My 18-month ordeal may be close to an end, yet I find myself increasingly angry at how my life and the lives of my family and loved ones have been turned upside down. My anger, however, is not directed primarily at the prosecutor, the judiciary or the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. It is aimed at my employer, Al Jazeera.

The network knowingly antagonized the Egyptian authorities by defying a court-ordered ban on its Arabic-language service. Behind that, I believe, was the desire of the Qatari royal family to meddle in Egypt’s internal affairs. While Al Jazeera’s Doha executives used the Cairo bureau of Al Jazeera English to give their scheme a veneer of international respectability, they made us unwitting pawns in Qatar’s geopolitical game.

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Al Jazeera America accused of bias against non-Arabs and women

AlEvilThe former head of Al Jazeera America’s documentary unit has sued the news network, claiming it is biased against non-Arabs and women in stories that it produces and in how it treats employees.

Shannon High-Bassalik, fired in February after working through half of a three-year contract, said the network’s recently ousted chief executive, Ehab Al Shihabi, left meetings when women were speaking and admitted that he tried to favor an Arab point of view on the air to please Ajam’s Qatar-based ownership.

The troubled news network, an offshoot of the international Al Jazeera network, has reached few viewers in the United States. Through lawsuits and resignations over the past two months, a picture has emerged of a place that has consistently fallen short in its efforts to give Americans a hard-news, unbiased alternative to CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

As ratings failed to live up to the expectations of management, Al Jazeera openly decided to abandon all pretense of neutrality in favor of putting the Arabic viewpoint front and center, openly demanding that programs be aired that criticized countries such as America, Israel and Egypt,” High-Bassalik’s lawsuit stated.

She said she was told that if abandonment of journalistic integrity led people to regard them as terrorists, “that was an acceptable risk for the company to take”.

High-Bassalik said that Al Shihabi told her that the company should be regarded as Al Jazeera in America, rather than Al Jazeera America.

Al Shihabi was ousted in early May, shortly after another employee sued, alleging he was fired when he complained about a colleague’s antisemitic and sexist behavior. The company’s senior vice-president of newsgathering, head of human resources and communications chief – all non-Arab women – each resigned over a two-week period.

The former documentary chief, who has also worked for CNN, NBC and MSNBC, said she was told that many Arabs believe the September 11 terrorist attacks were staged by the CIA to wage war on Arabs, and that this was a point of view the company should be guided by.

High-Bassalik said that she was told to hire an Arabic woman as a producer even though the person was unqualified and there were several non-Arabs ready for promotion. She claimed that performance ratings for Arabs were systematically upgraded, while non-Arabs saw their ratings go down.

She accused the head of the company’s investigative unit of tweeting that “Israelis are like Hitler”. During coverage of the 2014 conflict in Gaza, she said she was told the mission was to cast Israel as the villain and emphasize the Arab and Muslim point of view.

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The Rise and Fall of Al Jazeera America

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Migrant Domestic Workers in UAE Treated Like ‘Animals’

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 23, 2014

Think of working in the Middle East as working in the ‘Middle Ages.’ That will give you a good idea of how you’ll be treated. The oil rich Arab states are a breeding ground of the most decadent, narcissistic, misogynistic, abusive and brutal miserable excuses for human beings alive today.

‘The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status,’ says Human Rights Watch

Sexual violence, isolation and forced confinement, unpaid wages, long working hours with limited food, and regular beating are just some of the conditions migrant domestic workers in oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) endure in the hands of their employers.

This “seemingly entrenched pattern” of abuses was detailed in a 79-page report by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Thursday, October 23, urging the UAE government to enact reforms to put an end to it.

“Many said their employers had treated them like animals or as if they were dirty and physical contact with them would be contaminating,” the report said.

Quezon City resident Marelie Brua returned home to the Philippines after suffering maltreatment and a meager 800-dirham ($217 or P9,712) monthly pay under the employ of an Arab family.

A mere animal “bought” at a price is how domestic workers to the UAE are regarded, Brua shared in an HRW clip.

He [the sponsor] slapped me and banged my head on the wall, then spit on me. He beat me with a cable on my back and put a knife to my face.” – Indonesian domestic worker

A total of 99 UAE-based helpers from November to December 2013 who came all the way from the Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda, and other labor-sending countries were interviewed by HRW staff and reported even worse experiences of exploitation.

One of those interviewed, 22-year-old Indonesian Arti L.* shared: “He [the sponsor] slapped me and banged my head on the wall, then spit on me. He beat me with a cable on my back and put a knife to my face.”

Of the 99, at least 22 complained of physical violence and 6 of sexual assault/harassment.

Arti L.*, the 22-year-old Indonesian beaten and slapped by her boss, was also raped. “I ran away with blood on my panties. I was bleeding badly,” she told HRW.

Most of them reported having to work long hours with low wages, and have experienced psychological and verbal abuse.

The women shared how they were verbally abused by their employers.

Farah S.* from Indonesia said not once was she addressed by her name, while Sadiyah A.* from the Philippines said she was always called an idiot in public.

Filipina Holly C*, 26, quoted her former employer as saying: “If you do anything wrong I will kill you and cut you up into pieces and put you into the desert and no one will know.”

The HRW brought the matter to the UAE authorities, but said it received no response.

Kafala system

At the heart of the report is a controversial system that unduly limits migrant workers’ rights and cripples their ability to redress their grievances.

Under the kafala sponsorship system, a migrant worker’s visa status is dependent on his or her employer. The threat of deportation looms and is dependent on his or her boss.

The system of having employer-sponsors as a prerequisite for migrant workers to stay in UAE and acquire a work permit enables employers to exploit them and gain “inordinate control” over them, the HRW report explained.

“The relationship between domestic worker and employer is mistakenly perceived as status-based, with a superior master commanding an inferior servant, rather than a contractual arrangement between parties with mutual rights and obligations,” it read.

Azfar Khan, a senior migration specialist for the International Labor Organization (ILO), said the system has been regarded as “slave-like.”

It is common practice among the employers of those interviewed by HRW to confiscate passports of their helpers. This prevents workers from running away from an abusive employer.

“The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status,” the HRW urged.

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HARRODS Boycott: Qatar is Promoting Islamic Terrorism

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 13, 2014

Harrods Shoppers ‘Are Buying Into Terror’

Exterior of the Harrods department store in the Knightsbridge area of London.. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

Customers of Harrods, London’s most famous  are urged to join boycott in symbolic protest at Qatar’s alleged links to terror funding

Customers of Harrods are being urged to boycott the department store in a symbolic protest against its Qatari owners.

Qatar, which bought Harrods in 2010, has been accused of either directly funding terrorist groups or turning a blind eye to financiers operating out of the Gulf state.

It is now facing a backlash from protesters sickened by the executions of Western hostages in Syria and the violence wreaked on the region by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), al-Qaeda and other offshoot terror groups.

Harrods was sold by Mohamed Al Fayed, its previous owner, to Qatar Holdings, part of the Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, in May 2010 for a reported £1.5 billion. The sale was concluded by Qatar’s then prime minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani, who was also chief executive of the wealth fund.

Under his rule, Qatar also owns or co-owns a number of other landmarks including the Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, as well as large stakes in some major UK businesses.

Now Harrods is facing a boycott as a consequence of criticism of Qatar’s links to Islamist terrorists.

Mark Lewis, the solicitor who represented the family of Milly Dowler among others in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, is leading calls for a boycott.

Mr Lewis said: “We can stand back and do nothing, but when we do, we are paying for that terror … People need to know where their money is going.”

He added: “While people know very little about Qatar, its wealth has bought some of the crown jewels of English property. It owns the Shard, it owns Harrods, it might as well own our morals.

The scale of its commercial holdings is such that most of us do not even realise that we are buying into its terrorist operations.”

Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer and committed Christian who founded an international aid charity, said: “I would back a boycott of Harrods.

As a principle, if people are using their wealth to support barbaric acts of terrorism, they should not be making money in our country and basking in the credibility of such a prestigious place.”

Simon Cobbs, of Sussex Friends of Israel, which has already organised one protest outside the Qatari embassy, said: “We will now target other Qatar-owned businesses including Harrods. We will ensure that Harrods customers know that the money they spend ultimately ends up in the hands of a regime that funds terrorism.”

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Ethiopia Backs Israel’s Campaign to Make Yom Kippur A UN Holiday

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 2, 2014

Yom_Kippur_GraphicThe U.N. General Assembly committee has received a letter from 32 countries asking the United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day, as an official holiday, Associated Press reported.
 
Addressing the U.N.’s Committee on Conferences, the letter circulated on Wednesday states that the U.N. “recognizes the major festivals of many of the world’s main religions, yet Judaism is not represented.” Israel began its campaign in May to make Yom Kippur a U.N. holiday.
 
“We believe that the United Nations calendar should reflect the organization’s founding principles of coexistence, justice and mutual respect,” the 32 countries said, in the letter. “We urge the United Nations to correct this inequity and recognize the holiest day of the Jewish faith.”
 
No European, Arab and Muslim Countries
 
The 32 countries that support Israel’s demand for the Yom Kippur holiday are the U.S., Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
 
The 10 official holidays at the New York-based U.N. currently include the Christian holidays of Christmas and Good Friday; the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha; and, the remaining six holidays are major U.S. holidays – New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.
 
The letter described Yom Kippur as “The Day of Atonement” for the Jewish people to “reflect on the events of the past year and pray that all peoples will enjoy a year of good health, peace and prosperity,” adding that the Jews believe, on the occasion of Yom Kippur, that “every person’s deeds are weighed on the heavenly scales of justice and the blessings of the coming year are determined by the good deeds performed in the service of others,” and that “in the days leading up to Yom Kippur, Jews throughout the world seek forgiveness and reconciliation.”
 
The letter from the 32 ambassadors went on to say that “the messages of Yom Kippur are universal and as such, we the representatives of the delegations listed below are writing to request that Yom Kippur be included as an official holiday of the United Nations as from 2015.”
 

US and Qatar Declare War on Israel (Christianity)

 
 
Prophet Daniel told us about the current Islamic coalition, headed by Turkey and aided by Western nations.
 
For the Citians issuing forth shall come against him, and he shall be brought low, and shall return, and shall be incensed against the holy covenant: and he shall do thus, and shall return, and have intelligence with them that have forsaken the holy covenant.
And seeds shall spring up out of him, and they shall profane the sanctuary of strength, and they shall remove the perpetual sacrifice, and make the abomination desolate.”  [Dan 11:30-31]
 
This is part II of a look at Qatar’s support for Hamas, and the American alliance with Qatar. Part I details the long history of criminality and terrorism of the Qatari government, including the collusion in the 9/11/2001 attacks, narcotics and human trafficking. It also explains America’s interest in Qatar economically and militarily. Click here to read ‘The Long Arm of Qatar’
 
Infiltration of the Military Academies & CIA
 
Wait a minute… why was the former Emir of Qatar at West Point anyway, when that Bergdahl deal was struck? He was at the graduation of his son! This may surprise you, but American military academies regularly accept foreign cadets. It is done for a variety of reasons, including building better relations and cross-service training. As Qatar is a close American ally, the fact that Hamad Victor Nazim, younger brother of the current Emir, graduated from America’s most prestigious military academy is in itself not scandalous. But considering who Qatar supports – al Qaeda, the Taliban, and IS[IS] – the newest graduate from “Harvard on the Hudson” should raise some very serious security concerns for our military.
 
Military training in foreign lands is an an al-Thani family tradition. Like his father, the current Emir, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani is a graduate of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious military academy, the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. Although it may be tempting to explain this away due to the fact that, until 1971, Qatar was a protectorate of the UK, there is a more practical explanation. London, or “Londinistan” as it has been called, has a major presence of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. After being thrown out of Egypt (again) when Morsi’s government fell, the Brotherhood moved their headquarters to London. HSBC Bank, whose own headquarters are in London, has a reputation of money laundering for Islamists and terrorists. This July, an investigation revealed an “aggressive Islamist agenda” in Birmingham schools, north of London.
 
Britons, too, might consider checking on their Qatari “friends.”
Why stop at the military academies? Credible sources within the Beltway have identified none less than John Brennan as a likely Islamist infiltrator. Though it has been practically erased from the public’s memory, a report in 2010 called Sharia: The Threat to America, and issued by the Center for Security Policy whose Board includes former CIA Director (under Bill Clinton) R. James Woolsey, states, in part:
 
[I]t is hard to overstate the danger associated with the President of the United States having as his top advisor [Brennan] in these sensitive portfolios someone so severely compromised with respect to shariah and the threat it poses.”
 
The report was issued when Brennan was Counterterrorism Advisor to Obama. He was given a promotion to Director of the CIA in 2013. Concerns, anyone?
 
The Caliphate for the Caliphaters
 
In June, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS[i], declared a new Caliphate. Much can be said about the lead up to this declaration, the genocidal nature of its founders, and the illicit nature of their funding. In a previous article, The Caliphate is Back in Business, I explained the background and intentions of the new Islamic State. The focus here will be on who are the international backers of ISIS.
 
The area controlled by ISIS, as its name implies, spans regions of Syria and Iraq. ISIS is partially comprised of those same “Syrian rebels,” who were funded, supported, and armed by the United States and Qatar. Captured documents reveal deep Qatari involvement in the creation of ISIS. (Note that Qatar was also integral in the creation of the Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram, which was originally set up as a money making venture.) The Acting Qatari Ambassador in Libya was instrumental in recruiting 1,800 jihadis for ISIS. An article in the Daily Beast, America’s Allies are Funding ISIS, details Qatari, Kuwaiti, and Saudi funding for ISIS. Yet Saudi Arabia has amassed 30,000 troops on its borders precisely due to the ISIS threat; and the Kuwaiti charge comes from The Brookings Institute, which has a satellite in Doha, and takes money from the Qatari government.
 
Should there be any doubt where local alliances lay in the Middle East, in March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. The reason? Each country felt that the al-Thanis were attempting to overthrow their governments. That month, Saudi Arabia also demanded three things of Qatar, lest they face a blockade by Saudi forces: that they shut down Al Jazeera; that they close Brookings Doha; and that they end the presence of the RAND Corporation on their peninsula. (Note: RAND’s presence in Qatar ended at the end of 2013, unless KSA knows something we don’t.)
 
Looking at a map, that ISIS has survived this long is simply perplexing. They are surrounded on all sides with alleged foes. In Iraq, the military fights for its life, for when ISIS captures Iraqi military prisoners, they are summarily executed in scenes reminiscent of WWII. In Syria, Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian military has been at war with these people since March 2011. According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Iran is working with the Iraqi government to contain the ISIS threat. Jordan has been a perennial foe of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood; the same can be said for Saudi Arabia (the first country in the world to expel the Ikhwan), Israel, and Egypt. How is it that ISIS continues to thrive?
 
ISIS has three important backers: Qatar, described above, Turkey, who under Erdogan has become radically Islamist, and… the United States under Barack Obama. Turkey, like Qatar, welcomes back the Islamic Caliphate. The last Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, had its capital in Istanbul until 1924. Recep Erdogan is a proud Islamist who has severely curbed the alcohol industry in Turkey and repealed the ban on the Islamic head covering imposed the secularist modernizer, Kemal Ataturk. Qatar and Turkey are partners on a variety of economic issues as well, including a liquefied natural gas pipeline, a highway across Bulgaria, and construction projects. Turkey, with Qatar and the United States, backs the Syrian rebels (and thus ISIS), and has allowed their border with Syria to be used as a transit zone.
 
Turkey, like the United States, is a member of NATO. This means they are part of the integrated security force that was established during the early Cold War to provide a common defense against the Soviet Union. NATO countries share protocols, standards, and a variety of other systems that allow them to act as a cohesive bloc. Qatar is the heart of the United States military in the Middle East, making them all but an official NATO member. Is NATO’s de facto policy support for ISIS? It is a legitimate question that few people are willing to touch.
 
We know that Obama refused to intervene in Iraq, even as ISIS horrified the world with indiscriminate slaughter. ISIS has rampaged against the Christians, in what many people have rightly called a genocide. Iraq’s Christian population has dwindled away to practically nothing in Mosul, where it used to be 60,000 strong. Syrian Christians have been persecuted and massacred from the beginning of the Syrian war, with crucifixions making a modern comeback. In case you were unsure whether Christians were being singled out by the jihadis, they made it clear enough when they destroyed Jonah’s tomb, a sacred landmark for Christianity. Like the Taliban’s destruction of the ancient Buddhas, anything that predates Islam is considered haram and thus must be eradicated.
 
In July, a startling report came out that sheds light onto the American relationship with Qatar and, by proxy, Hamas. Qatar, who pledged $400 million to Hamas in 2012, is also a multi-million dollar donor to the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation’s own website classifies “The State of Qatar” as a donor in the class of between $1-$5 million. Recall that it was under Bill Clinton’s administration that the World Trade Center was first attacked by KSM’s nephew, Ramzi Yousef; and it was his administration who welcomed the input of the Islamist organization, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR, est. 1994), which has ties to Hamas. As Secretary of State, in 2010 Hillary lifted the U.S. visa ban on Tariq Ramadan, the son of one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founders, Islamic legal scholar Sayyid Ramadan. (Sayyid was also the son-in-law of Hasan al-Banna, the charismatic founder of the Brotherhood.) Tariq holds the positions of Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Qatar), and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Doha. Qatar, where else.
 
The Jewish Question
 
The Qataris, with assistance from the Obama administration – and certainly others within our government, in both parties, who all deal with defense and energy lobbyists – are behind the debacles in Libya and Egypt, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the downfall of Iraq, ISIS, and support the Taliban with Dawood Ibrahim. Their operations target Christians and any secular Muslim state. Unexplored in this article, but fairly conclusive, is a Qatari connection to Mexican cartels and other Latin American drug and human trafficking gangs.
 
Knowing this, is it surprising that Qatar, and apparently this administration, are behind the ongoing attack on Israel by Hamas? The evidence is abundant. Yes, like the Obama administration and State Department, they pledged funding to Hamas. As such, the pieces fall right into place.
 
Begin with John Kerry, the head of the U.S. Department of State, and his “intifada” comments in November. The kidnapping of their teenagers leads to Israeli military retaliation, and the players line up as expected:
  • Egypt, the traditional (and original) broker between Arab states and Israel, offers to negotiate a peace settlement, which is accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas. (Egypt has not only sentenced hundreds of Muslim Brothers to die for their reign of terror, but also arrested several Al Jazeera reporters.)
  • Islamist Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan lashes out at the Egyptian negotiations. He lambasts Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi: “Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself… Egypt is not a party … They are trying to legitimise (the Sisi administration) in Egypt. It is not a legitimate administration. It is illegitimate… Hamas is a party there.”
  • The state sponsor of terror, criminal Qatar, offers to negotiate a peace settlement. They are viewed by the American media, somehow, as a more neutral party – see CNN’s coverage here, which fails to appreciate that Qatar is a backer of Hamas. The UK’s Guardian describes Qatar’s unique ability to offer a “channel of communication” between Israel and Hamas, calling to mind their role in the Bergdahl deal. Breitbart describes the Qatari plan as “Hamas friendly.”
  • The Israeli press picks up on the Qatari connection to Hamas. In an article entitled “Qatar and Hamas: A Dangerous Link,” a columnist for Israel Hayom writes, “There is a colossal, systematic failure in how the U.S. has mapped its interests across the region, as well as in how it has worked toward achieving them. The U.S. missteps start in Iran and then head to Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Africa, the Arabian peninsula and all the way to the ends of the Earth. A random cab driver in Washington probably could have navigated better for the U.S…. even the amateurs know Qatar and Turkey have been arming and funding the most lethal terrorist organizations in the region — the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIS), the Nusra Front and al-Qaida.”
  • John Kerry, in his anti-Israel posture that we’ve come to expect, is caught on camera mocking the Israeli military operation in Gaza. He says “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” while talking to an aide. He goes on to tell the aide, “We’ve got to get over there.”
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres accuses Qatar of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror.” Quite true, President Peres.
  • Kerry inserts himself into the negotiations, and travels to Egypt. He receives an exceptionally frosty reception, and is subjected to a metal detector security screening.
  • The terror megaphone, Al Jazeera, makes the case for Qatari, rather than Egyptian, mediation. “That Sisi is unfit to mediate should be plainly clear, given his history with Hamas and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas was established during the first intifada as a Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood — which it officially remains in the Hamas charter… Secretary of State John Kerry is close with Qatar’s foreign minister, Khaled al-Attiyeh, who can bring Hamas to the negotiating table.”
  • Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman seeks to ban Al Jazeera from operating in Israel, calling it “the pillar of propaganda in the Middle East.”
  • The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibits American air travel to Israel for two full days, after Hamas rockets land near the Tel Aviv airport. Some in Israel view this as a form of economic sanction, a reward to Hamas. Senator Ted Cruz questions whether the ban was a “political decision,” rather than one made out of genuine safety concerns.
  • Hamas rockets are found found in United Nations-run schools in Gaza, turning civilian buildings into legitimate military targets and endangering the lives of Palestinian children.
Conclusion
 
Qatar-backed ISIS is in the process of liquidating all traces of Christianity, and Christians, in Syria and Iraq. Qatar-backed Hamas has as its stated goal the destruction of Israel. Without any doubt, Qatar is a major United States ally, militarily, economically, and through educational proxies and agreements. President Obama, whose friendship with Islamist Erdogan is relatively well-known[ii], has, in addition, an affinity with the rulers of Qatar, the al-Thani family.
 
Do the citizens of the United States realize the extent that the Obama administration does the bidding of Qatar? Is it not reasonable to suggest that the American public, which broadly supports Israel, would be strongly against American involvement in a genocide of Middle Eastern Christians? Due to these relations, is it so far to suggest that the Obama administration is practically at war with Israel?
 
The goal of Qatar and their allies is the establishment of a Caliphate across the entire Middle East, extending into Africa, Asia, and Europe. Like the Ottoman Empire before them, responsible for the Armenian genocide, and previous Caliphates before the Ottoman Empire, their treatment of the Christians and Jews would be violent, cruel, and unbending.
 
To fund the dawning of a new Islamic era, the Qataris, with the Pakistani ISI and Turkey, rely on criminal activities including narcotics trafficking and slavery. Their supposed fidelity to Islam is trumped only by their craven need for profit through human suffering.
 
Should the American people come to understand Obama’s foreign policy priorities, impeachment – accompanied by mass civil protest and outrage – would follow.
 
[i] ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, or IS, the Islamic State, are the same thing.
 
[ii]Although the Obama-Erdogan friendship was legendary, Erdogan now claims they no longer speak directly. Citing a fallout after Obama failed to use air strikes against the Assad regime, the Turkish Prime Minister now says they communicate through their foreign ministers.

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‘Trojan Horse’ Debate: We Were Wrong, All Cultures Are Not Equal

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 11, 2014

“As we are in Britain then the dominant culture has to be British. If that isn’t acceptable to Muslims then they will have to live in a country where their culture is dominant instead of expecting us to change ours to suit them. For years, we all turned a blind eye to the segregation of Muslim pupils. Now it is time to stand up to propagators of barbarism and ignorance
 
GoodBadIf I have learnt one thing working with children as a teacher, a volunteer and, more recently, a parent, it’s that what children want above all else is to fit in. The desire not to be different must be hard-wired, so urgent is the need of your average nine-year-old to have the same pencil case as every other nine-year-old. Individuality, much prized in adult life, is abhorred by our conservative juniors, who crave acceptance as the thirsty crave water. “Fitting in” is braided into the DNA of every child, regardless of creed or colour. When the deep, resonant bell of human evolution tolls, it says: “Belong, belong, belong.”
 
Integrating children into a new society, then, should not present too much of a problem. A football, some Panini World Cup stickers to trade, One Direction, Harry Potter, 97 episodes of Friends, especially the one where Rachel has a baby: common interests for youngsters are not hard to find. So how have we ended up with a situation where so many Muslims are adrift from the mainstream? Why this scandal in Birmingham where five overwhelmingly Muslim schools, some until recently judged to be outstanding, are to be put into special measures because they have sought to inculcate ideas that are repellent to this country?
 
Let me quote Myriam Francois-Cerrah, a writer and Muslim convert, who told Channel 4 News on Tuesday that she rejected calls by the Prime Minister and Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, for schools to promote British values. “In many ways, the problem is creating a hierarchy of cultures when you say you need to promote British values,” she objected. “What does that say to children in a classroom whose heritage harks from outside the British Isles? It says this country has superior moral values and you are coming from some backward culture whose values you … must not consider equal to our own.”
 
Funnily enough, that’s exactly what we are saying, Myriam. Spot on! A Muslim girl who winds up in Bolton or Luton should thank her lucky stars she doesn’t live in Sudan – or Pakistan, where, only last month, a woman was stoned to death by her family for the crime of marrying a man of whom they disapproved. Farzana Parveen’s father explained: “I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it.”
 
Are British values superior to Mr Parveen’s? I do hope so.
 
Unfortunately, the great lie underpinning the creed of multiculturalism, as spouted by Francois Cerrah and her ilk, is that all cultures are “equally valid”. Well, patently, they’re not. The reason irate Pakistani patriarchs are not chucking bricks at their errant daughters in the Birmingham Bull Ring is because Britain has a basically uncorrupt police force, a robust judiciary and an enlightened, hard-won system of liberal values that regards women and girls as equals, not third-class citizens.
 
But instead of standing up to barbarism and ignorance, too often we have looked away in embarrassment or fear. How many teachers have averted their gaze when 13-year-old Muslim girls suddenly disappear from the classroom to be taken “home” for a forced marriage, because this would present unwelcome evidence that some cultures are less valid than others?
 
How many health professionals in Bradford are concerned, but never say so, that intermarriage in the Muslim community – 75 per cent of Pakistanis in the city are married to their first cousin – is causing babies to be born blind, deaf and with other disabilities? Back in 2008, when Labour environment minister Phil Woolas said that British Pakistanis were fuelling the rate of birth defects, he was slapped down by Downing Street, with a spokesman for prime minister Gordon Brown saying the issue was not one for ministers to comment on. Government after government has filed this thorny issue in “The Too Difficult Box”, the title of a timely new book edited by former Cabinet minister Charles Clarke.
 
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Apartheid State of Qatar Launches Campaign for ‘Modest’ Dress Code for Tourists

 
  • ‘If you are in Qatar, you are one of us’: Qatar aims to educate tourists on modesty

  • Men wearing shorts and singlets in public will be frowned upon

  • Women should also avoid wearing garments which are too short or too tight, such as mini-skirts or sleeveless dresses

 
If you are in Qatar, you are one of us’ “These principles are the text within the global tourism ethics law.” Alright then, but what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Over here, you won’t wear burqas, or anything traditional like that. Dress like us. Act like us. Or admit you’re just entitled and arrogant racists.”
 
 
article-2641453-1E43463E00000578-859_634x632Qatar has launched a social media campaign urging tourists to dress “modestly” in public and respect the Islamic country’s values.
 
Along with a Twitter and Instagram account, “reflect your respect” leaflets are being handed out with diagrams of what is and is not acceptable.
 
Short dresses, sleeveless clothing and crop tops are banned for women, while men are also told not to wear shorts and vest tops revealing their chest.
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A leaflet handed out as part of the campaign reads: “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us. Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values, please dress modestly in public places.”
 
It urges people to cover up from their shoulders to knees and avoid leggings.
 
Qatar’s Islamic Culture Centre has launched previous initiatives to educate foreigners on dress codes.
 
The amount of immodest clothing is growing in public places, especially shopping malls. Such foreigner behaviour conflicts with our traditions,” Nasser Al Maliki, the centre’s public relations chief told Gulf News.
 
We do not want our kids to be exposed to it or learn from it, and that’s why we will start this campaign.”
 
Qatar, which will host the World Cup in 2022, has a population of just over 2 million people and uses Sharia law as the main source of its legislation.
 
It is home to about 17,500 British nationals and 40,000 more visit every year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
 
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Connect The Colors

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 8, 2013

Saudi Police Kill Ethiopian, Arrest Foreigners

Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4]

The Lord is warning of judgment to come to these wicked nations and warns them to leave the country. They’ll soon receive a just retribution  Leave these Godforsaken desert, don’t send / travel to these countries, and never allow their citizens into your country!!!

LazArabSaudi police killed an Ethiopian migrant who tried to flee arrest, authorities said Wednesday, as a crackdown on foreigners working illegally in the kingdom widens with more than 16,000 arrests.

The security sweep comes after seven months of warnings by Saudi Arabia’s government, which has created a special task force of 1,200 Labor Ministry officials who are combing shops, construction sites, restaurants and businesses in search of foreign workers employed without proper permits.

Police have also erected checkpoints to enforce the kingdom’s strict labor rules that make it virtually impossible to remain in the country without official sponsorship by an employer.

Residents said most shops have been closed since the sweep began Monday, with many of the country’s migrants avoiding the streets where they face possible arrest. State-backed Saudi Gazette reported Wednesday that residents are already feeling the brunt of the everyday work the migrants provided, from ritual washings of corpses before burial to food delivery and bagging groceries.

Authorities say that since warnings were issued earlier this year, almost 7 million foreigners in Saudi Arabia corrected their paperwork to accurately reflect their occupation and workplace. The kingdom also issued more than 1 million final exit visas, which ban people from ever returning.

The Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that authorities detained around 16,500 workers in the first 48 hours of the nationwide crackdown. The newspaper quoted Saudi officials as saying that nearly half of the migrants were arrested near the southern border with Yemen. Another 5,000 had been detained in Mecca, where some Muslims stay on illegally after pilgrimage. Less than 1,000 were detained in the main city of Riyadh.

A resident in the poorer neighborhood of el-Manhoufa in Riyadh told The Associated Press he saw police stopping people outside a mosque after prayers and arresting those who did not have the correct papers on them.

The statement Wednesday by Riyadh police chief Nasser el-Qahtani said security forces killed the African migrant worker in el-Manhoufa a day earlier when he and others tried to resist arrest. Those detained will eventually be deported.

The sweep is aimed largely at creating more job opportunities for the kingdom’s own citizens, who comprise less than half of the country’s work force.

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American Christian Parents Who Adopted and Homeschooled African Kids Accused by Qatar of Killing One to Harvest Organs

The Qatari investigative police reports repeatedly suggest that Matthew and Grace could not have had a legitimate reason to adopt children who were not “good-looking” and who did not share their “hereditary traits.” The investigative reports theorize that Matthew and Grace “bought” their children in order to harvest their organs, or perhaps to perform medical experiments on them.

Prosecutors in Qatar have accused an American Christian couple of starving their adopted daughter to death in order to sell her body parts, but a leading U.S. legal advocacy group said they are innocent and that the entire case is based on “faulty science” and misunderstandings by Qatar over interracial adoptions and homeschooling.

If convicted, Matthew and Grace Huang could face the death penalty.

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The Terrifying Picture of What Could Be the Biggest Typhoon Ever

TyphoonTyphoon Haiyan has sustained winds of 134 miles per hour and ferocious gusts of 155 mph and could strengthen over the Pacific Ocean before slamming the eastern province of Samar early Friday, government forecasters said.

It is speculated the storm will be among the strongest to form on Earth, already measuring Category 5 in intensity — the highest on the scale measuring tropical cyclones.

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Time of The Ungodly: Qatar’s Slave Trade Death Toll

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 25, 2013

  • 1,5 Million Foreign workers live in Qatar

  • Only 200.000 are Qatari citizens

My note: This is beyond disgusting but actually it is not shocking.. It is not something new… everyone has been aware of what’s going on in these evil states for decades, yet, everyone seems to swim together with them while sinking in ignorance — which is the most violent element in society — sad, the West is complicit in this horrendous crime.

The Egyptians dispensed with the life of their slaves in the construction of the pyramids as if they were nothing but throw-away products before that had even been invented in the modern day and age in which we live. Today, Qatar is doing the self-same thing.  There are 1.2 million migrant workers (the vast majority of them are in the construction industry) in Qatar and they are working flat out under the pressure of the Qataris to get the country ready to host the2022 World Cup. But, those modern-day slaves are set to die at the rate of a dozen every week before the projects get finalized. That means there will be 600 deaths every year related to the construction of stadiums and infrastructure for a leather ball that will be kicked around a field for the pleasure of the millions that will be ready to watch the matches played in 9 years.

Not only has Qatar hit the headlines in recent months for keeping westerners hostage in the country under the strange laws of maintaining workers under almost hostage-like conditions because they are refused their passports and cannot leave the country unless their sponsors give the green light and allow them to do so.

Qatar 2022 World Cup

Now, the richest country in the world is also getting itself into hot water because the workers that are from Nepal and India and that have been brought in to do the dirty work in 50°C-temperatures are dropping like flies. But, the Qatari government seems as if it has very little concern over the poor people dying. Is it money that means that life can be dispensed with a will? Or is it that the Qatari government really only lends any importance to their own infrastructure rather than life of the Nepalese and Indian migrant workers?

Half a million extra workers will be needed in the next few years in order for the whistle to be blown around the world for the games to begin on time. Those workers will be primarily from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Investigations have shown by the International Trade Union Confederation that autopsies are rarely performed and that deaths are almost systematically put down to heart failure. The majority of the twelve deaths per week in the country on construction sites for migrant workers are due to heart failure? Is that catching?

Cramped accommodation in which the migrants are housed and the squalid living conditions are part of the reason why the migrants are dying.

They have been forced into labor and to work in temperatures that would boil your brain.

As with all migrant workers, salaries are retained by the sponsors that are necessary in order to find work in the country and passports are confiscated to stop them leaving the country.

Reports have shown that between June and August there were 44 deaths of Nepalese migrants working in the construction industry on the building sites of the World Cup.

Perhaps the fact that the government of Qatar has been withholding free drinking water to the workers might have something to do with it.

How do they expect workers to pay for water when their salaries have been withheld too?

Recently there were 30 Nepalese migrant workers that demanded to be granted a safe haven in their country’s embassy and to be helped to return home. They left and were not paid.

82 Indian workers lost their lives in the first half of this year and there have been nearly 1, 500 complaints that have been lodged with the Indian Embassy in Doha. In 2010 and over a two-year period there were over 700 deaths recorded for Indian workers alone.

While the migrant workers are dying the Qatari government is spending the princely sum of over $99.67 billion on the building of infrastructure to host the World Cup. Why isn’t the governing body of football (FIFA) doing anything to stop this modern form of slavery when it has been informed of the situation already? The Qatari government is doing very little to rectify anything.

A spokesman issued a statement on behalf of the Qatar 2022 organizing committee which said: “The health, safety, wellbeing and dignity of every worker that contributes to staging the 2022 FIFA World Cup is of the utmost importance to our committee and we are committed to ensuring that the event serves as a catalyst toward creating sustainable improvements to the lives of all workers in Qatar”.

There is one thing being appalled by the deaths that are occurring at an average rate of one every day at the moment and actually doing something about it.

Some experts believe that if the Qatar government doesn’t react to change the situation in the very near future, then the migrant workers will revolt and the heavy reliance on that workforce will mean that construction will come to a halt.

In 2013 the Qatari government needs to change its attitude towards migrant workers that make up the staple component of their economy, without which they would not be able to function. However, those workers are considered as invisible and disposable components that are simply to be replaced like spare parts. Any economy that doesn’t believe that workers are equally as important as the capital that is spent on investment will fail. The Qataris are living in a prehistoric age in which they consider the working masses to be exploited, used, abused and replaced all free of charge.

When the Qatar 2022 committee was asked why so many Nepalese died from heart-attacks the answer provided was: “This question would be better suited for the relevant health authorities or the government of Nepal.”

The spokesman for the government stated that “The Ministry of Labour is committed to ensuring that all workers are treated in a fair and just manner.”

The World Cup is nothing or at least has very little to do with kicking a ball about the field these days. It has everything to do with revamping a derelict site in a city or showcasing the wonders of modern technology to show the world just how wealthy you are. It has everything to do with regenerating sites and cities. Football’s governing body holds nobody to account, not even itself. After all, how could it? That would be impossible especially when it too demands that South Africa tear down a football stadium and have it rebuilt elsewhere because the view of Table Mountain in Cape Town isn’t good enough for them.

As the world sits back in the recliner chairs, with the crates of beers at the ready, the pretzels and the popcorn to gorge themselves on, I wonder how many people will actually imagine just how many migrant workers have been lowered into the ground or incinerated after dying from supposed heart-attacks, not even granted the dignity of an autopsy by the Qataris. That would have cost too much and they can be replaced anyhow, can’t they?

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Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’

Ten Facts About Slavery in Islam

SlavesInChainsMuslim slave trade in Africa has lasted 14 centuries and continues to this day in places like Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.

  • Over 17 million slaves (mostly black women and children) were transported out of Africa by Islamic traders. Another 85 million are believed to have died en route.

  • The Prophet Muhammad practiced and approved of slavery, and directed his men to do the same.

  • The Qur’an devotes more verses to informing Muslim men of their right to keep women as sex slaves, than it does to telling them to pray five times a day.

  • The Arabic word for “black” (Abd) is synonymous with the word for “slave”.

  • Muhammad’s father-in-law, Umar declared that Arabs could not be taken as slaves, and freed all Arab slaves.  This led to the wide Islamic campaign to capture slaves in Africa, Europe and Asia. 

  • Western slave trade exploited Africans primarily for agricultural labor. The Arab slave trade on the other hand, has more often used men for military service, and women for sex and for their wombs – to produce children who will be Muslims.

  • Many Muslim leaders since Muhammad have had harems of hundreds (or even thousands) of non-Muslim young girls and women to service their desires.

  • Converting to Islam does not automatically grant a slave his freedom, although this is said to increase the slave master’s heavenly reward.

  • According to Islamic courts, slave masters may treat their slaves however they choose without fear of penalty.

Anti-Christian Terror is Everyone’s Concern

APTOPIX_Mideast_Egypt-0f55bAn Egyptian woman mourns during the funeral of several Copt Christians who were killed in Warraq’s Virgin Mary church in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Egypt’s Christians were stunned Monday by a drive-by shooting in which masked gunmen sprayed a wedding party outside a Cairo church with automatic weapons fire, killing several, including two young girls, in an attack that raised fears of a nascent insurgency by extremists after the military’s ouster of the president and a crackdown on Islamists

The persecution of any religious minority anywhere by anyone is an evil injustice. It requires all persons of conscience to speak out and, when possible, take action.

The upcoming 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht makes this an auspicious time to raise awareness about the contemporary violence targeting religious minorities and their places of worship. Of particular concern are attacks against Christian minorities that have occurred with alarming frequency from Syria to Egypt, from Iraq to Pakistan, and from Kenya to Sudan.

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[Psalms 58: 10-11] „The godly will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then observers will say, “Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded!  Yes indeed, there is a God who judges in the earth!”

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Rich Nations Destroying Planet Earth

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 28, 2012

Happy is the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground while arising in the morning, thinking of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

My note: Rich nations are the cause of many things which are destroying our planet. The natural world, the earth itself; the air, the trees, the vast realms of animals, plants, oceans, deserts and mountains are increasingly losing meaning and value in the self-hypnotized, narcissistic lives of greedy nations. It’s sad indeed when we ignore the real thing around us which is our natural surrounding environment, including the spiritual nature of our being, and instead remain culled to a collective mechanical-vision of the artificial man-made life. Christianity teaches that, of all the creatures and life-forms upon this planet, only human beings have souls that can be saved, yet, those rich nations that abandoned the Christian faith are allying themselves with evil Arab states like Saudi Arabia and its tiny Wahhabi satellite nation of Qatar. These nation were willing to sell their souls in their quest “to inherit this earth”, and ultimately destroy it mercilessly.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16:26

Doha, Qatar is hosting the latest round of United Nations talks on climate change. But can a major oil and gas hub with the highest carbon footprint per person in the world and inhospitable climate lead the way on a switch to a green economy?

According to the World Wildlife Fund’s latest report, Qatar still has the world’s largest carbon footprint

It’s been a couple of years since Qatar was awarded the ‘largest carbon footprint in the world‘ title (relative to the size of its population), but it appears little has changed since then. Despite various green initiative such as supporting local farms and ensuring that all new mosques were eco, they are still spewing record amounts of carbon for such a tiny nation. And once again, the nations next on the list were Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. It seems that old habits die hard and no more so than in the Gulf.

The fact that these countries are amongst the richest nations in the Middle East is clearly part of the problem – well, it’s part of the explanation anyhow. According to the WWF Living Planet report, high-income countries have an ecological footprint on average five times higher than that of low-income nations.

Carbon

Doha has the largest carbon footprint per person in the world. Qataris use five times the amount of carbon than the average Briton, at 44 metric tonnes per person per year in 2009. This is largely because of energy intensive air conditioning and desalination plants for water. Because water and electricity is free, there is little incentive to cut usage.

Gas

The UK spends more on gas from Qatar than any other country. In 2011 the UK spent £4.25bn on Qatari gas, 70 per cent more than our next largest import partner, Norway.

This is not because the UK imports more gas from Qatar than Norway but because it is much more expensive.

The tiny emirate has more than 15 per cent of the world’s proven gas reserves and has talked about using “unconventional sources” in future, opening the possibility of deepwater drilling or shale.

Human rights

Migrant workers, including workers on gas rigs, make up more than 80 per cent of Qatar’s population and come mostly from south and south-east Asia.

Continue reading: Modern Slavery: The Plight of Foreign Workers in Qatar

Climate reputation

As a developing country Qatar does not have fixed emission reduction targets, nor has it made any voluntary pledge to cut emissions.

There will be pressure on Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries to announce targets during the UN meeting.

Source: WWF; Telegraph

List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions

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