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|Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:38 am Post subject: War against Qatar, Al Jazeera take-down imminent?
|The list of Saudi demands was allegedly sent to Doha earlier today and it is being reported that the Qataris have twenty four hours to comply. The ultimatum is composed of ten requirements for the Qatari government to immediately enact.
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According to ‘Iran Front Page’ the demands made by the Saudis are as follows:
Immediate severance of diplomatic relations with Iran.
Expulsion of all members of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas from Qatar.
Freezing all bank accounts of Hamas members and refraining from any deal with them.
Expulsion of all Muslim Brotherhood members from Qatar.
Expulsion of anti-[P]GCC elements.
Ending support for ‘terrorist organisations’.
Stopping interference in Egyptian affairs.
Ceasing the broadcast of the Al Jazeera news channel.
Apologising to all [Persian] Gulf governments for ‘abuses’ by Al Jazeera.
Pledging that it (Qatar) will not carry out any actions that contradict the policies of the [P]GCC and adhering to its charter.
As you can see, these demands range from extremely hypocritical to logistically impossible, so let’s start from the top.
Diplomacy With Iran
It’ll be nearly impossible for Qatar to fully cut off relations with Iran. This is due to the fact that Iran and Qatar both share one of the largest natural gas reserves on earth.
Cutting off all cooperation with Iran could eventually deal a major blow to the Qatari economy or, even worse, could lead to hostilities between the two countries over future disagreements. The demand by the Saudis concerning Iran are clearly on the impossible end of the spectrum.
Ties to Hamas
Now let’s wade into the hypocritical demands of the ultimatum, starting with Qatar’s support for Hamas. While there’s no denying Qatar has offered support and shelter for Hamas, the Saudis are obviously guilty of the same thing.
Despite how you feel about Hamas, the Saudis have (at least in the past) provided material support to the militant group turned governing party in Gaza. If anything, this demand should be an embarrassment to the Saudis since Hamas’ primary adversary is Israel and they occasionally also have secondary conflicts with countries like Syria (who the Saudis also hate).
Many in the US establishment are cheering Trump’s efforts to restart negotiations between Israel and Palestine, not because a soft spot for Palestinians, but due to the aim of building stronger ties between the Gulf states and Israel without the Palestinian question hanging over everyone’s head. The question of the Muslim Brotherhood also loosely ties into this due to their ties with Hamas but it’s more likely the demands about the political party are more of a concern of Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt
The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Sunni Islamist party that shares a lot of ideas with the gulf states like Saudi Arabia. The problem here is, the Brotherhood looks to enforce their bleak interpretation of Islam via the ballot box. It’s this electoral threat to royal succession that led Saudi Arabia to declare the political party a terrorist group.
This threat of replacing one tyranny with another was of course first observed in Egypt during the Arab Spring. Egypt’s current government under Sisi is the military coup that overthrew their democratically elected government which was primarily composed of none other than the Muslim Brotherhood.
While the Saudis don’t support the brotherhood due to their commitment to imaginary royal bloodlines, the Egyptian government’s hatred of the party is due to remnants of the group still organizing in Egypt. Ending Qatari support for the Brotherhood isn’t necessarily impossible or hypocritical but it’s clearly motivated by Saudi and Egyptian concern for self preservation. While the Brotherhood is by no means innocent either, it shouldn’t be a military junta or a Wahhabi kingdom that makes that call.
The other demands can be summed up fairly quickly so we’ll just lay those out real fast. First, the charge of ‘abuses of Al Jazeera’ are ridiculous. The Qatari network has always promoted the same agenda as the Saudis as the largest Gulf network to broadcast pro takfiri and anti western trash.
As far as the demands to make things right with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), this is another ridiculous demand since Qatar has always carried out similar agendas and funded the same terrorists. Also, since we’re on the topic of funding terrorists, the word without any specifics issued by Saudi Arabia is obviously laughable for reasons we don’t even need to explore again.
Now the question is: what happens if Qatar doesn’t comply? So far there’s no official word on what the Saudi response could be so we will continue following this story.
By Jim Carey / Republished with permission / GeopoliticsAlert.com / Report a typo
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|Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:17 pm Post subject:
|Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates
The latest news after Arab Gulf countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and suspended Doha-bound flights.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, eastern government of Libya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania, and Senegal cut diplomatic ties with Qatar
Jordan and Djibouti downgrade diplomatic relations with Qatar
US: No change planned for military base
Qatari aviation, exports, banks affected
The latest developments since four Arab countries cut ties with Qatar on Monday morning. (All times local.)
To jump to the first update on Friday, click here
11:30 - Erdogan says Turkey won't leave Qatar isolated
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his backing for Qatar in its dispute with other Gulf nations, saying Turkey would never leave the country isolated.
Delivering a speech at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in Istanbul, Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would provide food and medicine to help Qatar ease its isolation despite the other nations "displeasure".
He called on Saudi Arabia and other countries of the region to end their sanctions, rejecting accusations by these countries that Qatar supports 'terror groups'.
Referring to a statement by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling on the Arab nations to immediately ease their blockade of Qatar, Erdogan said: "I say let's lift it entirely".
On Wednesday, Turkey's parliament passed legislation permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar.
11:15 - Amnesty condemns actions taken against Qatar
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying peoples’ livelihoods and education, Amnesty International said on Friday.
The organisation's researchers have interviewed dozens of people whose human rights have been affected by a series of sweeping measures imposed in an arbitrary manner by the three Gulf countries in their dispute with Qatar.
"These drastic measures are already having a brutal effect, splitting children from parents and husbands from wives. People from across the region – not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures – risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted. All the states involved in this dispute must ensure their actions do not lead to human rights violations," said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues Programme, who was in Doha last week.
Read the full statement here
10:45pm - Rights committee present reports on effects of the blockade
Qatar's National Human Rights Committee presented 300 international and regional organizations with detailed reports that reveal the humanitarian conditions of the citizens of GCC countries as a result of the blockade in Qatar.
10:00pm - Trump accuses Qatar of funding terrorism
US President Donald Trump accuses Qatar of funding terrorism at "very high level" when speaking at the White House on Friday, where he was holding a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Read the full story here
9:40 - Blockade against Qatar 'hindering' planning for long-term operation - Pentagon
A blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states was not affecting current operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, but was "hindering" the ability to plan for long-term operations, the Pentagon said on Friday.
"While current operations from Al Udeid Air Base have not been interrupted or curtailed, the evolving situation is hindering our ability to plan for longer-term military operations," Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is home to more than 11,000 US and coalition forces and an important base for the fight against ISIL. He did not explain how exactly it was affecting planning for longer-term operations.
Davis said Qatar remained critical for air operations against ISIL.
9:30 - Trump, Egypt's Sisi discuss Arab unity, fighting terrorism
President Donald Trump spoke on Friday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and emphasised the importance of maintaining unity among Arab countries, the White House said in a statement.
It was the fourth call Trump has had with a regional leader since Gulf allies severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.
8:40pm - US secretary of state makes statement on Gulf diplomatic crisis
Rex Tillerson calls on Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE to ease the blockade against Qatar.
Tillerson says US urges no further escalation in Gulf crisis with Qatar.
Tillerson: Blockade hindering US military action against ISIL.
US expectation is that Gulf countries would immediately take steps to de-escalate situation in region - Tillerson
Read the full story here
4:30 - UN's response to the 'terror list'
The United Nations(UN) said it is bound only by the list of sanctions adopted by the organs of the United Nations and the Security Council.
This came in UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric response to a question about the list, made by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain, of so the called "terrorist organizations and entities" featuring the name of Qatar Charity.
Dujarric said that the UN has signed significant work with Qatar Charity in Yemen , Iraq and Syria and said that they are coordinating the aid work together.
The spokesman said that in principle, the UN relies solely on the list of sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council, and the UN is not obliged to take into account any lists other than that." Emphasizing that the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office (OCHA) has developed strong co-operation and partnership with Qatar Charity over the years, Dujarric said that this cooperation is based on a common human principle, not a political one
Read the full story here
4:20pm - UAE Central Bank asks banks to adopt 'terror list'
UAE banks and other financial institutions have been instructed to search for and freeze any accounts or deposits or investments held by individuals or entities that are in the "terror list" issued by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt late on Thursday.
In another circular, the Central Bank advised banks and other financial institutions operating in the UAE to apply enhanced customer due diligence for any accounts they hold belonging to six Qatari banks.
A bank press statement said the two circulars were issued based upon a UAE cabinet resolution designating 59 individuals and 12 entities as "terrorists or terrorist organizations".
2:15pm - Saudi Arabia bans Al Jazeera channels in hotels
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage issued a circular in the early hours of Friday, ordering all "tourist facilities" to remove satellite channels that include religious, political or moral violations, including the Al Jazeera Media Network.
The circular read: "All tourist facilities must commit to choosing the appropriate TV channels in line with the official Saudi TV channels … and not to operate channels deviant to the Islamic religion or the state's policies, or morals."
It added: "The authority ensures the importance of removing all the 'Al Jazeera channels' from the list of available channels in rooms and other tourism accommodation facilities in order to prevent anyone who violates this circular from facing penalties, which could amount to 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,600) or the revocation of their license, or both."
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