HAD Osama bin Laden been
killed during the presidency of
George W Bush, he might have
become an iconic martyr for
throughout the Muslim world. Those
days are gone. Jihadist websites mourn
their slain mentor, but few in the Arab
street care for a man who brought nothing
to the region but havoc and desolation,
provoked the United States into
waging war and, above all, reinforced
the very rulers whom radical Islamists
most wished to topple.
Arab despots initially saw their life
expectancies extended after 9/11: better
Ben Ali, the...
THE past three years have
been a disaster for most
Western economies. The
United States has mass
for the first time since the 1930s.
Meanwhile, Europe´s single currency
is coming apart at the seams.
How did it all go so wrong?
Well, what I´ve been hearing with
growing frequency from members
of the policy elite - self-appointed
wise men, officials, and pundits in
good standing - is the claim that
it´s mostly the public´s fault. The
idea is that we got into this mess
because voters wanted something
for nothing, and weak-minded
politicians catered to the electorate´s
So this seems...
THE Emir His Highness Sheikh
Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani
joined the GCC leaders in the
13th consultative meeting, which
opened at Derayaa Palace, in
Riyadh, on Tuesday. The meeting
was attended by Prime Minister...
THE universality of the language of music and its power to unite all countries will be the highlight of the activities lined-up for the first 'Doha Festival for Music and Dialogue' which will begin on May 11 at the Katara and in other venues. The four-day...
AL RAYYAN Sports Club of Qatar outclassed Emirates of the UAE 2-0 in their last engagement of Group D of the AFC Champions League at Rayyan Stadium in Doha on Tuesday. The goals in the match were struck in the...
IS it just us, or is Maya Rudolph always pregnant or playing a pregnant character? Rudolph has played stork-on-the-way characters in A Prairie Home Companion (2006), Away We Go (2009), on Saturday Night Live and...
QATAR Airways Cargo has launched cargo services to Kuwait. Cargo operations to Kuwait are served with an Airbus A300 freighter. The new dedicated freighter route to the capital Kuwait City complements the existing freighter services in the Gulf to Riyadh, Dubai and Bahrain and will be used to carry cargo goods ranging from perishables, consolidated shipment and pharmaceuticals to garments, food items and equipment for oil and petroleum...
THE Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ) has launched its first international alumni association known as the Middle East chapter recently. The event was attended by delegates from the VCU Alumni Association. Director of Alumni Affairs at VCUQ Sana al Buainain; VCU Richmond President Dr Michael Rao; Rector of VCU Board of Visitors Anne Rhodes; Assistant Vice-president of Alumni Relations Gordon McDougall; Dean of the Graduate School Doug.
POLLING for the fourth Central Municipal Council (CMC) elections passed off without any reports of glitches on Tuesday, with a large number of voters exercising their electoral franchise at the 29 polling stations. Women seemed to outnumber men at several booths, especially in those constituencies where female candidates contested. All eyes were on constituency No. 9 where two...
EMIRATES airline posted on Tuesday a 51.9 percent surge in annual net profits of 5.4 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) as it carried four million more passengers than the previous year. "We had a year full of growth and expansion" the head of Dubai´s flagship carrier, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, told a news conference. Total profits for Emirates Group, including other subsidiaries, stood at 5.9 billion dirhams ($1.6 billion), with revenues at 57.4 billion dirhams...
THE GCC´s trade is looking more and more to the emerging markets, especially in Asia as far as trade and investment are concerned, the latest Economist Intelligence Unit research shows. According to the report by 2009 the emerging-market share of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) trade had reached 45 percent, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, up from 15 percent in 1980. This share has been rising by an average of 11 percent...
FIRST Gulf Bank (FGB), one of the largest equity based banks in UAE has been awarded a license upgrade to a Category 1 (CAT 1) Branch by Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA), according to a company press release. FGB has upgraded its operations in less than two years, starting off as a Cat 4 branch in August 2009. The upgraded CAT 1 branch will now allow FGB-Qatar to also provide credit facilities and accept deposits, in addition...
FIFTY One East, the premium retail chain in Qatar, welcomed HH the Emir Cup at its store located in Al Maha Centre on Salwa Road. Apart from the management team, a Qatar Football Association delegation, which included QFA Marketing Director Khalid al Kuwari and QFA members Abdul Aziz al Maliki and Hussein Jassim al Haddad, was also present on the occasion along with star players like Younes Ahmed, Mansour Muftah, Khaled Salman and Adel.
LIVERPOOL boosted its late challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League as Maxi Rodriguez´s hat-trick fired the Reds to a 5-2 victory against Fulham on Monday. Kenny Dalglish´s side romped into a three-goal lead within the first 16 minutes at Craven Cottage, with Rodriguez scoring twice before Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer allowed Dirk Kuyt´s weak shot to squirm into the net.
SOURAV Ganguly made an impressive contribution in Pune Warriors´ six wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in a clash of the bottom-placed teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday. The Warriors restricted the Chargers to 136 for eight and with the help of their top three batsmen - Jesse Ryder (35), Manish Pandey (49) and Ganguly (32) - chased down the target in 18.2 overs. Australian Mitchell Marsh (4- 25) was the most effective in the bowling...
SPOTTING a Borsalino, a black wide-brimmed felt fedora, in the traditionally Jewish section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is no strange thing. What was surprising was the wearer: Theophilus London, a hip-hop artist from Trinidad. "This one is from the Jewish store," London said, motioning toward southern Williamsburg, where the haredi still outnumber the hipsters. Called either a "black hat" or Borsalino, for the style´s most....
SIMON Cowell blames attorneys for the fact that Paula Abdul´s deal to serve as a judge on Cowell´s The X Factor closed at the eleventh hour Sunday — just as the judges´ rounds of auditions were about to start. He even said there was talk of using a guest judge, but he ultimately would have called off Sunday´s auditions if Abdul´s deal hadn´t closed. "I would´ve cancelled today (if deal hadn´t gone through)," Cowell told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday at the University of...
DRESSED in black attire with ruffled hair style, Katrina looks appealing and oozing with attitude. The actress is styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania and photographed by Marc Hom. The Vogue magazine carries Katrina´s interview that highlights her journey into the industry and how she transformed into Bollywood´s hottest star. Katrina stated that she believes that she was never the ´next big thing´. "It was more a sort of ´Okay, she was good in this film, she danced...