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Qatar would admit Israel to 2022 World Cup 11, November 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
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Qatar and Israel, as I have discussed recently, have relatively good relations. It is not surprising, therefore, that the executive director of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid has stated that Qatar would admit the Israeli football team if they were to qualify and Qatar were to host the event.

Such actions will be hailed in some quarters and booed in others. America in particular will be pleased to see that Qatar is still on something of a conciliatory path vis-a-vis Israel. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, may well add this to the long, pointed and growing list of actions taken by Qatar of which they disapprove.



Food security article 11, November 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Gulf.
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My article ‘Answering the Food Security Colonial Conundrum?” was published in the Daily News Egypt. Do go have a read.