|Doha ´city centre´ part of history|
|THE high sales pitch of the
shop-owners and the flurry of
activity among shoppers, trying
to drive a smart bargain at
Musheireb (popularly called
National), Souq Ahmed bin
Abdullah and the markets in the
lanes and bylanes
of the area
seen over the last
one week or so are
like the flicker of a lamp´s flame
before it dies out in a storm.
The traders are resorting to
distress clearance of their
stocks as the deadline.
|Europe´s Real Problems|
|WHEN the history of the 21st
century is written people
will ask why it was that
Europe was found wanting
during its most intractable
economic crisis. They will ask why
Europe slept as an undercapitalised
banking system floundered, unemployment
remained unacceptably high, and
the Continent´s growth and competitiveness
Worse still, if a reconstruction plan
does not come soon, Europe´s leaders
will be charged with "the decline of...
|NO, WE CAN´T?
|IF you were shocked by Friday´s
job report, if you thought we
were doing well and were taken
aback by the bad news, you
haven´t been paying attention.
The fact is, the United States economy
has been stuck in a rut for a year
and a half.
Yet a destructive passivity has
overtaken our discourse. Turn on
your TV and you´ll see some self-satisfied
pundit declaring that nothing
much can be done about the economy´s
Ahmadinejad urges Arab leaders to accept reform
TEHRAN IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged Arab governments to heed popular demands for reform at a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the presidential website said on Tuesday.
“Today, the people of the region must enjoy equal rights, the right to vote, security and dignity, and no government can deprive them of freedom and justice or refuse their peoples’ demands,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that all regional governments can run their countries by introducing reforms and realising their peoples’ demands,” he added in the Monday evening talks.
Ahmadinejad did not explicitly mention Iran’s closest Arab ally, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, who has faced unprecedented protests against his iron-fisted rule since mid-March.
But Iranian media had reported that the persistent clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Syria would top the agenda of the meeting.
At a joint press conference with Davutoglu on Sunday, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Syria’s problems can be solved within “the family.” “Iran, Syria and Turkey are members of a family and, if one faces a problem, the family as whole should solve it,” Salehi said.
“The path of talks among the family members should lead to dealing with the legitimate demands of the people” and preventing “inappropriate interference,” he added.
Ahmadinejad accused Washington of stirring up confessional rivalries in the region, including between Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority and the minority Alawite community to which Assad belongs.
“The countries in the region should not play into Americans’ hands,” the president’s website quoted him as saying.