|China Myths Debunked|
|WE all know the facts: In
1949 when the Communist
Party took over, China had
been mired in civil wars
and dismembered by foreign
aggressions; its people had suffered
widespread famine; average lifeexpectancy
was a mere 41 years.
Today, it is the second largest economy
in the world, a great power with global
influence, and its people live in
increasing prosperity; average life
expectancy has reached 74 years.
But the assessment has to go deeper
than that, for reasons none other than
the apparent discomfort, if not outright
disapproval, Western political
and intellectual elites feel toward the
Communist Party´s leadership. Five
|PETER Oborne, writing in
the conservative Daily
Telegraph, recently suggested
Conservative British Prime
Minister, David Cameron, was not
merely in a mess, he "is in a sewer."
That seems about right. Cameron
lost it over Rupert Murdoch. He
showed staggering lack of judgment
in hiring Andy Coulson, the former
News of the World editor, as his first
director of communications at
Downing Street, a hubristic decision
made against the best advice and
apparently with a dual aim: to show
he was not an old Etonian "toff" and
to get favourable treatment from the
37 percent of the British print media
owned by Murdoch.
He then spent a fair chunk of time
during his first year in office in 26
meetings with various News Corp
honchos, including Rebekah
Brooks, who was...
50 Qataris out of 140 GCC exhibitors
OVER 140 exhibitors from
the GCC region, including
50 Qatari exhibitors, comprising
local designers, are
taking part in the Hya
Exhibition, which opened
at the Doha Exhibitions
Center on Wednesday.
The exhibition — a onestop
shop for some trendy
abayas, exquisitely designed...
|Doha´s first ´green mall´
to open on Friday |
|PARCO Mall, the first eco
friendly shopping mall in the
country, will open at
Mamoura area on Friday.
The opening will come with
a week-long festival of games,
fashion show for children,
magic show, puppet show
and painting competition for
Abdul Rahman al Ansari, a
prominent businessman, will
inaugurate the mall.
Speaking at a press conference,
Moncy Thomas, general
manager of the mall, said,
"Parco Mall is the first green
mall in Doha with its unique
and yet grand vertical garden
which will greet customers
with a fresh burst of oxygen
each time as they pass
The vertical garden is is an
integrated system with automated...
|58 children benefit from QPSF summer programme |
|SUMMER Activities organised by the
Qatar Police Sports Federation (QPSF)
for Ministry of Interior (MoI) officers´
children are continuing with various
recreational, cultural and sports activities.
The programme will end on July 28.
Children between eight and 12 years of
age are participating in the activities.
As part of the programme, 58 children
visited Sports Excellence Academy at
Hamad Sports Complex in Aspire Zone.
They practised swimming and some
water games under the supervision of
eight trainers. They also visited Al Sadd
Sports Club and played several games
such as tennis, chess and play station.
They also visited the Qatar Orphan
|25 students learn communication skills at NU-Q |
|TWENTY-five high school
students have successfully
completed summer programme
Connect: Journey,´ recently.
The programme by the
Northwestern University in
Qatar (NU-Q) was held for
two weeks. It gave students
an insight into full-time university
study and a brief introduction
into the curriculum at
the NU-Q, spending a week
studying journalism and
The students learnt about
the theory and ethics of journalism
and wrote a story
about a member of the Qatar
community. The participants
chose a subject, interviewed
them, and then produced
both a written and video piece