SIX months after the Syrian
uprising began it seems clear
that peaceful protests aimed at
overthrowing the regime and
ousting President Bashar al-
Assad have failed. With no prospect of
meaningful national dialogue in sight,
the conflict now appears to be shifting
into a new, infinitely more hazardous
phase: the weaponisation of the revolution.
Syria is moving inexorably from
Arab spring to an ever darker, dangerous
winter of discontent.
The inability of unarmed civilian
demonstrators to bring down Assad, or
at least bring him to the negotiating
table, has several causes. One is the
lack of a unified, well-led opposition
with clear objectives...
IF you want a big swig of
despair, listen to the people
who know something about
the global economy. Roger
Altman, a former deputy
Treasury secretary, is arguing that
America and Europe are on the
verge of a disastrous double-dip
recession. Various economists say
it will be at least another three
years before we see serious job
growth. Others say European
banks are teetering - if not now,
then early next year.
Walter Russell Mead, who teaches
foreign policy at Bard College,
recently laid out some worst-case
scenarios on his blog: "It is about
whether the international financial
system will survive the next six
months in the form we now...
THE Ali Bin Ali Group will sponsor
four meritorious students of
Qatar Foundation, from weaker
economic sections, irrespective of
their nationality, every year.
The signing of the partnership
between the two organisations was
WORLD Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) has announced the names of the winning projects for its third summit to be held in Doha from November 1 to 3. Six of the projects submitted to the jury have been selected...
IBQ HAS been named Best retail bank in Qatar for the year 2011 by Arabian Business. The award was given out at the Arabian Business Achievements Awards event held at the Four Seasons hotel in Doha on...
BOB Dylan has long claimed Hank Williams as an influence and an inspiration. In his 2004 memoir, Chronicles Volume One, Dylan recounted his discovery of that country giant's music in the 1950s. "I became aware that in Hank's.
THE QatarDebate Center held a special event to honour the participants of the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) which was held in Dundee, Scotland, in August. Executive Director of QatarDebate Dr Hayat Maraffi, Educational Programmes Manager Dr Abdellatif Sellami, Communications Manager Ali S al Muftah, Events Manager Jamal al Baker and Head of English Programme Kelly Bieringer were present on the occasion. A nine-member...
PROTESTERS in Sanaa are preparing for a long drawn, violent uprising in Yemen after President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered no clear roadmap to hand over power after his return to the country. Saleh returned from Saudi Arabia on Friday following three months of convalescence after an attempt on his life. Saleh has called for elections and a peaceful exchange of power in a televised...
ALI BIN ALI Group announced a remarkable initiative in which they are partnering with Qatar Foundation, one of the nation´s leading educational institutions. Having proposed this notable collaboration, Ali Bin Ali Group has offered a mentoring opportunity to a number of students from Qatar Foundation´s universities. Unlike most mentoring efforts, the Ali Bin Ali initiative won´t simply.
Al Meera´s Khalifa South has been reopened after extensive renovations and facelift, the holding company announced recently. The store has been outfitted in Al Meera´s new interior designs, allowing for a more convenient and unforgettable shopping experience. New outlets will be refurbished shortly thereafter in Mansoura and Hezem Al Markhi. "We want our customers to have the most m e m o r a b l e shopping experience than they can possibly have at our...
BP AND its billionaire partners in TNK-BP face off in arbitration on Wednesday, as the UK oil giant refutes claims it broke a shareholder agreement and should pay $4.9 billion in damages. BP prompted the spat with AAR, the consortium of Russian and Russia-connected oligarchs who own half of oil company TNK-BP, by agreeing a share swap and Arctic exploration deal with Russianstate- controlled Rosneft...
GREECE´S lenders are sending a team to Athens to inspect a government austerity plan they want implemented in exchange for aid, while Germany suggested a new bailout may have to be renegotiated. Facing a wave of strikes and protests, Greece´s Socialist government is accelerating its debt strategy to meet the terms of an International Monetary Fund and European Union rescue deal so it can...
UNSEEDED Estonian Kaia Kanepi toppled world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Wednesday, dashing the Dane´s hopes of defending her title in Tokyo. The 21-year-old Wozniacki, playing her first tournament since her semi-final exit at the US Open two weeks ago, bowed to the 43rd-ranked Estonian 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in the third round. "I felt I played some good tennis in the second set, and a half in the third...
A LAST-MINUTE equaliser by Ashley Young spared Manchester United from humiliation against FC Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Manchester City were outclassed 2-0 by Bayern Munich. Leading 2-0 at half-time at Old Trafford, United found themselves 3-2 down after some calamitous defensive lapses and were staring at a devastating loss until Young headed home Nani´s cross in the 90th minute. There seemed little danger at the interval as...
GEORGIA openside flanker Mamuka Gorgodze scored the only try of the match in his side´s 25-9 victory over Romania in its Pool B encounter at Arena Manawatu on Wednesday. As Georgia celebrated a second victory in a World Cup game, the loss consigns the Romanians to last place in the pool and marks only the second time in seven appearances that they have failed to win a match at the tournament. "We wished so much to win this game...
DEV ANAND, one of the most loveable romantic heroes of the 1950s and the 1960s, has refused to let age slow him down. The actor who turned 88 on Monday is as excited about new films and his birthday gift — an I-Phone, as anyone could be. After graduating in English literature from the Government College, Lahore, British India, Dev Anand left his hometown and came to Mumbai in the early 1940s. He began his career in the military censor office at Churchgate.
BRAD Pitt was unable to put the cat out of first place at the weekend box office. Walt Disney´s The Lion King reissue was No 1 for the second-straight weekend with $22.1 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. That puts it just ahead of Pitt´s baseball drama Moneyball, a Sony Pictures release that opened at No 2 with $20.6 million. Debuting closely behind at No 3 was the Warner Bros. family film Dolphin Tale with $20.3 million. Dolphin Tale stars.
BE it Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra or Kareena Kapoor - Shah Rukh Khan has shared beautiful onscreen chemistry with most of his co-stars and the Bollywood superstar says the secret lies in his bonding with his co-stars. "People think that I am working for so many years, so may be I am used to working with every co-actor. I have so much respect for my co-actresses that I really enjoy...
QTEL and Doha Bank concluded a
partnership agreement to launch a
full-fledged payment network for
pre-paid and post-paid services for
all Qtel customers. They have concluded
arrangements to make Qtel
self-service bill payments available
through Doha Bank’s ATMs.
WORLD Innovation Summit for
Education (WISE) has announced
the names of the six winning projects
for its third summit to be held
in Doha from November 1 to 3.
Six of the projects submitted to
the jury have been selected for the
award which will be presented at