Qatar. In the March 8 election to a newly-established,
National Advisory Council on Local Affairs, women for the
first time in Qatar got both a vote and a candidate.
Countryaah official website, there
were six women among the 220 candidates, but none of them
were elected to the assembly. The turnout was less than 50%.
In June, Qatar and Saudi Arabia agreed on new border
lines including around the disputed area of Dawhat Salwa.
Relations had been strained since Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
ath-Thani deposed her father, Saudi Arabia-allied Sheikh
Khalifa bin Hamad ath-Thani, in a palace coup in 1995.
Former Minister Hamad bin Jasim bin Hamad ath-Thani, a
member of the royal family, was arrested in July on
suspicion of involvement in a failed coup attempt in 1996.
In June 2017, Saudi Arabia and its satellite states went
into diplomatic war with Qatar. The explanation to the West
was "Qatar's support for terrorism". The explanation was
interesting because the world's largest support of terror
was Saudi Arabia, which, through support for militant
Islamist groups in Europe and actual terrorist organizations
in the Middle East, supports terror. Qatar does the same.
It's just other organizations. In Egypt, Saudi Arabia
supported the extremist Salafist movement in 2011-12, while
Qatar supported the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood. In
Syria, Qatar supported al-Nusra's front linked to al-Qaeda,
while Saudi Arabia supported IS. At the heart of the
conflict was Saudi dissatisfaction with Qatar conducting its
own high-profile foreign policy independently of Saudi
Arabia. Over the course of a few weeks, however, diplomatic
pressure concentrated on the demand for closure of Qatar's
al-Jazeera. The TV station was far more popular than Saudi
Arabia's al-Arabiya and thus a threat to Saudi
Arabia's etheric spread of Wahabism and the interpretation
of regional and international politics. To put the kingdom
under extra pressure, Saudi Arabia imposed trade and
transport sanctions on Qatar. The country was banned from
flying over Saudi Arabia and the satellite states
participating in the blockade: Egypt, Bahrain and the United
Arab Emirates. At the same time, Saudi Arabia ceased its
export of food to Qatar, which was otherwise its main source
of food. Turkey initially opposed the blockade and conducted
military maneuvers with the small Gulf State instead. The US
president immediately came to terms with Saudi Arabia and
criticized Qatar for its "terrorist support". It sent the
superpowers diplomats into overtime when one of its main air
bases in the region was located in Qatar. Also several
European countries - including United Kingdom - backed
around Saudi Arabia. Kleptocracy was a lucrative market for
the European arms industry. (US nears $ 100bn arms deal for
Saudi Arabia in time for Trump's visit, Guardian
13/5 2017; Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries
cut ties with Qatar, Guardian 5/6 2017)
Israel joined the Saudi political war against Yemen. It
was in line with Israel's long-standing media war against
As a result of the Saudi political war against the
country, Qatar announced in August that it was resuming full
diplomatic relations with Iran.
Denmark is actively supporting the suppression of human
rights in Qatar. In 2016-17, Dagbladet Information could
reveal that the Danish Ministry of Business had granted
export authorization for advanced monitoring equipment from
the Nørresundby company BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.
The permit was for exports to the dictatorial states of
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Morocco and Algeria. The
advanced electronic equipment was used to monitor and
persecute journalists, human rights activists and
oppositionists. Even before the Arab Spring of 2011, BAE's
predecessor, ETI, had provided monitoring equipment to the
Ben Ali dictatorship in Tunisia.