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Trump son-in-law tried to get $500m loan from Qatar

Trump son-in-law tried to get $500m loan from Qatar

President Trump’s influential son-in-law, Jared Kushner allegedly tried abortively to obtain a $500m loan from Qatari businessman Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani (HBJ), before advising the Whitehouse to pursue a hard line on the intra-gulf rift, reports The Independent. In 2015 Kusher apparently approached Al-Thani to help prop up an under performing real estate investment at […]

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

The African Union is calling for calm as border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea intensify. The rising threat of unrest is further fallout from the diplomatic crisis embroiling Qatar. A decades-long border dispute in the Doumeira region that, on occasion, had turned violent, was dampened in 2010 when the two sides agreed to let Qatar […]

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

As the Gulf crisis enters its third week, the decision to cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar by nine African countries could have a long-term impact on the nationals of those countries, analysts warned. “This is not good for Africa. This is rush decision-making and taking sides in a crisis that the leaders have […]

Algeria’s Belhadj slams boycott of Qatar

Algeria’s Belhadj slams boycott of Qatar

Co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front, Sheikh Ali Belhadj, has criticised the siege imposed by a number of Gulf and Arab countries on Qatar. In an interview with Quds Press, Belhadj strongly criticised the involvement of Islamic institutions and using them to achieve political purposes against the State of Qatar. “The involvement of the Muslim […]

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somalia President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo turns down $80m to cut ties with Qatar

Somali President, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, has been offered $80 million in exchange for his agreement to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, the New Khalij news outlet reported a prominent journalist has revealed. “After two hours of enticement, Farmajo rejected the tempting offer,” journalist Jaber Al-Harimi said. Yesterday, the newspaper Somalia Today quoted […]

Arab airlines using Trump’s electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online

Arab airlines using Trump’s electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online

The UAE’s flagship carrier, Emirates Airline, posted a video on social media with the slogan ‘Let us entertain you’ Arab airlines are using witty marketing and satire to respond to the recent US and UK ban on carry-on electronic goods on inbound flights from Arab countries. The decision, introduced on Tuesday, bars passengers on flights […]

Five African cities remain in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living: Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Five African cities remain in the top 100 rankings in regards to quality of living: Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Despite increased political and financial volatility in South Africa, its cities fell within the top 100 of the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. Durban (87) ranked the highest for quality of living within […]

1 in 3 paid a bribe in Middle East and North Africa in past 12 months

1 in 3 paid a bribe in Middle East and North Africa in past 12 months

Nearly one in three citizens who tried to access basic public services in the Middle East and North Africa paid a bribe, a Transparency International report said today, showing that governments across the region have failed to hear their citizens’ voices against corruption. According to a public opinion survey by the international anti-corruption group of […]

Islamic Finance And It’s Rapid Expansion

Islamic Finance And It’s Rapid Expansion

Islamic finance has undergone a rapid expansion reflecting its ability to meet the changing demands of consumers and businesses, and fostering higher and more inclusive growth. Once a very esoteric industry, the market for Islamic financial products is becoming more global. According to recent estimates, worldwide Islamic finance industry assets exceed $1.87 trillion—a quantum leap […]

Vladimir Putin Is Muslim Community’s Worst Nightmare

Vladimir Putin Is Muslim Community’s Worst Nightmare

The Russian president’s intervention in Syria is driven by fear of Islamic extremism among his country’s own Muslim minority. But rather than squelching the threat, it’s poised to make it worse. The Russian president’s intervention in Syria is driven by fear of Islamic extremism among his country’s own Muslim minority. But rather than squelching the […]

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