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About marypmadigan

Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).

Qatar sponsoring Extremist Preachers

According to the State Department, Qatar’s government provides preachers with guidance for Friday sermons, reviews content, and reserves the right to take judicial action against clerics who fail to adhere to such guidelines. Yet far from punishing or at least … Continue reading

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Qatar and ISIS

Newly resurfaced tweets have revealed that a Qatari government official publicly congratulated ISIS in 2014, days after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared an “Islamic Caliphate” from Iraq’s Mosul. Hamad Lahhan Al-Mohannadi, Deputy Chairman of the Central Municipal Council in Qatar, and … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia is not an ally

… what kind of thinking and future does this young prince telegraph? Some observers speaking under condition of anonymity accuse MBS of extreme narcissism, which clouds his judgment. Coupled with the conviction that he is the savior of the Gulf … Continue reading

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The Mavi Marmara and the usual anti-Semites

Exclusive: Jeremy Corbyn with antisemites, what about the Mavi Marmara? What [Greta Berlin] seems to be saying here is that Ken O’Keefe attacked the soldiers BEFORE any shots had been fired. This statement entirely negates their original version of events. … Continue reading

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Enough of the shameful kowtowing to the Saudis | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian

Enough of the shameful kowtowing to the Saudis | Simon Tisdall | Opinion | The Guardian Salman is coming to Britain, which means British values are the least of May’s concerns May has three priority agenda items and of them, … Continue reading

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Saudi and Qatari support of ISIS part IV

Drugs in War: What is Captagon, the ‘Jihad Pill’ Used by Islamic State Militants? Though Islamic law forbids the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, many users there see Captagon as a medicinal substance. In October 2015, Lebanese authorities arrested … Continue reading

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Saudi and Qatari support for ISIS : Part III

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country | The Independent How far is Saudi Arabia complicit in the Isis takeover of much of northern Iraq, and is it stoking an escalating Sunni-Shia conflict … Continue reading

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