Thursday, June 08, 2017


I am sure Qatar is looking the other way when it's citizens give oodles of money to terrorists, but hey, so do the other countries in the region. Their real sin is being friendly with Iran.

 Of course, allowing AlJ to print stories about their own corruption and human rights problems etc. is the real sin (and as a Yank, I should add they have lots of left wing journalists covering the US: a bit to the left of the NYTimes or BBC so yes, their "human rights" coverage tends to be one sided).

And now "ISIS" has attacked Iran, who just had another election. Although I wonder if this was ISIS, a Saudi attack, local minorities who are mad, or a false flag attack on that country. In our prayers.

However, one thing about Qatar: Most folks who live there are not locals, but overseas workers, often Pinoys, Indians, Nepalis, Egyptians, Bengali's, or Sri Lankans.

Right now, they are essentially under siege, and things could go downhill quickly since they import most of their food.

GMS News points out:

If the crisis continues for months, and supply of cement and other raw materials remains severely restricted, the Qatari economy could dramatically slowdown. This could undermine mega-projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup, among other ambitious infrastructure plans in the country; affect banking, travel and tourism industries; undermine consumer confidence and even lead to a recessionary spiral.
There are as many as 250,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the country, who are responsible for almost $300 million in remittances. Employment opportunities for them and other prospective Filipino employees are bound to shrink dramatically.
The  Philippine gov't has lifted the ban on going there, but is limiting new workers unless they have a contract.

so there are interrnational aspects to this that could indirectly affect millions.

The US has a huge base in Qatar, but no plans to leave.

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