Sunday, June 04, 2017

What's the Reason behind Recent Media Attacks against Qatar? – Inside Story

It's been a week of tension in the Arabian gulf. Last week, Qatar's official news agency was hacked. Then, fake remarks critical of US foreign policy were posted on its website and wrongly attributed to Qatar's leader. Now, a series of e-mails belonging to the UAE's ambassador to the US have been leaked. They reveal a close co-ordination between the diplomat and a pro-Israeli Think tank in Washington DC. The e-mails also show how Ambassador Youssef al-Otaiba and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies or FDD lobbied in the US against Qatar and Kuwait. So, how will this impact US policy in the Gulf? | Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Saad Djebbar - International lawyer; Ian Black - Visiting Senior Fellow at the Middle East Centre at London School of Economics and a former Middle East Editor for The Guardian newspaper; Mohammed Cherkaoui - Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.