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the nature of news as it breaks many of the people here came to this camp with injuries and illnesses already with detailed coverage the border between china and north korea stretches for more than fourteen hundred kilometers unlike the demilitarized zone the atmosphere here is very relaxed from around the world the water that comes in the trucks relist water from the shallow holes it is full of sediment and of course the high risk of disease. how again it is fifteen hundred hours g.m.t. i'm adrian for going just before today's special gulf crisis edition of news grid here's a roundup of other global headlines myanmar's leader aung san suu cheney has canceled plans to attend the u.n. general assembly later this month she's been criticized for failing to condemn
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violence against muslim brooklyn jump in rakhine state one hour from florence louis any ngo. a foreign ministry spokesman has told al-jazeera that. the country's leader will not be attending the united nations general assembly in new york later this week because she has to stay back in the country while the president is abroad for medical treatment and she staying behind to deal with the situation in rakhine state the have been suggestions that she may not be attending the meeting even though she attended the one last year because she doesn't want to face criticism and she has been coming under fire a lot of fire lately not only for the way her government has been handling the situation in northern rakhine but for her silence about the plight of the rich. the president of the e.u. commission has used his annual state of the union address to call for a more united europe after a bruising couple of years strong call juncker also wants migrants who don't want refugee protection to be sent back home. a suicide blast outside
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a stadium in afghanistan's capital kabul has killed at least three people injured several others it's hacked happens during a cricket tournament. members of the european parliament voted for an e.u. wide arms embargo against saudi arabia but the vote is symbolic and was used to send a political message to saudi arabia over its bombing campaign in yemen the e.u. has no power to implement a ban on arms sales but individual states do meanwhile saudi arabia is rejecting calls for an international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in yemen the country's ambassador to the u.n. human rights council says the time is not right for an inquiry and he's hoping for a compromise the netherlands and canada calling for being quiet on the lower house of the philippine congress has slashed the annual budget of its human rights commission to just twenty dollars the bodies twenty seventeen budget was nearly fifteen million dollars the commission has repeatedly criticized president taze
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violent crackdown on drug crime. and those are the headlines now let's get you live to studio fourteen here at al-jazeera the news grid. this is al jazeera. yes thank you adrian welcome to this special edition of the news grid on from out santa maria the gulf crisis has sprung back into life with a series of outbursts and insults from all sides at an arab league meeting in cairo if nothing else it underscores how one hundred days into this crisis there remain so much animosity and ill feeling on the part of qatar and the full blockading nations on today's news get a look back at the entire story and where things might go from here but what happens to the hundreds of cut that we students will soon leave universities in places like saudi arabia and the u.a.e. all those from the blockading countries forced to return home have their stories and those of local country businesses and how they coping after three months of
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isolation and from around here and which has become a real focal point for the local population from the now ubiquitous pictures of the top of the mirror to the graffiti specifically marking this one hundredth day it is the way the people express themselves while the crisis goes. and i'm leon harding the gulf dispute started on mine and it continues there with dueling hashtags between blockading countries and qatar if you've been impacted we want to hear from you join us on facebook live and on twitter send us your questions for the hash tag a.j. news for. you with the news read live on air and streaming online through you tube facebook live and at al-jazeera dot com as we say a special edition today looking at the diplomatic crisis here in the gulf yes we've reached one hundred days now the milestone stretching right back to june the fifth when of course saudi arabia behind the u.a.e. and egypt imposed that air sea and land blockade on the group accused among other
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things supporting terrorism a claim carter has vehemently denied the crisis has since been mired in well for the shuttle diplomacy a social media war and just as. one hundred days take over actually this extraordinary session at the arab league in cairo where insults and accusations are flung by representatives from all sides we're going to take our time with the story because the whole hour after all diplomacy trade education economy will all be covered but let's start in cairo with that meeting watch this. they merge two ministers forgot to mention that in one thousand nine hundred ninety six his country together with saudi arabia and bahrain wanted to invade qatar and overthrew their g.m. . he was by saudi arabia's ambassador. and i don't think he can is back of his. own you know i'm up to backing them up i could go to the show you know i know. that when i speak you'll be quite.
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know. mr president i want the delegates to speak will force us to respond to what he has to say opening the floor again will mean the poor countries will respond and if you want to stay here until the morning i don't mind. this is a real crisis and we are suffering from qatar support of extremism and terrorism i believe the qatari envoys assessments for of the crisis is flawed and inaccurate. but. we all know qatar has history in supporting extremism and terrorism they have armed groups in libya yemen syria and even inside egypt who have killed our own citizens we shall continue to defend our citizens in the face of cotton state or ism so let's start off running through some of this with man bashara senior political analyst joining us from london is this what it's come to be quiet now you be quiet when i'm talking you be quiet. it's almost school ground politics there.
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yes it is schoolyard bullying it's called. and it is unfortunate and it is undiplomatic and it is in so many ways an arab and gulf like and you know certainly. lacks all political ethics but also reflects the degree of desperation on part of the four blockading besieging countries because one hundred days after they started their siege of qatar much of it has turned against them there's been quite the blowback if you will even the american president that men are alive saudi arabia the united arab emirates have basically changed direction calling the emir of qatar and. expressing his willingness to mediate in the over all the attempt at isolating cut that has failed and i
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think now even the u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson considers much of their demands to be perceived and so you would expect this come out you would expect him because of the pent up frustration to bully and to scream the way they do they simply apparently don't have much else to argue and yet the crisis goes on my one year what you just illustrated is the way the tide has turned certainly in a court of public opinion and yet they're not backing down at all the fall blocking the blockading nations and the the risk out there it's not actually changed at all . yes this is also the other unfortunate thing there isn't the sort of leverage being put on saudi arabia and the and i've emirates to back down certainly don't have public opinion that's allowed to express itself certainly if anyone does they go to jail and you know they're of course have to pay
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a huge sum so in the end of the day with a lot of the absence of public opinion in those countries and because of there is no leverage from the western countries with the kind of close contacts with them the we've only heard appeals thus far they're not backing down because they think in the end of the day time is on their side unfortunately it seems you know day after day time is not on their side if anything it's been hundred days and it's really hundred reasons why this has been the dumbest conflict the dumbest crisis i've seen in the middle east you know over the last hundred years now and i want to ask you about mediation what do you think mediation actually means in this conflict because we know that kuwait is the mediator in the u.s. has played a role as well but i start to wonder what would actually be half of what's behind closed doors but what might actually be happening given there is so little progress ok so this is the thing come out of those four countries have certain things to say
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took out that have certain things against and have certain things against the types of policies the problem is the way they went about this crisis they say qatar does not respect or did not abide by the two thousand and fourteen agreement you would expect them then to go call cut or at least in the and in the islamic summit to. so you know speak directly to the emir of qatar and say look let's talk about this because you're not respecting your agreement but what we've heard from from that press conference in washington few days ago in the imune of kuwait was there is that unfortunately what those countries wanted to do is regime change and cover unlawful illegal regime change in qatar through apparently military intervention in us fight as the emir of kuwait is concerned who is meeting its conflict so now all of that is behind us there is no vision change in qatar it's not going to happen there is no military scenario that's not going to happen and qatar is not backing
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down when it comes to its sovereignty that's not happening so that leaves us with some sort of demands that those countries have on carter that i think could be resolved through dialogue and diplomatic. intervention on the part of the united states and perhaps others like kuwait whereby i think qatar can meet them somewhere along the line where they say our security is being threatened or we need you to do this and that because this is the common good in the gulf regional council i think those can be made diplomatically but i think the four countries needs now to basically for lack of other expression apologize for the way they've gone about doing this thing and they need to sit down and talk in rational concrete realistic terms about what could be done because every passing day everyone is getting hurt in this crisis in that region that we can only hope for that moment ashara senior
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political analyst at mo and bashar on twitter if you want to connect with him there thank you his lia. as i was saying tomorrow and in cairo it was. because i mean there was a smear it online was it was said it definitely was but it has been we've seen online hashtags battling since the start of the g.c.c. crisis the two sides of the conflict there became incredibly vocal online during the. arab league summit just a few hours ago it started when the qatari and saudi representatives verbal e attacked each other like we saw earlier now while the meeting was broadcast live on t.v. it was also unfolding online mainly on twitter a. saudi arabia's envoy to the arab league took some jabs at qatar that started the hash tag katon slams qatari rep then the hash tag you're not up to it started after qatar's minister of state for foreign affairs assault on a motorbike told the saudi rep that his talk is full of threats and that he's not
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up to backing those threats either now this is not the first time that the gulf countries have gone head to head in the heated online battle back in two thousand and fourteen the saudi arabia the united arab emirates and bahaman withdrew their ambassadors from qatar cartoonist favaro three years ago drew series of from those events it's resurface though and it is equally relevant now will continue to follow the latest conversations online if you're watching on facebook live be sure to post your comments below and we'll try to answer them throughout this hour thanks lady a few comments coming through a result on twitter as did muslims in this case i guess all the blockading nations and kata of sauron want to him or whatever here they keep knocking on the wrong doors in washington and in london another comment on twitter with the hash tag edge and you see this is completely ridiculous and immature these do reflect a lot of the comments we're coming through people saying let's just sort it out find a way through it interesting from junaid on facebook who has said maybe we should
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in the problem by saudi arabia holding a referendum to get the opinion of the people anyway keep sending your comments to us the hash tag is good so we're going to rewind now because never want to assume that you've kept up with every twist and turn of this crisis was quite frankly there's been a lot of them here's jim i'll share with more. one hundred days of an unprecedented crisis one hundred days of an era land and sea blockade one hundred days of families being forced apart and the stability of the gulf cooperation council hanging in the balance what many had hoped would be a brief crisis has now gone on for more than three months and threatens the future of the gulf region that has maintained its willingness to sit down and discuss differences with its neighbors under kuwaiti mediation but. in egypt and the united arab emirates insists that there will be no solution to the crisis unless agrees to thirteen months well it's been several weeks since those demands were made public
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let's take a look at some of the more significant ones and see what's actually happened now despite the united arab emirates doing more than sixteen billion dollars worth of trade with iran last year alone and saudi arabia and bahrain maintaining ties with the islamic republic they demanded the other sever all ties with iran what was done his response well it decided to return some best run he had been recalled a couple of years ago if you remember in a show of solidarity with saudi arabia which had withdrawn its same voice after its embassy was stormed following the execution of a senior shiite cleric in riyadh the book aiding nations have accused qatar of supporting and financing terrorist organizations they've demanded qatar desists has denied this allegation from the start it has since signed an agreement with the united states to combat terror financing and its all saudi arabia and its allies to present evidence supporting their claims so far that hasn't happened. qatar is not only home to the largest u.s. military base abroad it's also hosts harker soldiers as part of
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a military agreement signed back in two thousand and fourteen now it's not clear why but the blockading countries have demanded the other expels turkish troops and halt the establishment of the base did qatar agree to this demand quite the opposite the presence of turkish army personnel in qatar has been accelerated as part of what both countries have described as a strategic partnership in combating terrorism and stabilizing the region one of the more outrageous demands of the blockading country is that qatar shuts down al jazeera have accused the network of inciting terrorism and have also demanded that numerous other media outlets be shut down including some online news sites like middle east side that's on based in or funded by qatar well still here and we've been extremely encouraged by the support we've received from other news outlets as well as rights groups and n.g.o.s the well over one hundred days since this crisis began and there seems to be no end in sites now and that is a concern for a lot of people here that there's just no certainty so in about the immediate
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future there is also a lot of strong feeling towards the country itself a lot of pride this popped up in the past day or so one hundred days strong that's a pair of boxing gloves depicted in the middle there the hash tag one hundred days of the blockade is trending in arabic here in qatar there is also the ongoing love for the emir of qatar to name been hammered out danny. magill to mean the glorious has been a constant and this user here says our love and determination have increased in one hundred days. want to get in touch with us which you have been already up quickly running through the contact details as well hash tag a news group is your first port of call which out of whatever you post on to use the hash tag there was a call out on twitter looking for your responses their reply in the thread if you like they do put the hash tag in well the live streams of facebook dot com slash a.j. news your comment as you watch i'm keeping an eye out for those comments and that's the what's at number seven four five one triple one four nine well since the start of this crisis back in june saudi arabia and its allies have been trying to
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discredit qatar as a state that supports extremism were used to seeing saudi arabia take a lead role in gulf affairs but what's been interesting this time is the prominence of the u.a.e. the united arab emirates. looks at the roles of the key players. busy times for our times foreign minister. and he has traveled the world to rally support for qatar neighboring saudi arabia the u.a.e. and rain as well as egypt imposed a sea and land blockade on june the fifth and cut diplomatic ties to. the rift continues as a sardine lead quarter insists qatar must meet a list of thirteen demands that include closing a turkish military base scaling down ties with iran and shutting down the al-jazeera network while saudi arabia is a powerful player some think it's the u.a.e.
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that leads the push to further isolate qatar the u.a.e. do not believe in the same values that qatar believes and they don't believe that we should have a foreign and security policy that looks at the middle east. tries to reform the middle east in the way to create social political inclusion or pluralistic governance or freedom of speech the u.a.e. have taken a different approach they believe that the middle east can only be stable and resilient when it's run by or through tearing dictatorship the emir of qatar spoke to saudi arabia's crown prince on friday after agreeing on resolving the crisis saudi arabia backtracked and suspended further talks the u.a.e. scrum principle. is widely seen as the man with a huge influence over mohammed and sell man the relatively inexperienced saudi crown prince. has turned towards the u.a.e.
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as a role model to say well how can we reform saudi arabia to make it more sustainable resilient in the future and morgan's aid has been somewhat become a mentor. as the crisis drags on kuwait's emir who is mediating the dispute recently told u.s. president donald trump that a solution is just a matter of time we have also seen some changes in the american position softened especially by president. compared to his enemy positions in the early days of the crisis i think he started to be a little more balanced this was clear in his press conference with the emir of kuwait talking about the unity of the gulf countries all united. with. and countering extremism and terrorism in the region but if diplomacy fails to heal the rift the fear is further regional instability.
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so what about other international players the united states obviously a major one in one hundred days and it's clear the u.s. president is frustrated the crisis is still going on trying to get all sides talking but that really failed quite quickly though also throughout the standoff he sent mixed messages often saying the exact opposite of his most senior state department correspondent takes a look at how the crisis unfolded from a u.s. perspective we didn't know it at the time but this was the moment the g.c.c. crisis was born at first white house aides said they weren't consulted that the president didn't approve the blockade of qatar in advance then the president said no it was him he endorsed it because of his time in saudi arabia and in the wake of that conference nations came together and spoke to me about confronting our overage behavior so we had
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a decision to make. do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action the president parroted the allegations made by saudi arabia the u.a.e. bahrain and egypt that qatar funds terrorism charges the government of qatar strongly denies from the beginning the president clearly sided with the blockading countries through tweets and statements but three months later while meeting with the emir of kuwait trump sent the message he's losing patience with the standoff but i do believe that we'll solve it if we don't solve it i will be a mediator right here in the white house will come together very quickly i think we'll have something solved but at the same press conference in added wrinkle when the emir of kuwait said this. thank god now what is unfortunate is that we have stopped any military action the blockading countries quickly came out and denied that they ever considered a military option this dispute has been a big concern for the trump administration from the start given that cutter hosts
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the largest u.s. military base in the region his secretary of state rex tillerson had been taking the lead even attempting shuttle diplomacy when that didn't work he appointed a well known envoy no visible progress so now the president is personally getting involved arranging for a phone call between the crown prince of saudi arabia and the emir of qatar that only led to conflicting statements about who called whom and another breakdown in talks former u.s. ambassador jim jeffrey believe the trend is sending the message that he is no longer taking sides but he doesn't believe that will be enough to end the blockade any time soon there's a way to stall there's a way to kick this down the diplomatic road because the stakes are not all of that great for any of the countries involved carter has learned to work with this blockade the saudis have in the m.r.i. they have learned and that they're not going to win list america to really put pressure on gotta but they also know that they can't back down and they won't. he
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predicts the crisis will slowly wind down with each side taking subtle measures a far cry from the dramatic decadent way it began. al-jazeera washington and if we go to washington now gerald feinstein joining us director of gulf affairs and government relations of the middle east institute also a former u.s. ambassador to yemen under the obama administration and i'd like to start with a question from one of our viewers watching on facebook live mahmoud there he's actually referenced something patty was saying in that report and said was the visit of trump in saudi arabia the initiation of this gulf crisis or actually is it really a continuation of a previous crisis which has just been given more impetus under this administration . well it's it's a question that's been asked really since the very beginning of the dispute i don't think that there's any clear answer yet about what conversations might have occurred between president trump or his immediate circle and the
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saudis the m. roddy's and the others but it is clear as you said that indeed this is not a new dispute it's not a new conflict it goes back for a number of years we were in a similar situation in two thousand and fourteen perhaps not quite as dramatic but nevertheless the same issues the same differences of view between carter and its neighbors took some time to get resolved but eventually it did get resolved we had a clip of president trump just looking on some pictures of him in riyadh at the moment but we had a comment from him early as saying he would step in if if needs be as a mediator what type of mediated do you think donald trump would be in this situation given there are alliances on all sides. well and that's that's the key in and of course we've seen president trump become more active over the last few days of course we had the shakes about our visit here last
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week we've also had the president on the phone with the crown prince of saudi arabia mohammed and some on which say to me also with the crown prince and the mohammed bin zayed and so we are seeing the president taking a more personal hand in trying to promote some kind of dialogue some kind of move towards a negotiation a conversation among the parties to the dispute we'll probably see that but at the same time i would anticipate that general zinni and others will continue to be involved as well as the working level i just want a brief if you wouldn't mind what you think about the appetite for all of this in the united states it seems there's so much domestically is this administration i mean how is this high on the agenda for them i suspect all. well i
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think obviously there are media issues or media crises that have to be resolved both on the domestic side as well as in terms of what's happening with north korea and and elsewhere in the world on the other hand i would say that in terms of where the united states wants to go into critical issues two issues that were at the very top of the president's agenda in the campaign in the early months of his administration that is the fight against violent extremism and the effort to contain iran that what happens within the g.c.c. is critically important so i do think that this is a significant issue for the u.s. defense and very interesting talking to you we thank you for your perspective and your expertise on this now a little earlier i spoke to had been home and he has cut his ambassador to russia clearly not for us to talk about initially i was interested in getting his reaction
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to the war of words at the arab league. which is a total farce to be honest so i mean we thought that we have the choice and we have progressed. in trying in resolving conflicts. in a civilized manner but does the quartet the blockade and what it came to demonstrate again. they lack civility lack and respect and understanding to the foreign. member of. and unfortunately it had to dissent in the way that we've all witnessed i would say that the country representative also talked about i think it was rabid dogs or something like that is i mean it's coming from all sides at the moment and it's really i would suggest not a lot of constructive coming out at all. yes but we can't have any moral equivalency you know qatar is the country under siege the countries that have committed such
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a violation and the ones that have unleashed this media propaganda against qatar and trying to create a total destruction primarily trying to deceive their own people about the real issues that they're facing so then how would you describe current mediation efforts the kuwaitis are still the official mediators since the last burst of activity doesn't feel like there's been a huge amount or is there something going on behind the scenes which you can point to well kuwait has been very constructive from the outset i mean as i have mentioned qatar has responded to his letters the other four countries have not they have not respected role of kuwait in trying to bring an end to this conflict which shows you again their willingness and a demonstration by them that they're not there to bring about any stability but
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rather continue the escalation is there room for more mediation from others obviously we look to the united states immediately which has been involved but the ambassador to moscow is russia got an interest in this as well as anyone else got an interest in saying putting their hands up and saying we'll help. i think everyone has an interest in stopping the bloodshed in yemen everyone has an interest in stopping the war in syria everyone has an interest to stop any further conflicts emerging in the region i mean qatar is in a strategic location it is one of the global suppliers of energy so many countries around the world rely on that stream of energy stream of gas that comes from qatar and this peace and stability in the region is one thing that everyone strives to maintain now when we see that saudi arabia emirates i involved not only in yemen but in syria and libya in egypt in terms of regime changes to the
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attempts in turkey their presence in africa in asia just tells that these countries are. somehow have an image of themselves that they're there to run the region defined the agenda and and pull pull everyone who disagrees one with them under therefore. it doesn't matter whether this compromises our sovereignty or the sovereignty of others it doesn't matter if it's if it's in violation of international law so of course other countries are interested of course russia is interested the european union is interested china asia i think their patience is about to run out and if the four countries do not take the opportunity is laid out by the way through the kuwaiti mediation alternately we have other options to pursue like what. i
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like taking it to the international forums that exist such as the un and other forums that. have vailable at our disposal international court of justice the human rights council and so on and so forth so there are other instruments that qatar can resort to and indeed the international community can take measures against those four countries if they believe that they will continue such a violation quick final question ambassador at the heart of so much of this rightly or wrongly are the thirteen demands that came from the blockade in countries cantata banned on any of them i know that you've been very clear to say that nothing must violate cotta sovereignty but is there some flexibility anywhere within that. reminds me of the demands that. have placed against serbia and what what about the consequences that follow from that it is designed to be rejected and i think the insistence by the four countries
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demonstrates their unwillingness to abide by law and order international law and order and the fact that they're trying to further bring to bring further instability in the region and this should be outright rejected not just by qatar but by the international community ambassador pleasure talking to you thank you so much for your time today thank you for having me write the word blockade it's use a lot in this story of course referring to land and sea limitations which obviously have had an impact on the carter economy begin to look at that shortly first duncan crawford helps us take a step back once again with this visual representation of what the blockade actually looks like he'll. let's break down what the blockade looks like so here is catarrh which is surrounded by the blockading countries saudi arabia to the south and west egypt just over on the african continent bahrain just across from catarrh
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and the u.a.e. to the east now all these countries have closed much of their airspace to qatar aircraft and many flights have been rerouted as a result if they want to fly to grace to athens the flight path used to cut across saudi arabia but now you have to fly over iran and turkey just look at the extra distance that you have to take the worst affected route is if you fly from doha to sudan to khartoum this used to be the direct route but look at the impact that the blockade has had with flights now curving around to avoid saudi arabia and the u.a.e. flying over a man it's been adding around two and a half hours in flight time there's also talk about the seas the busiest port in the middle east is actually bell ali in the u.a.e. it works as a hub of large ships docked here then small the ships carry the cargo on the places like cattle that really there was banned under the block ainda and so new shipping routes were opened up with a man which is remain neutral in the crisis you can see the ports of the heart and
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soul are here qatar also recently opened a new port of it so that it says will become a reasonable hub we also need to talk about land routes that have also been affected because only land border is here by saudi arabia and it has been sealed off around forty percent of qatar's food was imported across this front here before the crisis. so initially the blockade led to shortages of certain items including dairy products like milk and yogurt and also other items including chicken and eggs carter though was quick to take action and shifted supply chains to ensure goods could come into the country flying in food and much more from countries like turkey and from iran really interesting isn't it now despite cutter's strong financial position the blockade has produced a strain on the economy and it's created some opportunities for an economy built on natural gas wealth for it to diversify and expand its trade links as you saw there
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is what the international monetary fund says katter is adjusting to the shock after the diplomatic rift with its major trading partners imports did shrink forty percent in the first month of the blockade in june and july they ticked back a bit to thirty five just recovered but transportation costs have gone up close to nine percent the cost of food risen by two percent as duncan was explaining their down to the land and sea restrictions imposed by saudi arabia behind and the u.a.e. but interestingly the i.m.f. says the total inflation rate that is the increase of general prices goods and services energy is still quite low if it were looking or less than one percent zero point eight percent cut is also looking beyond its traditional trading partners and expanded its trade links countries like turkey russia or iran quite an amount in the gulf even as far as india as well and on the domestic front a slew of reforms all these sorts of things changes to tax policies relaxing the rules on permanent residency permits introducing labor reforms and also granting visa free travel for eighty different nationalities to come to qatar thus boosting
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tourism there's also been an interesting impact on some local businesses obviously the blockade was imposed to try to choke the economy but for some shops think of traditional clothing ones maybe it's had the opposite effect laura birdman lee has that story. my. sample of. his edmonson zines aims to put a modern spin on the a buyer a traditional outfit worn mainly in the gulf countries since a saudi blockade was imposed three months ago he's busier than ever because countries are banned from visiting saudi arabia the u.a.e. and other gulf destinations the store's manager says there's been a demand for local tailor made outfits that he specializes in from concept handicraft and stitching ready to be sold directly to the customers the latest trend in carter these hand-stitched
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a buyers this intricate pattern were taken two days to be made by a team of workers now the handiwork is made here but the materials were once imported wajda by before the blockade now they are sent directly from asian countries but this business has plans they want to make all the material here so one day they can export made in cutter products. from japan to anywhere and the other the berkshires least able make that in chelan across the road still monitor shakir bapi says the when the blockade was imposed during the holy month of ramadan the u.a.e. stopped all imports he had no choice but to turn customers away your customers come back yeah sure i have more customizing. just because. you know mostly a customer there they like to visit dubai and they bring a lot of our buying from there. thereby country u.s.
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based cattery research ahead and sorry says the up by a has become a symbol of national identity and pride it happened then in the country every blockade started exactly but a cumulative after. a few more waiting. in the cullen room so that definitely felt like it hello political statement from its black simple origins the abayas undergone a colorful transformation and country design is a showing off new trends in social media and displaying their clothes in exhibitions in doha. they usually joined by the gulf neighbors in a showcase of our talent but this here that looks unlikely lore about unmanly al jazeera. khaled al-harbi with me here in studio an economist and research fellow at cambridge university nice to have you with us when you look at the numbers as i'm sure you do how would you describe the state of cutters economy right now three
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months one hundred days into the blockade i mean they had to dip into some of the reserves at the start when when this happened but that's possible whatever you want me to give you a general picture of what's happening the blockade can impact that are through three main channel real sucked out of financial center and then confidence really sucked out of basically through trade and transport and tourism industry or tourism sector as far as trade the impact is should be limited because we failed to diversify our economy after have a century of exporting or else or the impacts will be limited and the interest rate within that you zero remain limited around ten percent we import from us about nine percent we used to import for me about nine percent mainly export through or dubai ports and from the largest economy in the region saudi arabia about for. percent and when you compare it with jeremy which is more than able to stay at sixty percent then the trade can have an impact how about it's concentrated in certain
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important material products for the consumer such as oratory did he product the use of will and with selection material by the government have moved fast and intervene with the market mechanism and pay a by the sanction and play this for all they want to tell and seem to be prepared for this one into action very quickly to import on the distributor and the price. and they verified sources and means of import and opened a new trade line and utilize the giant the giant sea ports was opened recently on the sort you know bypass the blockade in country and to go directly to the sources of import and to ensure continue with your supply of of all products within a reasonable range and that has been also diversity and quality choice for the consumer how did i had
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a question from one of our viewers has written on twitter i read who said the question is what are these countries gaining from blockading cutter as i said and surely when i was over at the video i said that it was aimed at basically trying to chart the course but it's not doing that isn't it so what are they gaining of songs and they have used everything i think the initial idea was to to to push out of the country to subdue or to to their demand however i think they did not conclude it calculate it very well as i told you but the trade sanctions. hysterically even if you look at them they failed to achieve their purposes with the north africa with. there is a blockade on. people in gaza for them over a decade usually they fail to achieve the result and usually they are put at risk as political so even though in the case of qatar's even without economies there is very solid and then we have. the sea and we. told you the government
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came over the blockade and continued to. supply of essential of products and we advice or so to continue with with over his fellow soldiers and muse of import experience storage capacity beyond two six two six one to two years in combat and. possible monopolistic a practice as far as the financial sector to find it very few don't mind sorry we got a financial sector is as well protected by virtue of. counterfeit cyclical . prudential and conservatism for this policy adopted by our central bank airlie in the financial sake and the oil cycle two thousand and he two thousand and four and this the purpose of this is to limit excessive borrowing internally and externally by the by the bank and through and the build up of balances which led to the global
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financial crisis at the end and i'm going to have to jump in there because we've got a few more stories to bring our viewers but thank you so much for joining us to do appreciate it so prices might have gone up margin is we're talking about there but it is still business as usual in some of the traditional markets. as this. so there's a traditional heart here in doha will get lost in small alleyways looking for clothes for jewelry for spices for handicraft and it started as a market for traders decades ago but now it's mostly a tourist center these traders are telling us that it's business as usual despite the boycott by neighboring countries although some are complaining that they had to put up the prices because of higher transportation costs when are you going to have to do it. we used to receive most of our merchandise from various countries through our dubai office but now we deal directly with those countries like turkey oman and
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tweak the prices went up a little bit like one to two percent to attract more. has a way restriction for more than eighty nationalities and it also offering special story packages i think i am safe we can catch up. and i do think that the thai people would look after the people who are here what are you looking forward to if we are as a tourist here i love this is absolutely amazing i love your building or like sculptures i'm an artist it's late at night and the filthy still bustling with activity people are having fought here and there she said and not many seem to be too concerned about the blockade. now another different topic for you qatar has been urging the united nations human rights council to take action against the blockading nations which it accuses of human rights violations already around twenty six thousand cases of such violations have been filed with the cutter national human rights committee that's from the eleven thousand three hundred
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eighty seven nationals from the three countries who call qatar home and the more than nineteen hundred countries who live in those three nations in june the blockading nations gave covering nationals fourteen days to leave and asked their own citizens to return home from qatar that meant close tribal ties. among these countries where intermarriage is common where suddenly broken mothers separated from their children hundreds of jobs lost as well and not just that more than two hundred students who were studying in these countries were forced to return their certificates that appointments and transcripts and proof of mission were all denied caroline malone some of this story. for him used to feel sadder is on a mission to save his education he studied for a bachelor's then a master's degree in law for more than six years at sharjah university in the us. he had an interview booked for his thesis on june sixth a day after the gulf crisis began and were ordered out of bahrain egypt saudi
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arabia and the u.a.e. you know i don't have any trust of. any country because you know. more than six years. or so should be. you know i think should be studying. any country. i can't get a state because he needs from the u.s. to prove he's finished his studies he's unrolled it catch a university in the hope that he'll still qualify however assessing these students without academic records is difficult the total number so far more than thirty three students in the four countries. so near. the deadline that is the equivalency to make the course that the student already finished and that one of these country to make it quick to their one of the university you must compare the top. ten. katter's human rights committee says
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they've heard from thousands of students who say their education has been disrupted by the crisis at least seven hundred bahrain is a mirage he's in saudis have had to leave camp to university and they were ordered to return home by their governments that's called that in baghdad it will be in the minds of the new janeiro nation that it's certainly been bored of that blockade regardless of which part you live in and which country you are and this is something that it is not easily been going to be you know a race when the political decision you know of those pocket country will change universities have reopened after the summer holidays and just like last year will include students from all over the region and other parts of the worlds. students are registering here for the new academic year at cateye university among them a students from the blockading countries who decide to stay on the register despite the restrictions and there are categories being kicked out of other regional
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institutions that have to come back home to die hard to continue their degrees. student such as grateful for the opportunity to secure an education despite the political arguments caroline malone al-jazeera. the gulf crisis has been a story played out on all types of media in fact news outlets particularly in the u.a.e. and saudi arabia have been driving a lot of the anti carter narrative means that some of that shortly but i did also want to show you this which caused a stir recently. it is a statement purportedly from i thought saying it supports qatar in the gulf crisis and it was shared online by official saudi media outlets and then just a day debunked by among others the new york times. that you stories are also broadcast on a regular basis by networks based out of saudi and the u.a.e. here is richard is but now the host of the listening post on al-jazeera to decode the information war. the diplomatic standoff in the gulf is
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a story that's been replete with media angles ever since the start the blockade of qatar was triggered by a piece of fake news posted on the website of the qatar news agency two weeks before the coalition announced it was isolating the country the article falsely quoted the qatari amir to mean bin hammad allophonic putting some incendiary words in his mouth about regional politics intelligence agencies investigating that hack both american and qatari say they have evidence pointing to the united arab emirates sudden decision to break all diplomatic ties once the blockade went into force the story received significant coverage in the international news media it's still on their radar from time to time however news outlets in and around the gulf have been prominent players in the ensuing propaganda war i guess i thought the last sunday it'll feel a lot of the. medical what. i thought it would look at you see well i guess they had to have on august twenty first dubai t.v. put this report on the air note the absence of any video to back up what the news
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anchor is saying about alleged on rest on the streets of the qatari capital doha the story she was talking about never happened there was this report on the saudi owned channel exploring a hypothetical scenario how to deal with the airways passenger plane should it enter saudi airspace one option according to the graphic shoot it down. some other examples of the coverage of this story have bordered on the absurd the comical a saudi newspaper okaz reported that harrods the qatari owned luxury store in london was spying on shoppers from saudi arabia the u.a.e. and bahrain as for the social media component in this story it's been a case of follow the money multiple new twitter accounts and web sites have sprung up critical of the qatari position it turns out that this one the qatar insider is backed by a d.c. based lobby group called sock project it is saudi funded and the financial times
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report published in early august quote an anonymous saudi journalist saying that they had been added to messaging groups which issued clear instructions for the coverage of the story both the tone and the content of the f.t. has no dog in this fight it's owned by nikkei a japanese company meanwhile the network you're watching now al-jazeera is still being accused by saudi arabia the u.a.e. and egypt of trying to destabilize the region and qatar is still insisting that the future of the al-jazeera network is non-negotiable that the channels will remain on the air regardless of what the blockading countries demand regardless of what their media outlets quote report unquote they i do miss forgotten that how much they're in there now it's a long list it really is how does it extend at this stage i mean we still say well well yes your story and there's little there it is fake news yes it's still relevant online we've seen those fake stories that richard mention manifest on twitter as well as many anti could tar hashtags created almost on
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a daily basis now as a result qatari started a hash tag called no to partaking in suspicious has text that was in response to the flurry online earlier we spoke to a political analyst nicholai do gunderson he said in fact over the last three months despite the negative online campaign the online trends in the region have mostly favored qatar. well given the fact that this dispute started online of the hacking scandal perhaps it's no surprise that an impact continues to be felt online specially through twitter in the king of saudi arabia it would appear the authorities are actively encouraging twitter users to out anyone who sympathize with qatar and i believe the u.a.e. there are hefty jail sentences being handed out to anyone who probably start with cotton as well what i find interesting on twitter is the fact that there are several accounts in both arabic and english publicly standing with qatar's position
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indeed some of these counts have at least a few thousand followers however i have not found any counts on line that supports the dishes he's position or support saudi arabia but it's very interesting and another story making the rounds online is a song by several famous saudi artists it's called teach guitar. that's just part of the song but the video went viral on you tube and has more than five million views it was so controversial that the comment section of the video was later turned off another story that went around on line was the strange tale of
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shake up fanny a member of the qatar royal family living in saudi arabia thousands in saudi praised him online for representing qatar in saudi arabia unlike the amir however many in qatar said that the story was a publicity stunt by the saudis this user here saying abella bin ali is not political and has a farm in northern saudi arabia it seems he was invited and taken taken into jeddah with the media ready now members of the amir's family and qatar took to social media on that same day to reaffirm their allegiance to qatar's leader this picture along with a poem to the emir was posted by his sister if you're following any of these hashtags we just mentioned do let us know you can join in on the conversation using our hash tag a.j. newsprint thank you lee i just really quickly don't forget the all the latest updates page down to zero dot com it does keep you in the loop twenty four seven always updated should be your first stop when you want to keep in touch with the
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story. bonnie it is colorful it's provoking if it is designed to show the very personal toll the gulf crisis is having on the people of color we're talking graffiti art the work of five qatari artist and blazoned on the walls of what was once started as a fire station as many one hundred ports over it was created in just ten days five hour shifts one building and just ten days that's how long a handful of qatari artists had to create this explosion of color and symbolism to mark a hundred days of the saudi blockade on cutter was a big challenge to us in short days. and to express the feelings we spent. three nights without sleeping and thinking thank you so much go for. the old doha fire station now the canvas for five larger than life.
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that these artists could turn around profession on this scale and in just ten days goes some way to explaining the depth of feeling here they say it forced them to create from the heart explaining an overwhelming sense of grievance and injustice that other gulf nations could seek to impose their will on all people and cut. to be honest because i'm not really angry not that's why i've said of the whole situation because. we are family we have families brothers sisters cousins or other relatives we have and other countries around us. but there is a sense of optimism to. take the lessons from a lot of old mistakes. but strong this time. like this piece featuring twenty different characters to represent everyone locals and expects a like well standing in solidarity against the blockade. and. it's
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been a really big feature of the last hundred days here in doha you can go almost anywhere in the city and say these spontaneous autistic efforts which really brought the community together so that is it under the eyes of the gulf crosses it carries on and we here at al-jazeera will continue to report on it from our own unique position here in qatar and from around the world where we can at least. thanks for joining us we are back with more news grid for you at fifteen. thank you for all your comments throughout the show and to be posting them to a twitter moment on my account. right after this short thanks for watching.
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