Qatar. Delegates from 175 countries gathered in Doha in March to discuss CITES, the International Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and agree on the protection of additional species. The meeting was a failure. According to COUNTRYAAH, Qatar has a population of 2.782 million (2018). Proposals to conserve blue-toned tuna, corals, polar bears and seven shark species were voted down, by all, to be judged by representatives guided by powerful economic considerations, such as the Japanese tuna industry.
On December 2, the International Football Association (FIFA) appointed Qatar to host the World Cup 2022.
Government surplus eradicated
Qatar’s spending will decrease in 2021, as a large part of the major projects underway ahead of the 2022 World Cup, including the construction of the arena, are nearing completion. But even the income is, already now, less than calculated as a result of the corona crisis. Qatar is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, but no surplus in public finances is expected in 2021 as international energy prices have plummeted. GDP is expected to decrease by 2.6 percent in 2020. For 2021, the Ministry of Finance’s forecast is a growth of 2.2 percent.
Elections are promised until October
In October 2021, the first national election in Qatar will be held, the emir announces. It is members of the Majlis al-shura advisory assembly who are to be appointed, but the ruler does not provide any information on who will be allowed to stand and who will have the right to vote. So far, the emir has appointed all the members, and the regent can also “run over” the views of the congregation by decree. Nevertheless, some cautious changes have taken place in recent years, for example, more women have been given political assignments.
Boycott of French goods
Qatar and Kuwait are among several Muslim countries where shops and consumers are starting to boycott French goods, not least cheeses, in protest against President Emmanuel Macron. The background is a brutal murder of a teacher in a French school who showed satirical drawings depicting the Prophet of Islam to his students during a lesson on freedom of speech. Macron has defended freedom of expression, even for satirical cartoons with a religious edge, and has spoken out very strongly against Islamism. Those förespr on reservoirs boycott, among others, the Turkish President, it looks like Macron supports the one who insults the Prophet.
Baby abandoned, travelers forcibly examined
A newborn baby is found abandoned at an airport in Qatar. The incident leads to female passengers on at least ten aircraft being forced to agree to be examined in the abdomen when looking for the mother. The examinations take place in ambulances on the runway. Some of the outraged passengers exposed to the investigations come from Australia, which will soon make official complaints. On October 28, Qatar regrets the treatment of women and promises legal action against those responsible. In Qatar, there are several reasons why the mother who abandoned the child may have committed a crime: sex outside of marriage and giving birth outside of marriage is punishable.