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“Forget Terrorism”: The Real Reason Behind the Qatar Crisis Is Natural Gas

“Forget Terrorism”: The Real Reason Behind the Qatar Crisis Is Natural Gas

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According to the official narrative, the reason for the latest Gulf crisis in which a coalition of Saudi-led states cut off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, is because – to everyone’s “stunned amazement” – Qatar was funding terrorists, and after Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia in which he urged a crackdown on financial support of terrorism, and also following the FT’s report that Qatar has directly provided $1 billion in funding to Iran and al-Qaeda spinoffs, Saudi Arabia finally had had enough of its “rogue” neighbor, which in recent years had made ideologically unacceptable overtures toward both Shia Iran and Russia. However, as often happens, the official narrative is traditionally a convenient smoke...
Latest: UAE among 4 Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar

Latest: UAE among 4 Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar

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UAE recalls citizens from, suspends flights to Qatar Four nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of creating instability in region.   HIGHLIGHTS: Gulf Arab states, Egypt, sever ties with Qatar - Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic and consular relations with the state of Qatar and will close all ground, sea and air ports to forbid transit, state news agencies said. - It was not immediately clear when these measures would be implemented. Saudi Arabia said it would "begin immediate legal measures with friendly, sisterly countries and international companies to implement that measure as quickly as possible for all types of transit from and to the s...
Android Co-founder unveils smartphone without headphone jack

Android Co-founder unveils smartphone without headphone jack

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INSHORTS: Android Co-founder Andy Rubin's startup Essential today unveiled its first device 'Essential Phone' at $699 (around ₹45,000) which doesn't have a headphone jack. The phone, which features an edge-to-edge display, has magnetic pins on the back to attach modular accessories like a 360-degree camera. Powered by a Qualcomm 835 processor, the phone has 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The Essential Phone, brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem. First, the Android phone basics: the Essential Phone costs $699 with top-of-the-line specs and features. As you can see above, it
Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests in Chinese bike-sharing startup unicorn Ofo

Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests in Chinese bike-sharing startup unicorn Ofo

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Ofo, the Chinese bike-sharing startup that recently claimed unicorn status, announced this weekend that it has added Ant Financial as an investor. In a statement posted to its Weibo account, Ofo said that it will work with Ant Financial, an Alibaba unit, on Internet and credit card payments and its international expansion plan. The amount of Ofo’s new funding from Ant Financial was not disclosed. Just two months ago, Ofo closed a $450 million Series D that it claims raised its valuation to more than a billion dollars. That round was led by DST Global, Matrix China, CITIC, and Didi Chuxing, the largest car-hailing app in China. Ant Financial—the maker of Alipay, China’s largest online payment platform—was already one of Ofo’s strategic partne...