A LOT HAPPENING, PEOPLE! I was only going to post the story about Turkey’s military base and kept scrolling through Al Jazeera’s Twitter and NOPE a lot more news to share from only today. Since this is a Yemen’s focused blog, but Qatar is important to the region so I still want to share the happenings, I have lumped everything into one master post.
Other Arab countries have demanded that Turkey shutdown its military base in Qatar, but Turkey has rejected the demand which was apparently part of a list of other demands. Turkey has had an agreement to have the base since 2014.
“According to the agreement, almost 600 Turkish military personel will be training Qatar’s soldiers.”
Turkey has been the foremost supporter of Qatar since the Gulf dispute began on June 5.
What are these other demands? The list comes from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have cut ties with Qatar (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bahrain).
The demands include shutting down Turkey’s military base, refusing to naturalize citizens from the four countries that have cut ties and also revoke Qatari citizenship, stopping all funding to those designated as terrorists by the same four countries, paying reparations for loss of life due to Qatari policies, and shutting down Al Jazeera and other news networks.
The complete list of 13 demands is listed in the link above, more on shutting down Al Jazeera next.
The Al Jazeera Media Network has condemned this demand, saying that it aims to silence freedom of expression as well as suppresses rights to information.
“We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats, and fearmongering.”
“We are stunned by the demand to close Al Jazeera,” Giles Trendle, the acting managing director of Al Jazeera English, said. “Of course there has been talk about it in the past but it is still a great shock and surprise to actually see it in writing. It’s as absurd as it would be for Germany to demand Britain to close the BBC.”
As for me, I use Al Jazeera as a news source A LOT and would be extremely disappointed to see it go, especially because another country demands it. It sure sounds like silencing to me. I’m guessing these countries don’t want anything unflattering reported about them? Imagine having no news source based in your own country because a different country didn’t like it?
After the list of 13 demands was made, Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said that this crisis can only end through a discussion of “measured and realistic” conditions.
“Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic,” Boris Johnson said on Friday, according to a statement published by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“The UK calls upon the Gulf states to find a way of deescalating the situation and lifting the current embargo and restrictions which are having an impact on the everyday lives of people in the region,” Johnson added.
It’s also being reported that Qatar has only 10 days to comply with the list of 13 demands. What will happen if Qatar doesn’t? Stay tuned because nobody knows!