#EmbraceSpain XXXVI: UK Post Election Hangover and a New Era opens for Qatar

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Last week was marked by the uncertainty as to what government will be formed following the election results in the United Kingdom. As the Brexit negotiations with the European Union start, uncertainty was increased with the  blaze of the Grenfell Tower in London, which has claimed 79 dead, and by the announcement of the Parliament canceling next year’s Queen’s speech in order to have more advanced negotiations of the Brexit.

Meanwhile, the Gulf remains the focus of international policy with the Blockade to Qatar carried out mainly by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain. This is leading to a strengthening of Qatar’s alliances with Iran and Turkey, which have allowed supplies to enter the country again, and Iran’s ports facilitating this entry of goods and restoring trade.

León Fernando del Canto, who is in Doha, Qatar, at the moment, gives his opinion on the conflicts taking place in the Middle East and lays his eyes on one of the blockade aspects that can do the most harm to the citizens of the seven countries: the trap of the Qatar blockade is blocking its citizens from being informed. In his article, published this week in HuffPost, León Fernando invites action taking and not being just mere spectators of a process that violates the Human Rights.

He comments: “Actually, the governments of these countries have a clear demand, although we do not want to acknowledge it. They demand the shutting down of Al Jazeera, HuffPost Arabi and other twenty media that, with their news and reports, contribute to the modernization of the region.”

He goes on saying: “They want to close down those content channelizers that convey the strange ideas of diversity of thought, promote human rights, defend democracy and which, if keeping spreading their influence, will help to achieve a more free and egalitarian Arab world. “We remember how last week in the Middle East, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates blocked the access to news websites.

From Del Canto Chambers we recommend the reading of several articles that provide a broader and more objective vision of what really lies behind this blockade:

Wadah Khanfarr, former Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network, and President of Al Sharq Forum Foundation, tells us how Arab regimes use this struggle to balance their interests with intellectuals, journalists, opposition parties and states, who they consider their enemies. Read full article in El País. And he continues: “In the long run, we must help build the future and facilitate the dreams of young people who want to live in countries that respect human dignity and human rights. Oppression never guarantees safety. The road to freedom is long and exhausting, and full of obstacles. But it is the only road to stability and justice.”

In a recent article published by Al Sharq Forum, Galip Dalay, Director of Development at Al Sharq Forum, says: We will see how long will the alliance Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia last; but one thing is clear: the blockade they have created will not solve their legitimate problems. This article illustrates how this “Cyberwar case study: hacking, bots and information warfare in the Qatar dispute” is being done.

Also, Ángeles Espinosa, correspondent of El País in the Middle East, after her recent visit to Qatar and interview to key people, makes an analysis of Qatar’s supply and isolation situation in a couple of articles:

Faced with all the challenges caused by the Qatar Blockade, the country responds with positive and non-violent messages. See the response to the air embargo in the following video.

On the contrary, and contradicting Donald Trump messages inviting the blockade, the US and Qatar have signed an agreement for the sale of military jets worth 12 million US dollars.

In the meantime in Spain, our lawyer Laia Fernández talks about how a Court in Seville has declared in favor of the recovery of the costs charged, and forces the bank to repay the interest generated since the payment date.

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Xavier Nova (@xavinova)

Director of Del Canto Chambers