Qatar. According to
countryaah, Qatar, the world's richest country in terms of GDP
per citizen, continued to try to turn its oil and natural
gas revenues into power and to market itself as "the country
that can talk to everyone" - Iran and the United States,
Israel and Islamist Hamas. Afghan Taliban were allowed to
open an office in the capital Doha and supported the rebels
in Syria, including money, while buying the entire French
football team Paris Saint-Germain, which you previously
owned only a part of. They also invested heavily in
educating their own population - everything from literacy to
collaborations with American universities, which set up
branches in Doha. Much of this activity was channeled
through the powerful Qatar Foundation.
At the same time, the country was criticized by human
rights organizations for lack of freedom of expression. The
poet Mohammed al-Ajami, who was arrested in 2011, was
accused by Amnesty International of have "offended the
emir". al-Ajami was held in an isolation cell and trial
sessions were held behind closed doors, sometimes without a
lawyer. Human Rights Watch criticized a proposal for a new
media law for prohibiting publication of data such as could
"offend the governing family".
At the turn of the month November/December,
representatives of the world's countries met in Doha for the
eighteenth annual UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18).
The choice of meeting place was criticized because Qatar is
one of the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases per
capita. The meeting resulted in an agreement that the
previous agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, would be extended
but otherwise did not lead to any breakthrough.
Nineteen people, including 13 children, were killed in a
fire in a Doha mall on May 28.