A newly-released phone recording has revealed that Qatar was apparently behind the explosion of a car bomb that injured at least eight people in Bosaso in northern Somalia in May.
The port of Bosaso is operated by the Dubai-based company DP World.
A local affiliate of the Islamic State (Daesh) had claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, however, the New York Times, which broke news about the recordings reported that “a foreign intelligence agency opposed to Qatar’s foreign policies” captured and intercepted a phone call between Khalifa Al Muhanadi, a Qatari businessman who is close to Qatar’s Emir, and the Qatari Ambassador to Somalia Hasan Bin Hamza Asad Mohammed, proving that the car bombing was an attempt to advance the Gulf nation’s interests to drive the UAE out of Somalia.
Al Muhannadi has reportedly been photographed traveling with the Emir of Qatar.
“The bombings and killings, we know who is behind them,” Al Muhannadi, reportedly said on the May 18 call, approximately one week after the bombing took place.
The violence was “intended to make Dubai people run away from there,” he said. “Let them kick out the Emiratis, so they don’t renew the contracts with them, and I will bring the contract here to Doha,” Qatar’s capital.
Qatar released a public statement in response to the New York Times article in which the Gulf nation claimed they “do not interfere” in Somalia’s internal affairs and said Qatar’s “foreign policy has always been one of creating stability and prosperity” and that “we do not meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign countries.”
Qatar’s state-run Al Jazeera news network also released a report titled, “Qatar and Somalia deny NYT’s bombing news report.”
Furthermore, Qatar claimed Muhannadi has never advised their government. “He does not represent the State of Qatar and he had no right to comment on behalf of the government,” the statement said. “We will be investigating this individual and he will be held responsible for his comments, which we reiterated do not represent our principles.”
However, the Qatari government did not dispute the authenticity of the call between Muhannadi and their ambassador and according to the New York Times report, the ambassador did not condemn the notion that the Qataris had played a role in the bombings.
“So that’s why they are having attacks there, to make them run away,” Ambassador Hassan bin Hamza Hashem reportedly replied to Muhanandi in the recording.
Hashem also reportedly initially denied knowing Al Muhannadi in a brief phone call with the New York Times and quickly hung up. The Times noted that “In a separate telephone interview, Mr. al-Muhanadi said that he was only a “school friend” of the ambassador’s and added, “I am a retired man and a trader. I do not represent any government.”
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Saifa al Thani the Chairman of Qatar’s Government Communications Office reiterated the public statement and mentioned the New York Times and the two journalists who broke the piece – Ronen Bergman and David Kirkpatrick – writing, “The individual mentioned does not represent the government in any capacity and will be held accountable for his comments.”
To that, Al Thani added that he is “looking forward to our next meeting.” Then he mentioned that he will be seeing the New York Times “as usual during UNGA where we’ll have more important matters to discuss and address.”
On Monday, a separate terrorist attack car bombing left at least 17 people dead and 28 others injured in the Somali capital city Mogadishu. The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility, saying that it was a suicide bombing. “The martyrdom operation was carried out using a vehicle loaded with explosives which targeted a checkpoint along the airport road,” the group reportedly said in a brief statement. It is unclear whether any Gulf nations had a hand in this as well.
President Donald Trump has accused Qatar of financing terror in the past. However, during Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit to the White House this month, the commander in chief said the emir was a friend, and United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin thanked Qatar for combating terrorist financing.
In an interview with Arab News, Salman Al-Ansari, founder of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SARPAC), said, “Qatar will do whatever it can do to unleash and support the terror ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and all the other groups that stem from it.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin Warns Big Tech Monopolies are Becoming More Powerful Than Nation States
He sees this as a big problem.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of Big Tech monopolies taking power that can allow them to supersede nation states during a recent address.
Putin made the remarks while giving an speech before a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.
“Digital giants play an increasingly significant role in the life of society. There is much talk about it now, especially in connection with the events that happened in the states during the election campaign,” Putin said.
“And those are not just some economic giants now, in some fields, they de facto compete with nations. Their audience includes billions of users who spend a significant part of their lives on those ecosystems,” he added.
Putin is alarmed at the growing influence of these monolithic tech entities that threaten national sovereignty and the rule of law.
“And from those companies’ point of view, their monopoly status is optimal for technological and business processes. Maybe it is, but there is a question: How does this monopolism serve the interest of society? Where is the divide between a successful global business, high-demand services and big data consolidation, and to rudely try to rule society at their own discretion?” Putin asked.
Putin accused Big Tech entities of coming dangerously close to usurping or restricting “the natural human right to decide how to live, what to choose, which position to express freely.”
“We just saw all of these in the states, and everybody understands what I am talking about,” Putin said to conclude his Big Tech rant, perhaps alluding to the electoral heist that happened in America.
The clip can be seen here:
NEW – Russian President Putin: Big Tech monopoly giants compete with nations. They serve or restrict the natural human right to decide how to live, what to chose, which position to express freely.pic.twitter.com/gnH94XJJho
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) January 27, 2021
Big League Politics has reported on the overreaching that Big Tech has performed in recent months, going fully totalitarian to install President-imposed Joe Biden in the White House:
The communications directors at many Big Tech entities – including Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat – have been revealed as veteran Democrat Party operatives…
Much of what is posted by Starbuck holds up to journalistic scrutiny. Twitter communications director Nick Pacillo once worked as a spokesman for Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris while she was California attorney general. It has been alleged that he continues to serve her in his privileged role with Twitter, as supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) believe the platform blocked donations for their preferred presidential candidate while he was running against Harris.
Meanwhile Andy Stone – who serves as Facebook’s Policy Communications Director – has been working in various capacities to assure Democrat victory for over a decade. He was celebrated for his career of service to the Democrats when he joined their House Majority PAC in 2012.
“We are thrilled to have Andy on board,” the political action committee’s executive director, Ali Lapp, said in a statement at the time. “Andy brings many assets to House Majority PAC — his understanding of the House, experience in California — one of our most important states in 2012 — and he knows firsthand what it’s like to be fighting for progressive principles and policies every day.”
“I am excited to join House Majority PAC,” Stone said about his servitude to the Democrat Party. “I look forward to working with this talented team to hold Republicans accountable for their extreme and out of touch policies — and to help win back the House.”
Laura Nichols, who works as vice president of communications for Snapchat, appears to have the longest record of paid Democrat advocacy, going back many decades.
Axios noted in their profile of Nichols that she worked as an adviser, strategist, and spokesperson for former House Leader Dick Gephardt for eight years. Gephardt was a Democrat lawmaker for 1977 to 2005, considered to be among the standard bearers of the party for a generation, running for the Democrat presidential nomination unsuccessfully in 1988 and 2004.
Additionally, she served as the SVP of communications and strategy at the Center for American Progress (CAP). The CAP is an organization that was founded by pizza-loving Hillary confidant John Podesta and forms the intellectual backbone for the Democrat Party.
While the West likes to paint Putin as a totalitarian monster, he seems to be keyed in on Big Tech’s negative impact on the masses. He appears to be more in tune with the needs of his people than the vast majority of American politicians.
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