3:42 PM, Feb 24, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Ian Talley of the Wall Street Journal writes that according to Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund:
An “insidious conspiracy” of laws is keeping women out of the workforce around the world, costing the global economy badly needed growth.
Ms. Legarde cites an IMF study pointing to:
Countries such as India, Turkey, Pakistan and Egypt [that] are losing hundreds of billions of dollars in lost economic potential as they preserve fences against working women …
Qatar, Oman and Iran topped the list at over 30% of GDP. Absent from the list was Saudi Arabia, which has one of the lowest labor-force participation rates for women in the world, according to the World Bank.
If there are obvious conclusions to be drawn here, Ms.Legarde neglected to do so.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:10 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on Hamas's attack tunnels, Operation Protective Edge, the Iranian factor, and what the media gets wrong about Israel's involvement in Gaza.
4:53 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Did the detainees in Guantanamo Bay know about the transfer of five senior Taliban commanders before members of Congress?
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:15 PM, Jun 3, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and frequent contributor on why the Bergdahl swap is a terrible deal for American Security.
7:00 AM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Several men who served with Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan say Bergdahl deserted in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban. Bergdahl's release this weekend as part of an exchange with the U.S. for five top Taliban operatives who were being held in Guantanamo Bay has prompted those servicemen to speak out. Jake Tapper at CNN reports:
Taliban Hails 'Great Victory'6:42 AM, Jun 2, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, doesn’t make statements often. Omar is so reclusive that some have even speculated that he is either dead, or otherwise incapacitated in Pakistan.
5:11 PM, Mar 27, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Obama administration’s attempt at peace talks with the Taliban has been fraught with problems. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on another: Qatar.
3:01 PM, Nov 15, 2011 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
On November 11, Al Jazeera announced from its home offices in Doha, Qatar that it had broadcast its first “Al Jazeera Balkans” news bulletin at 5 p.m., Bosnian time. A press release described Al Jazeera’s southeast European enterprise as “the first regional news channel,” which, the report continued, “fills a large gap in the market. News till now has been country specific.”
Qatar versus Qaddafi.Sep 5, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 47 • By LEE SMITH
With Muammar Qaddafi perhaps on his last legs, Libyan rebel leaders are looking for $5 billion to rebuild a country wracked by nearly half a year of civil war. It’s hardly surprising that the first international aid conference is scheduled for Qatar, since no Arab leader has provided more assistance to the rebels than that country’s 59-year-old emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
1:11 PM, Jul 20, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
The U.S. embassy isn’t the only diplomatic compound that’s been stormed in Damascus. The Qatari embassy was attacked twice, compelling Doha to withdraw their ambassador last week.
Elects Iran VP and Qatar president of the General Assembly.12:00 AM, Jun 24, 2011 • By ANNE BAYEFSKY
On Wednesday, the U.N. General Assembly elected Iran one of its vice presidents and Qatar as president, each for a year-long term starting in September. At one and the same time the Obama State Department has been blanketing the airwaves with speeches on this administration’s love affair with the UN under the title “principled engagement.” But with Wednesday’s U.N. elections, what kind of principles might the Obama administration be talking about?
5:15 PM, Mar 22, 2011 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Last week, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), composed of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain, sent Saudi soldiers and UAE police across the causeway from Saudi territory into Bahrain, as supporters of a Sunni Muslim monarchy, against massive protests by the Shia Muslim majority on the island.
Qatar politicsDec 20, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 14 • By LEE SMITH
Now that the 2022 World Cup has been given to Qatar, details of improprieties in the decision-making process of international soccer’s governing board, FIFA, are starting to trickle out.