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islamic values Multi-coloured toys qatar ministry

The Qatar Ministry of Commerce and Industry last week confiscated a range of multi-coloured toys they claimed contravened Islamic values. The seizure comes despite the authoritarian emirate stating everyone is welcome at next year’s World Cup. In November, the country also seemed to indicate it would allow rainbow flags at the event. However, the Qatar …

sultan qaboos open secret

As commentators and world leaders pay condolences on the death of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, they ignore the open secret of his sexuality. While lauding his contributions to Middle East peace (whatever that is) and his ability to act as a conduit between warring parties in the region, commentary ignores the repressive regime he ran …