Issue 1164 PDF: Qatari banker’s MUFC bid highlights issues of private wealth and public assets

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Issue 1164 - 24 Feb 2023

The issue leads with an analysis of what Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani’s emergence as a bidder for Manchester United FC reveals about the balance of power and wealth in the opaque world of Qatari politics. We also publish a detailed profile of Sheikh Jassim.

Politics & People leads on the likelihood of yet another unconstitutional government resignation in Kuwait and the dismal state of its anti-corruption campaign.

Royals watch notes steps to reconciliation in Kuwait’s ruling Al-Sabah family, while Diplomatic brief analyses the context of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s recent visit to Oman.

Defence & Security covers the emergence of Iran-based jihadist veteran Saif Al-Adel as leader of Al-Qaeda. We also report on Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri’s inspection of a new underground airbase located in the southern mountains.

Energy & Industry explores difficulties in establishing a working relationship between Erbil and Baghdad and the impact on a proposed national budget and hydrocarbons law. The situation leaves Iraqi Kurds in political and financial limbo with their regional oil industry under threat.

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