Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shaykh Sultan Bin Khalifa - Let's Make A Deal?

A very interesting post over at Rupert Bumfrey's blog.

Here's another link to the story at Moscow Times.

And an earlier one to the Times of London.

Let's see if more emerges.  Right now the story is a bit hard to swallow.

As far as I can tell this is still on the level of an accusation by one party in a rather bitter dispute with another.


the real nick said...

What's so hard to swallow about it? That some rulers are first and foremost businessmen who treat their countries as personal fiefdoms with laws to be fashioned to facilitate their own business dealings?

Abu 'Arqala said...


No. This is common even in countries where the rulers are elected.

But, as I read this story, it sounds like money laundering - disguising the true origin of funds.

I'd reserve judgment until some corroborating evidence comes forward. The testimony of either of these "biznezmen" doesn't hold much credibility with me.

If you think the GCC is fast and loose with ethics, you ain't see nothing yet compared to the "old country".

Anonymous said...

I see that as of May 16 if your clock on your link you get to

"This story has been deleted by the news provider."

One wonders why.

Abu 'Arqala said...


Interesting. Maybe making room for newer news?

Here's a link to Moscow Times - even grayer than the Grey Lady herself.