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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Excerpts: Kuwaiti nationals financed Brotherhood members held in UAE. Qatars control over Egypt. EU, US open high-tech unit on cybercrime January 12, 2013

Excerpts: Kuwaiti nationals financed Brotherhood members held in UAE.
Qatar's control over Egypt. EU, US open high-tech unit on cybercrime
Saturday, January 12, 2013
+++SOURCE: ”Yahoo News via Egypt Daily News 12 Jan.’13:”Kuwaitis financed
Brotherhood members held in UAE –Kuwaiti media”, Reuters
SUBJECT: Kuwaiti nationals financed Brotherhood members held in UAE
QUOTE:”The Muslim Brotherhood is not banned in Kuwait, which has the most
open political system in the Gulf”
FULL TEXT:KUWAIT (Reuters) - Islamists held in the United Arab Emirates
accused of planning to topple the government were financed by Kuwaiti
nationals, Kuwaiti media reported on Friday[11 Jan.], lending support to UAE
fears of an international plot against its rulers.

The UAE, a major oil exporter, has detained more than 60 Islamists in the
past year who it says belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in
Egypt in 1928 and which is banned in the Gulf Arab state, and who it accuses
of planning to establish an Islamic state and operating an armed wing.

The UAE has repeatedly said that the detainees were receiving financial
support from individuals in other Gulf Arab states, but had stopped short of
naming those countries.

Several newspapers on Friday[11 Jan.] quoted Kuwaiti parliamentarians as
saying Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah informed them at a
confidential meeting held on Thursday[10 Jan.] that Kuwaiti nationals had
been providing financial support to Muslim Brotherhood members in the UAE.

"Yes, there was financing coming from Kuwait," Sheikh Jaber told the
parliamentarians in the session, according to the Arabic-language daily
al-Watan.

Sheikh Jaber gave no further details, al-Watan reported, adding only: "We
can't announce the names before they have been referred to the courts."

The pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat carried a similar report, quoting two MPs as
confirming the prime minister's comments.

A government spokesman in Kuwait was not immediately available to comment,
nor were UAE officials available on Friday[11 Jan.], the first day of the
weekend in most Gulf Arab states.

The Muslim Brotherhood is not banned in Kuwait, which has the most open
political system in the Gulf.

Thanks to its state-sponsored cradle-to-grave welfare systems, the UAE has
avoided the unrest that has unseated autocratic Arab rulers elsewhere in the
past two years, but it has come down hard on any sign of political dissent.

Local Islamists became emboldened by their counterparts' successes in other
parts of the region during the Arab Spring, such as in Egypt and Tunisia,
and made unprecedented use of social media to air their views.

In July, Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan warned of an international plot to
overthrow Gulf Arab governments, saying the region needed to be prepared to
counter any threat from Muslim Brotherhood sympathisers as well as from
Syria and Iran.

Last week, local newspapers reported that the UAE had rejected a request by
Egypt to free 11 of its citizens held on suspicion of training Islamists in
how to overthrow governments.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said the men had been wrongfully arrested.

(Reporting By Mahmoud Harbi, Writing by Raissa Kasolowsky in Abu Dhabi;
Editing by Sami Aboudi and Mark Heinrich)

+++SOURCE:Yahoo News via Egypt Daily Neews 12 Jan.’13:” Qatar’s control over
Egypt” By Tariq Alhomayed

SUBJECT: Qatar’s control over Egypt

QUOTE:{“Qatari Prime Minister …says that what is being said about his
country trying to control Egypt ‘is a silly joke’ “

FULL TEXT:The Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim says that what
is being said about his country trying to control Egypt is a “silly joke”,
adding that “Egypt with its great human and economic assets and potentials
cannot be dominated by any other country”. Of course, Sheikh Hamad’s words
are true and accurate, given that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
could not control Egypt, nor could President Mursi, for Egypt's problems are
too big for anybody to control. Yet the story is not about this, rather it
is about subversion; lending support for something and sabotaging something
else. Supporting a specific trend in Egypt at the expense of another is
highly destructive. It is well known that Qatar supports the Muslim
Brotherhood everywhere, not only in Egypt, and not only financially but also
in the media.

One may argue that there is no harm in this, for there are those that
support liberal currents and so on elsewhere in the Arab World, so it is the
Qataris right to support the Muslim Brotherhood. This is true, but what
exactly are Doha’s reasons for supporting the Brotherhood? Qatar is making
efforts in all areas because Doha is a progressive capital seeking
development, but Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, whether in
Egypt, Tunisia, Libya or even the Gulf States, is puzzling. Qatari society,
for example, is far more Salafi-orientated than many would imagine, in
accordance with the doctrine of Sheikh Mohammed Ibn Abd al-Wahhab. This
makes the country’s media and political support for the Muslim Brotherhood
puzzling and surprising, not only in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, but also in
Syria, Jordan, and the Gulf States, and even in countries where the presence
of the Brotherhood is not well known.

My intention here is not to defame Qatar but rather to ask a question that
needs to be asked, yet which has yet to be answered. Why, for example, is
there Qatari enthusiasm for the Brotherhood, and not only at the level of
the Egyptian state but also at the level of a political movement like Hamas?

I write this article having visited Qatar. Anyone who visits Doha would find
that it is a magical city, and this is something that must be supported, but
Qatar’s policy, specifically towards the Muslim Brotherhood, needs to be
explained. When Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim says the idea of Qatar seeking to
control Egypt is a silly joke, this is true, but the danger lies in
supporting certain trends and movements at the expense of the concept of the
state. This is a real danger that would impact upon the region as a whole,
and on Qatar itself.

So the story is not about controlling Egypt, for the land of Egypt will
ultimately prevail over all those who seek to control it, but the real
issue, and the danger, lies in political, media and financial subversion,
whether in Egypt or elsewhere, where the concept of the state is distorted.
This is the danger, so will Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim explain the rationale
behind his country’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood? At this point, we
will either understand the rationale behind it, or we may be able to explain
Qatar’s error in advocating the Brotherhood’s project not only in Egypt but
in the entire region.

The worry is not that Qatar will control Egypt, but rather that the Muslim
Brotherhood will attempt to. This would result in the loss of the civil
state, and this is the crux of the matter.

+++SOURCE: Naharnet ( Lebanon)12 Jan.’13:”EU,US Agree to Share Cybercrime
Data as New Unit Opens”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: EU,US open hi-tech unit on cybercrime

QUOTE:”helping police catch up with increasingly imaginative criminals”

FULL TEXT:The European Union and the U.S. agreed Friday[11 Jan.] to share
more data on cross-border cyber criminals at the opening of a new hi-tech
unit aimed at helping police catch up with increasingly imaginative
criminals.

"This agreement will reinforce the cooperation, the exchange of
information," Europol chief Rob Wainwright told Agence France Presse at the
opening of the European Cybercrime Center (EC3) in The Hague.

EC3's task is to use its expertise to help European police investigations
and coordinate data, but the unit that is housed within Europol will not
itself initiate criminal probes.

With a budget of 4.6 million euros (6.1 million dollars) in 2013, the EC3's
priority is to track people carrying out online fraud, "phishing" for web
users' private data, including bank account passwords, or dealing in
paedophile pornography.

"Cybercrime is a shared global problem," said John Morton, who heads the
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency which includes the EC3
unit's U.S. counterpart, C3.

An EC3 analyst who asked not to be named said: "Today's it's quite possible
for someone in Argentina to use a server in Miami to steal data in Europe
that will be used on another continent, so the sharing of data is extremely
important."

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom noted that cyber-criminals
"are ahead of us."

"They will always be a bit ahead of us," said EC3's boss Troels Oerting.

"They have more money than we do, more resources, they don't have the legal
boundaries we have, and, they have the greed," Oerting said.

"Our role is to reduce that gap as much as possible."

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Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA

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