Qatar donates $100 million for Katrina

Funny how the US will accept charity money it does not need (as the richest country in the world) from Arab states but will make a huge fuss about Arab business investments:

On September 14, 2005, the Amir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, graciously announced a gift of $100 million for those stricken by Hurricane Katrina. On Saturday, May 13, 2006, at a ceremony in New Orleans, representatives of the State of Qatar will announce the disbursement of $60 million of this sum to institutions and non-governmental organizations providing healthcare and educational services to those affected by this natural disaster.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,