Soldiers on camels take part in a military parade on Qatar's National Day in the capital Doha last Wednesday. The city's rapidly growing skyline is in the background. Despite its small size, Qatar has used its wealth to play an outsized role in regional affairs.
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Qatar funds the Al Jazeera satellite network. Launched in 1996, Al Jazeera has helped bring a much more lively debate to a region that was traditionally dominated by staid, government-run broadcasters.
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The former emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, was the driving force behind Qatar's high-profile forays throughout the region. Shown here in 2012, he stepped down this past June in favor of his 33-year-old son.
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Qatar's emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24. Sheik Tamim, 33, took over from his father six months ago.
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The Lusail Multipurpose Sports Hall, which is under construction in Doha, will be used for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar has come under criticism for its treatment of foreign workers, who far outnumber the Qatari population.
Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.
The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and history, much of it dating as far back as ... the 1990s.
Qatar is also a commercial capital that aims to become a cultural, sports and tourist center for the Gulf region despite having just 260,000 citizens.
Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:18 pm
Let's stipulate, for the purposes of this post, that you are looking for love. Thanks to our ever-connected devices, you can skip the bars or gyms or extracurricular activities to find a hookup. And even if you do meet someone the old-fashioned, analog way, romance and social media are so entwined that you can't escape getting ranked somewhere on an app.
This is the modern reality made possible by the two hot dating apps of 2013: Tinder and Lulu.
Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:49 pm
It's time for our biweekly podcast, in which your NPR tech reporting team mashes together the themed reporting we do on a certain subject and produce one delightful, downloadable podcast.
This episode's theme is the changing economy and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks in large part to the latest tech boom there. We've explored it from several angles — housing, transportation and individual lives, and the stories are aggregated here, if you want to read them.