Cue the tiny violin. Why be happy AJ is floundering as Qatar has budget trouble? Qatar’s support of the Brotherood and its demand of AJ staff to support the accused terrorist group. The MB is now recognized as a terrorist group by the UK in a stunning indictment.

With the Muslim Brotherhood exposed and al-Jazeera in trouble, Obama sure is having a bad week.

Via AP/Post Bulletin.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster, said Sunday it is slashing about 500 jobs a little more than two months after announcing the closure of its U.S. offshoot.

The cutbacks come as 2022 World Cup host Qatar refocuses its spending priorities amid a steep drop in prices for oil and gas, the backbone of the OPEC nation’s economy.

The Al-Jazeera Media Network described the cuts as part of a “workforce optimization initiative” tied to an evolving media landscape…

They will enable Al-Jazeera to “maintain a leading position and continue our recognized commitment to high quality, independent and hard-hitting journalism around the world,” acting Director General Mostefa Souag said in a statement.

The network did not make officials available for comment, but confirmed it currently employs about 4,500 people. Most of those losing their jobs are based in Qatar.

It struggled to crack into the U.S. market, however. It announced in January it was shutting down its Al Jazeera America cable news network, launched in October 2013, after struggling to attract viewers and convince cable and satellite companies to carry it.

Like other major energy producers, Qatar is under pressure from a steep slide in oil prices that has pushed crude to less than $40 a barrel from more than $100 in the summer of 2014. Several prominent Qatari employers have cut jobs in recent months, and authorities in January hiked subsidized gasoline prices by at least 30 percent.

Even with cutbacks in government spending, Qatar expects to run a budget deficit of more than $12 billion this year.


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  1. Maynard says:

    …and when these guys “slash” jobs, it’s not just a figure of speech.

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