While Islamists and jihadists are buying the voice of Western media with unimaginable amount of money, a funder of Islamic State (ISIS), who has been living in Britain since 2009 has reportedly hired a British journalist as well as few MPs of the Labour Party for launching a massive effort against anti-jihadist government in Bangladesh.
According to a report by Martha Lee, Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Sam Westrop, director of the Forum’s Islamist Watch project, on June 4, the Washington Times published a “special section” of articles lavishing praise on Qatar, its institutions, and its global influence. Each of these articles was labeled as “sponsored,” although the Washington Times neglected to say by whom. At first glance, this was a surprising insertion in a conservative paper whose editorial board has previously been critical of the Middle Easterner countries.
It is well documented that Qatari money is everywhere, in previous years its influence had been perceived mostly on the European and American left. Qatar’s media empire Al Jazeera, for example, operates a social media platform named AJ+, which has partnered with hard left-leaning American outlets such as the Young Turks.
Meanwhile, prominent think tanks such as the Brookings Institution have received tens of millions from Doha. Brookings got $15 million in 2013, and at least $2 million in just the past year — perhaps much more. Such generosity has afforded Brookings a plush center in Doha. Meanwhile, the Qatari regime enjoys a steady flow of academic papers downplaying the kingdom’s patronage of violent Islamism and painting its ties to designated terror groups as nothing more than earnest attempts at dialogue, carried out in an attempt to acquire influence for the sake of benevolence.
But institutions such as Brookings — along with many American universities (including public colleges) that enjoy similar arrangements — are not Doha’s only playthings. Over the past few years, there have been noticeable Qatari attempts to win friends and influence people outside the usual ambit of the Left.
At the time, the media noted that prominent Republican Mike Huckabee also accepted $50,000 and a trip to Doha. Huckabee’s inclusion in Qatar’s subornation’s was explained by the media as a consequence of his longstanding ties to pro-Israel Jewish organizations. But, apparently to few people’s notice, Qatar has been placing unabashedly pro-Qatari messages in American conservative media for a while now. It seems Huckabee was not just sought for his Jewish connections, but for his conservative standing.
The splash of pro-Qatari messaging in the strongly conservative Washington Times on June 4 was significant, but not new. Of the 25 articles published, five were written by Times columnist Tim Constantine, who is a regular at Republican gatherings and has some influence as a talk radio host of “The Capitol Hill Show.” Over the past few years, Constantine has used both his columns in the Times and his radio show to lionize Qatar, give platforms to regime officials, and denounce the iniquities of Qatar’s greatest antagonist, Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile in Britain, ISIS funder and convict fugitive Md. Shahid Uddin Khan has been donating substantial amount of money both to the Tory Party and Labour Party, while he also has entered into business partnership with Tory MP Stephen Hammond.
In 2018, Mr. Khan formed an organization named Astha (Faith) with the goal of establishing sharia regime by ousting democratically elected governments.
Recently, he has reportedly hired a British journalist, initials of who’s name is ‘DB’ for writing against Bangladesh government and Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI). It may be mentioned here that, DGFI has been championing Bangladesh’s ongoing battle against radical Islam and jihad.