Background of the crisis
On June 5, 2017 at 5.50 am Bahrain cut ties with Qatar amid a deepening rift between Gulf Arab nations. Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement early on Monday saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period. Later at 6 am, Saudi Arabia too followed suit and cut ties with Qatar. Immediately thereafter UAE and Egypt also cut ties. Then at around 8.35 am Abh-Dhabi based Etihad said it is suspending flights to Qatar from June 6 “until further notice”. Immediately thereafter, Qatar said there is “no legitimate justification” for four Arab nations to cut diplomatic ties. It said the decision is a “violation of its sovereignty”, vowing to its citizens that it will not affect them. Later US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told “It is important that the GCC remain a unified”. Tillerson does not expect the rift “to have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism”. Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East. Later during the day, Yemen too cut its ties with Qatar. Yemen said it supports the decision by the Saudi-led coalition to end Qatar’s participation in the war on the Houthis in Yemen. Qatar has been part of the coalition since March 2015. The government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says it severed ties with Qatar in part over its support of extremist groups in Yemen “in contradiction with the goals announced by the countries supporting the legitimate government”. Later, Dubai’s budget carrier FlyDubai said it has cancelled its flights to Qatar amid a diplomatic dispute between it and other Arab countries. The carrier said on Monday that, starting Tuesday, all flights would be suspended. It offered no other details. FlyDubai’s decision follows that of Emirates and Etihad in cancelling flights to Doha. Later, Saudi Arabian Airlines said it is suspending flights to the Qatari capital, Doha. The airline, also known as Saudia, posted on Twitter that it would be halting flights from Monday morning, without elaborating. Thereafter, Air Arabia, a low-cost airline based in the United Arab Emirates, said it is suspending flights to Qatar along with other Emirati airlines over a growing diplomatic crisis. Air Arabia says its flights will be suspended from Tuesday “until further notice”. Later, Libya’s Haftar cuts ties with Qatar. The faction led by Khalifa Haftar, one of three rival governments in Libya, announced it is cutting ties with Qatar. Haftar’s foreign minister accuses Qatar of “harbouring terrorism”. Later, Egypt recalled its Ambassador. Maldives too cut ties with Qatar. After this, Iran calls for dialogue. Iran helped Qatar by supplying food items. Israel praised anti-Qatar moves. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, has praised the measures against Qatar, saying: “There is no doubt that this opens very many possibilities of cooperation in the struggle against terror.” Later, Turkey too got actively involved in efforts to resolve the diplomatic spat between Qatar and its neighbours. Kuwait called for restraint. The next day on June 6, 2017, Qatar Airways suspends flights to UAE, Egypt, Bahrain. US President Donald Trump tweets – For the first time since the crisis unfolded, Trump has weighed in. His tweet: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!”. Jordan said it will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Qatar after examining the “cause of the crisis” in the Gulf. Mauritania breaks diplomatic ties with Qatar. Trump spoke to Saudi King Salman. The two leaders discussed the critical goals of preventing the financing of terrorist organisations and eliminating the promotion of extremism by any nation in the region,” according to a White House statement. The president underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability. Pakistan expressed concern over the crises. Amid tensions, its close ally Turkey voted to accelerate the deployment of troops to its base in the peninsula. US President Donald Trump accused Qatar of “funding terrorism” at “very high level” when speaking at the White House on Friday, where he was holding a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. German FM warned Gulf crisis could lead to war. “The dispute between Qatar and other Arab states could lead to war”’, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told a newspaper on Saturday, adding that he still saw a chance to defuse the tension. On June 13, 2017, Egypt eased restriction on flights from and to Qatar.
Background of Qatar
The state of Qatar in the Persian Gulf was bound by treaty relations tom Great Britain until September 1971. Even though, like Oman, it was not formally considered to be a part of the British Empire (as for example Kuwait), the severance of the treaty relations between Qatar and Great Britain on September 1, 1971 was recorded as a declaration of Independence. The holiday is annually celebrated on 18 December. It is a national holiday and most of the public are given the day off from school and work. Prior to the Emiri decree in June 2007, Qatar National Day was annually celebrated on 3 September, the day of Qatar’s independence. But for astrological purposes, we will take chart of September 1, 1971.
Following is the chart of Qatar Independence 1971.
Progressed V/s Natal Chart for June 2017
In the above chart the progressed Moon is in the 3rd house. The 3rd house signifies the relationship with the neighbouring countries. In fact when the progressed Moon entered the 3rd house of the progressed chart in the month of November, 2016 the relationship started getting worse with its allies. The progressed Moon is Quincunx (150 degrees, malefic) to Mars in the 8th house. Mars is lord of MC of the progressed chart. MC, the 10th house, represents the Governance. In the month of October 2017 the transit Uranus will be making a malefic quincunx (150 degrees) aspect to the progressed Moon in the 3rd house. In the month of December 2017, the transit Saturn will be square (90 degrees a malefic aspect) to progressed Moon. In the month of December 2017 the progressed Moon is quincunx (150 degrees, a malefic aspect) to natal MC. This again is a combination which shows that the Qatar as a country will be isolated for its mis-governance. In December 2017 the transit Pluto is square to progressed MC. In the month of January/February 2018, the progressed Moon in the 3rd house is conjunct progressed Pluto. This will flare up and Qatar will find itself isolated from its fellow countries and by this we will witness a clear divide among the Muslim dominated nations.
– In the month of October 2017, the relationship will again turn more worse with its neighbouring countries.
– In the month of December 2017, Qatar will be isolated by its fellow countries for its Mis-governance.
– January/February 2018 we will see a clear cut division amongst the Muslim dominated nations and Qatar will finally be isolated.
B.Com., MFM Finance (NMIMS)
2 Year Jyotirvid and 3 Year Jyotirvisharad
(From Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai)
Faculty of Astrology at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai.
Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 02.00 PM, Mumbai