7 Nations Close Borders with Qatar

June 8, 2017

A sudden turn of events may adversely affect International Educators planning to, or currently working in Qatar and the surrounding region:

Monday, June 5 – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives collectively cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Citizens of these countries have been banned from traveling to Qatar, living there, or traveling through the country. Citizens of the aforementioned countries have 14 days to leave. The UAE and Egypt gave Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave. Middle Eastern airlines are canceling all routes to Qatar. The participating 7 nations have closed their airspace, along with land and sea borders with Qatar.

Qatar has long been accused of backing militant groups, including so-called Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. It is believed that wealthy individuals in Qatar have made donations to terrorists and the government has given money and weapons to hard-line Islamic groups in Syria. Qatar is also accused of having links to a group formerly known as the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate. The countries closing their borders with Qatar say they are doing so for security reasons.

While the US, UK and other Western nations have not levied actions against Qatar, the consequences of the 7 participating nations is sure to have an effect on teachers from every nation working in the region.

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For more information:
BBC  News
Aljazeera News
The Hill


Turmoil in The Islamic World

September 20, 2012

..Massive protests cause turmoil for expat teachers
..throughout Islamic world:

“Fury over an anti-Islam film spread across the Muslim world last week. At least four people — all protesters — were killed and dozens were wounded in the demonstrations in more than 20 countries from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. Most were peaceful but they turned violent in several nations, presenting challenges for the leaders who came to power in the Arab Spring.

Protesters set fire to the American School adjacent to the embassy compound and prevented firefighters from approaching it. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the school in Tunis was badly damaged and is now ‘unusable.”

How are you, your family and school administration faring in these troubling times? Is your school sending teachers home or out of the country? How are local people, such as your home neighbors, reacting to you as a foreigner? What changes have become necessary for additional security? Is there some way we, your colleagues, can help? Please add your comments below.

Expats in Political Hot Spots

December 25, 2010

Any place in the world can turn into a political Hot Spot overnight. To facilitate sharing information on various Hot Spots around the world, ISR created a Blog category titled  Expats in Political Hot Spots. Currently, you’ll find Blogs covering Libya, Bahrain, Pakistan, Tunisia, Mexico and Egypt. We invite teachers and expats in these locations to take advantage of this new Blog venue. Scroll down to find Blogs covering Bahrain, Mexico, Tunisia, Pakistan, and Egypt open for your questions and comments.

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Mexico: Current Teacher Status / Job Seeker Advice

December 24, 2010

Not many years ago Mexico was a tranquil, peaceful country. Today it is riddled with kidnappings and murders as a result of violent drug wars. What is it like to teach and live in Mexico in 2011?

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Libya: Current Teacher Status / Job Seeker Advice

December 23, 2010

The crackdown in  Libya is the most brutal repression of the anti-government protests that began with uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.  One  day after commandos and foreign mercenaries loyal to Moammar Gadhafi attacked demonstrators with assault rifles, these forces fired machine-guns at mourners participating in a funeral march for anti-government protesters in the city of Benghazi. Libya hosts International Schools that employ teachers from around the world. If you have information to share about our colleagues in Libya, please post it here.

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Egypt: Current Teacher Status / Job Seeker Advice

December 22, 2010

Hundreds of our colleagues work in more than 25 international and American schools throughout Egypt.  If you were in Egypt during the protests, here’s a place to share your experience with colleagues. Additionally, are schools endangering their foreign hire staff by asking them to return to Egypt?  How does the future look for recently hired teachers who will be arriving for the 2011/2012 academic year?

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Bahrain: Current Teacher Status / Job Seeker Advice

December 21, 2010

Feb 17: In a pre-dawn attack, Bahrain exploded into brutal conflict between club-wielding riot police and anti government protesters sleeping in Pearl Square. The capital was later shut down and military check points set up. Do you have  information to share?

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