We're now in the middle of our 10 day, 3 country swing. I missed posting from Doha, so this will have to make up. Doha is a smaller version of Dubai, and they're rushing to catch up, including the crazy man-made islands. Doha's project is called the pearl, and it's supposed to look like pearls growing in oysters, with luxury houses all over the islands. Doha is pretty much like any major US city at this point. Applebee's, Dunkin Donut's, Burger King, McDonalds, Starbucks on every floor of the City Center mall. The really cool part of the trip however, was when we get the chance to visit the Al-Jazeera headquarters. We visited the Arabic language, English language, and documentary channel buildings. In the English language network, they were on air live as we were going through. Iranian President Ahmadinejad's press conference announcing the release of the fifteen British sailors was going on as we were touring, so the place was frantic with activity. Our tour guide was from Mansfield, Ohio, believe it or not. She was an International Relations major from OSU, and we commisserated over how OSU managed to lose two national championships in the same year. We also got to meet the host of Inside Iraq, and Iraqi-American by the name of Jassem al-Alawi. He was very articulate, and his analysis of the current state of affairs in Iraq was prescient. I've known for a while that al-Jazeera gets a pretty bum wrap all over the world, and this more or less confirms it. The Arabs think its controlled by the Israelis, the Americans think its controlled by al-Qaeda, so they must be doing something right journalistically to piss off so many people at once. Anyways, now it's off to Dubai, the Las Vegas off the Middle East.