11/14/2011, Doha, Qatar.A technician with al-Jazeera Arabic watches the channel's live broadcast from the "gallery" in Doha, Monday...Qatar has played an increasingly pivotal role in Middle Eastern politics in recent years--intervening on behalf of revolutions that have swept the region, and talking openly with groups like Hamas while maintaining close ties to the West--which does large volumes of business within the small Gulf State, home to the Al-Jazeera TV news network, and a significant portion of the worlds natural gas.
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