GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
June 1995: Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar deposes his father in a bloodless coup.

Sheikh Hamad deposes his father with the support of the Qatari armed forces after accusing him of stealing from oil and gas revenues. Born in Doha in 1950 and educated in Qatar and abroad, Sheikh Hamad's policies modernize Qatar through the expansion of business and foreign relations, the use of natural resources, and the loosening of restrictions on the press and media.

WWW Rulers of Qatar
http://www.arab.net/qatar/history/qr_rulers.html

A brief history of the rulers of Qatar


WWW Country Profile on Qatar
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world /middle_east/country_profiles/791921 .stm

A profile of Qatar