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This week on The Sound Kitchen, guest chef Aidan O’Donnell gives you the answer to the question about the cessation of diplomatic and economic relationships with Qatar. There’s some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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A hearty welcome to the new section of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidibad, India, Mr Najim Uddin, president. They’ve added a “sub-club” - the RFI Students and Sports Club – to their existing club.


If you would like to create an official RFI club, or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link at the end of the article for information on how to get started.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Babul Gogoi from Assam, India; Rwandan Vital Munanira, living now in Nairobi, Kenya; Lacula John Mary from Uganda; Bubacarr Baldeh from The Gambia; Chinmoy Mahato from Jamshedpur, India; Mohamed Elsayed Abd Elraheim from Elsharkya, Egypt and two new members from Naogaon, Bangladesh: Mokhlesur Rahaman Mollah and Khondaker Rafiqul Islam. .

Welcome one and all! If you would like to join the RFI Listeners Club, just send an e-mail to and I’ll get you signed up – it’s that easy!

This week’s quiz: On 10 June, Aidan O’Donnell asked you a question about the Middle East. That week, five Arab nations broke all economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar – even cutting off land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar. You were to write in with the names of those five countries.

The answer is: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Yemen. Since then, Comoros, Mauritania, Senegal, the Maldives and the government of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland have also cut off ties. The Tobruk-based government of Libya say they too have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, even though they have no diplomatic representation in the country. And there are four countries which have downgraded diplomatic ties with Qatar without fully cutting relations: Chad, Djibouti, Jordan, and Niger.

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club member Ibrahim Umar Abdulkarim from Kano State in Nigeria. Ibrahim sent his answer in a text to the Sound Kitchen mobile phone, which you can do, too – scroll down to the bottom of this page for the phone number. Hailing from Chiniot District in Pakistan, Ali Shahzad Chadhar is a winner this week, as is Mrs Momtaz Begum, a member of the Shapla Digital Radio Fan Club in Kurigram, Bangladesh. There’s John Kennedy Adzomani from Kumasi, Ghana, and last but not least, Esther Akiteng, from the Kumi Central RFI Listeners Club in Kampala, Uganda.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 7 August to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 12 August program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win a special Sound Kitchen prize click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club click here

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