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  • Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Fight in Yemen

    11/25/2015 5:33:52 PM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Emily B Hager and Mark Mazzett
    The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war that has drawn in the United States and Iran. It is the first combat deployment for a foreign army that the Emirates has quietly built in the desert over the past five years, according to several people currently or formerly involved with the project. The program was once managed by a private company connected to Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide, but the people involved in the effort said...
  • UAE oil minister defends OPEC’s decision not to cut production

    11/20/2015 4:50:21 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 19 November 2015 | Reuters
    United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said on Wednesday he did not regret last year’s OPEC decision not to cut the production ceiling in the face of falling prices. “I am sure that the decision was right and I am confident that the market will stabilise,” Suhail al-Mazrouei said at an industry conference in Dubai. “We are not regretting the decision we took, we had no option,” he said. “Yes it’s painful for many producers around the world and we share that pain, but it doesn’t mean that we need to do something that is not sustainable.” The Organization of Petroleum...
  • Walid Phares Explains Obama's Strategy (Why Obama is so pro Syrian refugee)

    11/19/2015 8:04:43 PM PST · by GilGil · 46 replies
    RushLimbqaugh.com ^ | 11/16/2015 | Rush Linbugh
    PHARES: ...the president has a different strategy. He's getting a lot of pressure by the Iranians. Otherwise he should have long time ago allied himself, partnered with Arab moderate forces such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, they are fighting terrorism very much and very well in Yemen, in Sinai, in Libya, elsewhere, but the reason that he's not going to these moderate Arab forces and asking them on the ground to be boots on the ground is because the Iranians are pressuring him because the Syrian Regime is pressuring him. They don't want those areas, those Sunni areas to...
  • Revealed: The Gulf States are Buying Tons of American Smart Bombs

    11/19/2015 5:21:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security ^ | November 18, 2015 | James Hasik
    The tragedy of Paris this past weekend may eventually prove to have been the beginning of the end for the Al-Baghdadi Gang in Al-Raqqah. Wantonly attacking the citizens of two UN Security Council members in a week wasn't just heinous, it was stupid. So if the Coalition air forces have been running through a lot of ordnance pummeling troops and infrastructure, the pace is only stepping up. Getting them the weapons, though, hasn’t been easy. As Air Force Secretary Debbie James stressed at last week’s Dubai Air Show, her department has been trying to speed up its part of the...
  • Filthy-Rich Dubai Importing Ferrari, Lambo, and Bugatti POLICE CARS- but Not a Single 'Refugee'...

    11/16/2015 8:34:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 November 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Not sure justwhat the exact explanation is for how hyper-wealthy Arab states in the Middle East have been able to avoid even lifting a finger to help any of those pouring out of Syria and Iraq- but in the end, they seem to have been a lot wiser than we in the West (not that that's difficult these days or anything)... Arab societies are extremely tribal, so I imagine Sunni royalty view most Syrians and Iraqis largely with contempt, more potential enemy than 'family' -yes it seems Muslims can't even assimilate with other Islamic cultures if they happen to...
  • While you were sleeping: Obama transfers 5 Gitmo detainees to UAE

    11/16/2015 6:51:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/16/2015 | Rick Moran
    There are times I think Obama does this sort of thing because he knows we'll go ballistic. Late Sunday night (!), the Pentagon announced that 5 Guantanamo detainees were being transferred to the United Arab Emirates. This, despite the fact that today, the president will sign the Defense Reauthorization Act, which contains specific language that would restrictsuch transfers. The Hill: The Pentagon announced Sunday evening that it has transferred fiveGuantnamodetainees to the United Arab Emirates, just ahead of President Obama signing a defense bill that would place restrictions on moving prisoners from the facility. "The United States is grateful...
  • Location, Location, Location!

    11/15/2015 7:44:19 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-15-2015 | MOTUS
    We’ve all heard the phrase regarding the 3 most important aspects of real estate: location, location, location! I’ve been thinking about our current Middle East “refugee” problem and I think I’ve developed the optimal solution, using this basic principle. Instead of sending refugees on dangerous journeys to locations that are already densely populated, where social services are already hopelessly strapped and they’ll have to struggle to integrate with the existing culture why not reverse the direction of their emigration? Why not send them someplace where resistance is not futile, where society is already amenable to their religion of peace and...
  • UAE Command Selects AW609 Tiltrotor for Search and Rescue

    11/10/2015 3:44:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 10, 2015 | Bill Carey
    The UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC) will acquire three AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotors for search and rescue missions, the command announced on November 10 at the Dubai Airshow. The JAC will be the launch customer for the SAR variant of the twin-engine tiltrotor. The JAC’s selection of the AW609 gives the program a needed boost following the October 30 crash of an AW609 prototype in Italy that claimed the lives of two crewmembers. UAE military officers did not express concern about the aircraft during the press conference. Plans call for deliveries to the JAC to begin in 2019. The command also...
  • DUBAI: UAE signs $1.2bn surveillance deal with Saab

    11/09/2015 8:32:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flightglobal.com ^ | November 09, 2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    While all the talk in the run-up to the Dubai air show was about the prospects for large commercial orders being announced, it was the United Arab Emirates air force that opened sales, with a surprise, $1.27 billion contract with Saab for advanced surveillance aircraft. Announced during a press briefing on 9 November, the agreement – which was reached on the first day of the show – covers the provision of two Bombardier Global 6000 business jets, following their extensive modification by the Swedish company. “I am extremely happy to announce the first deal that has been signed,” Maj Gen...
  • Hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

    10/27/2015 1:08:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Middle Eastern Eye ^ | 10-26-2015 | Rori Donaghy
    The Saudi-led coalition has contracted hundreds of former Colombian soldiers to fight in Yemen as part of their battle to push back Houthi rebel fighters, according to reports in South America. The pan-Latin American channel TeleSUR reported on Monday that up to 800 Colombians will take up frontline positions in the southern port city of Aden, which is currently the scene of a power battle between coalition forces and rival militant factions separately linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State (IS) group. Colombian daily El Tiempo reported that around 100 Colombians had arrived in Yemen...
  • Woman falls to death while trying to escape arrest (the UAE has "illegal residents," too )

    10/20/2015 6:47:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | October 17, 2015 | Aghaddir Ali
    Sharjah: A women reportedly jumped from a six-storey balcony at an apartment complex early morning Saturday in order to escape police arrest, an official at Sharjah Police told Gulf News. The woman, identified as S.H., 32, was an illegal resident who hailed from Ethiopia. The woman tried to escape from the police, and so she jumped from a building located in Al Majaz area of Sharjah, police said.
  • Mohammad Discusses Bilateral Relations With Obama

    10/18/2015 12:15:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Gulf News ^ | October 17, 2015
    Mohammad Bin Zayed, US president discuss developments in region and cooperation between the two countriesHis Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and US President Barack Obama, discussed in a phone call friendship and cooperation between the two countries, ways to enhance them, and issues of mutual interest, as well as the latest developments in the region. During the telephone call, they also confirmed the distinguished relations between the two countries in all fields. They reviewed a number of matters of joint interest, especially the...
  • UAE to US lawmaker: We have a right to enrich uranium, too (nuclear arms race begins)

    10/15/2015 11:13:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    KRQE News ^ | October 15, 2015, 10:26 pm | DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON (AP) Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top U.S. lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal. The landmark Iran accord to curb its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic sanctions relief allows Tehran to enrich uranium. In barely noticed testimony last month, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the UAEs ambassador in Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, had informed him in a telephone call that the...
  • Who Charges Higher Fees Islamic or Conventional Banks?

    10/07/2015 10:47:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | Waheed Abbas
    Except auto finance, conventional lenders dominate the other segments of banking industry More UAE residents believe that Islamic banks transactions fees are lower than their conventional rivals, according to a survey published yesterday. Around 25 per cent residents believe that Shariah-compliant banks offer lower transaction fees as compared to 21 per cent for the conventional lenders. Conducted by Dubai-based Emirates Islamic bank, the survey results showed that more UAE residents opt for Islamic banks when it comes to auto finance rather than the conventional banks while in all other categories they prefer the latter. Around 52 per cent residents...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 2:56:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 10-3-2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscows intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 5:10:35 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 4, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscows intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • OPECs Family Feud

    09/28/2015 5:47:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | 9/28/2015 | Hellenic Shipping News
    When Venezuelan Oil Minister Juan Pablo Prez Alfonso resigned in 1963, he blasted the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, at the time torn by internal rivalries, for failing to produce any benefits for his country. Half a century later, OPEC is still split and Venezuela is again unhappy, this time at the unwillingness of the organizations top producer, Saudi Arabia, to rescue oil prices from a six-year low thats dragging the battered Venezuelan economy into an even deeper crisis. On Sept. 10, Venezuelas oil minister, Eulogio del Pino, tweeted appeals for OPEC and non-OPEC countries to have a discussion on...
  • Dubai declares three days of mourning as ruler's son dies of a heart attack aged just 33

    09/19/2015 8:08:32 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2015 | KATE PICKLES
    A three-day mourning period has been announced in the UAE after the son of Dubai's ruler died of a heart attack. Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who graduated from Sandhurst in 2002, died on Saturday morning.
  • Iomax delivers first production Archangel to the UAE

    09/08/2015 6:22:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    ARABIAN AEROSPACE ^ | 29 August 2015 | Jon Lake
    Delivery of the first Archangel aircraft to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF&AD) was achieved on time a mere seven months after signature of the contract. One aircraft will be delivered every month through to January 2016, after which the remaining 18 will arrive at a rate of two per month until the end of the contract. The new Archangels will replace the entire block 1 and block 2 border patrol aircraft (BPA) fleet. Six of the first 10 block 1 aircraft have already been donated to the Royal Jordanian Air Force and more are understood...
  • UAE loses 45 troops on black day in Yemen (Saudi Arabia Attacking)

    09/04/2015 5:20:49 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    THE UAE says 45 of its soldiers engaged in a Saudi-led campaign against Shi'ite rebels in Yemen have been killed in an accidental explosion that the insurgents claimed was caused by rocket fire. IN what was the deadliest day for the coalition since it was formed in March, Bahrain said five of its soldiers guarding the Saudi border with Yemen were also killed. Around 60 people, mainly military personnel, have died in cross-border rebel attacks in the south of the Saudi kingdom since the coalition began air strikes on the Huthis and their allies. The campaign began as the Huthis...
  • Revealed: How the five wealthiest Gulf Nations have so far refused to take a single Syrian refugee

    09/04/2015 12:23:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/4/15 | Jay Akbar
    More than four million Syrians have been forced to escape the never-ending civil war ravaging their country and the barbaric terror group carving a bloody trail across the Middle East. The vast majority live in overcrowded refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq - all under threat from ISIS - and record numbers are making the perilously long journey to Europe. Yet, as debate rages between politicians in Europe over how many they should take, nearby super-wealthy Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have refused to offer sanctuary to a single...
  • UAE says death toll rises to 45 soldiers killed in Yemen attack - state news agency

    09/04/2015 12:18:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Rueters via Eleconomista ^ | 9-4-2015 | Reuters
    Forty-five soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed on Friday while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen against Houthi forces
  • Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists?

    09/03/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Frank Gardner
    Unseen by most of the world, the once tranquil port of Aden is being steadily infiltrated by jihadists from both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (IS). They are not in charge of the city, the military forces of the UAE are. But in the last few days disturbing reports have emerged of the summary executions of prisoners by the jihadists, along with their black flags hoisted onto public buildings.
  • Why Isn't Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, China, or Russia Taking Any of the Refugees?

    09/03/2015 3:14:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 September 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Why aren't any of the currentmigrant surge going to Russia and China instead of just the EU? Or any migrant surge? Don't the Russians have huge, sparsely-populated territories dotted with ghost towns in Siberia? Don't the Chinese have dozens of newly-constructed, completelyunpopulated citieswith 65M homes sitting empty? Ban Ki-Moondown at the UN thinks it's so damn important that Europe save/support/welcome the refugees. So how many migrants have been invited to come live in his South Korea? They seem to be doing pretty well these days, what with Europe and the US buying so much of their stuff- What about...
  • What Is Wrong With This Image Taken in UAE?

    08/30/2015 3:07:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Replacing tires in the middle of the road is against safety requirements and endangers the life of the driver and of other road users.
  • 'I Am Francis. And I Am Still Alive'

    08/23/2015 7:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 101 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 22, 2015 | Majorie van Leijen
    How an 11-month-old pup - left for dead in Fujairah - survivedAs told by Francis himself. My name is Francis, a former happy pup. But after a recent event I have to find my life back. Let me tell you what happened I was born in the UAE, a beautiful place. A bit hot though, but it could be worse. I am 11-months-old so dont know much about the life, but I guess it hasn't been easy. Its really hot outside and I am not really finding food or water. I think I have to learn to find that myself,...
  • Anti-Fracking Film Produced with Abu Dhabi Oil Money (For the Record)

    07/31/2013 5:59:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    CNS ^ | January 4, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) Promised Land, the anti-fracking film written and produced by Hollywood stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, was made in part by a production company owned by the government of Arab oil emirate Abu Dhabi a state in direct competition with American oil and gas producers. The film is financed in part by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media which is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, one of 13 Arab emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and serves as that countrys capitol. Abu Dhabi media was created by the...
  • Etihad's new luxury option makes first class look like economy (UAE airline)

    07/31/2015 6:00:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | JULY 28, 2015 | Michal Addady
    Etihad's "The Residence" cabin Etihad Airways unveils their new Residence option, which far exceeds all other luxury flight experiences Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi? Forget first class and book Etihad Airways new Residence option for a mere $32,000, only 26 times the economy saver price. Scoff at the price all you want, Average Joe, but apparently the Residence is a hit. After six years of development, Etihad sold their first ticket within hours after announcing this new option in March. It will be available on New York-Abu Dhabi flights starting December 1, when they switch from Boeing 777 to...

    07/13/2015 10:12:37 AM PDT · by Borges · 5 replies
    ABC - Chicago ^ | 7/13/2015
    The United Arab Emirates on Monday put to death a woman with links to Islamic extremists who was convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall. The execution, carried out just two weeks after the country's top court delivered a guilty verdict, marked a swift end to a case that has rattled this Western-allied Gulf country, where violent crime is rare.
  • UAE executes woman convicted of US teacher's murder

    07/13/2015 6:51:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    The (UK) Telegraph ^ | July 13, 2015 | Richard Spencer
    An Emirati woman said to have been lured into Islamist militancy by her husband has been executed for stabbing to death an expatriate American teacher in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall. Alaa Bader al-Hashemi, 30, was caught on the malls closed circuit television behaving oddly before and after the killing, in the womens toilets of the Boutik Mall.
  • Clinton Aide Worked on UAE Project While at State Dept (another triple dipper)

    06/24/2015 11:34:12 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies
    Then-Secy Hillary's top aide Cheryl Mills held several outside roles......(1) board position with a UAE-funded university in Abu Dhabi....(2) chief of staff and counselor at the State Department....and, (3) Clinton Foundation director. At the State Dept in early 2009, Mills continued to serve as general counsel for New York University for several months. She also sat on the board of the NYU in Abu Dhabi Corporation, the fundraising arm for the universitys UAE satellite campus. The school is bankrolled by the Abu Dhabi government and has been criticized by NYU professors and human rights activists for alleged labor abuses. Mills...
  • Hillary Aide Cheryl Mills Double-Dipped While State Dept. Chief of Staff

    06/24/2015 11:26:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 24, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon details today how Cheryl Mills, one of Hillary Clintons longtime underlings, apparently collected a paycheck from New York University at the same time she was serving as Chief of Staff of the State Department. According to thearticle: After joining the State Department in the beginning of 2009, Mills continued to serve as general counsel for New York University for several months. She also sat on the board of the NYU in Abu Dhabi Corporation, the fundraising arm for the universitys UAE satellite campus. The school is bankrolled by the Abu Dhabi government...
  • Emirati Writer: Instead Of Believing In Conspiracy Theories, Arabs Must Find Common Ground...

    06/21/2015 11:24:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 18/6/15
    In a June 6, 2015 article for the English-language UAE daily Gulf News, writer Dr. Khalifa Rashid Al-Sha'ali decried the Arab fondness for conspiracy theories, which he said is shared by the elites, the masses, and the media. For example, he wrote, the Arabs once thought that the "Zionist entity" and the U.S. were their supreme enemies, only to discover one day that it is actually possible to cooperate with them. Such conspiratorial thinking, he said, was responsible for many of the Arabs' defeats and problems including the loss of Palestine in 1948 because conspiracy theories provide a...
  • Abu Dhabi to Inaugurate its Second Catholic Church

    06/03/2015 1:34:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    (Vatican Radio) The first Catholic Church in the UAE, St. Josephs Abu Dhabi, was opened in February 1965, and March 2015 marked the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the event. The Ruling Family of the Emirate has always been generous and it was their graciousness in donating a piece of land to build a place of worship that thousands of faithful even today can enjoy a place of prayer and sanctuary. 50 years later, yet again the Church in South Arabia experiences the kindness and open-handedness of the Rulers of the Emirates. His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the...
  • Dubai Ports redux: Arab takeover of Port Canaveral

    05/27/2015 5:43:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/27/2015 | Jerome Corsi
    The Dubai Ports World controversy of 2006 is making a comeback, only this time the Arab principal has actually gained control of the container contract for a major U.S. port. The site is Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center on Floridas east coast, which is frequented by U.S. and NATO-ally nuclear submarines. A 35-year contract signed last year and set to go operational next month allows a United Arab Emirates-based company managed by Badr Jafar to operate a cargo terminal managing containers. The UAE has been a major donor to the troubled Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. And...
  • Air strikes hit three army bases in Sanaa

    05/24/2015 9:54:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | May 23, 2015 | Agencies
    Saudi-led air strikes hit three military bases in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday and the Yemeni government in exile expressed reservations about United Nations-led talks aimed at ending the eight-week war. Residents said the air raids hit a munitions store in one of the bases, setting off a large explosion which sent rockets flying into the air and crashing down on civilian areas...   Yemen's exiled government in Saudi Arabia headed by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi expressed reluctance to attend UN-sponsored peace talks set for May 28 in Geneva. A spokesman said on Saturday the Houthis and their powerful...
  • Belarus Turns to Pro-Western Nations in the Middle East

    05/24/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | May 5 2015 | Siarhei Bohdan
    Belarus's recent leaning towards pro-Western nations in the Middle East follows fast on the heels of rapprochement with the West. On 6-7 May, Joint Belarus-Saudi Committee on Cooperation will meet in Riyadh. On 15 April, Belarus opened an embassy in Qatar. Establishing closer links with the very centres of conservative Arab bloc allied with the West is a milestone in Belarusian foreign policy. In the past, Minsk enjoyed amicable relations primarily with the so-called radical republican regimes in the Middle East. Saddam's Iraq, Qadhafi's Libya, Assad's Syria, as well as Ahmadinejad's Iran figured among Belarus's main partners. The shift towards...
  • Mohammed's Twitter Account Surpasses 4 Million Followers

    05/15/2015 10:11:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Wam ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Number of followers on all other forms of social media is about 8.5 millionHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai's twitter account has reached over four million followers, making him one of the most followed leaders globally on the social networking site, while the total number of his followers on all other forms of social media is about 8.5 million. Sheikh Mohammed's account has come second globally in a study issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for 2014 in his ability to reach the largest...
  • Singapore-flagged ship comes under Iranian fire: UAE coastguard

    05/14/2015 6:47:17 PM PDT · by dila813 · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 48 minutes ago | Reuters
    DOHA (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirate's coastguard said it went to the aid of a Singapore-flagged ship on Thursday after the vessel came under Iranian naval fire, the Gulf state's news agency reported. The coastguard said the cargo ship, flying a Singapore flag,
  • Obama Set Goals Too High for Gulf Rebalance, Experts Say

    05/14/2015 6:10:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2015 | By ALI WEINBERG
    The Obama administration is likely to fall far short of the lofty goals it set for itself at Thursdays summit with Gulf leaders, several experts on the region said. While the White House has framed the seven-nation meeting as an opportunity to deepen and strengthen Gulf nations security relationship with the United States in light of a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the six foreign leaders attending have set out bargaining chips that the administration has already shot down, and its not exactly clear what else, besides those tangible items, either side wants. Something that actually offers a couple of...
  • Five Iranian boats fire shots in the Persian Gulf

    )Five Iranian boats fired shots across the bow of a Singapore flagged cargo vessel in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an attempt to potentially stop the ship, a U.S. official told CNN. For the first time, the incident brought another Persian Gulf nation into the recent rising maritime tensions in the region. It is not yet clear if any of the rounds hit the Alpine Eternity. There were no U.S. citizens or cargo on board. The Pentagon is still gathering information about the incident.
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran

    05/11/2015 11:20:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/11/2015 | Ian Black
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that President Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxieties about the conclusion of a nuclear agreement with Iran. Until Sunday the monarch had been expected to join other heads of state from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at an unprecedented meeting at the White House and a day of talks at the presidential retreat at Camp David. Now the only leaders attending will be the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait. The summit, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, follows months of tension and intensive...
  • New sanctions in works against U.S. (Defense related) businesses (by our Middle Eastern Allies)

    05/06/2015 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV In an extraordinary move that could mean billions lost to the American economy, Gulf monarchs meeting Tuesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, took a closed-door decision to potentially withhold investments from U.S. military firms if the terms of any final agreement with Iran causes significant harm to the Sunni Arab states. The meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council brought together leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. All of those countries, aside from Oman, participated in the Saudi-led strikes targeting Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. According to a source who took part...
  • A 'Spiritual Oasis' Southern Arabian Cathedral Celebrates 50 Years

    03/25/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/23/15 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30...
  • Iran Threatens Saudis After Aid Planes Blocked

    04/26/2015 10:10:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Israel National News ^ | April 25, 2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Amid reports of a renewed Saudi offensive against Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen, Iran's news agency reported on Friday that Saudi Arabia had stopped Iranian aid planes from landing in Yemen. Not unexpectedly, a top Iranian official responded with threats directed at Saudi Arabia. Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned on Sunday that the Saudi behavior and its siege of Yemen and preventing the dispatch of humanitarian aids "will not remain unanswered." "Saudi Arabia is not entitled to decide for others in the region," Abdollahian added. Iran's FARS News Agency stated that Saudi fighter jets...
  • Carter's Arab Financiers

    12/21/2006 8:52:59 AM PST · by venizelos · 25 replies · 1,781+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2006 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    To understand what feeds former president Jimmy Carter's anti-Israeli frenzy, look at his early links to Arab business. Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
  • Bashar Assad's mother defects

    01/28/2013 9:38:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2013 | Rick Moran
    Al-Arabiya is reporting that Syrian President Bashar Assad's mother has defected. She joined her daughter Bushra in the UAE, who had left the country last fall. President Bashar al-Assad's mother Anisa Makhlouf and other members of his inner circle have fled to the United Arab Emirates as the regime of the embattled president appeared to disintegrate, recent reports confirmed. Anisa has joined her daughter, Bushra, who had previously fled to Dubai, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria until the break of the relations between the two countries. Anisa, the widow of late president Hafez...
  • The Time Lois Lerner Failed To Investigate A Major Al Gore Fundraiser At The FEC

    05/22/2013 3:24:14 PM PDT · by maggief · 14 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 22, 2013 | Jacob Fischler
    When heading the FECs enforcement office in the late 90s, the beleaguered IRS official was accused of failing to investigate a Democratic fundraiser. When it recommended not pursuing the allegations against Mr. Glicken, the FEC staff specifically cited his close ties to the Vice-President, Vice-President Gore, Dan Burton (R-IN) said at the hearing. The IRS scandal currently engulfing Washington isnt the only episode in which Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the agencys tax-exempt organizations office, has come under fire for playing partisan politics in a nonpartisan entity. In 1998, while heading the Federal Election Commissions enforcement office, she was...
  • Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force

    03/29/2015 11:34:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By David D. Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, were racing to beat a self-imposed deadline of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In response, Saudi Arabia and other American allies in the region have made clear that they are...
  • World War III

    03/28/2015 6:06:31 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 72 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/28/15 | Gary
    Honestly, I think it is now only conjecture to say that World War III is not underway. Just as the world didn't recognize the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as the beginning of World War I, so the world didn't immediately recognize the invasions of Austria and Poland as the beginnings of World War II. The tumultuous uprisings in the Arab world that began in 2010 have only grown more tumultuous until now. I believe the massive Arab coalition invasion of Yemen may later be seen as the beginning of World War III. The wars and rumors of wars all across...