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  • Abu Dhabi Legal Expert Explains the Three Divorce Rule

    08/26/2014 1:55:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A legal expert from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has clarified Sharia rules on divorce after a case last week where a couple sought to divorce for the third time. Muna Al Raeesi, head of legal aid at ADJD, said that when a husband and wife divorced for the first time, there was a waiting period known as “idda”, which is designed to give the couple time to reconcile without finalising the divorce procedure. The waiting period lasts for three of the wife’s menstrual cycles to ensure she is not pregnant. If she is pregnant, it lasts until the child...
  • US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants

    08/26/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 08/27/2014
    Senior U.S. officials said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week. U.S. officials told reporters that the move caught the United States by surprise, potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates. U.S. officials said Egypt provided the base for the launch of the airstrikes, and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots. Egypt has not publicly acknowledged any role in the air strikes. The UAE had no immediate comment. The first strike took place in Tripoli a week ago and targeted...
  • 70-Year-Old Emirati Woman Claims 'Angel Maid Turned a Demon'

    08/19/2014 1:29:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | Maryam Alyammahi
    Sri Lankan maid in custodyA housemaid who is accused of harassing her old Emirati employer has been arrested. The 70-year-old woman, named Aisha, lives alone in Sharjah. Her son, Omar, had arranged for the maid, who hails from Sri Lanka, through an agency last month, since his mother refused to live with him. In the beginning she was extremely helpful, kind and looked after the old lady as if she was her own mother. “She was almost like a sweet angel,” said Aisha. “ I was so happy with her that I gave her one of my mobile phones. Later,...
  • Nigerian who died in UAE may have shown signs consistent with Ebola

    08/17/2014 3:46:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 8-18-2014 | Reuters
    A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital had shown signs “that may be consistent with Ebola,” the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said on Sunday. The 35-year-old woman was travelling to India from Nigeria via Abu Dhabi to seek treatment for advanced cancer when her health deteriorated during her time in transit at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency. “It was noted at the time of resuscitation that she had shown signs that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection, although her existing medical condition provided...
  • Emirates to stop flying over Iraq after MH17 disaster

    07/29/2014 9:53:24 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | July 28, 2014
    Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect against the threat of Islamic militants on the ground. The airline told the BBC it was taking "precautionary measures" and "working on alternative routing plans for flights using Iraqi airspace". The move follows the Malaysian Airlines' Flight MH17 disaster. MH17 was shot down while flying over Ukraine. Emirates said it is already re-routing some flights. It will take a few days for the re-routing to be completed, the airline added. "We are closely monitoring the situation along with international agencies, and will never compromise the safety of our customers and crew,"...
  • Woman Begs to Cover Daughter’s Wedding Cost

    07/26/2014 3:30:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014
    A fellow countrywoman encouraged herAn Asian woman was arrested by Abu Dhabi Police officers while she was asking for handouts in front of a mosque. The woman, who entered the UAE on tourist visa, was sitting on the ground preying on people’s emotions and humanitarian spirit, seeking alms through mendicancy to provide for her daughter’s wedding expenses in her home country. “There is no place for beggars in our society,” said Colonel Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Acting Director of the Capital Police Directorate. He said that special teams had been set up to carry out extensive inspection campaigns to arrest...
  • Woman Converts to Islam Day Before She Dies in Abu Dhabi

    07/24/2014 6:34:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Married to Muslim in Abu DhabiA woman who had stuck to her religion despite her marriage to a Muslim finally decided to convert to Islam while she was in hospital in Abu Dhabi having treatment for cancer. A day after she converted, the woman died. The woman had been bed-ridden in hospital for months before doctors told her husband that her case became incurable after cancer spread through several parts of her body. A day before her death, her husband called the Abu Dhabi judicial department and asked them to send a woman for his wife to perform her conversion...
  • Hanging underwear on neighbour's door?

    07/02/2014 5:02:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Man hangs underwear on the door, rings the bell, then fleesAn Asian man living in Ras Al Khaimah had a weird habit that did not impress his neighours – hanging women’s underwear at their doors, ringing the bell and fleeing. As if he enjoyed doing it, the man kept annoying his neighbours until they decided to install a security camera to hunt the intruder. Policemen watching the film were surprised to see the man tiptoeing towards his neighbour’s house under the cover of night, hanging women’s underwear at their door and ringing the bell before running away. Police managed to...
  • No Dog Meat Sold at Fujairah Restaurant: Officials

    06/15/2014 2:21:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, June 14, 2014
    No dog meat sold at Fujairah restaurant: officials Municipality vows to prosecute those behind the social network rumoursFujairah authorities have denied rumours floated on social networks that a local restaurant sold dog meat meals to consumers and other restaurants and vowed to prosecute those who are behind the report. Fujairah municipality Director Mohammed Al Afkham said the restaurant shown in the report is located in another country and that it is intended to hurt the UAE’s image. Quoted by local newspapers, he said the UAE carries out strict health standards when it comes to food imports and that all restaurants...
  • UAE Fast Food Brand Opens First US Restaurant

    06/06/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014
    More stores to follow in the next few monthsHome-grown UAE-based fast food chain Just Falafel has opened its first US franchises in San Francisco, California, the company announced in a media statement on Thursday. As the first of 168 franchises to come in North America and Canada, the company said it has reached a major milestone in its international expansion with the new restaurant located in Fremont, close to Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company has signed new area franchise agreements with different partners in key locations including New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas and Los...
  • Sudden Stops Kill: Refuel Vehicles on Time, Says Dubai Police

    05/31/2014 1:46:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Mohammed El Sadafy
    4 killed this year due to suddenly stopping on Dubai roadsFailure to refuel vehicles on time, as soon as the low fuel light in your vehicle goes on, can have fatal consequences, warned Dubai Police. According to Dubai Police statistics, four accidents due to vehicles suddenly stopping in the middle of the road or on the hard shoulder were reported in the first three months of this year, resulting in four deaths and injuring eight people. Statistics also show that 2013 witnessed three such accidents, which resulted in four deaths and two injuries. Major Ahmad Ateeq Al Ketbi, Director of...
  • Tremors Felt Across UAE; 5.1 Earthquake Rocks Gulf

    05/27/2014 12:57:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Bindu Rai and Parag Deulgaonkar
    Earthquake impact: UAE residents take to social networking sitesThe UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology has issued a Seismic Risk Report in wake of the 5.1 earthquake near Qeshm, Iran, that was felt in parts of the UAE. The report states the alert level for the UAE has been turned on for now, with a warning that the level may be revised if necessary. The report states the earthquake occurred at 9.44am in the Southern Iran region, approximately 279km North East from Abu Dhabi, 156km North East from Dubai and 52km North West from Ash Sham. The epicentre of...
  • Germany second in US foreign lobbying list (UAE is first)

    05/17/2014 12:31:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 16 May 2014 10:45 GMT+02:00 | Tom Bristow
    Germany spends the second most amount of money on lobbying in Washington by foreign governments. Only the United Arab Emirates splashed out more in 2013, according to research by a US foundation. The Sunlight Foundation has launched a tool called Foreign Influence Explorer, which analyzes spending by foreign bodies or their paid representatives reported to the US Department of Justice. The German government came second in the list, spending $12 million on lobbying in 2013. […] A German company was also the most active private foreign firm lobbying last year. Deutsche Telekom spent almost $12 million on lobbying US officials...
  • 'Fake Doctors in UAE Closer to Witchcraft'

    05/05/2014 5:14:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 05, 2014
    Ministry of Health warns public about fake doctorsThe Ministry of Health (MOH) has warned the public against practices of fake doctors who provide medical treatment without the approval of the authorities. “The society has foreseen some malpractices by a group of fake doctors, who are not licensed by the UAE health authorities, and claim that they have the ability to provide treatment for difficult cases. “Such claims are closer to magic and witchcraft,” said Amin Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health and Licensing at the MOH. Recently, inspectors of the ministry busted a fake chiropractor in the Northern Emirates...
  • Asian Dets Death for Adultery in Abu Dhabi (Stoning)

    05/05/2014 5:11:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, May 04, 2014
    An Abu Dhabi criminal court sentenced an Asian housemaid to stoning to death after she was found guilty of committing adultery while married. The maid had been rushed to hospital following abdominal pains and tests showed she was pregnant after sleeping with another man. Newspapers said the maid confessed in court that she committed adultery and the judge handed down the sentence on the basis of her confession in line with Islamic law. It was the first time in many years that a person was sentenced to stoning to death in such a case in the UAE. Judicial sources said...
  • Emirati Wives in Bad Health Ask Husbands to Marry Again… But the Husbands Refuse

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, April 06, 2014
    Two Emirati wives suffering from serious illnesses set an example of love and sacrifice when they asked their husbands to marry again. Their husbands were equally loving and sacrificial and rejected their wives’ requests. The two separate cases have been handled by Dubai’s government family guidance centre which said it was struck by such mutual feelings. The first case involved a woman who is suffering from cancer and wanted her husband to have another wife after she felt she no longer can please her husband. “She came to us after she failed to persuade her husband to marry. She said...
  • Exclusive: The mysterious journey of the Libya oil tanker

    03/20/2014 5:28:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:23am EDT | Ulf Laessing, Jonathan Saul, Steve Stecklow, Lin Noueihed and David Sheppard
    (Reuters) - What began late last year as a routine new assignment for Pakistani sea captain Mirza Noman Baig ended in a dramatic night-time rescue as U.S. special forces seized the ship his family said he was forced to operate by Libyan rebels. ... Baig's family say the captain received direct orders from Saud Al Anazi, the head of ZAD Group, to stop near a rebel-held eastern Libyan port. Here, according to Baig's family and Libyan officials, armed men boarded and loaded the ship with oil. ... ZAD's Anazi denied involvement in any plan to help the rebels sell oil....
  • 'Pavement Lunged And Hit Me', Driver Tells Sharjah Police

    03/12/2014 5:53:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    An Emirati driver who damaged his car by hitting a pavement in Sharjah told police it was not his fault and that the pavement lunged and hit his car. Astonished police men rushed to the accident site on Mlaiha road in the emirate after receiving a phone call from the 22-year-old driver claiming he was a victim of a pavement attack. “When the police men arrived, he told them that he was driving normally when the pavement changed direction, lunged at his car and hit it,” Banat Zayed website said. “Police recorded the accident and decided to send the man...
  • 52 Fake Passports Smuggled in Through Dubai Cargo Village

    03/08/2014 1:58:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, March 08, 2014
    Dubai Customs intercepts shipmentDubai Customs inspectors at Cargo Village Customs Center last year seized 52 fake passports which were intended to be smuggled into the UAE. Hamid Rasheed, Director of Air Customs Centres Management at Dubai Customs, said "Parcels that contained personal and commercial items, as stated in their declarations, went through regular clearance procedures. “Customs inspectors became suspicious of their content after they had undergone the document analysis test. X-ray images indicated the presence of internationally significant official documents." He stressed the continued efforts of Dubai Customs to detect such crimes that jeopardise national security, in line with DC’s...
  • UAE airline ‘erases’ Israel from regional map

    03/03/2014 7:35:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 03.03.14, 19:49
    The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, which annually receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from the US government, has left one of America’s staunchest allies from its official travel-route map, according to a Monday report in the New York Post. […] The Emirati airline refuses to provide transport to Israeli passengers, as Israeli passport holders are not permitted entry into the country because the Gulf nation does not recognize the Jewish State. …
  • 7 Girls Kill Driver Who Tried to Pimp on Them in Al Ain

    02/21/2014 11:21:27 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2014
    They pretended to give him a massage before tying him up and strangling himA Filipina and six Bangladeshi women joined hands to murder a private driver by strangling him to death in the eastern oasis town of Al Ain after he forced them to indulge in vice, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The unnamed driver had pretended he would give the seven girls a lift to Al Ain from another emirate to look for a job but he locked them up at his Al Ain apartment and started to pimp on them, the semi official daily Alittihad said. The girls...
  • UAE Navy gets sixth Baynunah Corvette Class ship

    02/08/2014 1:03:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | 8 February 2014 | WAM
    The Baynunah Corvette Class Programme is one of the biggest warship construction programme implemented by the ADSB for the UAE Navy. The Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company (ADSB) has delivered Al Hili, the sixth and last of the Baynunah Corvette Class Programme, to the UAE Navy in a grand ceremony attended by Rear Admiral Ibrahim Al Musharrakh, Commander of the UAE Naval Forces, top navy officers and Khaled Al Maraikhi, Chief Operating Officer, ADSB, and Chief of Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila. Baynunah Corvettes are a unique class of warship with multi-mission capabilities, including coastal patrol and surveillance, mine...
  • UAE Energy Forum: Shale Gas Is Not A Threat

    01/15/2014 5:07:43 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | January 14, 2014 | Ahmed Maameri
    Arab Gulf States, which hold some 60 percent of the world’s known energy reserves, should introduce new legislation to cut domestic energy consumption in order to maintain supply obligations to international customers, the United Arab Emirates’ Energy Minister said. “Given the trend we’re observing with Gulf countries emerging as major energy consumers, it is clear that the region has entered a new era,” His Excellency Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei told the 150 delegates gathered at The 5th Gulf Intelligence U.A.E. Energy Forum, held in Abu Dhabi Monday under the theme Global Energy Outlook 2020. “It will now require new policies...
  • Dutch soccer team heads to Abu Dhabi without Israeli player

    01/07/2014 5:08:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 6, 2014, 2:43 pm | (JTA and Times of Israel staff)
    A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi despite the emirate’s refusal to let in the team’s Israeli defender. Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the team, Vitesse of Arnhem, over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal Saturday to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams. Geert Wilders, leader of the rightist, pro-Israel Party for Freedom, on Sunday called the team cowardly on his Twitter account. “Vitesse shouldn’t have gone to the United Arab Emirates to protest the refusal to let Mori in. They...
  • Blow for Britain and BAE Systems as UAE rules out Eurofighter deal

    12/19/2013 9:59:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 19 Dec 2013 | Alan Tovey
    Britain fails to seal multi-billion pound deal to sell 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters to the United Arab Emirates Defence group BAE's hopes of exporting its Typhoon fighter have been dealt a blow after the United Arab Emirates ended negotiations about buying the jet. The Gulf nation had been in talks over a multi-billion pound deal to buy 60 of the twin-engine supersonic fighters as it looks to upgrade its air force. "The UAE have advised that they have elected not to proceed with these proposals at this time," Britain's biggest defence company said in a statement as the market...
  • Why When We Say 'Racism' Do We Think of White Racism?

    12/04/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 11 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 4 December 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Some time ago I found an interesting post in a blog by an Indian in London. The post, now removed, was entitled "Dubai - Still Racist?", and said: Dubai (and the UAE) then and now is arguably one amongst the more institutionally racist places in the world with a strict hierarchy of privilege. Arabs are at the top of the heap, followed closely by Western Europeans and US (called the Whites in Dubai), Eastern Europeans, Philipinos and finally Indians and Pakistanis. The different communities were completely isolated from each other in terms of housing, schools, social clubs – it...
  • Boeing Scores $100B in Orders at Airshow, Inks New Supply Deal

    11/18/2013 8:28:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    FOX Business ^ | November 18, 2013 | Jennifer Booten
    Shares of Boeing (BA) climbed into the green early Monday after the jet maker unveiled fresh orders for its upcoming 777x and struck a new supply deal with a major firm in the United Arab Emirates. The Chicago-based Dreamliner maker racked up roughly $100 billion in orders with Middle Eastern carriers on the first day of the 2013 Dubai Airshow. The 342 orders in the fast-growing market doubled those awarded to rival Airbus.
  • Dubai's Emirates Air Orders 150 Boeing 777X Planes Worth $76 Billion

    11/17/2013 11:14:19 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 40 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 17, 2013 | RORY JONES
    DUBAI—Emirates Airline on Sunday placed a $76 billion order with Boeing Co. BA +0.73% at the Dubai airshow for 150 of the manufacturer's new 777X aircraft, helping make the model the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. The Dubai-based carrier, which is the world's largest international airline by capacity, is the biggest scalp so far for Boeing as it is the largest operator of the manufacturer's current 777 fleet, with more than 120 in service. Qatar Airways, meanwhile, placed an order for 50 Boeing 777X worth $19 billion, and Emirates said it had purchase rights for a further 50...
  • Nasrallah: Only alternative to deal with Iran is war

    11/13/2013 2:45:24 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 13, 2013, 10:22 pm
    Failure to reach a deal between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program could lead to a war in the Middle East, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is doing everything he can to make the Iranian nuclear negotiations [in Geneva] with the P5+1 countries fail,” Nasrallah accused Wednesday. In a rare public appearance in south Beirut on the eve of the Ashoura holiday, commemorated by Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, the terror chief said the Israeli prime minister was “furious [at the prospect of an...
  • Obama's foreign affairs radicalism carries a heavy cost

    11/10/2013 12:24:26 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 9, 2013 | John Bolton
    Under Barack Obama, American influence in the Middle East has sunk to levels not seen since before World War II. From Israel to Saudi Arabia, from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates, our friends are shaking their heads, wondering why we have seemingly taken leave of our senses. Across this vital region, Obama is effectively empowering our opponents and turning his back on U.S. supporters and allies. He has openly courted implacable adversaries like Tehran's ayatollahs and the Muslim Brotherhood, allowed Chinese penetration to reach unprecedented levels and restored Russian clout to pre-1979 proportions. And Obama is far from finished....
  • US defence firms eye $10.8bn UAE, Saudi sales

    10/16/2013 2:29:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    arabian ^ | 16 October 2013 | Andy Sambidge
    US defence firms eye $10.8bn UAE, Saudi sales Defence firms in the US are looking to sell military hardware worth $10.8bn to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said it has notified Congress of the possible foreign military sales to the Gulf countries, with Boeing and Raytheon named as suppliers. The proposal includes the first US sales to Middle East allies of new Raytheon and Boeing weapons that can be launched at a distance from Saudi F-15 and UAE F-16 fighters. The Boeing Expanded-Response Standoff Land Attack Missile and Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon give those nations...
  • Dh200,000 Diya Saves Killer From Gallows ($55K USD)

    10/03/2013 3:34:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, October 03, 2013
    A killer who had been sentenced to death for premeditated murder was saved from the gallows when the UAE’s top court changed the verdict and ordered him to pay Dh200,000 diya (blood money) to the victim’s relatives. The defendant had been convicted of stabbing a European man to death after he was caught robbing his house and was sentenced to death by lower courts. But the Federal Supreme Court decided to rescind the verdict and ordered the defendant to pay diya on the grounds the victim is Muslim. Newspapers did not mention where in the UAE the crime took place.
  • Norwegian woman raped in Dubai finds herself jailed and convicted

    07/18/2013 12:11:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    DJ ^ | Jul 18, 2013 | Carolyn E. Price
    After reporting that she'd been raped to Dubai police, a 25-year-old Norwegian woman who was on a business trip to the United Arab Emirates city found herself being jailed on "suspicion of having sex outside of marriage." Following the report of her rape to police, the 25-year-old had her passport and personal possessions seized and was immediately placed in a jail cell. It took three days before she was able to gain access to a phone and contact her family to let them know what had happened to her. ... the 25-year-old was given a sentence of 16 months
  • Saudi Arabia Cheers the Coup in Egypt

    07/07/2013 9:25:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies ^ | July 07, 2013 | Bruce Riedel
    While most of the world is ambivalent about the overthrow of a democratically elected President in Egypt by the army this week, the Saudi royal family is enthusiastically endorsing the generals’ move. The Kingdom hopes the coup marks the beginning of the end of the Arab Awakening and a return to stability and autocracy across the Arab world. Saudi King Abdallah issued a public endorsement of the coup just two hours after General Abd al Fattah al Sisi announced President Mohammad Morsi had been deposed and the constitution suspended. The King’s congratulatory message was addressed to the new president appointed...
  • Al Qaeda-linked plot to attack passenger train broken up by Canadian,US [Canada creates Terrorists!]

    04/22/2013 3:06:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    Fox - non State Media ^ | April 22 2013 | FNS
    Canadian authorities announced Monday they have broken up an Al Qaeda-linked terror plot to attack a passenger train as it crossed over a bridge in the Toronto area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that two suspects have been arrested on terrorism charges. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in greater Montreal and Toronto -- were conspiring to carry out an Al Qaeda-supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat to the public. "It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters at a news conference. Read more:...
  • UAE jails 64 Islamists for up to 15 years: TV

    07/02/2013 4:59:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    A top United Arab Emirates (UAE) court on Tuesday sentenced 64 Islamists to jail terms of up 15 years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, while acquitting 25 others, Abu Dhabi television reported. The Federal Supreme Court sentenced 56 of the 94 defendants to between seven and 10 years in prison, and jailed eight others tried in absentia for 15 years, the official television said. Twenty-five others were acquitted. The fate of the remaining five was not immediately clear. Prosecutors say the accused are linked to the Al-Islah group, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Political movements...
  • Israel exported military equipment to Pakistan, says report

    06/11/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Hasan Suroor
    London - The claim was made by the Israeli liberal newspaper “Haaretz” citing a report of the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which oversees security exports. Israel is reported to have exported to Pakistan a range of military equipment purchased from Britain, but Islamabad denied the claim with a spokesman for the Directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations describing it as “baseless”. “The report is misleading and not based on facts,” he said. The claim was made by the Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz citing a report of the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which...
  • Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

    05/28/2013 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    SNIPPET - quote: Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran Actions Target Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities 5/23/2013     WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the...
  • Australian Woman Gang Raped in Dubai Then Jailed Under Retarded Islamic Sharia Law

    05/16/2013 1:25:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Islamic Sharia law is outdated, controlling, un democratic, barbaric, racist, sexist and just plain stupid. It is completely incompatible with modern life in civilized  nations. It’s no wonder those who live under Sharia in Muslim countries or those who call for it in the west are often regarded as a bit backwards,because  Sharia  most definitely is retarded. How can throwing a female who is a victim of  not 1 repulsive rapist but of 3 evil rapists, into prison for having sex out of wedlock be any kind of justice. The woman never asked to be raped, she wasn’t flirting with the attackers or leading them on...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • Syria's energy: Mediterranean gas may be the prize

    04/24/2013 7:34:19 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | April 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM | UPI
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 24 (UPI) -- Syria's top rebel commander is reportedly seeking Western support for taking over oil fields held by Islamist factions but the real conflict over Syria's energy resources is likely to be vast natural gas fields under the eastern Mediterranean. Whatever is under the seabed in Syrian waters remains undiscovered but in the wake of major strikes by Israel and Cyprus, and Lebanon supposedly sitting on similar prizes, it's a pretty good bet Syria has significant gas holdings. There seems little doubt that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime will eventually be displaced as rebel forces, disunited...
  • Report: Israel, UAE, Saudis in huge US arms deal

    04/20/2013 7:06:26 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/19/2013 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    'NY Times' reports deal to address Iranian, other regional threats; Israel to be 1st foreign military to receive V-22 Osprey. The US Department of Defense is nearing the finalization of a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, The New York Times reported Thursday. The arms sale is aimed at bolstering defenses against possible future Iranian threats, the report said. According to the Times, Israel would be permitted to purchase from American contractors the KC-135 refueling tanker planes, "anti-radiation" missiles that target air-defense radars, new advanced radars for jets and the V-22 Osprey aircraft....
  • Saudi Arabia deports 'irresistible' men deemed 'too handsome' to women

    04/17/2013 4:22:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/2013 | Romil Patel
    Three men were forcibly removed from an annual culture festival in Saudi Arabia and subsequently sent back to the UAE after it was deemed that women could find them irresistible. The delegates from the UAE were in attendance at the Jenadrivah Heritage & Culture Festival in Riyadh, the Saudi capital when religious police officers stormed the stand and evicted the men because “they are too handsome,” according to the Arabic language newspaper, Elaph. “A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission [for the Promotion of Virtue and...
  • MBDA courts Middle Eastern partner for Marte missile

    04/10/2013 12:53:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flight International ^ | 9 Apr 2013 | Luca Peruzzi
    MBDA courts Middle Eastern partner for Marte missile The on-going efforts of MBDA to expand the capabilities of its anti-ship missiles could reach an important milestone in the coming months through a potential partnership in the Middle East. During the European consortium's 2012 results conference in Rome on 22 March, Antonio Perfetti, managing director of the MBDA's Italian branch and executive group director sales and business development, revealed that a Middle Eastern country is interested in the joint development of a Marte ER (extended range) version. "The growth potential of [the] Marte anti-ship missile family has attracted the interest of...
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • 'A Q Khan (Pakistani nuke scientist) visited Timbuktu for uranium'

    02/17/2004 6:03:16 PM PST · by AM2000 · 6 replies · 902+ views ^ | February 17, 2004 19:12 IST | Shyam Bhatia in London
    The London accountant who accompanied Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to Timbuktu on three occasions in 1998, 1999 and 2000 says the 'father' of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert. A remote outpost in the middle of the West African desert, Timbuktu usually attracts explorers associated in the popular mind with the adventures of the comic character Tin Tin. And Pakistani dissidents told the reason for Khan's visit to Timbuktu, part of landlocked West African state of Mali, was to prospect for uranium. They say...
  • Matt Damon anti-fracking film Promised Land produced by Middle Eastern Oil Government

    12/07/2012 2:25:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | december 6, 2012
    Journalist Phelim McAleer (director of FrackNation documentary), asks Matt Damon about his new anti-fracking movie Promised Land which was funded by United Arab Emirates, which stand to make billions in oil exports if fracking was banned in US.
  • St. Louis native stuck in Dubai over gun smuggling case

    09/25/2012 8:21:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | Joel Currier
    ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis native stuck in Dubai for months awaiting trial on gun smuggling charges said he was acquitted today on all counts. Steve Dolan, 57, a Dubai-based vice president for international shipping firm APL, said he faced up to 50 years behind bars after authorities told him they found some 30,000 knock-off pistols in a shipping container last fall. The container, which also held liquid soap, was apparently switching ships in Dubai while en route from Turkey to Djibouti.
  • Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items...

    10/26/2012 2:39:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items from the United States to Iran U.S. Attorney’s Office October 24, 2012 Western District of Texas SAN ANTONIO—This afternoon in San Antonio, 35-year-old Susan Yip, aka Susan Yeh, a citizen of Taiwan, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for helping to obtain military sensitive parts for Iran in violation of the Iranian trade embargo. The sentence was announced by Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Antonio Office Special Agent in Charge...
  • Matt Damon's Troubling UAE Friends

    10/08/2012 7:02:52 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 8 Oct 12 | Christopher Holton
    Any American who has been paying attention over the past 20 years realizes that the real key to America’s national security is energy independence. In short, we’re funding both sides in a global Islamic insurgency characterized by violent terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda. This is happening because we are dependent on foreign sources of energy. Most of OPEC—even our so-called “allies”—is hostile toward us in some way, shape or form. The nations that produce and export much of the world’s oil are populated by wealthy sheikhs and mullahs who support Jihad in various ways, including by funding charities that...