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  • Fujairah Shark Attack: 4-Metre Killer Jumps Into Boat [Video]

    01/25/2016 11:46:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, January 25, 2016
    Emirati captain, boat crew escape attack An Emirati captain and his boat crew survived a shark attack off the coast of Fujairah, Al Bayan reports. According to the report, the shark weighed two tonnes and was approximately four metres in length. The Emirati, identified as Hamza Hamid Al Shara, said he and his crew were in shock when the shark jumped into the boat. “Fortunately, the shark hit a barrier and fell in the middle. “We managed to catch it and one of our crew members got injured in the bargain,” he said. Mahmoud Hamid Al Shara, head of...
  • FBI Investigating Clinton Foundation Pay to Play? (realistic on Hillary indictment)

    01/13/2016 11:19:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 13, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    According to unconfirmed reports, the FBI is now investigating the possibility that donors were directed to the Clinton Foundation in return for favors from the State Department when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. This would be in addition to the ongoing investigation into Hillary's use of a private email account for official business. We hope the FBI is reviewing the circumstances described below that we uncovered and have already made public: New York University (NYU) and the United Arab Emirates UAE)- We documented that Cheryl Mills, Hillary's longtime aide and confidant, worked as State Department chief of staff...
  • Top US Admiral Fired For Questioning Obama Purchase Of Mansion In Dubai (Russian propaganda)

    01/10/2016 4:25:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 161 replies
    A stunning new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that one of the United States Navy’s top commanders was relieved of his command a few hours ago after he sent out an “email/posting” revealing that President Barack Obama was in the process of purchasing a multi-million dollar seaside luxury villa in the United Arab Emirates city (UAE) of Dubai. According to this report, the Commander of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 15, Rear Admiral Rick Williams, posted a “pointed” query on 8 January [since deleted] to the US Naval Institute’s “Readiness Kill Chain” “recipients/responders”...
  • Sharjah excavations unearth objects dated as early as 8,000BC

    01/07/2016 11:09:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | January 5, 2016 | Thaer Zriqat
    Bronze ore smelting workshops, burial grounds, clay homes, stone tools and anvils are among the items unearthed last year in archaeological digs. Several excavations at sites across Sharjah, including in Mleiha, Al Faya, Wadi Al Hilo, Tell Abraq and Dibba Al Hisn, revealed a wealth of discoveries dating from half a million years ago. In Mleiha, in the central region of the emirate, a Belgian team from Ghent University found remains of homes made of clay containing pottery, as well as burial grounds... Carbon testing showed the finds dated back between 8,000BC and the Islamic era, the authority said, though...
  • The Hillary Clinton Building

    01/06/2016 9:21:43 PM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies
    real clear politics ^ | 1-6-16 | Morris/McGann
    By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann January 06, 2016 One thing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have in common -- they both like to have big things named after them. The latest batch of emails released by the State Department uncovers a massive ego trip by the former secretary of state. Anxious to etch her name in glass, as well as in history, she and her closest aides raised $37 million from corporations and foreign governments to build a U.S. Diplomacy Center to be named after Clinton. In a Feb. 1, 2013 email -- the last days of Clinton's tenure...
  • Iran reveals true face by defending terror acts: KSA (Saudi hits back)

    01/03/2016 2:45:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | 3 January 2016
    Iran reveals true face by defending terror acts: KSA Published -- Sunday 3 January 2016 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry on Sunday said Tehran revealed its true face "by its defense of terrorist acts" after Iran criticized the Kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism charges. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry accused Tehran of "blind sectarianism" and said Iran's reaction only shows that it is a "partner in their crimes in the entire region." The ministry summoned Iran's ambassador to the kingdom to protest Iran's criticism of the execution, saying it...
  • Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler

    01/04/2016 9:21:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 63 replies
    Asia Times ^ | January 3, 2016 | David P. Goldman
    Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler By David P. Goldman on January 3, 2016 in David P. Goldman, Spengler, China, Middle East, AT Top Writers Last week's mass executions in Saudi Arabia suggest panic at the highest level of the monarchy. The action is without precedent, even by the grim standards of Saudi repression. In 1980 Riyadh killed 63 jihadists who had attacked the Grand Mosque of Mecca, but that was fresh after the event. Most of the 47 prisoners shot and beheaded on Jan. 2 had sat in Saudi jails for a decade. The decision to kill the...
  • Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic relations with Iran

    01/03/2016 1:10:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 1-3-2015 | Al Jazeera Staff
    Saudi Arabia has announced that it is severing diplomatic ties with Iran following Saturday's attack of its embassy in Tehran during protests. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister, made the announcement on Sunday as the foreign ministry announced that it would ask the Iranian diplomatic mission to leave the kingdom within 48 hours. The Saudi foreign ministry has also announced that the staff of its diplomatic mission have been evacuated, and are now on their way back to Saudi.
  • Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran Amid Fallout From Cleric’s Execution

    01/03/2016 12:58:31 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 88 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 3, 2016 | BEN HUBBARD and THOMAS ERDBRINK
    BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave all Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, as escalating tensions over the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia marked a new low in relations between the two Middle Eastern powers. The surprise move, announced in a televised news conference by Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, followed harsh criticism by Iranian leaders of the Saudi execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran by protestors in response. Mr. Jubeir said that the kingdom would not allow...
  • Saudi Arabia Beheads One Of Iran's Ayatollah While Iran Promises To Wipe Out Al-Saud.

    01/03/2016 9:16:34 AM PST · by amorphous · 42 replies
    Shoebat.Com ^ | 2 Jan 2016 | Walid Shoebat
    When we tell you that Iran (biblical Elam) will soon wipe Saudi Arabia off the face of the map, you better believe it, Isaiah 21 confirmed it and it will be done. Today Iran's Ayatullah threatens: "I have no doubt that this pure blood will stain the collar of the House of Saud and wipe them from the pages of history," says Iran's Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami. The threat with complete annihilation came as result when King Salman of Saudi Arabia today executed an Ayatullah figure named Nimr Al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. So like birth pangs, this speeds up the end...
  • The Latest: Iran politician predicts 'maelstrom' in Saudi

    01/02/2016 7:47:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Jan. 3, 2015
    The Latest: Iran politician predicts 'maelstrom' in Saudi RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - The latest developments following Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 people, including a prominent opposition Shiite cleric who had rallied demonstrations in the kingdom (All times local). /snip In comments posted on Iranian state television's website, Ali Larijani said, "Nimr's martyrdom will put Saudi Arabia in a maelstrom. Saudi will not pass through this maelstrom."
  • Khamenei: Hand of God will take vengeance

    01/03/2016 3:15:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/16 | Raphael Poch
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continued his diatribe against Saudi Arabia following the execution of of prominent Shi’ite Cleric Nimr-Al-Nimr. “The hand of God will take vengeance against Saudi leaders,” Khamenei said on Sunday morning. Khamenei told Iranian national TV that “for the unjust spilling of blood of this holy man, who suffered and was downtrodden, there will no doubt be heavenly vengeance taken upon Saudi politicians.” Khamenei also said that it was “a political mistake” taken by the Saudis, who are the greatest political and religious rival to Iran in the Persian gulf. Additionally, Khamenei’s website published an...
  • Angry Protestors Ransack and Torch Saudi Embassy in Iran

    01/02/2016 6:25:46 PM PST · by EBH · 41 replies
    Vice News ^ | 1/2/2016
    Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 47 prisoners — including prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr — triggered unrest across the Middle East on Saturday, particularly in Iran, where protesters stormed and ransacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Photos and video footage posted on Twitter by Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand showed a mob of angry demonstrators smashing windows and setting fire to the Saudi diplomatic outpost in the Iranian capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also condemned the executions. "I'm shocked & saddened at Sheikh Nimr's execution by Saudi authorities," he wrote on Twitter. "Peaceful opposition is a fundamental right. Repression does...
  • Tehran: Saudi Arabia's embassy attacked in protest at execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr

    01/02/2016 4:50:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    IBD Times ^ | 02 January 2016 | Priya Joshi
    Saudi Arabia has faced global condemnation after it was revealed on 2 January, that 47 people at prisons around the country, including 56-year-old al Nimr, were executed. Most of the detainees had been captured after a series of attacks by al Qaeda between 2003 and 2006. Mr Nimr, who was a driving force behind the anti-government protests, was found guilty of a number of terrorism-related charges in 2014, including incitement of vandalism and sectarian strife, failing to obey or pledge allegiance to King Abdullah (then monarch of Saudi Arabia), calling for the collapse of the state, and insulting relatives and...
  • Iranian protesters storm Saudi embassy, foreign ministry calls for calm

    01/02/2016 3:52:56 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 23 replies
    Yahoo News / Reuters ^ | 1-2-2016 | Sam Wilkin
  • Iranian Protesters Ransack Saudi Embassy After Execution of Shiite Cleric

    01/02/2016 3:21:50 PM PST · by NRx · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 01-02-2016 | BEN HUBBARD
    Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to part of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday after Saudi Arabia executed an outspoken Shiite cleric who had criticized the kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite minority. Protesters broke furniture and smashed windows in an annex to the embassy, said a witness who was reached by telephone from Tehran. The protesters also set fire to the room, said the witness, who would provide only his first name, Abolfazl, because he had been involved in the protest. The police arrived and cleared the embassy grounds of protesters and extinguished the fire, he said.
  • Protesters storm Saudi embassy in Tehran, set it ablaze

    01/02/2016 2:06:01 PM PST · by John W · 52 replies
    Russia Today ^ | January 2, 2015
    Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran after launching several Molotov cocktails into the building. The rally in front of the embassy was triggered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
  • Outrage after Saudi Arabia executes top Shiite cleric

    01/02/2016 10:36:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    DPA international ^ | January 2, 2015 | dpa correspondents
    Cairo (dpa) - Saudi Arabia on Saturday came under blistering criticism from the region's Shiites shortly after it executed a top Shiite cleric known for his activism against the Sunni government. Nimr al-Nimr was among 47 people the Saudi government said it had executed earlier on Saturday after their convictions on terrorism-related charges. Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional Shiite rival, criticized al-Nimr's execution, saying it was politically and religiously motivated. "Instead of focusing on [Islamic State] terrorists threatening the region and the whole world, the Saudis execute a prominent figure like al-Nimr," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jaber Ansari said, referring to...
  • Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 'terrorists' in one day including top Shiite cleric triggers wave

    01/02/2016 7:07:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/02/16 | Isabel Hunter
    Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 'terrorists' in one day including top Shiite cleric triggers wave of protests across Middle East and around the world Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people convicted of 'terrorism' today, including a prominent Shiite cleric behind anti-government protests, according to the interior ministry. Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a 56-year-old cleric was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the Sunni-ruled kingdom's east, where the Shiite minority complains of marginalisation. Scores of Shi'ite Muslims marched through the Qatif district of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in protest at the execution of cleric Nimr...
  • ISIS leader taunts US, Saudi-led coalition in latest audio message

    12/27/2015 12:01:09 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 27, 2015 | AP
    The Islamic State released a new audio message Saturday purportedly of its leader taunting the U.S. for not sending troops to fight the so-called "caliphate" in the Middle East. In the 24-minute audio, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said the U.S. won't come to fight the extremists because "their hearts are full of fear from the mujahideen." The message was al-Baghdadi's first since May, and comes amid battlefield setbacks that ISIS has recently faced. "America and its allies dream of destroying the caliphate through their proxies and henchmen, and whenever an alliance of theirs fails or a tail is cut, they hasten...
  • Is Saudi Arabia to blame for Islamic State?

    12/19/2015 6:53:09 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 December 2015
    Is Saudi Arabia to blame for the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIL)? It is commonly claimed that Wahhabism, the strict form of Islam originating in the Kingdom - and the Saudi state's aggressive promotion of it - has fuelled terrorism. Saudi Arabia is also accused of funding IS, either directly or by failing to prevent private donors from sending money to the group. But Saudi Arabia rejects both accusations, and has announced the formation of a new Islamic anti-terrorism coalition.
  • Saudi Arabia’s ‘Islamic military alliance’ against terrorism makes no sense

    12/18/2015 10:40:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/2015 | Adam Taylor
    This week, Saudi Arabia announced that it was forming a new "Islamic military alliance" devoted to fighting global terrorism. The plan stemmed from the "keenness of the Muslim world to fight this disease, which affected the Islamic world first, before the international community as a whole," Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman told reporters during a rare news conference.In many ways, this alliance seems designed to calm Western critics who have frequently complained that the Muslim world isn't doing enough to combat terrorism and extremism. However, the details of the planned alliance are more than a little...
  • Saudis unveil huge anti–ISIS coalition [Daniel 11]

    12/15/2015 1:39:38 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/15/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the creation of a massive anti-ISIS terror fighting intiative that joins together 34 nations. Among the nations that have united, Reuters reported: "Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and several Gulf Arab and African states. "The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations," said a statement reported by the state news agency SPA. The countries that united to fight ISIS said in the joint statement they...
  • Saudi Arabia to lead Muslim coalition against terrorism

    12/14/2015 8:04:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/14/2015 | Reuters
    DUBAI - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. "The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations," the statement said. A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned. The announcement cited "a duty...
  • 3 Sunni-Led States Join Saudi Arabia’s Diplomatic Feud Against Iran

    01/04/2016 8:35:05 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 4, 2016 | THOMAS ERDBRINK and SOMINI SENGUPTA
    Three Sunni-led countries joined Saudi Arabia on Monday in severing or downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran, worsening a geopolitical conflict with sectarian dimensions in one of the world’s most volatile regions. The diplomatic protests from the three countries — Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates — came as Iran accused Saudi Arabia of using an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran two days earlier as a pretext for diverting attention from its problems. Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the embassy on Saturday, along with the Saudi Consulate in Iran’s second-largest city, Mashhad, after the Saudis executed...
  • Saudi Arabia Bans Flights, Travel To Iran

    01/04/2016 7:40:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-4-2016 | Durden
    Over the weekend, a series of dramatic events stemming from Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr plunged the Mid-East further into chaos. The torching of the Saudi embassy in Tehran prompted Riyadh to cut diplomatic ties with the Iranians and on Monday, Bahrain quickly followed while the UAE recalled its ambassador. Now, the stage is set for a full blown sectarian showdown complete with protests by oppressed Shiites in the Gulf states, anti-Sunni sentiment in Iran and Iraq, and, in a worst case scenario, a direct (as opposed to a proxy) conflict between the Saudis and the Iranians....
  • On The Trail Of Dubai's Stolen Gold: A Robbed Client Breaks Silence, & A Fascinating Detail Emerges

    01/01/2016 8:29:04 PM PST · by Rockitz · 21 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 1 January 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Christmas Day, 2015, we told our readers the fascinating tale about the Turkish-Iranian gold smuggling ring - perhaps the biggest and most brazen in history, one which lasted for years, which saw billions in gold transported out of Turkey and into Iran to allow Tehran to circumvent the western financial sanctions using gold as a medium for bater, and which was all made possible thanks to the tiny Emirate of Dubai. What made this particular instance of gold smuggling especially memorable is that it reached to the very political top in both Turkey, and Iran, and Dubai. ... Zero...
  • Can the Dubai Model Inspire Arabs?

    01/01/2016 11:49:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Daniel Pipes
    DUBAI - At a time of civil war, anarchy, extremism, and impoverishment in the Middle East, the city-states of Dubai and Abu Dhabi stand out as the places where Arabic speakers are flourishing, innovating, and offering a model for moving forward.But can it last? I recently visited the United Arab Emirates to seek answers.To begin with, some basic facts: Once called the Trucial States by British imperialists, the UAE consists of seven small monarchies bordering the Persian Gulf. They banded together in 1971, as the British retreated, to form a single federation.The country has been doubly blessed: oil and gas...
  • The Mystery Of Dubai's Vaporized Gold: The Plot Thickens

    12/26/2015 4:59:15 PM PST · by Rockitz · 40 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 26 December 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this week, we told a fascinating story about an unprecedented, multi-year smuggling ring involving Turkey, Iran, and Dubai (as well as China, Russia and countless other nations) which saw corruption reaching to the very top of the political and financial establishment: from president Erdogan in Turkey, to one of Turkey's richest people, Iran-born Riza Sarraf, to Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the son of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and one of the world's richest people. The smuggled object in question was gold, billions of dollars worth of gold. The focus of the story was the previously unknown...
  • Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwaters Founder

    05/14/2011 9:59:04 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2011 | MARK MAZZETTI and EMILY B. HAGER
    Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has a new project. ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates Late one night last November, a plane carrying dozens of Colombian men touched down in this glittering seaside capital. Whisked through customs by an Emirati intelligence officer, the group boarded an unmarked bus and drove roughly 20 miles to a windswept military complex in the desert sand. The Colombians had entered the United Arab Emirates posing as construction workers. In fact, they were soldiers for a secret American-led mercenary army being built by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater Worldwide, with $529 million...
  • December 24 is UAE public holiday to mark Prophet's birthday

    12/23/2015 8:34:37 AM PST · by SIRTRIS · 14 replies
    EMIRATES 24/7 ^ | December 13, 2015 | By Wam
    Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, has declared Thursday, December 24, an official holiday for the public sector to mark the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), postponed from December 23. A circular issued by the Minister of Education stated that the decision is in implementation of the provisions of Paragraph 5, Article 100 of the Cabinet Resolution No. 13 of 2012 and regulations of the decree of Federal Law No. 11 of 2008 on human resources in the federal government and its amendments, which defines the...
  • Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

    06/04/2015 11:12:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. Efforts to force the administration to release the directive or portions of...
  • Police throw book at Shariah vigilantes [Wuppertal, Germany]

    09/05/2014 3:34:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 9/5/2014
    Charges of unlawful assembly and use of uniform in public were brought against 11 members of a group trying to enforce aspects of strict Islamic Sharia law in the North Rhine-Westphalia city, a spokeswoman for the Wuppertal police told The Local. Officers stopped the 11-man group on the street on Wednesday. Some were wearing orange vests bearing the words 'Shariah Police', in violation of federal German law, the spokeswoman said. The group has been stopping young people at local drinking and gambling establishments and urging them to abstain from activities deemed to be ungodly according to Islam. The Wednesday incident...
  • Back in business: Trump signs removed from Dubai golf complex two days ago are back up

    12/13/2015 5:43:34 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/12/2015 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Trump lettering an billboard was torn down from complex two days ago; Came after Trump called for a total ban on Muslims coming to the U.S.; But signs at the billion-dollar development have now been restored; While no official explanation has been given, it is speculated that the decision could be down to 'contractual obligations'
  • Trump SCHOOLS Pompous Saudi Prince: “Has YOUR Country Taken ANY of the Syrian Refugees?”

    12/13/2015 12:08:24 PM PST · by McGruff · 184 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 13, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal slammed Donald Trump for proposing a ban on Muslim immigrants in the US until the government could alleviate security concerns. Prince Alwaleed called Donald Trump a "disgrace" for his popular plan. @realDonaldTrump You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win. @Alwaleed_Talal) December 11, 2015 On Sunday Donald Trump responded to the Saudi Prince in epic fashion. "@Michael2014abc: @Alwaleed_Talal @realDonaldTrump Has your country, Saudi Arabia, taken ANY of the Syrian refugees? If not, why not?" Donald J. Trump...
  • 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...