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  • US government 'hacked global bank system'

    04/14/2017 9:57:49 PM PDT · by Fedora · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/15/2017 | Dave Lee
    A huge range of security exploits, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online.The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system.Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said.The files were released by Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that has previously leaked malware.If genuine, it represents perhaps the most significant exposure of NSA files since the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013.On Twitter, Mr Snowden...
  • Fresh Clues of Iranian Nuclear Intrigue

    01/16/2009 8:44:24 AM PST · by mojito · 8 replies · 646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/16/2008 | Glenn R. Simpson and Jay Solomon
    U.S. security and law-enforcement officials say they have fresh evidence of recent efforts by Iran to evade sanctions and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, including long-range nuclear missiles. Iran's efforts are detailed in a series of recent emails and letters between Iranian companies and foreign suppliers seen by The Wall Street Journal. Business records show one Iranian company, ABAN Commercial & Industrial Ltd., has contracted through an intermediary for more than 30,000 kilograms (about 66,000 pounds) of tungsten copper -- which can be used in missile guidance systems -- from Advanced Technology & Materials Co. Ltd. of...
  • Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel (WP = BS)

    04/03/2017 3:04:10 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 45 replies
    Wash Post via MSN.com ^ | 4/3/2017 | Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, Karen DeYoung
    he United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with...
  • Dubai to Have Tower Dangling in the Air?

    03/28/2017 12:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | Bernd Debusmann Jr.
    An artist's impression of how the proposed asteroid-suspended Analemma Tower would look. The building will be suspended from an asteroid orbiting 50,000kms from the earth A New York-based firm is proposing that Dubai be the site of a futuristic, asteroid-suspended skyscraper that orbits around the world. The speculative Analemma Tower - which is being proposed by the Clouds Architecture Office - is designed to be suspended downward on an asteroid orbiting 50,000km from earth. It would orbit in a figure-eight pattern across the northern and southern hemispheres in a 24-hour cycle each day. A design close-up of the asteroid from...
  • Emirati Teenager Soon to Publish Second Novel

    03/27/2017 10:55:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Gulf News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Sarvy Geranpayeh
    14-year-old on a mission to change perceptions about young ArabsA 14-year-old Emirati girl’s love for books has led her to write novels, a move she hopes will inspire other young Arabs to work towards reaching their full potential and changing the world’s perception of young Arabs’ capabilities. Aisha Al Naqbi’s first book Blue Moon was published in April last year when she was just 13 and she has just finished the draft for her second book and is well on her way to plotting her third novel. At first glance, Al Naqbi seems like every other teenager but it takes...
  • U.K. follows U.S. with laptop ban on some flights from Mideast

    03/21/2017 11:51:57 AM PDT · by Enchante · 18 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Charles Riley
    The United Kingdom has followed the United States in preventing passengers on flights from some countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying devices such as laptops and tablets in the cabin. The restrictions affect 14 airlines, six of which are based in the U.K. As in the U.S., the ban covers any electronic devices larger than a typical smartphone.
  • Libyan cop was caught photographing inside of US consulate in Benghazi on morning of September 11

    11/01/2012 10:56:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 1, 2012 | Times of Israel staff
    A Libyan policeman was caught photographing the inside of the US Consulate in Benghazi on the morning of September 11, hours before US Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in a terror attack there, and worried US consular staff complained to the Libyan Foreign Ministry over the security breach, an Arabic TV station reported on Thursday, quoting from letters found at the consulate after it was attacked. Alaan TV, a channel based in the United Arab Emirates, said the letters also showed that the Americans had been urging the Libyan authorities to provide special security arrangements for Stevens’ visit — including...
  • Opening video for Trump International Golf Club in Dubai creates buzz online

    02/24/2017 1:11:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The National ^ | February 22, 2017 | Afshan Ahmed
    A one-minute video shot at the grand opening of the new Trump International Golf Club in Dubai and shared by the Trump Organisation has amassed thousands of likes and several comments on social media. Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, the sons of US president Donald Trump inaugurated the new Trump International Golf Club at the Damac Hills project on Saturday (February 18). The project was announced in 2013. The video shows dignitaries from around the world arriving the red carpet ceremony, and Damac GroupÂ’s chairman, Hussain Sajwani thanking the president for the friendship and partnership with the Trump Organisation....
  • Trumps thank Dubai for love and friendship

    02/18/2017 9:01:00 PM PST · by libh8er · 8 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | Feb 18th, 2017 | Bernd Debusmann Jr
    American President Donald Trump's two eldest sons - Donald Jr. and Eric - were in Dubai on Saturday to mark the official opening of the opulent Trump International Golf Club at a lavish party attended by a veritable "who's who" of Dubai's glitterati. Since January, Donald Jr. and Eric have overseen a trust that includes the Trump Organization's businesses and projects, a move which President Trump said was designed to avoid conflicts of interest while he holds office. The occasion marks their first overseas business trip since their father was inaugurated. During a brief speech made to a crowd of...
  • Ras Al Khaimah Sees Snow; Naturally a Snowman Gets Built

    02/06/2017 11:44:13 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The National ^ | February 5, 2017 | Evelyn Lau
    Well here’s something you don’t see every day in the Emirates. This past weekend, we were dealt with some unusual weather with high winds, cold temperatures, and drops of rain appearing. However, up in Jebal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, something else happened. Temperatures became so low that the emirate actually saw snow. With temperatures dipping to -1.1 degrees Celsius, could we blame those in the area for not wanting to have a little fun? In a series of tweets posted on February 3, we are perhaps introduced to the UAE’s most adorable snowman, waving a UAE flag with a...
  • 'Apocalyptic' SNOWSTORM blasts Middle East as freak weather terrifies Arab countries

    02/04/2017 8:30:04 AM PST · by rktman · 53 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 2/4/2017 | Oli Smith
    The UAE was one of a number of Middle Eastern countries to bare the brunt of a freak weather phenomenon yesterday. A shock snowstorm blasted through the Arab country, usually known for its blistering heat, scorched deserts and year-round sunshine. The blizzard covered parts of the country with up to 10 centimetres of snow, according to the local Met Office. Other Gulf States also experienced rare lightning strikes, sandstorms, rough seas and high winds of up to 90km an hour.
  • Kerry lobbied UAE to drop CAIR from terror list

    02/01/2017 9:13:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    One News Now ^ | Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Michael F. Haverluck
    When serving under the Obama administration, Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied on behalf of two highly questionable Islamic organizations to get the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to remove them from its list of terrorist groups. Both of the groups — which have had great influence on President Barack Obama’s domestic and foreign policy concerning its handling of Islam and terrorism during his time in office — are based in Washington, D.C., and have posed a major concern for national security. “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas...
  • In a first, Emirati foreign minister defends Trump visa ban

    02/01/2017 7:23:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2017 10:03 AM EST | Adam Schreck
    The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat on Wednesday came out in defense of President Donald Trump’s order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The comments by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Gulf federation’s foreign minister, could help bolster the administration’s assertion that the directive was not intended as a ban against Muslims. The UAE minister said the U.S. was within its rights to take what he said was a “sovereign decision” concerning immigration — the first such remarks in support of Trump’s move from the Gulf Arab region — and he voiced...
  • Dubai Security Chief Backs Trump's Muslim Ban

    01/31/2017 10:58:10 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 11 replies
    The New Arab ^ | 1-30-2017 | Unknown
    Dubai's head of security Dhahi Khalfan Tamim has sparked outrage once again, this time after backing US President Donald Trump's controversial Muslim ban. In a series of crude and sectarian outburts on Twitter this weekend, Lieutenant General Khalfan - who holds one of the most important positions in Dubai - threw his weight behind Trump's immigration policy targeting Muslims. The former police chief and now head of security in the emirate then railed against Iraqis, Yemenis, Somalis and Iranians - nationalities all included in new US travel restrictions. "We completely support Trump in his ban on entry to those who...
  • Amid refugee ban, Trump recruits Saudis, Emiratis to support Syria safe zones

    01/29/2017 8:40:38 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/29/17 | Michael Wilner
    US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz "agreed to support safe zones in Syria" in a phone call on Sunday, the White House said, marking a potentially dramatic shift in Washington's posture toward the civil war there. The White House cast Trump's support for safe zones in Syria as just one of many policy ideas that will "help the many refugees who are displaced" from the war, which has prompted the worst refugee crisis since World War II. The two leaders also agreed to support similar humanitarian corridors in Yemen, where Riyadh has been waging...
  • The Inside Story of How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE's Terror ... List

    01/19/2017 6:49:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 1/19/17 | Steven Emerson
    On Nov. 16, 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the unusual step of designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim American Society (MAS) – as terrorist organizations.They were among 83 groups named for their connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.This outraged CAIR officials, who immediately began efforts to get their organization removed from the list. They found a powerful ally in Secretary of State John Kerry, who authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobbying on behalf of CAIR and MAS .CAIR already had a sympathetic ear in the Obama administration, including...
  • Hillary Clinton criticizes port deal during Miami Beach visit

    02/25/2006 4:12:46 PM PST · by kcvl · 30 replies · 741+ views
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Senator Hillary Clinton says she's pleased the Bush administration and a United Arab Emirates company have agreed to delay the company's takeover of significant operations at six major American ports. But the New York Democrat says she's still opposed to the deal and plans to introduce legislation that would block Dubai Ports World or any other company owned by a foreign government from operating U-S ports. Clinton said critical infrastructure like ports must be operated by the United States, not foreign-owned companies. She made the comments yesterday in an appearance in Miami Beach. Clinton, who is seen...
  • Rare footage provides interesting details about the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by UAE

    12/20/2016 6:27:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Filmed from aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, the video below shows United Arab Emirates F-16 Block 60+ Desert Falcons refueling during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition’s air war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, on Dec. 16, 2016. The clip includes some rare close-up footage that provides interesting details about the payload of the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by the UAE Air Force in the anti-Daesh campaign. There appear to be two configurations (both featuring CFTs, Sniper targeting pod and two drops tanks): the first one, includes...
  • Man fatally shot by Ohio police officer identified as UAE student

    12/07/2016 3:21:22 PM PST · by grayboots · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/6/2016 | Kim Palmer
    A man shot and killed after he crashed his car and struggled with an Ohio police officer was a 26-year-old college student and citizen of the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Tuesday. Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, a student at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, died from a gunshot wound to the head on Sunday and his death has been ruled homicide, the Summit County Medical Examiner's office said. Police officers responded to a call around 3 p.m. about an erratic driver on the Ohio Turnpike in Hudson, Ohio, 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Cleveland, police said in a...
  • Trump's New Defence Secretary Was Obama's Go-To Man to Keep Pakistani Generals Happy

    12/04/2016 8:26:38 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Wire, thewire.in ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Devirupa Mitra
    <p>In the aftermath of the Raymond Davis and bin Laden affairs, General James Mattis was key in maintaining ties with top Pakistani military leadership.</p> <p>New Delhi: The next US secretary of defence was the Obama administration's main man to keep a line open and bring ties with the top Pakistani military leadership back on an even keel in the dark days following the arrest of a CIA contractor and the killing of Osama bin Laden.</p>