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  • Israeli environment minister says UAE oil deal is blocked

    12/31/2021 6:12:56 PM PST · by blueplum · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 30 December 2021 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s Environment Minister said Thursday a clandestine oil deal that would have turned a scuba divers’ paradise into a waypoint for Emirati oil headed for Western markets has effectively been blocked.... ...The secret deal would have significantly increased the number of oil tankers docking and unloading in the Israeli resort city of Eilat. It was struck last year between the Europe-Asia Pipeline Company, the Israeli government-owned corporation, and MED-RED Land Bridge, a joint Israeli-Emirati venture, following the historic agreement establishing formal diplomatic ties... ...Senior officials in former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government — including his...
  • US hands China a victory in Ethiopia ---- China provides winning weaponry to Ethiopian national forces while US de facto sides with the fading Tigray rebels

    12/07/2021 10:16:11 AM PST · by elpadre · 10 replies ^ | December 6, 2021 | Stephen Bryen
    Just as Ethiopian government forces appear to have turned the tide in the country’s so-called civil war, the Biden administration is pushing for US citizens in Ethiopia to leave and is providing relocation assistance to those who can’t afford to buy a plane ticket. Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has visited Addis Ababa and has made it clear that China backs Ethiopia’s government fully. This, in contrast to the United States which has imposed sanctions on Ethiopia, but not on the rebellious Tigray. As Bloomberg reports: The US last month suspended duty-free access to its exports “because of gross...
  • China Seeks First Military Base on Africa’s Atlantic Coast, U.S. Intelligence Finds

    12/05/2021 4:50:46 PM PST · by MAGA2017 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/5/2021 | Michael M. Phillips
    BATA, Equatorial Guinea—Classified American intelligence reports suggest China intends to establish its first permanent military presence on the Atlantic Ocean in the tiny Central African country of Equatorial Guinea, according to U.S. officials. The officials declined to describe details of the secret intelligence findings. But they said the reports raise the prospect that Chinese warships would be able to rearm and refit opposite the East Coast of the U.S.—a threat that is setting off alarm bells at the White House and Pentagon. Principal deputy U.S. national security adviser Jon Finer visited Equatorial Guinea in October on a mission to persuade...
  • France Yellow Vests Week 160: Macron Visits Money Rich Gulf Arabs, Government Treading The COVID Situation Health Freedom Protests Continue Including Overseas France

    12/04/2021 10:11:19 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 12/4/2021 | Nextrush/Self
    French President Emmanuel Macron visitng the money rich Gulf Arab countries this weekend as he faces the Presidential elections in just over four months. The United Arab Emirates agreeing to buy 80 Rafale fighter jets. 12 French helicopters also part of the 19.2 billion US dollar deal. A bit of a boost following the debacle of the 90 billion submarine deal with Australia falling apart under the weight of the AUKUS security alliance to counter China in the "Indo-Pacific". Today President Macronmeeting Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler Mohammed Bin Salman. France and Saudi Arabia with a 'joint initiative" on Lebanon where...
  • INVESTIGATION: Hunter Biden Had Tentacles In Dark Corners Of the World Far Beyond China, Ukraine

    12/01/2021 11:43:36 PM PST · by Liz · 30 replies ^ | May 18, 2021 | Luke Rosiak
    PART 2 OF 3. The Hunter Biden Files Hunter Biden and his business partners were involved in discussions about possible deals in dozens of foreign countries, often corrupt backwaters, at times invoking official channels like ambassadors, emails reviewed by The Daily Wire show. While most attention has focused on Ukraine, where a gas company paid the now-president’s son tens of thousands of dollars a month while he was in deep crack addiction, and China, Hunter and his partners at a consultancy called Rosemont Seneca were eager to do business in a vast array of other places. The map below highlights...
  • Officials tell AP that Iran seized Vietnamese oil tanker

    11/03/2021 8:50:51 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 15 replies
    <p>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman last month and still holds the vessel off Bandar Abbas, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.</p><p>One of the officials said paramilitary Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops took control of the MV Southys on Oct. 24 at gunpoint. U.S. forces had monitored the seizure, but ultimately didn't take action as the vessel went into Iranian waters.</p>
  • OPINION - Nobel Committee refuses to honor Trump and Pompeo’s Abraham Accords

    10/31/2021 2:30:07 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 October 2021 | Michael McKenna
    At the beginning of October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 to two journalists — Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov — for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” The committee noted that “they are representatives of all journalists … in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.” Fair enough. It is also fair to point out that it’s possible that part of the reason why the committee gave the award to a couple of reporters was to avoid...
  • Tunisia in 'advanced talks' with Saudi Arabia, UAE for financial aid

    10/27/2021 9:36:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | 17 October 2021 | MEE and agencies
    Tunisia’s Central Bank is in “advanced talks” with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to obtain financial aid for the cash-strapped country, a senior banker has confirmed. Abdelkarim Lassoued, the head of financing and foreign transactions at the Tunisian regulator, told local Shams FM radio on Friday that an agreement with the two Gulf states may be reached soon. He added that talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were also ongoing, without giving details on the amount of aid being discussed. The North African country has seen years of political deadlock since its 2011 revolution, with fractious...
  • Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse

    10/25/2021 7:04:47 AM PDT · by RandFan · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 25 | By JON GAMBRELL and JIM GOMEZ
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell maids in the Mideast. After publicly promising to crack down, Facebook acknowledged in internal documents obtained by The Associated Press that it was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusive activity” that saw Filipina maids complaining on the social media site of being abused. Apple relented and Facebook and Instagram remained in the app store. But Facebook’s crackdown seems to have had a limited effect. Even today, a quick...
  • Iran’s supreme leader urges reversal of Arab states’ normalization with Israel

    10/24/2021 4:04:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10/24/2021
    The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco all said in 2020 they would normalize ties with Israel, as Washington under the administration of then-US president Donald Trump made Arab-Israeli rapprochement a foreign policy priority. “Some governments have unfortunately made errors — have made big errors and have sinned in normalizing (their relations) with the usurping and oppressive Zionist regime,” Khamenei says... “It is an act against Islamic unity, they must return from this path and make up for this big mistake,”
  • Kushner, Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem for Abraham Accords initiative

    10/11/2021 11:21:52 AM PDT · by elpadre · 6 replies
    france24 ^ | October 11, 2021
    Israeli lawmakers flanked by former president Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law launched an initiative in Jerusalem on Monday to advance the Abraham Accords that saw Arab states normalise ties with Israel. Jared Kushner, a former White House adviser married to Ivanka Trump, was a major architect of the deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco. At the launch of the Abraham Accords Caucus in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, Kushner said the agreements created a "new paradigm" in the region, which could have "very different outcomes" depending on the actions of current leaders. Critics of the...
  • Report: Sudanese delegation visited Israel this week

    10/09/2021 2:03:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/10/21 | Elad Benari
    A Sudanese delegation made up of senior security and military officials visited Israel earlier this week to discuss relations between the two countries, the Al-Arabiya network reported on Friday. No details were provided about the meetings. Sudan became the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump Administration in October, 2020, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The agreement between Israel and Sudan was announced days after then-US President Donald Trump officially removed Sudan from the list of nations that sponsor and finance terrorism. However, despite the agreement, no...
  • The NIH funded Iranian professor who allegedly smuggled U.S. science equipment to Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    09/19/2021 9:10:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 09/19/2021 | C. Doulgas Golden, The Western Journal
    Fresh off of renewed questions about a grant given to a health organization that worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the National Institutes of Health is in the spotlight for giving grants to a man charged with illegally supplying high-tech medical equipment to Iran.According to a Justice Department news release, Dr. Mohammad Faghihi was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit money laundering, unlawful exports of goods to Iran, smuggling goods out of and into the U.S., wire fraud and making false statements.Faghihi, a former associate professor at the University of Miami who was born in Iran, was charged in...
  • News Summary Intelligence Report Wednesday 9/15/2021

    09/15/2021 10:19:12 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/15/2021 | Nextrush/Self
    Breaking News: Alberta Canada Premier Jason Kenney Imposes New COVID Restrictions Vaccine Passport System The United Conservative Party Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney declaring a State of Public Health emergency tonight.... Rapper Nikki Minaj's outspoken comments regarding vaccines and vaccination getting her locked out of Twitter... The vaxx passport coming to LA... The story of a 16-year old who is being ignored by the health care industry in the United States over neurological problems following her second dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine... Public transport will be shut down this Saturday in Melbourne, Australia from 8 am to 2 pm...
  • US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

    09/11/2021 8:08:32 PM PDT · by blueplum · 54 replies
    AP ^ | 10 September 2021 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. The redeployment of the defenses from Prince Sultan Air Base outside of Riyadh came as America’s Gulf Arab allies nervously watched the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including their last-minute evacuations from Kabul’s besieged international airport.... ...Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged “the redeployment of certain air defense assets” after receiving questions from the...
  • Seven armed American civilians arrested en route to Afghanistan: report

    09/07/2021 7:23:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 7, 2021 8:42pm | Jesse O’Neill
    Seven US civilians carrying firearms on a private plane were arrested in Dubai last week after trying to enter Afghanistan during the US evacuation, a report said. The would-be vigilantes wanted to assist the deadly military-led evacuation efforts from Kabul’s airport, before they were caught with firearms by United Arab Emirates officials on August 31, the last day of the pullout, according to Newsweek. “The passengers reportedly planned to assist Afghanistan evacuation efforts but had no approved onward travels plans,” a State Department cable obtained by the magazine reportedly read. The US Consulate General in Dubai was reportedly “engaging with...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman rattles Muslim clergy, challenges sources of sharia

    06/24/2021 6:00:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/24/2021 | Thomas Lifson
    This is huge. Those of us who have had hopes that Saudi Arabia can be transformed from a sponsor of hardline jihad into a modernizing force in the Islamic world have cause for optimism.Remarks made by the real ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), suggest that he is carefully laying the grounds for a fundamental reinterpretation of orthodox Islam.Tarek Fatah, a fellow at the Middle East Forum, writes in the Toronto Sun:When the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, challenged the fundamental precepts of Islamic Sharia in an interview on April...
  • Saudi Arabia Says It is No Longer An Oil Producing Country

    06/07/2021 12:26:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Oilprice ^ | Jun 06, 2021 | Julianne Geiger
    When Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman announced that Saudi Arabia was no longer an oil-producing country, he likely didn’t mean literally. “Saudi Arabia is no longer an oil country, it’s an energy-producing country,” the Energy Minister told S&P Global Platts this week. Saudi Arabia has high green ambitions that include gas production, renewables, and hydrogen. “I urge the world to accept this as a reality. We are going to be winners of all these activities. Saudi Arabia will surely benefit from the green transition. While the Exxons, Chevrons, and Shells of the world are busy doing climate...
  • Oil Drops as Lack of OPEC+ Unity Hangs Over Market

    07/04/2021 8:07:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 05 Jul 2021
    Oil prices fell on Monday, with Brent dropping after four days of gains, as investors and traders awaited crucial talks by OPEC+ following disagreement within the group that could lead to major producers pumping up volumes to grab market share. Brent crude was down by 40 cents, or 0.5per cent, at US$75.77 a barrel by 0131 GMT, after falling 1 cent last week, the first weekly decline in six. U.S. oil was down by 30 cents, or 0.4per cent, at US$74.86 a barrel, having risen 1.5per cent last week, the sixth consecutive week of gains for the contract. The Organization...
  • OPEC Snubs Biden, Rejects Plea For More Oil

    08/16/2021 12:19:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/06/21 | John Carney
    The Biden administration’s plea for more oil production has been rejected by OPEC and its allies, including Russia, according to Reuters.The group of big oil producers believe oil markets do not need more oil than they plan to release in the coming months, Reuters reported.The report cited “four sources” but did not name them. Reporting on internal OPEC decisions is often based on unnamed sources.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is a cartel of 13 nations that includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A larger group, that also includes Russia, Mayalasia, and Mexico, is known as OPEC+.The...