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  • An engineering firm wants to tow icebergs thousands of miles from Antarctica(trunc)

    09/08/2018 2:57:42 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 56 replies
    Business Insider / MSN ^ | 9/8/2018 | Jeremy Berke
    A Dubai-based engineering firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Dubai in order to provide the city with a reserve of fresh drinking water. The firm will use satellite imagery to select candidate icebergs. It's eyeing icebergs that are between 2,000 and 7,000 feet long, and weigh around 100 million tons. But the plan is short on details: the firm doesn't know exactly how it will get the icebergs to Dubai, or how the icebergs will be stored. What do you do if you're a fast-growing city in the desert with lots of thirsty people and little freshwater reserves?...
  • Details of secret Syrian-American security meeting in Damascus

    08/31/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 23 replies
    Syriana Analysis ^ | August 28, 2018 | Kevork Almasian
    On one of the nights of the last week of last June, the Syrian security forces imposed strict measures inside and around Damascus International Airport. Just before midnight, a private UAE plane landed on one of the runways. About forty minutes passed before a huge procession of black Four-Wheel vehicles took off carrying the passengers to the Mezzeh area, in the center of Damascus, where the new office of Major General Ali Mamlouk, director of Syria’s National Security Bureau is located. There, a senior US officer led a delegation that included officers from several US intelligence and security agencies. Ali...
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

    06/04/2017 10:18:49 PM PDT · by Rabin · 95 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 4 June 2017 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels also expelled Qatar from its alliance because of Doha's practices of strengthen terrorism. Qatar has categorically denied supporting; Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and is confidant US President Donald Trump will not last in power.
  • Dubai unveils plans for $2 billion tech-driven mega mall (Largest in the world)

    08/14/2018 9:25:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | August 12, 2018 | Selina Julien
    Plans for a sprawling "high-tech-meets-retail" metropolis have been unveiled in Dubai. The mega mall will be the largest leasable retail space in the world, spanning over 100 soccer fields in size. Called Dubai Square, the $2 billion project in the Dubai Creek Harbour development will boast over 8 million square feet of retail space -- more than twice the size of Dubai Mall -- and will also be home to the Middle East's largest Chinatown. Designed as a destination outright, the ground floor will host celebrity performances, concerts and theater shows in a futuristic entertainment arena with 3D projection mapping,...
  • Mom Jailed for Drinking One Glass of Wine on Flight to Dubai

    08/10/2018 3:36:52 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 116 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08/10/18 | Christina Zhao
    A mother from the U.K. claimed she was arrested and jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine onboard an Emirates flight last month. On July 13, Dubai International Airport immigration officers arrested and jailed Ellie Holman, 44, and her 4-year-old daughter in a detention center as her flight landed in the Persian Gulf country following an eight-hour flight. According to Holman, she was arrested because she drank a glass of red wine with her meal onboard the flight from London. Holman told MailOnline that an immigration officer questioned her upon arrival and then instructed her to purchase a...
  • Trump seeks to revive ‘Arab NATO’ to confront Iran

    07/29/2018 6:48:55 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 17 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Jul 29, 2018 | Reuters Washington
    <p>The Trump administration is quietly pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region, according to U.S. and Arab officials.</p>
  • Saudi-backed Yemeni forces capture Hodeidah airport

    06/19/2018 11:22:30 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 June 2018 | Patrick Wintour
    Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces have captured the airport at Hodeidah and have started preparations for the more complex task of capturing the city and its port nine miles (15km) to the north. The port is critical to the supply of aid to the rest of the famine-struck country.
  • FORMER DHS NYC CHIEF: GULFTAINER PORT CANAVERAL SECRET “PROJECT PELICAN” DEAL WORSE THAN IRAN-CO

    06/03/2018 7:32:06 AM PDT · by bitt · 56 replies
    theamericanreport.org ^ | March 23, 2018 | Mary Fanning and Alan Jones
    March 23, 2018 The Obama administration placed a declared enemy of the United States (who was on U.S. Central Command’s Operation Iraqi Freedom “Blacklist”) inside the wire at Port Canaveral, Florida with a 35 year cargo container terminal lease. That lease bypassed the congressionally-mandated national security review by 16 intelligence agencies. In 2014 Obama and Clinton operatives positioned Gulftainer, a Middle Eastern ports company, only a few thousand feet from U.S. Navy Trident submarines at Port Canaveral and within sight of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Gulftainer is now embedded amidst America’s most sensitive space, naval submarine, and air force defense...
  • Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

    05/19/2018 12:13:17 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 46 replies
    WASHINGTON — Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor. The meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s...
  • Dubai missing princess: Call for clarity on status of Sheikha Latifa

    05/05/2018 7:36:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Sheikha Latifa - the daughter of the Emirate's ruler - is said to have tried to flee in March in order to live a freer life abroad. But witnesses say the luxury yacht she was travelling on was intercepted off India, and she was returned to Dubai. She has not been seen since. Dubai's authorities say they cannot comment for legal reasons. Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was snatched while trying to escape the country, according to reports. A BBC Newsnight investigation, which was broadcast on Friday, claimed she had received the help of...
  • Mueller's team 'informally met' with a consulting firm on its work with the UAE, report says

    04/09/2018 8:42:09 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | AP 9 2018 | CNBC
    Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has looked into the work of a consulting firm that's done business with the United Arab Emirates, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. That could suggest that Mueller's probe is "looking more deeply at foreign influence in Washington" — beyond Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to the report.
  • UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

    04/04/2018 9:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 3 April 2018
    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter promises to bring advanced operational capabilities to those air forces that operate it, and to allow a previously unknown degree of interoperability and harmonization with the US Air Force. Advanced sensors, low observability (‘stealth’) and connectivity combine to give unmatched mission performance and survivability, and the aircraft is increasingly being seen as something that no air force that aspires to ‘full spectrum’ capability can do without. At the same time, development of the F-35A has been beset by technical, political and cost difficulties, and Lockheed Martin and the US Government have been keen...
  • The Gulf heats up

    07/26/2010 5:01:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2010 | YOEL GUZANSKY
    Concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program are heard these days more in Arabic than any other language, including Hebrew. In recent weeks, it seems that temperatures on both sides of the Persian Gulf have come to a boil. Temperatures in the Gulf, although usually high during the summer, reached a peak not due to global warming but because of increasing fear of Iran among Arab Gulf states. Indeed, concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and negative involvement in the region are heard these days more in Arabic than any other language, including Hebrew. The current peak is associated with a...
  • [OPINION] UAE sweep exposes Turkish intelligence links to jihadists in Syria

    03/23/2018 7:10:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 3, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has aided, funded and armed jihadist groups in Syria for years, is troubled by the detention of a key operative in Dubai by United Arab Emirates security, most likely in cooperation with the Americans. The man who was picked from a Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai while having breakfast with his wife on Feb. 20, 2018 is Mehmet Ali Öztürk. He has been running logistical lines for jihadist groups, especially Turkmens and Chechens, in Syria, since 2011, when the Syrian crisis began. Öztürk is linked to Turkish spy agency the National Intelligence...
  • Mueller’s Star Witness Against Trump Caught Partying at Exclusive Island Resort with Bill Clinton

    03/13/2018 2:16:34 PM PDT · by Revel · 136 replies
    True Pundit ^ | 3/13/18
    The Clinton’s get busted again. It’s a never-ending saga that somehow always seems to out do itself. Special counsel Robert Mueller is getting the cooperation of a Lebanese-American businessman with ties to Arab royalty in his probe of foreign influence on the Trump presidential campaign, including the possibility of a back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team. George Nader testified last week to the Mueller grand jury. Mr. Nader is an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates. According to The Times, Mr. Mueller...
  • Rosie Unmasked Tweets Exposes Fusion GPS - Links HRC directly to Glenn Simpson

    03/11/2018 5:57:19 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 51 replies
    Rosie Unmasked ^ | March 11, 2018 | Rosie Unmasked
    #GlennSimpson worked with California Strategies and registered as a foreign lobbyist for Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr al-Qasimi of the UAE. While this isn’t new info to all they’re very curious details, this report claims $40,000 with his then company SNS Global #FusionGPS.
  • Mueller team looking into possible United Arab Emirates money into Trump campaign: report

    03/04/2018 2:04:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/04/18 | Joseph Weber
    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is now purportedly looking into whether the United Arab Emirates, with perhaps help from a top adviser, tried to gain political influence by putting money into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign -- a tack that would indicate Mueller’s investigation continues to expand beyond whether campaign officials colluded with Russia. Mueller’s investigators in recent weeks have questioned the adviser, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, and asked witnesses for information about whether the UAE tried to buy political influence by giving money to the Trump campaign, according to The New York Times. Nader has been a frequent visitor...
  • Mueller’s Focus on Adviser to Emirates Suggests Broader Investigation

    03/05/2018 12:45:37 PM PST · by detective · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 3, 2018 | MARK MAZZETTI, DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has hovered on the fringes of international diplomacy for three decades. He was a back-channel negotiator with Syria during the Clinton administration, reinvented himself as an adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and last year was a frequent visitor to President Trump’s White House. Mr. Nader is now a focus of the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s investigators have questioned Mr. Nader and have pressed witnesses for information about any possible attempts by the Emiratis to buy political influence by directing...
  • Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel

    03/06/2018 6:12:33 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | March 6, 2018 | Mark Mazzetti, David D. Kirkpatrick and Adam Goldman
    WASHINGTON — An adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former aides to President Trump is cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and gave testimony last week to a grand jury, according to two people familiar with the matter.Mr. Mueller appears to be examining the influence of foreign money on Mr. Trump’s political activities and has asked witnesses about the possibility that the adviser, George Nader, funneled money from the Emirates to the president’s political efforts. It is illegal for foreign entities to contribute to campaigns or for Americans to knowingly accept foreign...
  • Mueller Goes Fishing in UAE, Pins Hopes to Belarusian Hooker

    03/05/2018 5:18:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 5, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Under the category of Mueller has nothing… (interruption) What? The tar…? (interruption) Yeah, we’re gonna get to the tariffs. Be patient. I’m gonna use phone calls to get to the tariffs. Are you burning with passion and obsessed about the…? (interruption) All right. All right. Well, Mueller has nothing, but that doesn’t mean anything, because Mueller can keep looking ’til he finds anything. There are no limits on Mueller’s investigation. He was not given a crime. What Mueller is doing, in the strict sense of things, is not even legal. Justice Department regulations require that for a special counsel...