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  • Pakistan troops to defend jittery Saudis

    08/02/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    The Times ^ | 0/8/02/14 | Hugh Tomlinson
    Saudi Arabia has deployed thousands of troops from Egypt and Pakistan along its frontier with Iraq, amid fears of invasion by the al-Qaeda splinter group that has declared a radical Islamic state across the border. Panicked by the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), Riyadh has taken the drastic step of calling in military assistance from its close allies to shore up the porous 500-mile border, Gulf security sources said.
  • Arab leaders, viewing Hamas as worse than Israel, stay silent

    07/31/2014 2:49:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Times of India ^ | July 31, 2014 | David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times News Service
    CAIRO: Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated ceasefire even after more than...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • Germany second in US foreign lobbying list (UAE is first)

    05/17/2014 12:31:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 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...
  • Soldiers say goodbye for now

    05/05/2014 12:43:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It was zero-dark-thirty — a military term to express something really early, a time when even the sun is slumbering. But the Murr Community Center was full of soldiers and family members, although some of them were taking cat naps, stretched out on the floor or with heads on tables. Others, especially children, were flashes of energy at 3:45 a.m., belying the truth it was still bed time. Sunday was the day the second contingent of 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion soldiers were deploying — the first group left Thursday — this time eventually to Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain,...
  • Egypt’s army expands economic power

    05/04/2014 5:37:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05/04/2014 | Markus Symnak
    While the people of Egypt suffer from growing poverty and unemployment rates, the country’s generals are well off. They have managed to strengthen their economic power in the aftermath of the revolution. […] While privately owned companies struggle under the burden of overall chaos and political insecurity, the army appears to have been unaffected. According to some observers, the army is indeed profiting from the crisis. Over the past months, the government in Cairo has commissioned construction companies operated by the military to carry out several large infrastructure projects. In November, Interim President Adly Mansour had issued a decree allowing...
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • The U.S. Cut Military Spending in 2013, While These Two Global Powers Did the Opposite

    04/23/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Global military spending dropped by nearly two percent in 2013, led by the United States which dropped it’s spending by 7.8 percent. By contrast, the military industrial complexes in Russia and China are bustling; seeing a 4.8 and 7.4 percent increase, respectively. "For the first time since 2003, Russia spent a larger percentage of it’s Gross Domestic Product on military expenses than the United States… " The U.S. dropped spending from roughly $690 Billion in 2012, to $640 Billion in 2013, shrinking to 3.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The reduction is noted in real terms, which means the...
  • Before Noah: Myths of the Flood Are Far Older Than the Bible

    04/07/2014 1:36:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/05/2014 | Ishaan Tharoor
    <p>Darren Aronofsky’s Noah dominated the U.S. box office on its opening weekend and won critical acclaim, but not without controversy. The film, based on the biblical story in Genesis of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, arrived amid a deluge of outrage from religious groups. Some Christians fumed at the film’s straying from biblical Scripture. Meanwhile, a host of Muslim-majority countries banned Noah from screening in theaters because representations of Noah, a prophet of God in the Koran, are considered blasphemous. Such images “provoke the feelings of believers and are forbidden in Islam and a clear violation of Islamic law,” read a fatwa issued by Cairo’s al-Azhar University, one of the foremost institutions of Sunni Islam. Egypt has not banned the film, but Indonesia, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have. “It is important to respect these religions and not show the film,” lectured the main censors of the UAE.</p>
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for “kowtowing” to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Obama Seeks to Calm Saudis as Paths Split

    03/28/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/27/14 | David K Kirkpatrick
    Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal democracy and an ultraconservative monarchy united by shared interests in the stability of the Middle East and the continued flow of oil. But with President Obama arriving in Riyadh on Friday, the rulers of Saudi Arabia say they feel increasingly compelled to go their own way, pursuing starkly different strategies from Washington in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. “Their view of Mr. Obama is that his entire...
  • How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear

    03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security. Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Obama trip to Europe, Saudi Arabia to be dominated by Crimea

    03/22/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 21, 2014 | BY LESLEY CLARK
    President Barack Obama had planned a week long trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia to highlight global progress in ridding the world of nuclear materials, soak up the positive publicity emanating from Pope Francis and reassure an anxious Gulf ally of the U.S. commitment to the region. Instead, the trip will be dominated by Russia’s military seizure of Crimea and Obama’s efforts to persuade European allies to step up sanctions on Russia, even as critics at home suggest Obama hasn’t been as tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin as he needs to be. Obama, who arrives in the Netherlands on...
  • 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. …
  • The Israeli Solution

    02/25/2014 2:29:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    In its annual survey of American Jewry published last October, the American Jewish Committee found that 75 percent of American Jews agree with the statement, “The goal of the Arabs is not a peaceful two-state agreement with Israel, but rather the destruction of Israel.” And yet, American Jews supported the establishment of a Palestinian state 50% to 47%. Next week over 10,000 predominantly Jewish American supporters of Israel will gather in Washington at AIPAC’s annual policy conference. Given their high commitment to Israel, probably most of those gathered belong to the 47% of American Jews who opposed Palestinian statehood. Yet...
  • Gorbachev: Ukraine failed to act democratically

    02/23/2014 12:23:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:38 AM EST
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine stems from the government’s failure to act democratically. […] “Ultimately this is the result of the failure of the government to act democratically” and to engage in dialogue and fight corruption, Gorbachev said during an address to a forum on government communications in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He added that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an “interruption of perestroika,” referring to his reform policies, and of the democratic process there. …
  • Muslims 'warned in Fatwa not to live on Mars'

    02/19/2014 12:12:53 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 99 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | Feb 18 2014 | Barney Henderson
    FaTwa reportedly issued warning Muslims not to make 'hazardous trip' to live on Mars Muslims have been warned in a Fatwa not to go and live on Mars because it would pose "a real risk to life", according to a Dubai news organisation. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates said that anyone making such a "hazardous trip" is likely to die for "no righteous reason
  • The Rolling Stones Have Arrived in the UAE

    02/19/2014 4:51:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    Band will kick of their 14 On Fire tour at Abu Dhabi’s du ArenaMarhaba Rolling Stones! Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie are ready to start their 14 ON FIRE tour on Friday night at Abu Dhabi's du Arena on Yas Island. (Facebook) The long awaited moment has finally arrived – the iconic Rolling Stones have finally step foot in the UAE! The UAE has seen some giants of rock perform on its shores – Dubai and Abu Dhabi – from Metallica and Bon Jovi to Eagles. But in terms of rock legends, this act is it. The Rolling Stones will...
  • MiG-29s May Be Part of Egyptian Arms Deal

    02/14/2014 10:36:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 14, 2014 | David Donald
    According to media reports, Egypt’s interim government, installed by the army in July 2013, is negotiating a $2 billion arms package with Russia. Some sources say the deal may have already been signed during the visit this week to Moscow by the head of the Egyptian army, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. It is understood that the deal is being funded by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Cairo appears to have turned to Russia following the souring of relations with Washington after the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi last summer. In spite of the political background, an Egyptian...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: CIA Helped Saudis in Secret Chinese Missile Deal

    01/29/2014 7:44:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/29/14 | Jeff Stein
    Saudi Arabia has long been a backroom player in the Middle East's nuclear game of thrones, apparently content to bankroll the ambitions of Pakistan and Iraq (under Saddam Hussein) to counter the rise of its mortal enemy, Iran. But as the West and Iran have moved closer to a nuclear accommodation, signs are emerging that the monarchy is ready to give the world a peek at a new missile strike force of its own - which has been upgraded with Washington's careful connivance. According to a well-placed intelligence source, Saudi Arabia bought ballistic missiles from China in 2007 in a...
  • Dubai retailer Al Futtaim to invest $2.3bn in Egypt

    01/25/2014 2:54:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | January 22, 2014 | unattributed
    The investment plan is positive for Egypt’s army-backed government, which is trying to attract foreign money back to the country and create jobs to ease social discontent as it manages a difficult transition to elections this year... MAF, the sole franchisee of French retailer Carrefour in the region, will expand one of its shopping malls in Cairo’s Maadi district at a cost of EGP 3.2bn, and begin construction next week of another mall next to Cairo’s main airport that will cost a similar amount, Malas said. In addition, the company expects to complete construction of its “Mall of Egypt” project...
  • Coming 'oil glut' may push global economy into deflation

    01/18/2014 10:12:50 AM PST · by Kennard · 63 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:52PM GMT 15 Jan 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    One piece of the jigsaw puzzle is missing to complete the deflation landscape across the West: a slide in oil prices. This is becoming more likely each month. Turmoil across the Middle East and parts of Africa has choked supply over the past two years, keeping Brent crude near $110 a barrel despite a broader commodity slump. Cotton and corn prices have halved, as has the UBS index of industrial metals. Such anomalies rarely last. "We estimate that crude oil is now the mostly richly priced commodity in the world," says Deutsche Bank in a fresh report. Michael Lewis, the...
  • 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...
  • UAE welcomes Egypt Morsi's pledge not to 'export' revolt&#8206;

    07/03/2012 4:42:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | June 3, 2012
    The UAE is keen on strengthening relations with Egypt, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming newly elected President Mohamed Morsi's pledge not to "export" his country's revolution. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan's statement came days after Egypt's foreign ministry summoned the UAE ambassador over comments made by Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan offering "condolences" on Morsi's victory. "We are keen on strengthening these historical and brotherly relations during the upcoming period politically and economically," Sheikh Abdullah said in a statement published on state news agency WAM. He welcomed Morsi's remarks pledging "to not meddle in the affairs of...
  • Why Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE will all cut oil output

    12/23/2013 5:33:14 AM PST · by thackney · 17 replies
    The Saudi Gazette ^ | December 22nd, 2013 | Albawaba Business
    It is projected that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE would have to reduce their production by 1mmbd to prevent an oil glut and keep prices stable above the $100 a barrel level, the latest NCB monthly review on Saudi economic and financial developments said. In its Monthly Oil Market Report, OPEC projected demand for its crude to contract by 0.31mmbd to 29.6mmbd in 2014 from estimated 29.9mmbd in 2013. While the geopolitical tension is easing along with improving fundamentals, it is expected that growth in emerging economies, especially led by China, will lessen the decline in demand for OPEC’s...
  • 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...
  • Gulf chill over UK fighter sales

    12/13/2013 8:36:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 December 2013 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    • Huge deal to sell Typhoon fighters to UAE in doubt • Implications for other Gulf arms deals after Iran nuclear talks If there were any remaining doubts that arms sales take precedence over human rights or concerns about exacerbating regional tensions, the British government has been unashamedly quashing them. UK prime minister David Cameron and his defence secretary Philip Hammond have been busy trying to persuade the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to buy British Typhoon jets, following the example of Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Saudis, the UK's largest arms customer, have bought 72 Typhoons,...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Report: Israel Eyes Anti-Iran Security Pact with Gulf States

    10/04/2013 11:03:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    SpaceWar ^ | October 3, 2013 | Staff Writers
    Israel, alarmed at the prospect of a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement, is reported to be discussing the possibility of an anti-Iran alliance with longtime Arab adversaries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a project that could have immense ramifications in the Middle East. If talks are under way, they're in large part the result of many secret meetings between Israeli and Arab intelligence chiefs and other senior officials that have been held over several years, often in the Jordanian capital Amman. Senior Israelis have held meetings with prominent figures from a number of Persian Gulf and other Arab states in...
  • 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.
  • Prominent Saudia Arabian Mufti Calls For Destruction Of All Christian Churches On Arabian Peninsula

    10/02/2013 12:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 2, 2013
    This is the equivalent of Cardinal Dolan calling on Catholics to burn every mosque in America to the ground. Where’s the coverage? Where is the repudiation from the entire moderate Muslim world? Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah has once again called for the destruction of all Churches on the Arabian Peninsula. Bin Abdullah, head of the Ulema Council and the Standing Committee on Fatwas, made this statement after a presentation by the Kuwaiti parliamentarian Osama Al-Munawer of the bill that bans construction of new non-Muslim religious buildings in Kuwait. The Mufti stated that, according to Islamic law,...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/8/2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond
    ... President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders against opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. ...
  • Obama Dithers, Kerry Bungles Egypt Crisis

    08/21/2013 7:24:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia's surprising decision to support Egypt's military leaders in their bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has split the Arab world in two. The unequivocal Saudi move to back Egypt's secular military rulers, who toppled the Muslim government in a coup, left the Obama administration without a clear policy in the Middle East war that threatens our long alliance with the Saudi kingdom. From the beginning of an Egyptian crisis fast turning into a religious civil war, the Obama administration has been caught flat footed and confused in its response, taking contradictory positions throughout the course of...
  • New Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim 'set to announce reshuffle'

    09/01/2013 11:56:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/26/2013 | Staff
    Qatar's new Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is set to announce a cabinet reshuffle, a day after taking over from his father Sheikh Hamad, officials say. ... Sheikh Hamad seized power from his father Sheikh Khalifa in a bloodless coup in 1995, with the support of the armed forces and cabinet, and also neighbouring states. ... In 2003, he named Sheikh Tamim - his second son by his second wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser - as his heir apparent. ... In foreign policy, the emirate is expected to maintain its alliance with the West while at the same...
  • Mideast Allies Press U.S. on Egypt

    08/23/2013 9:32:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2 hours ago | By ay Solomon, Adam Entous
    “If the U.S. is taking a position that undermines the Egyptian government and empowers the Brotherhood, a lot of us will say: ‘Good luck, you’re on your own,’ ” said a senior Arab official involved in talks with the U.S. “There will be a wide regional fallout.” Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Jordan and Kuwait—all U.S. allies—have supported the Egyptian military’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi last month and its crackdown on the Islamist protesters supporting him, which has left more than 1,000 people dead. These countries are lobbying the U.S. to continue providing $1.3 billion in annual military assistance to...
  • Obama Sides Against Egypt in Fight Against Muslim Brotherhood

    08/22/2013 11:03:33 AM PDT · by swampthang77 · 9 replies
    USBC News ^ | 2013,08,22 | USBC News Wire
    ...In the meantime, long standing US allies in the region have announced that they are supporting Egypt in its struggle against Morsi’s violent Muslim Brotherhood. Israel, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia have pledged support against the violence against the temporary administration in Egypt, even as the United States withdraws support under direction of the Obama Administration, and Senate Democrats....
  • Egypt presidency says diplomacy failed to end crisis

    08/07/2013 8:47:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2013 | By Michael Georgy and Maggie Fick
    Egypt's army-installed government said on Wednesday diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis had failed and signaled it was gearing to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi gathered at two protest camps in Cairo. Envoys from the United States, European Union, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had been trying to defuse the crisis and prevent further bloodshed. But President Adli Mansour's office said the period of international efforts, which began more than 10 days ago, had "ended today".
  • Al Qaeda leader releases new message claiming US plotted to oust Morsi in Egpyt

    08/03/2013 3:16:31 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 3 August 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    On the same day that the U.S. Department of State issued a global terrorism warning, a message suspected to be from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was posted on multiple jihadist web forums on Friday. In the 14-minute audio message, the 62-year-old al-Zawahiri criticizes the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-backed former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, blaming the military coup that resulted in his removal on Americans and 'Zionists.' The crusaders, the seculars, the Americanized army, (former Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak's thugs and some members of Islamic parties with the support of Gulf money and American plotting, all agreed to topple Mohamed...
  • Iran Activates 5,000 New Centrifuges as Part of Nuclear Program: Ahmadinejad

    08/03/2013 9:42:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 31, 2013 8:39 AM GMT | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Iran’s outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said 5,000 new centrifuges are ready to start operating at the country’s nuclear facilities. These are in addition to the 12,000 centrifuges already in operation. “12,000 centrifuge machines are now running in our nuclear sites and 5,000 new centrifuges are ready to start operation,” the hardline president told the country’s IRIB1 TV. … The West fears Iran is making steady progress towards nuclear weapons while the country insists its uranium enrichment was only for peaceful purposes. Meanwhile, a US think tank has noted that Iran may be able to achieve weapons-grade uranium by mid-2014....
  • US Embassies to Close Sunday Amid Terrorist Threat

    08/01/2013 3:56:52 PM PDT · by kristinn · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thursday, August 1, 2013 | Martha Raddatz, Dana Hughes and Chris Good
    U.S. embassies in a slew of Muslim countries will close on Sunday due to a credible and serious security threat. The embassies will close in response to "a specific threat against a U.S. embassy or consulate," according to a senior U.S. official, who called it a "concerted effort" to target an embassy or consulate in a Muslim country. "We just don't know which one," the official told ABC News. "There could be other targets, not just embassies," another U.S. official said. The threat is considered to be throughout the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Some of the biggest...
  • Egypt Is Arena for Influence of Arab Rivals

    07/13/2013 7:03:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    nytimes.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    Three of the Persian Gulf’s richest monarchies have pledged $12 billion in cash and loans to Egypt, a decision aimed not only at shoring up a shaky transitional government, but also at undermining their Islamist rivals and strengthening their allies across a newly turbulent Middle East. The robust financial aid packages of $8 billion announced Tuesday by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and $4 billion announced on Wednesday by Kuwait, followed the Egyptian military’s killing on Monday of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers protesting last week’s military ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi. The aid...
  • Egyptian Army’s Financial Coup: 12 Billion Petrodollars from Saudi, UAE, Kuwait

    07/10/2013 5:23:37 PM PDT · by drewh · 7 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | July 10, 2013, 9:11 AM (IDT)
    In a dazzling display of monetary muscle, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates poured $8 billion in a single day into the coffers of Egypt’s army rulers in cash, grants, loans without interest and gifts of gas, a dizzying life-saving infusion into its tottering economy. Forking out sums on this scale in a single day – or even month - is beyond the capacity of almost every world power – even the US and Russia - in this age of economic distress. The Arab oil colossuses managed to dwarf Iran’s pretensions to the standing of regional power. Tuesday, July...
  • The Israel-Arab Conflict Should be the Last Item on John Kerry’s To-Do-List

    07/09/2013 5:54:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 5, 2013
    John Kerry speaks on his latest trip to Israel. Photo: Israel Hayom video.This week the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister blamed mass protests in his country on the ‘Jewish Diaspora.’ Millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding the ousting of President Morsi who was subsequently removed from power by the Egyptian military. Jordan blocked 254 news websites and Iran was discovered to be importing missile-grade ore from Germany and France. The world was also reminded of the savagery that is Syria’s civil war when a video of rebels decapitating a Catholic priest with a kitchen knife went viral.And John...
  • Saudi Arabia Cheers the Coup in Egypt

    07/07/2013 9:25:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 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...
  • Spengler: Dismiss the Egyptian People and Elect a New One

    07/05/2013 8:58:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/05/2013 | Spengler
    As Communist writer Bertolt Brecht offered after East German workers rose against their Moscow-backed masters in 1953, perhaps the Egyptian government should dismiss the people and elect a new one. Don’t laugh. Mexico did this after the debt crisis of the early 1980s: it dismissed the fifth of its population that moved to the United States. China has dismissed its rural population and recreated a new urban population, by 2020 shifting the equivalent of twice the American population from countryside to city. Egypt’s problem is that it has no practical way of acting on Brecht’s advice. The Egyptian people are...