Archiv: Bahrain


20.10.2019 - 17:52 [ Axios ]

Israel to attend U.S.-led maritime security meeting in Bahrain

Background: The Bahrain maritime security meeting is a follow-up to the U.S.-led anti-Iran conference held in Warsaw in February. Around 60 countries attended that conference and have participated in ongoing meetings since.

The state of play: According to the State Department, the Bahrain meeting on Oct. 21-22 will focus on maintaining maritime and aviation security in the Middle East and promote steps to interdict and prevent shipments of illicit weapons of mass destruction.

16.10.2019 - 17:40 [ Rudaw.net ]

Gulf Arab states worry after US Syria pullout

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed even recently told CBS that the kingdom is “open to all initiatives for a political solution in Yemen.” That’s a long way from another CBS interview last year in which he compared Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

That pragmatism can be heard in how both Saudi Arabia and the UAE look at Syria. Since the start of the country’s war in 2011, it backed those trying to overthrow Assad.

22.08.2019 - 17:31 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Billions of pounds worth of weapons have been licensed by the UK to Saudi Arabia since start of Yemen war

Government figures show that export licences worth £6.2bn have been granted to members of the Saudi-led coalition in the four years since the conflict began in March 2015.

The figure includes £5.3bn to Saudi Arabia, £657m to United Arab Emirates, £85m to Egypt, £72m to Bahrain, £40m to Kuwait and £142m to Qatar before it withdrew from the coalition in 2017.

22.08.2019 - 02:55 [ Middle East Monitor ]

UK licensed £6.3bn worth of arms to Saudi-led forces in first four years of Yemen conflict

According to new government statistics, since March 2015 the UK has licensed £5.3bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, £657m to the United Arab Emirates, £85m to Egypt, £72m to Bahrain, and £40m worth to Kuwait.

21.08.2019 - 17:23 [ UPI.com ]

Bahrain joins U.S.-led coalition safeguarding Persian Gulf shipping

The confirmation came after Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, chief of CENTCOM, and other top U.S. commanders met with Bahrain’s king in the capital, Manama. Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

01.08.2019 - 06:07 [ ORF.at ]

Schutz für Öltransporte: Strategische Manöver um Nadelöhr im Golf

Auch ein NATO-Einsatz wäre theoretisch möglich. Dagegen spricht aber ebenfalls, dass alle Mitgliedsstaaten zustimmen müssten. „Es gab bislang keine Anfrage für einen NATO-Einsatz im Golf“, so NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg am Mittwoch.

31.07.2019 - 22:28 [ Lucas Tomlinson, Covering the Pentagon for Fox News / Twitter ]

U.S. Navy kicking off „initial planning conference“ in Bahrain today with allied nations to discuss maritime security: statement. Monday, Secretary of State Pompeo admitted, „it will take more time“ to form coalition to protect ships in Strait of Hormuz from Iranian forces.

31.07.2019 - 06:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK calls meeting with US and France to discuss Hormuz plan

The UK has invited military representatives of the US, France and other European countries to a meeting in Bahrain on Wednesday in an attempt to create an international mission to safeguard shipping through the strait of Hormuz.

Britain hopes it can act as bridge between the US – which has the largest military presence of a western nation in the region – and countries such as Germany, which is reluctant to getting involved in any mission led by Washington.

10.07.2019 - 03:53 [ Al Jazeera ]

Inching away from Saudi-UAE axis, Jordan restores ties with Qatar

Jordan and Qatar announced the restoration of full diplomatic ties by naming their respective ambassadors, two years after Amman downgraded its relations with Doha due to pressure from a Saudi-led block.

In June 2017, Jordan recalled its ambassador to Qatar siding with the regional axis of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, which imposed a land, sea, and air blockade of the gas-rich state.

Earlier this week, Qatar named Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, a member of the royal family, as its ambassador to Jordan, Al Jazeera Arabic reported.

28.04.2019 - 22:43 [ Yves Engler / Global Research ]

Canada Gets Cozy with Repressive Middle East Monarchies

While Justin Trudeau’s government embraces repressive Middle East monarchies, they want us to believe their campaign to oust Venezuela’s government is motivated by support for democracy and human rights.

01.04.2019 - 06:43 [ CBS News ]

CEO of Israeli spyware-maker NSO on fighting terror, Khashoggi murder, and Saudi Arabia

(24.3.2019)

An Israeli company licenses software around the world that can crack just about any smartphone, but is its use always on the side of good?

01.04.2019 - 06:40 [ Gizmodo ]

Hacking Lawyers or Journalists Is Totally Fine, Says Notorious Cyberweapons Firm

(25.3.2019)

Hulio’s company, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, first made global headlines in 2016 when its tools were used by the authoritarian government of the UAE in order to spy on Ahmed Mansoor, an award-winning human rights activist. The company has never fully addressed the spying; Mansoor currently sits, untried and unable to regularly contact his family, in an unidentified prison somewhere in the UAE on charges of criticizing the UAE government.

The spotlight did not dissuade the company. Instead, it served as an advertisement to other authoritarian governments about NSO Group’s exceptional ability …

01.04.2019 - 06:21 [ Washington Post ]

An Israeli tech firm is selling spy software to dictators, betraying the country’s ideals

(5.12.2018)

Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz, who lives in Canada, has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli technology company called the NSO Group accusing it of providing the Saudi government with the surveillance software to spy on him and his friends — including Jamal Khashoggi. The program, known as Pegasus, not only allows the monitoring of all communications from a phone — all texts, all emails, all phone calls — but can also hijack a mobile phone’s microphone and camera to turn it into a surveillance device.

24.03.2019 - 09:51 [ New York Times ]

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

Before NSO helped the Saudi government track its adversaries outside the kingdom, and helped the Mexican government hunt drug kingpins, and earned hundreds of millions of dollars working for dozens of countries on six continents, the company consisted of two high school friends in northern Israel with one relatively mundane idea.

Using technology developed by graduates of Intelligence Unit 8200 — Israel’s equivalent of the N.S.A.— Shalev Hulio and Omri Lavie started a company in 2008 that allowed cellphone firms to gain remote access to their customers’ devices to perform maintenance.

Word spread to Western spy services, whose operatives spotted an opportunity.

04.03.2019 - 22:50 [ PressTV ]

Qatar: Arms deal with Russia ’none of Saudi business‘

„There is a discussion for procurement of various Russian equipment, but there is no understanding as of yet as to this particular equipment,“ he added, referring to Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.

Lavrov also confirmed that talks on „bilateral“ military cooperation with gas-rich Qatar were under way.

13.02.2019 - 00:02 [ Vol.at ]

Kneissl reist zu Iran-Konferenz in Warschau

Nach Angaben der polnischen Regierung haben rund 60 der mehr als 70 eingeladenen Delegationen aus aller Welt zugesagt.

Ihre Teilnahme bestätigten bisher der israelische Regierungschef Benjamin Netanyahu und der ungarische Außenminister Peter Szijjarto. Auf Ministerebene werden außerdem aus der Region Saudi-Arabien, Bahrain, der Jemen, Jordanien, Kuwait, der Oman, Marokko und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate vertreten sein, wie die PAP meldete.

15.01.2019 - 09:12 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo’s Anti-Iran Tour Faces Obstacles of a Fractious Middle East

Mr. Pompeo has not yet proposed that Arab nations outside the war zones send troops to fight the militias, though he has left open the possibility of the United States helping piece together an Arab military coalition to move into northeastern Syria as the United States withdraws.

27.11.2018 - 21:47 [ WSWS ]

Trump wiegelt Militär gegen Gerichte und politische Gegner auf

Zu den Angerufenen gehörten Oberst Stephanie Barton von der 101. Fallschirmjägerdivision in Afghanistan; Leutnant Oberst Sam Howie von den Marines auf dem Luftwaffenstützpunkt al-Jaber Air Base in Kuwait; Kapitän Pat Hannifin von der Navy auf der USS Ronald Reagan; Brigadegeneral David Lyons von der Air Force in Afghanistan; und Leutnant Nicholas Hartmann von der US Coast Guard in Bahrain.

04.11.2018 - 18:12 [ Arab News ]

Five Arab states join Egypt in military maneuvers

The US plans to hold a summit in January to launch a new Arab military alliance, similar to NATO, that will include nine countries led by the Gulf Cooperation Council states, in addition to Egypt, Jordan and the US.

26.09.2018 - 11:51 [ Newsweek ]

Trump’s Alliance Against Iran: Saudi Arabia and Partners Join Israel in Supporting U.S. as Others Turn Away

While President Donald Trump condemned Iran in his address Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, a small but influential group of countries gathered elsewhere in New York City in an attempt to rally support for an increasingly controversial cause among the international community.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the ambassadors of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to Washington and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency were among those who spoke alongside two of President Donald Trump’s most senior officials at the 2018 United Against Nuclear Iran summit.

26.09.2018 - 11:36 [ thenational.ae ]

Donald Trump to support plan for ‚Arab Nato‘

(22.9.2018) President Donald Trump has backed plans to offer a Middle East Security Alliance (MESA) to members of the GCC supportive of America’s stand on Iran, a proposal that is expected to be discussed behind the scenes at the UNGA meetings in New York.

Diplomats see the evolving position of Washington towards a new core group as a product of the Iran situation but also a plank of the Middle East peace process review undertaken by Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

26.09.2018 - 11:30 [ Saudi Gazette ]

Trump hails Saudi achievements, criticizes Iran in UN speech

“Following my trip to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries opened a new center to target terrorist financing. They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region,” Trump told the crowd of world leaders.

“The United States is working with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, and Egypt to establish a strategic alliance so Middle Eastern nations can advance security and stability across their home region,” he added.

08.06.2018 - 20:43 [ Press TV ]

Oman says running out of patience with UAE violations

On Wednesday, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi unveiled a raft of economic deals, signing 20 memorandums of understanding for over 60 joint projects, including in the oil and gas, banking, nuclear energy, and defense.

The deals, approved at a meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, did not involve the four other Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members — Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

25.05.2018 - 13:33 [ Press TV ]

HRW urges US to halt arms sale to Bahrain over ‘dismal rights record’

The New York-based organization made the plea in a Thursday statement concerning sales of attack helicopters and 3,000 bomb bodies worth around $1 billion in total.

“These two weapons sales make clear that the Trump administration intends nothing short of a free pass on human rights for Bahrain,” said the HRW’s Washington director, Sarah Margon.

20.05.2018 - 13:17 [ Press TV ]

Protesters demand pull-out of US naval forces from Bahrain

Thousands of people have staged demonstrations across Bahrain, demanding the immediate withdrawal of American marines from the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom and closure of the US naval base there.

The protesters took to the streets in the capital Manama on Friday evening, carrying placards reading “Leave Our Land” and shouting slogans in condemnation of Washington’s support for the ruling Al Khalifah regime.

19.05.2018 - 04:10 [ RT ]

‘Deterrent to regional threats’? US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain

The order would consist of 1,500 Mark-82 general purpose bombs; 600 Mark-83 bombs; 600 Mark-84 bombs; and 500 BLU-109 “bunker busters,” bombs armed with special warheads designed to penetrate hardened targets, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Friday.

16.05.2018 - 12:46 [ theVerge.com ]

A Spy in the Machine

(21.1.2015) He changed his password, alerted his friend, and stopped using Facebook Messenger — but the intrusions kept coming.

In another instance, Moosa noticed that someone posing as him solicited his female Facebook friends for sex — part of an effort, it seemed, to blackmail or perhaps defame him in Bahrain’s conservative media. Facebook was only the beginning. Unbeknownst to him, Moosa’s phone and computer had been infected with a highly sophisticated piece of spyware, built and sold in secret. The implant effectively commandeered his digital existence, collecting everything he did or said online.

16.05.2018 - 11:28 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Türkei: Einsatz deutscher Spionagesoftware gegen Oppositionelle

Ein gestern von Access Now veröffentlichter Bericht legt den großflächigen Einsatz von mobiler Spionagesoftware offen, die insbesondere in Folge des Gerechtigkeitsmarsches im Sommer 2017 gegen das türkische Regime auf die Mobiltelefone Oppositioneller losgelassen wurde. Beobachter von Menschenrechtsverletzungen aus den letzten zwei Jahren belegen, dass die Schadsoftware von einer deutschen Überwachungsfirma entwickelt und unter der Bezeichnung FinFisher vertrieben wird. Geheimdienste und Strafverfolgungsbehörden auf der ganzen Welt beliefert die in München angesiedelte Firma mit Werkzeugen wie FinFisher, offenbar ohne Rücksicht auf die politische Lage im Land.

09.05.2018 - 07:31 [ Times of Israel ]

Saudi Arabia, Gulf allies welcome Trump pullout from Iran deal

Riyadh, UAE and Bahrain, staunch rivals of Islamic Republic, join Israel in offering rare support for US decision to reimpose sanctions

18.04.2018 - 08:43 [ CNN ]

Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, said Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is engaged in talks with the US and would consider sending forces to Syria along with other Arab countries as part of this contingent.
Jubeir also noted that the idea is not necessarily new, as Saudi Arabia made a similar proposal to the Obama administration, but that the US did not take them up on the offer.