Archiv: United Arab Emirates (UAE) / Vereinigte Arabische Emirate


22.07.2021 - 06:47 [ USA Today ]

Drones are zapping clouds with electricity to create rain in United Arab Emirates project

Similar forms of cloud seeding have existing for decades. But the process has typically used salt flairs and has come with concerns about the environment, expenses and effectiveness, according to the Desert Research Institute and CNN.

So the UAE is now testing a new method that has drones fly into clouds to give them an electric shock to trigger rain production, the BBC and CNN have previously reported.

07.07.2021 - 23:33 [ Dawn ]

UAE deputy PM and Iran envoy discuss ‚cooperation‘ in Abu Dhabi

The charge d’affaires is the highest-ranking Iranian diplomat in the UAE, and Sheikh Mansour is the brother of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the UAE’s de facto ruler. He is also minister of presidential affairs.

10.06.2021 - 10:50 [ MSN,com ]

Resigned to a nuclear deal revival, Gulf engages with foe Iran

Gulf officials worry that they lack the same clout with the Biden administration that they had under Trump. They lobbied to join the Vienna talks, but were rebuffed.

26.04.2021 - 23:09 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Yemen PM visits Hadhramaut for first time since fleeing to Saudi

Prime Minister Saeed along with cabinet members fled the southern port city of Aden back in March after the UAE-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC) militia stormed the city’s Presidential Palace, reportedly over unpaid wages and deteriorating living conditions.

14.04.2021 - 20:18 [ Common Dreams ]

‚Shame‘: Biden to Advance Trump-Era Sale of $23 Billion in F-35s and Armed Drones to UAE

A State Department spokesperson told HuffPost Tuesday that „the administration intends to move forward with these proposed defense sales to the UAE, even as we continue reviewing details and consulting with Emirati officials to ensure we have developed mutual understandings with respect to Emirati obligations before, during, and after delivery.“

27.03.2021 - 19:06 [ HellenicShippingNews.com ]

China’s crude imports from Oman, UAE jump as Iranian barrels fall

(23.03.2021)

China brought in 3.42 million tonnes of U.S. oil in the two-month period, versus zero from a year earlier.

27.03.2021 - 19:01 [ Hindustan Times ]

UAE sheikh lays claim to oil cargo that US seized alleging Iran’s

(14.03.2021)

The case underscores the difficulty the US faces as it tries to bar Iran from generating income from energy sales and pressure it into re-starting nuclear talks.

While shipments of Iranian oil have slumped due to threat of US penalties, they have picked in recent months, though their origin is often disguised. The main buyers are refiners in China.

12.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Projects Election Win Despite Nixing of UAE, Pfizer CEO Photo-ops

Netanyahu’s rivals, jealous over his ingenuity, won’t be able to take their eyes off him and will continue to respond with pointless stammering.

11.03.2021 - 09:11 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Make First Official Visit to UAE Thursday, Ten Days Before Election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, ten days before Israel’s fourth election in two years, according to sources in the government. This marks his first official visit to the UAE since the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel.

Netanyahu is expected to meet with Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and return to Israel on the same day.

03.03.2021 - 11:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The mythology, that the US acts in the world to stop tyranny and punish despotism — as it ships arms and money to Saudi, Egypt, UAE, supports coups in Bolivia, etc. — is as glaringly false as it gets. Yet it remains vital for propagandizing Endless War:

26.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

How anyone can believe the US is hostile to Assad because he’s a “brutal dictator” — while at the same time embracing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE, to say nothing of their beloved dictators over decades — is one of those enduring mysteries: a testament to US propaganda.

31.01.2021 - 03:30 [ ORF.at ]

Iran lehnt Neuverhandlung von Atomabkommen ab

Saudi-Arabien und die mit ihm alliierten Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate fordern, dass die Golfstaaten in künftige Atomgespräche einbezogen werden. Diese sollten auch die ballistischen Raketen des Iran umfassen und seine Unterstützung für Stellvertreter in der Region.

31.01.2021 - 03:25 [ GlobalNews.ca/news ]

Iran rejects new talks on nuclear deal after Macron suggests adding Saudi Arabia

“The nuclear accord is a multilateral international agreement ratified by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and parties to it are clear and unchangeable,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted by state media as saying.

31.01.2021 - 03:21 [ Arab News ]

Saudi Arabia must be involved in fresh talks on Iran deal, says Macron

(29.01.2021)

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have said that Gulf states must be part of any JCPOA negotiations this time, and that the talks must also address Iran’s ballistic-missile program and its support for proxies across the Middle East.

Macron stressed the need to avoid repeating what he called the mistake of excluding other countries in the region from discussions when the 2015 deal was negotiated, according to Al Arabiya.

15.12.2020 - 23:39 [ EMASOH, 8 European countries maritime security initiative in the Strait of Hormuz / Twitter ]

Since the beginning of March 2020 more than 1513 EMASOH flagged vessels have crossed the Strait of Hormuz while surface and air assets were monitoring shipping lanes and FHQ EMASOH was on watch 24/7 for the benefit of maritime security @EMASOH_SCR @FFEAU_ALINDIEN

07.12.2020 - 05:41 [ DefenseNews.com ]

French Navy puts fresh focus on high-intensity combat training

(19.11.2020)

Last week sailors successfully fired a cruise missile against a land target from a FREMM frigate, just a few weeks after the Suffren submarine fired its first naval cruise missile, trouble-free.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Defense News, Baudouard stressed that the Navy is a combat force and as such not only trains for today’s battles but is also preparing for tomorrow’s wars.

07.12.2020 - 05:35 [ almashareq.com ]

European mission to secure Strait of Hormuz

(25.09.2020)

A new European military mission is aimed at ensuring safe navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane, experts told Al-Mashareq.

The European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) was established earlier this year by Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, France, Italy and Denmark.

07.12.2020 - 05:30 [ Embassy of France in Abu Dhabi ]

European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH): political statement by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal (20 January 2020)

(21.01.2020)

Sharing the assessment that the current situation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remains unstable in a region critical to global stability, and supporting the de-escalation approach when it comes to dealing with regional security issues, the Governments of BELGIUM, DENMARK, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, AND PORTUGAL politically support the creation of a European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). We welcome any contribution in kind as already declared by DENMARK, FRANCE, GREECE, and THE NETHERLANDS to this effort and look forward to further commitments in the coming days.

28.11.2020 - 19:24 [ UPI.com ]

USAF F-16s move from Germany to UAE

(16.11.2020)

Although CENTCOM did not offer specific information about the move, the UAE base has been the center of operations for planes patrolling the Persian Gulf to monitor activities by Iran’s military.

23.11.2020 - 02:19 [ Xinhuanet ]

Six-nation joint military exercise starts in Egypt

The military exercise, participated by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Sudan, will last till Thursday, said a statement released by the Egyptian forces.

23.10.2020 - 22:45 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Says Israel Agreed to Sale of F-35s to UAE; Gantz: Talks Were Kept From Me

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel’s authorization of the United States‘ sale of F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates was not part of the peace deal signed between the nations in Washington, and that this came about through discussions held by Defense Minister Benny Gantz with the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, in a statement of his own, Gantz claimed that negotiations on the sale of arms were known to some Israeli officials, but were kept hidden from him and Israel’s security establishment.

06.10.2020 - 19:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel FM meets with UAE counterpart in Berlin for ‚historic‘ summit

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was a ‚great honor‘ to host the high-level summit

24.09.2020 - 11:30 [ Vice.com ]

Cellebrite Sold Phone Hacking Tech to Repressive Regimes, Data Suggests

A Motherboard investigation found that US state police agencies had collectively spent millions of dollars on Cellebrite products. US federal agencies, such as the FBI and Secret Service, are also Cellebrite customers.

24.09.2020 - 11:21 [ Haaretz.com ]

Putin Investigators Targeting LGBTQs, Navalny, Use Israeli Phone-hacking Tech

Carmil resents a comparison with the NSO Group. “I know the people at NSO and appreciate their know-how, but Cellebrite works in the legitimate world of the police force, whose abilities are closely controlled, unlike the world of NSO customers and others who engage in illegal and concealed activity. Cellebrite is totally on the good side, where court orders are used. We do not make tools for breaking into private entities or espionage organizations.”

22.09.2020 - 12:46 [ MDR ]

Bundeswehr-Lieferung: Haenel will Sturmgewehr überwiegend in Deutschland fertigen

Kritik gab es auch an den Eigentümerverhältnissen. Denn Merkel gehört der Caracal-Holding, einem Waffenhersteller in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten.

21.09.2020 - 02:17 [ Xinhuanet ]

Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council heads to UAE for talks with UAE leaders, U.S. delegation

Al-Burhan will hold talks with the UAE leadership, while his high-level ministerial delegation is scheduled to discuss with a team from the U.S. government already in the UAE over removing Sudan from the U.S. list of states sponsors of terrorism, supporting Sudan’s transitional period and relieving Sudan of its debts owed to Washington, the Council said in a statement.

19.09.2020 - 11:48 [ MDR ]

C.G. Haenel: Verschwiegener Gewehr-Produzent mit arabischem Eigentümer

Eigentümerin von Merkel ist die Caracal International LLC mit Sitz in Abu Dhabi in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Das Unternehmen produziert Schusswaffen wie Pistolen, Maschinenpistolen, Sturmgewehre und Gewehre für Scharfschützen. Die Caracal gehört wiederum der EDGE Group – einem Rüstungskonzern ebenfalls mit Sitz in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, der Ende 2019 durch den Zusammenschluss mehrerer Rüstungsfirmen aus dem Golfstaat gebildet wurde.

16.09.2020 - 08:37 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Historic agreement signed to normalize relations in Israel, UAE and Bahrain

Hosted by President Trump at the White House Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab nations to move toward normalizing relations with Israel.

16.09.2020 - 08:30 [ Tagesschau ]

Israels Abkommen mit VAE und Bahrain: „Es wird Frieden im Nahen Osten geben“

Israel, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und Bahrain haben ein Abkommen unterzeichnet, das Frieden im Nahen Osten bringen soll. Vermittler Trump sprach von einer neuen Ära.

15.09.2020 - 19:06 [ Trend.az ]

Dubai-based DP World links up with Israel Shipyards

Dubai-based logistics and maritime services giant DP World (Dubai Ports World) has signed a collaboration agreement with Israel Shipyards Ltd., controlled by Shlomi Fogel, Sami Katsav, the Schmeltzer family and the Gold Bond Group (itself controlled by Fogel and the Schmeltzer family),

14.09.2020 - 11:09 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Lands in D.C for UAE, Bahrain Deal as Israel Braces for 3-week Lockdown

Netanyahu’s main coalition partners, Defense Minister Benny and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, were shunned from the trip

13.09.2020 - 19:25 [ Dr. med. Alex Rosen / deutsche Sektion der Internationalen Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges (IPPNW) ]

Ein neuer Atomstaat am Persischen Golf

Auf die Frage, weshalb die VAE trotz aller Bedenken bezüglich Effizienz, Sicherheit, ökologischer Folgen und trotz der offensichtlich wirtschaftlich viel attraktiveren erneuerbaren Alternativen so massiv in Atomtechnologie investieren, antwortet Dorfman: „Es ist der falsche Reaktor am falschen Ort zur falschen Zeit. Die Motivation, so etwas zu bauen, mag im Offensichtlichen verborgen liegen. Sie erwägen ernsthaft die Entwicklung von Atomwaffen.“

12.09.2020 - 09:53 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trump verkündet Abkommen: Auch Bahrain einigt sich mit Israel

Nach Angaben der US-Regierung will nun auch das Königreich Bahrain diplomatische Beziehungen zu Israel aufnehmen und damit den jüdischen Staat anerkennen. „Ein weiterer historischer Durchbruch“, schrieb US-Präsident Donald Trump auf Twitter. „Unsere beiden großartigen Freunde Israel und das Königreich Bahrain einigen sich auf ein Friedensabkommen.“

12.09.2020 - 09:29 [ eturbonews.com ]

Israel and Bahrain agree to sign peace treaty, establishing diplomatic ties

The joint statement, which was presented by U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter, said that leaders of the United States, Israel and Bahrain held a phone conversation earlier in the day and agreed to the “establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

10.09.2020 - 22:04 [ The Globe and Mail ]

Canada is fuelling war in Yemen with arms sales, UN report says

Prof. Imseis urged the Canadian government to reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

“Given Canada’s historical commitment to the rules-based international order, including the need to ensure protection of civilians in armed conflict, it is imperative that Ottawa review its ongoing flow of arms to parties to the conflict, namely Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” he said in a statement to The Globe and Mail.

04.09.2020 - 02:39 [ Oilprice.com ]

Cyprus Makes A Major Bet On LNG

The assignment has been given to a multinational consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC). The floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) includes onshore pipelines and additional facilities will be built at Vassiliko Port. The FSRU will have 125,000 m3 of storage capacity while being capable of unloading LNG carriers ranging from 120,000 m3 to 217,000 m3. The project’s value is €500 million and is co-financed by a 40 percent grant from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is scheduled for completion in 2021.

02.09.2020 - 09:35 [ Anadolu Agency ]

„UAE, Saudi Arabia allowed Israel onto Yemen’s Socotra“

Bin Yaqut also accused Riyadh and Abu Dhabi of „destroying the charming and rare environmental landmarks on Socotra Island and establishing camps amid a terrible international silence.“

02.09.2020 - 05:26 [ Haaretz ]

Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?

Riyadh is systematically building a nuclear infrastructure that it could easily flip from civilian to military purposes. A Saudi Arabia whose strategic interests align with the U.S. and Israel today may be a very different country down the line

01.09.2020 - 09:11 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

30.08.2020 - 19:32 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

Gantz to Kushner: Let’s work together to keep Israel’s military edge

Kushner, O’Brien, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz and US Iran envoy Brian Hook, together with an Israeli delegation led by National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, are set to take the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the UAE on Monday, on an El Al plane bearing the word “peace” in Arabic, Hebrew and English in honor of the historic moment.

30.08.2020 - 12:17 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and a #US delegation are set to visit #Israel on Sunday

27.08.2020 - 20:42 [ Haaretz ]

How the UAE and Saudi Arabia Now Hold Israel Hostage

The UAE and Saudi Arabia now have significant leverage over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. And Riyadh is Israel’s real prize

27.08.2020 - 20:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s ‘Normalization’ Policy Will Turn Israel Into an Arab State

The fruits of the prime minister’s labors will ultimately propel Israel toward a single-state solution, but not before a long spell as an apartheid regime

26.08.2020 - 08:36 [ Dominic Raab, Außenminister des Vereinigten Königreichs / Twitter ]

The UK-Israel relationship is as strong as ever. I expressed enduring friendship to Foreign Minister @Gabi_Ashkenazi this morning.

(25.08.2020)

We discussed the significance of normalisation of
(Flag of United Arab Emirates) – (Flag of Israel) relations, and efforts towards greater peace in the Middle East

26.08.2020 - 08:16 [ Algemeiner / Twitter ]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Monday with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Jerusalem. The two discussed the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal and Iran’s “destabilizing influence” in the Middle East.

25.08.2020 - 06:30 [ i24news.tv ]

UAE canceled trilateral meeting with US, Israel over F-35 sales: report

However, the UAE decided to cancel the public vent in a bid to protest the statements on the prospect of the US selling advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf Kingdom coming from the Israeli security establishment.

Earlier reports in the Israeli media suggested that the sales of F-35s and other advanced military hardware to the UAE came as a secret clasue in the accord to normalize the ties.

24.08.2020 - 11:23 [ Haaretz ]

Pompeo Arrives in Israel, First Stop in Tour Promoting Deepening Gulf Ties

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is also expected to visit Israel this week, on Tuesday, and meet with his Israeli counterpart Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

22.08.2020 - 06:22 [ Haaretz ]

F-35 Sale to UAE: ‚Netanyahu Knew… It’s an Outrage‘

“The whole system is being upended by this. It’s security recklessness. Netanyahu knew where Trump was going with the arms deal and didn’t tell us a thing,” an Israeli defense source told Haaretz on Thursday.

“Both the Ben Shabbat-Norkin conversation and the Netanyahu-Gantz meeting were part of the prime minister’s feelers without him showing his cards. We suspect that Netanyahu gave Trump a wink. The result will be that if the United States wishes, it will sell those planes, and with them offensive drones and other advanced weapons. It will happen without any prior professional discussion in Israel.

22.08.2020 - 05:22 [ Haaretz ]

Bibi Awaits Biden? F-35 Ordeal Proves Again the Complex Relations With Trump

In light of all this and more, one may certainly imagine a scenario in which, very quietly, at night before he goes to sleep, Netanyahu is secretly waiting for Joe Biden. The Democratic presidential nominee and his vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, are much easier for AIPAC to maneuver and have a proven record of support for Israel.

True, they won’t pull a gesture out of their sleeve like a new embassy, and it’s also true that there is a wing of the Democratic Party that is very critical of Israel, partially because Netanyahu’s backing of Trump spurred opposition. But they are much more conventional, predictable and easier to work with.

20.08.2020 - 09:14 [ theHill.com ]

Netanyahu calls reported US F-35 sales to UAE ‚fake news‘

(19.08.2020)

But Netanyahu said Israel would oppose such a deal, as the Israeli military must maintain superiority in the region.

The peace agreement “did not include Israel’s consent to any arms deal whatsoever between the United States and the UAE,” according to a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

“The U.S. made clear to Israel that it will always ensure to protect Israel’s qualitative edge.”

20.08.2020 - 09:13 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu told Likud MK about UAE deal but left Gantz, Ashkenazi in dark

(17.08.2020)

The prime minister did not reveal the deal to Gantz or Ashkenazi, even though they are both former IDF chiefs of staff, because he was afraid they would leak the secret negotiations, Netanyahu said in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper published on Monday.
„I have been working on this for years, and they have been here for just a couple of months,“ Netanyahu said.

20.08.2020 - 09:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Defense minister: It’s not good for Israel if other countries get F-35

(18.08.2020)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday warned that the proliferation of the F-35 fighter jet was “not good for Israel,” following reports that the United States would sell the advanced aircraft to the United Arab Emirates.

“It’s not good for Israel that the plane is going around in other places. We need to talk to the Emiratis, to the Americans, and make sure that our security interests are being upheld,” Gantz told reporters in a press conference.

20.08.2020 - 09:02 [ i24news.tv ]

US confirms review of potential F-35 sale to United Arab Emirates

On Wednesday, Channel 13 reported that Meir Ben-Shabbat, chief of Israel’s National Securit Council, approached Israeli Air Force head Amikam Norkin in June for a review of Israel’s position on such a sale.

According to the report, the move came in a breach of the command chain, as Ben-Shabbat was supposed to first speak with Defense Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Benny Gantz, whom Netanyahu kept in the dark in regards to the upcoming deal with the UAE.

19.08.2020 - 03:34 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu aware of Emirati arms deal, UAE official says

The UAE official added that Israel, the United States and the Emiratis agreed to bolster the military capabilities of the Gulf kingdom as an integral part of the peace deal.

Israel procured its first two F-35 jets in 2016 and has reportedly been using the aircraft in some of the strikes in Syria, becoming the first nation to deploy the jets in combat.

As of today, the Jewish state is also the only Middle East nation to have the jet in its air force, with Turkey booted out of the F-35 program in 2019.

19.08.2020 - 03:20 [ Haaretz ]

UAE Is an ‚Advanced Democracy,‘ Netanyahu Said – Then Deleted

In an interview with Sky News Arabia, the leading television channel in the UAE, Netanyahu was asked how the normalization deal between the UAE and Israel will serve regional peace. He answered: „Vastly. The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced.“ Netanyahu uploaded a video of the interview to his Twitter account, and deleted it shortly after.

19.08.2020 - 03:12 [ Axios.com ]

Netanyahu denies Israel-UAE deal included secret clause on F-35s

Why it matters: U.S. law requires the administration to consult with Israel before selling arms to any Arab country to ensure Israel can maintain its qualitative military edge. It must also report to Congress on the matter.

This morning, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the normalization deal included a secret clause, approved by Netanyahu, about F-35 sales to the UAE.

14.08.2020 - 23:34 [ Times of Israel ]

UAE committed to Palestinian state, Arab Peace Initiative, spokeswoman tells ToI

The United Arab Emirates remains committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state and to the terms of the Arab Peace Initiative, a senior official from the Arab Gulf state told The Times of Israel on Thursday, in rare on-the-record remarks to Israeli media.

14.08.2020 - 03:28 [ Fox News ]

Biden praises Israel-UAE peace deal announced by Trump, credits Obama administration

The former vice president praised the move as “a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East,” calling the UAE’s offer to “publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship.”

“It is a critical recognition that Israel is a vibrant, integral part of the Middle East that is here to stay,” Biden said. “Israel can and will be a valued strategic and economic partner to all who welcome it.”

14.08.2020 - 03:23 [ Washington Post ]

Israel-UAE deal condemned by Palestinians, cheered by Egypt and Bahrain

Other Arab governments mostly stayed silent, as signs of anger from some of the region’s citizens trickled out.

14.08.2020 - 03:15 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Trump Announcing the Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Just a few moments ago, I hosted a very special call with two friends — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates — where they agreed to finalize a historical peace agreement. Everybody said this would be impossible. And, as you know, Mohammed is one of the great leaders of the Middle East.

After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security.

This is a truly historic moment. Not since the Israel-Jordan peace treaty was signed more than 25 years ago has so much progress been made towards peace in the Middle East.

23.07.2020 - 12:35 [ Tagesschau ]

Wettlauf zum Mars

(Stand: 23.07.2020 10:28 Uhr)

Die Chinesen nennen ihre Sonde „Fragen an den Himmel“, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate setzen auf „Hoffnung“, und die Amerikaner starten mit „Durchhaltevermögen“: Drei Länder machen sich auf den Weg zum roten Planeten.

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Bericht zu Projekt „Opus“: UN enttarnen Geheimprojekt in Libyen

Im Bürgerkriegsland Libyen war offenbar eine Geheimmission privater Einsatzkräfte im Gange – gelenkt aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Das geht aus einem Bericht der Vereinten Nationen hervor, aus dem die Nachrichtenagenturen dpa und Bloomberg zitieren. Dubiose Sicherheitsfirmen wollten demnach den libyschen Warlord Chalifa Haftar unterstützen – und schmuggelten dazu Hubschrauber und planten Überfälle auf Schiffe im Mittelmeer.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

18.05.2020 - 21:16 [ New York Times ]

State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump on Friday was investigating whether the administration had unlawfully declared an “emergency” last year to allow the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for their war in Yemen, according to a Democratic member of Congress who asked for the inquiry.

01.05.2020 - 23:20 [ Khaleej Times ]

UAE warns of dangerous repercussions following Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory

In a statement issued after the virtual meeting – held on the invitation of the State of Palestine – Arab countries condemned Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank in contravention of international consensus.

09.03.2020 - 21:58 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US marines arrive on Yemen’s Socotra to support UAE forces

According to the sources, on 21 December of last year, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the UN-recognised, exiled Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to lease the entire island to the UAE for a period of about 95 years. Saudi and Emirati forces began to arrive on the island in April 2018, the Saudi deployment was reportedly coordinated with the Yemeni government, whilst the UAE arrived without prior coordination with the Saudi-backed Yemeni authorities.

29.02.2020 - 05:26 [ The National ]

UAE and US troops to be deployed in Native Fury military exercise

A huge military exercise involving live fire training will take place in the Emirati desert next month. Thousands of marines, sailors and high-ranking officers from the US and UAE military will be involved in Native Fury on March 8. The operation will ensure combat personnel are prepared if they find themselves in a live conflict.

27.02.2020 - 01:16 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Syrien-Sanktionen: Der Krieg nach dem Krieg

Die Sanktionen, die vergangene Woche verhängt wurden, treffen mehrere Geschäftsleute und setzen damit die Praxis der EU fort, potenzielle Investoren von einer Beteiligung am Wiederaufbau abzuschrecken.

20.02.2020 - 23:50 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Ein Menetekel für die EU

Die Strategische Partnerschaft und die Kooperation der Streitkräfte beider Länder bilden die Grundlage auch für deutsche Rüstungsexporte in die Emirate. Die Bundesregierung genehmigte in den Jahren von 2008 bis 2018 die Lieferung von Kriegsgerät im Wert von knapp 2,3 Milliarden Euro. Seit Anfang 2019 kamen Exportgenehmigungen im Wert von mehr als einer Viertelmilliarde Euro hinzu.

14.02.2020 - 13:36 [ Time.com ]

‘Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess

Though Libyans shaped the ebb and flow of battle, they were hardly alone, even then: circling high above were foreign warplanes from the NATO-led coalition that kept at bay fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. And contrary to some official denials, there were also “boots on the ground” in the form of foreign special operations forces and intelligence personnel, from France, Britain, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, who discretely channeled weapons and training to fractious anti-Gaddafi groups. In such meddling, there were already signs of a proxy rivalry that would explode into open warfare years later.

06.02.2020 - 04:26 [ The National ]

Fujairah naval base opens

The UAE has opened its new naval base in Fujairah, allowing it to bypass the Strait of Hormuz and enjoy direct access to the Arabian Sea.

19.01.2020 - 10:28 [ Michael Tanchum ‏/ Twitter ]

FRANCE-GREECE Naval Cooperation in E. Med sending signal prior to Berlin Conference | The Paris-Abu Dhabi alignment welcomes Athens

14.01.2020 - 19:41 [ Sueddeutsche ]

Merkel lädt für Sonntag zu Libyen-Treffen in Berlin ein

Der Bürgerkrieg in Libyen tobt seit dem vom Westen unterstützten Sturz des Langzeitherrschers Muammar al-Gaddafi im Jahr 2011. Die Türkei unterstützt die international anerkannte Regierung von Ministerpräsident Al-Sarradsch. Russland stärkt – wie Ägypten, Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) – General Haftar.

09.01.2020 - 16:32 [ Arab News ]

UAE sees no immediate risk to oil flow through Strait of Hormuz

The situation is not a war, and what is happening now should not be exaggerated, Suhail Al-Mazrouei said on the sidelines of a conference in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, an OPEC producer.

“We will not see a war,” he added. “This is definitely an escalation between the US, which is an ally, and Iran, which is a neighbor, and the last thing we want is more tension in the Middle East.”

26.12.2019 - 10:38 [ theTrumpet.com ]

The Persian Gulf Is About to Become Dangerously Crowded

(12.12.2019)

France and Qatar signed an agreement allowing France to deploy and station military forces within Qatar.

The Netherlands said on November 25 that it would join Denmark and France in the European naval mission, reported the NLTimes. The Netherlands said it would deploy a navy ship to the Persian Gulf for six months but said it would play an “observing” role. Belgium, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden are also expected to join the European coalition, the Tehran Times reported.

24.12.2019 - 14:39 [ New York Times ]

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

A technical analysis and interviews with computer security experts showed that the firm behind ToTok, Breej Holding, is most likely a front company affiliated with DarkMatter, an Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm where Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency employees and former Israeli military intelligence operatives work. DarkMatter is under F.B.I. investigation, according to former employees and law enforcement officials, for possible cybercrimes. The American intelligence assessment and the technical analysis also linked ToTok to Pax AI, an Abu Dhabi-based data mining firm that appears to be tied to DarkMatter.

15.12.2019 - 14:04 [ Heise.de ]

Türkische Mittelmeerpläne: Libyen als „Trojanisches Pferd“

(10.12.2019)

Die Reihe derer, denen die Türkei mit einem Maritim-Abkommen, auf die Füße tritt, ist lang: Angefangen von der Republik Zypern, Griechenland, der EU und Israel reicht die Liste bis zum libyschen Feldmarschall Haftar und seiner LNA-Miliz, großen libyschen Stämmen, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, Ägypten, der russischen Führung und dem französischen Präsidenten Macron.

15.12.2019 - 01:33 [ The Straits Times ]

UN expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

From buying an Irish navy boat re-registered as a „pleasure yacht“ to enlisting a Canadian firm to recruit Sudanese fighters – Libya’s warring parties are running rings around a UN arms embargo.

02.12.2019 - 19:42 [ CryingWolf57 / Youtube ]

Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now! – Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield [Both parts in one]

23/04/2013 & 24/04/2013 | http://dirtywars.org/ | Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, „Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,“ charts the expanding covert wars operated by the CIA and JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command. The book is based on years of reporting on U.S. secret operations in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Obama administration’s assassination of two U.S. citizens in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman, is a central part of Scahill’s book. While the Obama administration has defended the killing of Anwar, it has never publicly explained why Abdulrahman was targeted in a separate drone strike two weeks later.

02.12.2019 - 19:30 [ El Pais ]

WAR IN SYRIA: Spain helping US identify European jihadists in Syria

(04.03.2019)

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

02.12.2019 - 19:27 [ Scoop.co.nz ]

NZ confirms ongoing part in Operation Gallant Phoenix

(10.06.2019)

“New Zealand began participating in Operation Gallant Phoenix in late 2014 in support of our efforts to uncover information relating to the location of a New Zealander taken hostage by ISIS,” Jacinda Ardern said.

02.12.2019 - 19:24 [ GIASP ‏/ Twitter ]

#Breaking #Israel is taking part in a multi-national #intelligence force: Operation Gallant Phoenix, based in the #Jordan capital, alongside Arab powers #SaudiArabia #Egypt and #UAE in order to quash #ISIS #Daesh working alongside #US #UK #France #Italy

(10.06.2019)

18.11.2019 - 21:17 [ ORF.at ]

Sieben Tote und 30 Verletzte bei Luftangriff in Tripolis

Regierungstreue Kräfte erklärten auf Facebook, „Drohnen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate“ hätten den Anschlag verübt, um den „Kriegsverbrecher Haftar“ zu unterstützen.

13.11.2019 - 23:33 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Egypt, UAE among biggest buyers of German arms

Egypt has become the second biggest customer of the German weapons industry with €800 million ($880 million) in purchases, according to the government’s arms exports report for the first half of this year.

The UAE, another actor involved in the Yemen conflict, ranked sixth among the biggest customers, with Berlin approving the sale of more than €206 million (over $226 million) worth of arms exports to this country.

25.10.2019 - 01:36 [ UPI ]

Air Force F-15Es arrive in United Arab Emirates

In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the deployment is a „in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability.“

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.

13.10.2019 - 11:07 [ AlArabiya.net ]

Putin praises Saudi-Russian relations, condemns Aramco attacks, in interview

“If anyone thinks that seizing tankers and attacking oil infrastructure can in any way affect cooperation between Russia and our Arab friends, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, that they can undermine or break down our cooperation with OPEC+, then they are profoundly wrong,” said Putin, addressing a question on regional security.

“On the contrary, we will forge ever closer ties because our main goal is to stabilize global energy markets,” he added, saying that Russia remained committed to the initiatives of the OPEC+ group of oil producers driven by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

10.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Haaretz ]

Defending Syria Pullout, Trump Says U.S. Should Never Have Been Involved in ‚Stupid‘ Mideast Wars

Trump’s call for ending U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home was a feature of his presidential campaign, but it flies in the face of many decades of bipartisan American policy, even as the Trump administration and its immediate predecessor have tried to give additional attention to what they see as long-term security threats elsewhere, including from China and Russia.

08.10.2019 - 19:16 [ Reuters ]

Sudan has received half the $3 billion promised by Saudi Arabia and UAE

Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had deposited $500 million with the central bank while $1 billion worth of petroleum products, wheat and products used by the agricultural sector had been received.

07.10.2019 - 14:21 [ Daily Star ]

Hariri in Abu Dhabi to rally support for Lebanon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday on the first leg of an Arab and foreign tour aiming to drum up Arab and international financial …

05.10.2019 - 20:39 [ Chemi Shalev / Haaretz ]

Trump’s Impeachment Meltdown Accelerates Collapse of Netanyahu’s Iran Strategy

The fatal flaw in Netanyahu’s game plan was obvious to anyone who took Trump’s measure from the outset. It wrongly assumed that the U.S. president could be a stable and dependable partner in advancing Netanyahu’s game plan. It posited that Trump recognized the threat Iran poses to both Israel and the U.S. and that his utmost priority would be to quell it. It did not take into account Trump’s isolationist tendencies or that his only real priority is promoting himself.

04.10.2019 - 15:24 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundesregierung billgt Deal: Heikler Rüstungsexport an Emirate

Der von Kanzlerin Angela Merkel geleitete Bundessicherheitsrat gab in seiner jüngsten Sitzung grünes Licht für den Export von Stromaggregaten für ein Luftabwehrsystem. Das geht aus einem Schreiben von Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier an den Wirtschaftsausschuss des Bundestags hervor, das der Nachrichtenagentur dpa vorliegt.

14.09.2019 - 20:55 [ Nayla Razzouk / Twitter ]

OPEC+ meeting starting soon here in Abu Dhabi. #OPEC SecGen Barkindo, Saudi, Russia, UAE, Venezuela holding pre-meeting now. #OOTT

(11.09.2019)

14.09.2019 - 02:17 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Yemen: Socotra suspends Emirates Airline flights to stop UAE mercenaries

Amid allegations of UAE-backed foreign mercenaries arriving on the Yemeni island of Socotra, it was reported yesterday that the island’s main airport has temporarily suspended flights from UAE’s Emirates Airline for three days.

According to the Socotra Post, local intelligence suggests the UAE intends to deploy additional mercenaries from the Eritrean port city of Asseb in addition to militia stationed in the southern mainland.

04.09.2019 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

The Arab World Just Handed Netanyahu Its Most Powerful Weapon

Within Israel, Netanyahu’s Arabic-speaking mouthpieces amplify the ridicule, sarcastically „calling out“ Arab leaders on social media for their „treason“ and weakness, whenever they engage in normalization.

Added to that, the role of the Mossad in setting up the back channels that lead to Israeli politicians meeting Gulf leaders – despite being part of the secret service’s brief in states where no diplomatic relations exist – gives the impression that this form of normalization is part of a black ops scheme whose real purpose is still covert.

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.

20.08.2019 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

20.08.2019 - 18:18 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal

However, as Haaretz points out, “it is interesting to discover that Israel’s name is totally absent from the hundreds of thousands of words describing the transaction in detail. The only mention of the country is in one document originating in Switzerland that describes the structure of AGT. It mentions in German that Kochavi is an Israeli citizen.”

The Israeli daily also notes that this deal is not Kochavi’s first project on behalf of the UAE, pointing to the installation of thousands of cameras, sensors and license-plate readers in Abu Dhabi in a bid to turn the capital into a “smart city”.

08.08.2019 - 18:14 [ Times of India ]

Article 370: US neutral; UAE, Lanka back move; China opposes it

Hua said China had always opposed the Indian side’s “entry of Chinese territory in the western section’’ of the Sino-Indian border into the administrative jurisdiction of India.

“This position is firm and consistent and has never changed. Recently, the Indian side has continued to damage China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally modifying the form of domestic law. This practice is unacceptable and will not have any effect,’’ she said.

08.08.2019 - 06:15 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel to join US-led mission in Gulf

It is not yet clear whether Israel will send naval vessels to take part in the US-led mission – dubbed “Operation Sentinel” – or whether it will assist by providing intelligence, as suggested by a report from Israel’s public broadcaster Kan last month.

07.08.2019 - 18:28 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Katz says Israel is part of U.S.-led coalition to protect trade routs in Persian Gulf

Katz told a ministers‘ meeting that the two reached „substantial agreements,“ adding that he was working toward „transparent normalization and signed agreements“ with Gulf states. He added: „We do not have a conflict with them.“

07.08.2019 - 06:33 [ Oilprice.com ]

China May Consider Sending Navy To Protect Oil Tankers In Gulf

“If there happens to be a very unsafe situation we will consider having our navy escort our commercial vessels,” Ni told Reuters, while the Chinese Embassy in the United Arab Emirates said later in a text message to Reuters that China was studying the U.S. proposal on escorting commercial ships in the Gulf.

07.08.2019 - 06:02 [ Express.co.uk ]

Iran crisis: Britain could ask Russia and China to join fight as tensions rocket in Gulf

(28.07.2019)

The move was suggested after a summit on Thursday bet­­ween military chiefs from the US, UK, Europe and the UAE in Florida, where US admirals failed to persuade Britain to join its Sentinel operation.

07.08.2019 - 04:54 [ The Drive ]

China Curiously Says It May Join U.S. Persian Gulf Maritime Coalition Despite Trade War

Chinese Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Ni Jian informed Reuters of his country’s positions on regional maritime security in Abu Dhabi on Aug. 6, 2019. China’s embassy in the country subsequently provided additional details to the wire service via text message.

07.08.2019 - 04:46 [ Reuters ]

Saudi Arabia deposits $250 million in Sudan central bank

The deposit is part of a package with the United Arab Emirates worth $500 million announced in April. Both countries pledged an overall $3 billion in aid, with the rest going toward fuel, wheat and medicine.

04.08.2019 - 11:27 [ joan schwartz ‏/ Twitter ]

@SpeakerPelosi Congratulations on passing legislation to stop fueling war in Yemen by unconditionally suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This must remain in the final bill sent to the President for signature.

(31.07.2019)

31.07.2019 - 09:12 [ Newsweek ]

As U.S. Troops Head to Saudi Arabia, Ally UAE Talks with Iran

UAE coast guard commander Brigadier General Mohammed Ali Musleh al-Ahbabi — identified in Farsi as Mohammed Ali Musbeh al-Ahbabi — held talks in Tehran Tuesday with Brigadier General Qasem Rezaee, commander of Iran’s border police, as part of the sixth round of negotiations regarding cooperation across the Strait of Hormuz, through which more than a third of the world’s seaborne oil traffic passes. The strategic chokepoint has been the venue for mounting international tensions regarding both commercial and military interests.

30.07.2019 - 06:01 [ US House Oversight and Reform Committee ]

New Documents Show Corporate and Foreign Interests Seek to Influence U.S. Nuclear Policy

Chairman Cummings issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

The Committee’s second interim report is based on more than 60,000 pages of new documents produced to the Committee in response to requests that Chairman Cummings made to a host of outside companies about their involvement with plans to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The report states:

New documents and communications show that IP3, the private company lobbying the White House to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, repeatedly sought a $120 million investment from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear if the company ultimately received the investment.

30.07.2019 - 05:53 [ PolitiZoom.com ]

House Oversight Committee Identifies Yet Another Trump Insider Trying To Sell Us Out To Foreign Interests

The paradox of the current GOP administration in power is that while Donald Trump gets up at the podium and brays “America First” he and his son-in-law and other minions can’t sell out our interests to foreign powers fast enough.

25.07.2019 - 08:18 [ ABC Australia ]

Fighting Yemen’s dirty war, an Arab military is buying a weapons system made in Canberra

Now, thanks to new photographic evidence, the secret’s out.

Photos sent to the ABC from an anonymous source show the weapons systems awaiting export at Sydney airport.

23.07.2019 - 01:19 [ Xinhuanet ]

China, UAE pledge to boost comprehensive strategic partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, both pledging to boost comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

22.07.2019 - 22:53 [ New York Times ]

With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia

Over the last two years, war-torn Somalia has emerged as a central battleground, with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar each providing weapons or military training to favored factions, exchanging allegations about bribing local officials, and competing for contracts to manage ports or exploit natural resources.

In an audio recording obtained by The New York Times of a cellphone call with the Qatari ambassador to Somalia, a businessman close to the emir of Qatar said that the militants had carried out the bombing in Bosaso to advance Qatar’s interests by driving out its rival, the United Arab Emirates.

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.

09.07.2019 - 22:46 [ Reuters ]

Mozilla blocks UAE bid to become an internet security guardian after hacking reports

Reuters reported in January that Abu Dhabi-based DarkMatter provided staff for a secret hacking operation, codenamed Project Raven, on behalf of an Emirati intelligence agency. The unit was largely comprised of former U.S. intelligence officials who conducted offensive cyber operations for the UAE government.

09.07.2019 - 00:41 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Arabische Waffenbrüder

Am 12. Juni haben Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und Scheich Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, der Kronprinz von Abu Dhabi, anlässlich eines Gesprächs in Berlin die Vertiefung der Kooperation beschlossen. Man werde „auf eine noch umfassendere Partnerschaft hinarbeiten“, heißt es in einer Gemeinsamen Erklärung, die beide Seiten bei dem Zusammentreffen unterzeichneten. Darin wird nicht nur eine intensivere außenpolitische Kooperation etwa im Mittleren Osten sowie im Sahel als Ziel beschrieben, sondern etwa auch das Vorhaben, den „bilateralen Dialog“ zwischen den Streitkräften beider Länder zu stärken.

08.07.2019 - 11:13 [ gCaptain ]

Tanker Bombed Near Persian Gulf Headed Back to Iran

An oil tanker damaged in a bombing that was blamed on Iran is back in business. The ship’s first destination: Iran.

The Andrea Victory is sailing in the northern Persian Gulf and signaling Iran’s Bandar Imam Khomeini as a destination, according to ship tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. The data show the vessel, which was attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May, is full and transporting fuel to Iran.

04.07.2019 - 11:45 [ The Economist ‏/ Twitter ]

General Haftar has powerful friends. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE provide him with arms, fighter jets and money

04.07.2019 - 11:33 [ Daily Sabah ]

US might end arms sales to UAE over reports American missiles shipped to Libya’s Haftar

(02.07.2019)

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, demanded an investigation and asked for explanations by July 15 on arms agreements with the United Arab Emirates.

„You are surely aware that if these allegations prove true you may be obligated by law to terminate all arms sales to the UAE,“ Menendez said.

He warned that the transfer would be a „serious violation“ of US law and „almost certainly“ break the UN arms embargo on Libya.

30.06.2019 - 07:56 [ Hindustan Times ]

Pakistan signs $375 million syndicated loan with UAE banks

Emirates NBD Capital Limited was global coordinator. The transaction was anchored and arranged by Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates NBD Bank, Noor Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreqbank and Sharjah Islamic Bank.

26.06.2019 - 10:30 [ Korea Herald ]

Korea’s nuclear reactor technologies allegedly leaked to UAE, US

(18.06.2019)

According to multiple local news reports Tuesday, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission and the National Intelligence Service are verifying the authenticity of a tipoff delivered to the NSSC through a nuclear safety ombudsman system.

Based on the tipoff, one retiree from state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power has allegedly leaked “critical” nuclear reactor technologies to the US and the United Arab Emirates. The retiree had reportedly moved to the UAE’s Nawah Energy Company in 2015.

24.06.2019 - 17:33 [ apnews.com ]

In Mideast, Pompeo seeks a global coalition against Iran

His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join President Donald Trump in Japan and South Korea. But they were not announced until immediately before his departure in a sign of fast-moving and unpredictable developments.

21.06.2019 - 22:02 [ theHill.com ]

Trump speaks with Saudi crown prince after calling off Iran strike

The Senate on Thursday delivered a rebuke to the Saudis by voting to block Trump’s Saudi arms deal and setting up a potential veto from the White House.

The 22 arms sales, estimated to be worth more than $8 billion, would provide weapons to Saudi Arabia, as well as the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

21.06.2019 - 16:51 [ radiofarda.com ]

Russia Refuses To Sell S-400 Air Defense Missile System To Iran

(01.06.2019)

Reports from Russia also picked up by media in Iran’s neighbour Turkey say Putin has rejected the request over concerns about rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region where several Arab leaders voiced their concern about Iran’s military ambitions.

This comes while according to Hurriet daily newspaper, the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey is going ahead according to schedule,

20.06.2019 - 19:05 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Abhörtechnik für Autokraten: Deutschland exportiert trotzdem

Bereits 2014 hatte der damalige SPD-Bundeswirtschaftsminister Sigmar Gabriel angekündigt, den Export von Überwachungsprogrammen in Staaten, die wegen der Missachtung von Menschenrechten in der Kritik stehen, verbieten zu wollen. Die Bundesregierung schreibt in der Antwort nun, man prüfe …

15.06.2019 - 00:53 [ Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary (UK) / Twitter ]

I condemn yesterday’s attacks on vessels in the Gulf of Oman. UK’s assessment concludes that responsibility for the attacks almost certainly lies with Iran. These latest attacks build on a pattern of destabilising Iranian behaviour and pose a serious danger to the region

15.06.2019 - 00:01 [ CNN ]

Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says

In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.
The missile missed the drone and fell into the water, the official said.

14.06.2019 - 23:57 [ CNBC.com ]

Japanese oil tanker owner disagrees with US military that a mine caused blast near Iran

„We received reports that something flew towards the ship,“ Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, said at a press conference Friday. „I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship,“ he said, adding that a projectile landed above the waterline. (…)

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

13.06.2019 - 11:48 [ BBC ]

Gulf of Oman ‚tanker blasts‘: US Navy aids distressed vessels

The UK Royal Navy-linked UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) safety group earlier issued a warning, urging „extreme caution“ in the area.

13.06.2019 - 11:40 [ CNBC ]

Oil jumps more than 3% on reports of tanker incident in the Gulf of Oman off Iran coast

A spokesman for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain told the Associated Press that his command was „aware“ of the incident and was seeking further details. U.S. Naval ships are in the area and are „rendering assistance“ after forces in the region received two separate distress calls, the Fifth Fleet said.

07.06.2019 - 17:25 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Maas im Mittleren Osten: Eine Reise in die Krise

Syrien, Jemen, der Atomdeal mit dem Iran: Außenminister Maas reist in die Krise. Stationen sind Jordanien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und Teheran – seine bislang größte diplomatische Herausforderung.

07.06.2019 - 17:22 [ Oliver Köhr , Oliver Köhr ‏ / Twitter ]

Mit dem Außenminister in Richtung #Iran. Kann @HeikoMaas noch was retten am Atomabkommen? Gespräche in Teheran am Montag. Erstmal geht’s nach Jordanien

07.06.2019 - 17:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Inquiry into oil tanker attacks stops short of blaming Iran: UN security council hears unidentified state was behind explosions in Gulf last month

The UAE along with Saudi Arabia and Norway presented the preliminary findings during a private briefing to members of the UN security council, which will also receive the final results of the inquiry and consider a possible response.

The US has accused Iran of almost certainly being behind the attacks on the four oil tankers off the Emirati coast, but the brief report, while providing evidence of the sophistication of the attack, goes nowhere near identifying the culprit.

03.06.2019 - 19:01 [ voanews.com ]

US Troop Levels in Syria ‚Quite a Bit Lower‘ with Help on the Way

(31.05.2019) Maier, on Thursday, said it was also increasingly likely that the residual U.S. force would soon be bolstered by an influx of troops and capabilities from other members of the coalition to defeat Islamic State.

„We’ve talked to close to 30 coalition partners about their role … somewhere over two dozen that we’re actively engaged with,“ he said, declining to share additional specifics. „Very few have told us no at this point.“

31.05.2019 - 02:55 [ junge Welt ]

Bewegung am Golf

Der Oman leidet mit am stärksten unter der instabilen Situation am Golf. Das Land sieht sich als Vermittler zwischen Iran und dem Westen. Sultan Qabus ibn Said hatte den sogenannten Atomdeal mit dem Iran maßgeblich vermittelt, unter anderem, weil er sich davon einen wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung versprach. Diese Hoffnung hat US-Präsident Donald Trump mit der Aufkündigung des Vertrages und den verhängten Sanktionen zunichte gemacht.

31.05.2019 - 02:19 [ RT / Youtube ]

UAE, US join up for mid-air refueling over Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran

United Arab Emirates Mirage 2000, an Emirati F-16 Desert Falcon & a US F-35A refueling while flying over the Persian Gulf region amid tensions between Iran & US.

31.05.2019 - 02:06 [ MENAFN ]

Djibouti: Indian, French Navies Carry Out Joint Submarine Drill off the Djibouti Coast

French Embassy also stated that with nearly 650 soldiers deployed, the French Forces in the United Arab Emirates (FFEAU), is one of France’s advanced operational bases abroad. „As such, it supports the French military assets deployed in the Persian Gulf and the north of the Indian Ocean. Due to its conditions, it also allows training of French soldiers in combat actions in desert as well as urban areas,“ the statement added.

As French Joint Forces Commander in the Indian Ocean (ALINDIEN), the Commander of the French Forces in the United Arab Emirates (COMFOR FFEAU) exercises authority over a maritime area stretching from the south of Suez Canal in the west to the western limits of the waters of Burma, Indonesia and Australia in the east.

30.05.2019 - 21:25 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Qatari PM sets out for Riyadh for Arab League summit

His visit to Saudi Arabia is the first of its kind by a high-ranking Qatari official since the eruption in 2017 of an ongoing crisis in inter-Arab relations.

30.05.2019 - 20:53 [ Gulf News ]

UAE-US defence cooperation agreement comes into force

Abu Dhabi: The UAE and the US have announced the entry into force of the Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA), signed earlier this year.

The agreement will enhance military coordination between the two nations, further advancing an already robust military, political, and economic partnership at a critical time.

25.05.2019 - 04:41 [ United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations ]

Menendez on Trump Admin’s Decision to Flout Congress’ Role in Approving Arm Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

“In trying to explain this move, the Administration failed to even identify which legal mechanism it thinks it is using, described years of malign Iranian behavior but failed to identify what actually constitutes an emergency today, and critically, failed to explain how these systems, many of which will take years to come online, would immediately benefit either the United States or our allies and thus merit such hasty action. With this move, the President is destroying the productive and decades-long working relationship on arms sales between the Congress and the Executive Branch. The possible consequences of this decision will ultimately threaten the ability of the U.S. defense industry to export arms in a manner that is both expeditious and responsible.”

25.05.2019 - 04:31 [ Senator Bob Menendez ‏/ Twitter ]

BREAKING: The Trump Admin formally informed Congress that it is invoking an obscure provision of the Arms Export Control Act to eliminate the statutorily-required Congressional review of the sales of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others.

21.05.2019 - 02:50 [ Middle East Eye ]

Arab ‚interference‘ riles Sudanese protesters fearing sabotage

That sentiment has increased since the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia decided to send $3bn in aid, as well as supplies of vital stocks, to support the new military leaders in addressing the desperate economic conditions that contributed to Bashir’s downfall.

21.05.2019 - 02:42 [ Middle East Eye ]

France threatens journalists with jail time for exposing use of French arms in Yemen

In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The documents, authored by France’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DSGI), showed that senior French officials had lied about the role of French weapons in the Yemen War.

21.05.2019 - 02:29 [ The Sudan Tribune ]

Saudi Arabia deposits $250m into Sudan central bank

On 28 April, the UAE and Sudan signed an agreement to inject $250 million in Sudan’s central bank as part of the joint $3 billion grant.

On 21 April, Saudi Arabia and UAE announced a joint $3 billion aid to Sudan.

The two Gulf countries said they would deposit $500 million in Sudan’s central bank to ease pressure on the Sudanese pound. The remainder will go toward food, medicine and fuel.

20.05.2019 - 05:23 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States ]

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

20.05.2019 - 05:20 [ New York Times ]

Rocket Hits Green Zone in Baghdad as Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Iran

The heavily guarded compound was already on a heightened state of alert after nonemergency personnel there and at the United States Consulate in the northern city of Erbil were ordered last week to leave.

The order came after the Trump administration announced that new intelligence indicated a heightened risk that Iranian forces or proxies were considering an imminent attack on American forces or interests in the Persian Gulf or Iraq.

19.05.2019 - 01:47 [ Reuters ]

Saudi crown prince discusses regional developments with Pompeo: ministry

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince discussed regional developments, including efforts to strengthen security and stability, in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Saudi Media Ministry tweeted on Sunday.

18.05.2019 - 07:08 [ theNation.com ]

Trump May Not Want War With Iran—But the Coalition of the Killing May Give Him One

One spark—a rogue militia attack on US forces in Iraq, a battle involving Iran-allied forces in Syria or Lebanon, an incident in the Persian Gulf—could set off the conflagration that Trump’s advisers seem to want.

Who else wants war? It isn’t just Bolton, who has advocated war with Iran for many years. Joining Bolton on what Zarif calls the “B Team” are Bibi, bin Salman, and bin Zayed (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the effective ruler of the United Arab Emirates). Together, they represent Trump’s Coalition of the Killing.

18.05.2019 - 04:03 [ WashingtonMonthly.com ]

Netanyahu Is Playing Trump Like a Fiddle

In other words, the Trump administration is escalating tensions with Iran based on intelligence reports from Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have us believe that this isn’t the first time he has been responsible for the actions of the Trump administration.

18.05.2019 - 03:50 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Mossad intel of looming Iranian attack led US to send in carrier force

(06.05.2019)

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”

According to Israel’s Channel 13, Israeli officials conveyed information gathered largely by the Mossad on an Iranian plan to attack either a US or US-allied target, details of which were not provided to the network.

18.05.2019 - 03:14 [ Washington Post ]

Who actually supports military strikes against Iran?

Among them, the trio of Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. It’s no coincidence that these countries have courted the White House since Trump entered office in January 2017 — they saw the incoming administration as an ally against Iran.

18.05.2019 - 00:00 [ Haaretz ]

Arming Dictators, Equipping Pariahs: Alarming Picture of Israel’s Arms Sales

A thorough report by Amnesty International is harshly critical of Israel’s policies on arms exports. According to the report written in Hebrew by the organization’s Israeli branch, Israeli companies continue to export weapons to countries that systematically violate human rights. Israeli-made weapons are also found in the hands of armies and organizations committing war crimes. The report points to eight such countries that have received arms from Israel in recent years.

15.05.2019 - 07:53 [ New York Times ]

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran

As the Trump administration draws up war plans against Iran over what it says are threats to American troops and interests, a senior British military official told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that he saw no increased risk from Iran or allied militias in Iraq or Syria.

A few hours later, the United States Central Command issued an unusual rebuke: The remarks from the British official — Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, who is also the deputy commander of the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State — run “counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region.”

14.05.2019 - 20:08 [ CBS News ]

Iran news: Details of tanker „sabotage“ murky as Trump warns Iran and U.S. casts first blame

Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and none of the nations to which the vessels belong had assigned any blame.

However, on Monday American officials told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that the initial assessment of a U.S. team sent to investigate the incidents was that Iran or Iranian-backed proxies had used explosives to blow holes in the four ships.

13.05.2019 - 06:07 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Israel passed White House intelligence on possible Iran plot

(06.05.2019)

The intelligence about a possible Iranian plot is not very specific at this stage, but the officials said it was clear the threat was against a U.S. target in the Gulf or U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia or the UAE.

The bottom line: An Israeli official told me Mossad drew several scenarios for what the Iranians might be planning:

13.05.2019 - 06:02 [ Daily Hurriyat ‏/ Twitter ]

The United Arab Emirates has said that four commercial ships were hit by “sabotage” in its waters, hours after denying reports of explosions at an oil tanker terminal. The exact nature of the sabotage was not revealed, nor were the nationalities of the ships.

13.05.2019 - 05:59 [ Haaretz ]

UAE Says Four Commercial Vessels Targeted by ‚Sabotage Operations‘ Near Iran

Local government denied earlier on Sunday media reports about blasts at the port of Fujairah, according to a statement tweeted by its media office

13.05.2019 - 05:50 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Spannungen in Golfregion: Emirate melden Sabotage an Schiffen

Vor diesem Hintergrund haben bereits mehrere Regierungen arabischer Staaten die vermeintlichen „Sabotage-Einsätze“ verurteilt. Sie würden „Spannungen und Konflikte in der Region verschärfen“, so Abdul Al-Sajani, Generalsekretär des Golfkooperationsrats. Das ägyptische Außenministerium sicherte den VAE Solidarität zu. Die Regierung in Kairo werde dem Land bei allen Herausforderungen beistehen, mit denen die VAE es vielleicht zu tun bekämen.

30.04.2019 - 01:58 [ Emirates News Agency ]

UAE, New Zealand promoting defence cooperation

Prospects for accelerating defence cooperation between UAE and New Zealand were the main focus of a meeting between Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, and Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand.

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.

21.04.2019 - 15:24 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Libyens Hauptstadt: Kampf um Tripolis eskaliert weiter

Zudem gab es Luftabwehrfeuer der Armee, nachdem eine Drohne oder ein anderes Kampfflugzeug wiederholt minutenlang über der Stadt gekreist sei und dann angegriffen habe. Die Explosionen seien schwerer gewesen als in den vergangenen Tagen.

Den Einwohnern zufolge sollen mehrere Raketen in einem Stützpunkt der Regierungstruppen in einem südlichen Außenbezirk eingeschlagen sein.

21.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

Residents had reported drone strikes in recent days, but there has been no confirmation and explosions heard in the city centre this time were louder than in previous days.

Residents counted several missile strikes, one of which apparently hit a military camp of forces loyal to the UN-recognised government in the Sabaa district in the south of the capital – scene of the heaviest fighting between the rival forces.

21.04.2019 - 09:18 [ theNation.com ]

When It Comes to War, We’re Just Getting Started

(15.4.2019)

The Global War on Terror has become the Pentagon’s greatest tool in waging endless military campaigns.

20.04.2019 - 16:07 [ CNN ]

Trump praises Libyan general as his troops march on US backed government in Tripoli

President Donald Trump spoke with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar Monday, praising his role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s vast oil resources even as Haftar’s troops continue their offensive against the UN and US-backed government in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

12.04.2019 - 20:32 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Promised Support to Libyan Warlord in Push to Seize Tripoli

The offer came during a visit to Saudi Arabia that was just one of several meetings Mr. Haftar had with foreign dignitaries in the weeks and days before he began the military campaign on April 4.

07.04.2019 - 14:22 [ petroleum-economist.com ]

Libya’s oil fields fall into Haftar’s hands

(today)

In the short term, Haftar’s offensive has actually improved Libya’s oil production, now running at about 1mn bl/d. Sharara had been closed since December after the militia paid to guard it took control, demanding a massive pay rise. When Haftar’s forces captured Sharara they allowed the militia to stay, provided it removed key leaders and dropped excessive pay demands. In early March the NOC reopened the field.

07.04.2019 - 12:00 [ intpolicydigest.org ]

Libyan General Haftar’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

(1.4.2019)

This visit, which occurred one day before the Saudi monarch departed for the annual Arab League summit in Tunis, marked the first meeting between Haftar and King Salman. While in the Saudi capital, Haftar also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. With the Saudi king, the Libyan commander discussed the “latest developments” in Libya’s civil war that erupted in 2014. King Salman affirmed Riyadh’s “keenness for the security and stability of Libya.”

07.04.2019 - 11:56 [ France24.com ]

How the West’s silence emboldened Libya’s Haftar

The 75-year-old Haftar, who has switched sides and loyalties in the course of a military career spanning half-a-century, has portrayed himself as the only man who can bring stability to Libya and crush the Islamists in the North African nation.

It’s a pitch that has won Haftar audiences with leaders in Paris, Rome, Moscow, Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. But analysts warn that the self-aggrandising military man is unlikely or unable to deliver on both fronts.

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.

29.03.2019 - 02:58 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V. ]

Deutsche Waffen töten im Jemen-Krieg

Dadurch, dass hinreichender Verdacht besteht, den die Bundesregierung aber ignoriert, leistet sie Beihilfe zur Verletzung des Völkerrechts und zum Krieg im Jemen. Da nützt es auch nichts, wenn Heiko Maas bei der Sicherheitskonferenz in München von seiner Presseleiterin bei der Frage nach dem Jemen-Krieg einfach beiseitegeschoben wird und dass Peter Altmaier im Februar 2019 auch keine Kenntnisse über deutsche Waffen im Jemen haben wollte. Dabei sind diese Kenntnisse sogar ohne Nachrichtendienst ersichtlich und bedürfen lediglich intensiver Recherche im freizugänglichen Internet.

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.

04.03.2019 - 22:42 [ PressTV ]

Committed to Tel Aviv regime, US deploys THAAD to Israel for 1st time

The US has already supplied the advanced missile system to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

04.03.2019 - 14:35 [ Trend.az ]

Saudi Arabia has deposited $334 mln in Jordan central bank

Jordan’s government fell last year after spending cuts and tax rises imposed under an IMF programme caused rare public protests. The country, which sits between Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, is traditionally a regional diplomatic hub.

03.03.2019 - 11:47 [ Middle East Eye ]

Abu Dhabi announces launch of Israeli-installed mass surveillance system

(14.7.2016) Tools for the collection of data include all manner of devices, from cameras on the street to smart devices connected to the internet.

“Every person is monitored from the moment they leave their doorstep to the moment they return to it. Their work, social and behavioural patterns are recorded, analysed and archived,” a source close to the project told MEE at the time.

14.02.2019 - 10:00 [ @qunzhong_luxian / Twitter ]

… The original tweet is still out there in Hebrew and you can view it here. It translates to war in Iran.

14.02.2019 - 09:59 [ mehdi rezai ‏/ Twitter ]

We know Netanyahu’s enthusiasm for waging a new war in the region very well, but this tweet unveils the reality that what security and peace means for those who have gathered in Warsaw.

14.02.2019 - 09:55 [ 24matins.uk ]

Netanyahu hails Warsaw talks with Arab states as ‘turning point’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Thursday as historic a Warsaw meeting where he is joining Arab states, saying they stood united against Iran and voicing hope that cooperation extends to other areas.

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.

12.02.2019 - 16:51 [ Yabiladi.com ]

Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to attend the anti-Iran Warsaw conference

On the 13th and 14th of February, Warsaw will host an international conference co-chaired by Poland and the United States, to promote peace in the Middle East. The Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced, Monday, that 60 delegations, including ten from the Middle East and all EU member states, will attend the conference.

12.02.2019 - 16:41 [ Nation.co.ke ]

UK, Russia and UAE scramble to set up military bases in Somaliland

(8.1.2019) Somaliland, a former British colony, is yet to be recognised internationally.

The Somaliland embassy in Nairobi, neither denied not confirmed reports that Britain was seeking to set up a military base in the horn of Africa country. Somaliland Ambassador to Kenya Omar Bashe said his country was excited over Mr Williamson’s visit which, he said, would help the country’s push for international recognition after breaking away from Somalia.

12.02.2019 - 16:36 [ Bloomberg.com ]

U.A.E. Military Base in Breakaway Somaliland to Open by June

(6.11.2018) Emirati footholds in Somaliland and Eritrea provide strategic locations as the U.A.E. supports the Saudi Arabia-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The surveillance system will be used to protect the base in the Somaliland port town of Berbera and monitor the territory’s 800-kilometer (500-mile) coastline, former ambassador to the U.A.E. Bashe Awil Omar said.

12.02.2019 - 16:16 [ Reuters ]

UAE offers Egypt $3 billion support, Saudis $5 billion

(9.7.2013) Saudi Arabia approved $5 billion in aid to Egypt on Tuesday and the United Arab Emirates has offered $3 billion in desperately needed support for the economy after the army ousted the Islamist president last week.

12.02.2019 - 16:15 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Ayman Nour: Saudi planned the coup in Egypt, UAE carried it out

(23.8.2018) Nour explained that the pre-coup phase was pivotal in the decision to overthrow the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and the democracy that brought them to power. Manifestations of efforts to do this were evident in the run up to the coup with the UAE intervening in the local media and bribing politicians who were flocking to the Emirates to set up home.

12.02.2019 - 13:44 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die Achse des Religiösen

(8. Mai 2013) Israel, Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Jordanien und die Türkei wollen einen Militärpakt gründen. Die U.S.A. befördern die Angelegenheit, so israelische „Offizielle“.

11.02.2019 - 02:32 [ Business Wire ]

WGS 2019: World Government Summit in Dubai Ushers in New Era

The three-day World Government Summit 2019 runs until February 12 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event has convened more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 30 international organizations.