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27 июня, 14:46

Lockheed Martin Wins $39M FMS Deal to Support PAC-3 Missile

Per the recent modification, Lockheed Martin (LMT) will provide post-production support to the PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile for 2017.

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26 июня, 22:24

UAE military buildup draws scrutiny after Yemen allegations

With soccer sponsorships, record-setting skyscrapers and wintertime golfing, the United Arab Emirates has projected an image of comfort and opportunity in a volatile region. But the quiet expansion of its military footprint is drawing a different kind of attention to the Gulf federation as it wades into some of the region’s messiest conflicts.

26 июня, 19:45

Al-Jazeera gave Arab youth a voice. Gulf regimes must not silence it | Wadah Khanfar

The network gave young people the chance to express themselves freely. No wonder Saudi Arabia and its allies now demand it is closed downMany states at different times have tried to contain al-Jazeera or force it to tone down its coverage. But with last week’s call to shut the network down, the Saudis and Emiratis have surpassed themselves. Related: Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia Continue reading...

26 июня, 19:20

Exxon Talks With Emir Of ‘Isolated’ Qatar

The emir of Qatar, the tiny gas-rich Gulf state now isolated by its Arab neighbors, met with ExxonMobil’s chairman and chief executive Darren Woods in Doha on Saturday to talk bilateral cooperation relations, Reuters reports, citing Qatar’s state news agency QNA. At the beginning of June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Yemen, and Libya cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the region. Last week, Saudi Arabia and its several other Arab allies issued a list…

26 июня, 19:20

After Poland, Lithuania Becomes U.S. LNG Buyer

Seeking to diversify its gas imports away from Russia’s giant Gazprom, Lithuania’s state-held gas trader Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas said on Monday that it had signed a deal with Cheniere Marketing International to buy LNG directly from the U.S., adding to the growing list of customers of America’s LNG cargoes. The Lithuanian company expects to receive the first LNG cargo delivery in the second half of August. “It will be the first time Lithuania imports gas from the U.S. We opted for delivery from Cheniere after evaluating…

26 июня, 19:20

13 Of 28 EU Nations Support Intervention In Nord Stream 2 Deal

The European Union should negotiate the terms of the North Stream 2 pipeline, which would double the existing pipeline’s capacity to bring Russian gas to Europe, according to 13 of 28 nations in the continental bloc, a new Reuters report said. "We had 13 delegations intervening, with all of them being supportive of the Commission's approach," Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic told Reuters by phone. "I am definitely optimistic about getting the mandate, but I know this is just the beginning of the debate." Germany, which would be the…

26 июня, 19:11

From bullets to Botox – watch the 2017 Jarman award shortlist

The shortlist for the experimental film-making award, now in its 10th year, covers global warming, hyperventilation and the way we grieve through social mediaOne artist analysed the sound of bullets used by Israeli soldiers to kill two Palestinian teenagers; another recorded herself hyperventilating until she fainted. An intense engagement with the modern world seems to mark out the 2017 Film London Jarman award shortlist, which celebrates experimental work with moving images. Other artists on the list chose to examine the effects of global warming, and the way our online presence decays after death. Such diverse themes are representative of a varied panel this year: the six shortlisted artists include those born in Jordan (Lawrence Abu Hamdan), Israel (Oreet Ashery), the United Arab Emirates (Adham Faramawy) and Germany (Melanie Manchot), along with the UK’s Charlotte Prodger and Marianna Simnett. Continue reading...

26 июня, 19:02

Corker to block future arms sales to Gulf nations

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker on Monday said he would block future U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and four other Gulf nations until a regional conflict is resolved.The Tennessee Republican announced his plans in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Monday as the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council remains wracked by internal disputes over anti-terrorism efforts and a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.Corker has advance approval powers over arms sales to foreign governments before Congress is notified, as does House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (D-Calif.). "All countries in the region need to do more to combat terrorism, but recent disputes among the GCC countries only serve to hurt efforts to fight ISIS and counter Iran," Corker wrote."For these reasons, before we provide any further clearances during the informal review period on sales of lethal military equipment to the GCC states, we need a better understanding of the path to resolve the current dispute and reunify the GCC."The Senate voted 47-53 earlier this month to halt about $500 million in Trump administration weapons sales to Riyadh, with most Democrats and four Republicans registering concern over Saudi involvement in Yemen's bloody civil war. In addition to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, GCC members are the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait.Corker's move would not block the $500 million in weapons sales, which had already been noticed to Congress and which had been targeted by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Ct.).The State Department did not immediately return a request for comment on Corker's letter.

26 июня, 15:03

Iran urges Europe to help promote dialogue in Gulf

BERLIN (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Monday for Europe to use its influence to defuse tensions in the Gulf where Saudi Arabia and its allies have cut ties with Qatar.

25 июня, 20:03

The Danger of Yemen's Secret Prisons

Black sites in the war-ravaged country help ensure that it will remain fertile ground for terrorists for years to come.

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25 июня, 19:34

UAE president receives Eid al-Fitr greeting in rare appearance since 2014 stroke

DUBAI (Reuters) - The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, made a rare public appearance on Sunday since suffering a stroke in 2014, state news agency WAM said, receiving well-wishers for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast.

25 июня, 19:22

Erdoğan rejects Saudi demand to pull Turkish troops out of Qatar

Turkey’s president condemns request as a ‘very ugly approach’ and dismisses other demands made of Qatar by Gulf statesTurkey’s president has described as disrespectful a demand by Saudi Arabia and its allies that it withdraw its troops from Qatar as a step towards ending a deepening dispute with the besieged Gulf state. Related: Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia Continue reading...

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25 июня, 17:13

UAE president appears in video over 3 years after stroke

The president of the United Arab Emirates has made a rare public appearance on state media to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

25 июня, 15:22

Trump Is Undermining The Fight Against Terrorism

Who is a terrorist? Is there a credible entity that brands terrorists? Answers to these questions matter. Qatar, a sovereign country, has been embargoed and threatened with invasion because it is accused of funding “terrorists.” The United States is the leading country that unilaterally brands entities around the world as terrorist and sanctions anyone who supports or has normal relations with these named groups. In effect, the United States uses, in part, its unilateral branding of terrorists as an instrument of foreign policy to isolate, coerce and sanction countries that fail to do its bidding. This cavalier, off-the-cuff branding of entities as terrorists, who don’t follow U.S. dictates, has serious consequences and is currently not only undermining the fight against terrorism but also may be promoting terrorism. There is general agreement that Al-Qaeda (and all its offshoots), ISIS, Boko Haram and a number of other such entities are terrorist organizations. They have attacked innocent civilians the world over and have claimed responsibility for their heinous acts. Today, the U.S. State Department has a long list of organizations it classifies as terrorist and a much shorter list of de-listed entities. Two entities on the list, one not on the list and one de-listed help make our point. While the U.S. classifies Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations, to most of the world’s 1.7 billion Muslims, these are two legitimate political organizations. Hezbollah has defended Lebanon against Israeli incursions; it has helped elevate the voice of Lebanese Shia Muslims; and it has provided many benefits to the most deprived segment of the Lebanese population. Yes, it is heavily influenced by Iran. Yes, Hezbollah is supporting the oppressor Assad in Syria. But if these activities merit a terrorist designation, then there are governments that oppress the people of other countries and should be on the top of such a list, for example, Saudi Arabia in Bahrain. Interestingly, Muslims in the Middle East have consistently voted the leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nassrallah, as one of the two or three most popular Arab leaders. Hamas is the de facto government of the Palestinian people in Gaza. Yes, it has been at war with Israel. While Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is in violation of international law, something that nations of the world (except the United States and fewer than a handful of other countries) have confirmed again and again at the United Nations, the United States brands Hamas as a terrorist organization. In the branding of Hezbollah and Hamas, the United States seems to be following Israeli wishes. But no matter, America’s process of terrorist designation is woefully inconsistent and compromised. To America’s credit, although it has had on-and-off relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood is not on its terrorist list. This is an organization developed nearly a century ago devoted to political and social activism in an Islamic context and has disavowed violence. But it is seen as a threat by a number of Arab dictators who view the Brotherhood as a popular movement that could undermine their autocratic or military (and we would add un-Islamic) rule. Six countries reportedly classify the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Syria and Russia). The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) has been on and off the list and is today delisted. It is a movement that opposes the regime in Tehran; it was based in Iraq and fought alongside Iraqi forces in the Iran-Iraq War; and it has carried out terrorist acts inside Iran. A number of high-profile U.S. politicians, reportedly including former House Speakers Newt Gingrich and Dennis Hastert, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, former Senator Joe Lieberman, former governors Howard Dean and Ed Rendell, former mayor Rudi Giuliani, retired generals Anthony Zinni and Wesley Clark, former United Nations Ambassadors Bill Richardson and John Bolton and many more have been paid speakers, a.k.a lobbyists, for the People’s Mujahadin of Iran. Yes, the MEK has high-profile support. But on the basis of what sort of logic could the MEK be exempted from the U.S. terrorist list and Hezbollah and Hamas be on the list? The U.S. can have whatever list of terrorists it wants but given the arbitrary basis of its list, it should not be used to sanction countries that have relations with those on the list or to support countries (Saudi Arabia and its allies) who threaten countries (Qatar) who have relations with those on the list. Today, the U.S. has encouraged and supported Saudi aggression on Qatar because Qatar has dealings with Hezbollah and Hamas. Saudi Arabia (the creator of Al-Qaeda, the financial backer of radical Islamic teachings around the world and reportedly the heaviest financier of ISIS) has taken further advantage to create its own list to include the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and others. All in the name of fighting terrorism! Washington’s arbitrary branding of organizations as terrorist has serious consequences; it compromises the fight against terrorism and makes a mockery of America’s proclaimed support for human rights and democratic values: - The vast majority of Muslims, whose support the world needs to fight terrorism successfully, do not support the U.S. designations. - U.S. support for repressive regimes such as those of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in the name of fighting terrorism rings hollow and exposes U.S. duplicity when it comes to fighting terrorism and supporting human rights. - To many Muslims, the terrorist list and its application to support oppressive rulers is an indirect method of oppression in support of client dictators. -All this provides more recruits for ISIS and other terrorist organizations. In the current standoff between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Saudi Arabia is using the U.S. list as the basis to embargo and issue an ultimatum on a sovereign country. This is in essence an attempt at a ‘soft’ takeover of a sovereign nation with President Trump’s backing. Qatar has been asked to shut down Al-Jazeera, arguably the most independent news network in the Arab world; to sever relations with countries and entities found objectionable to Saudi Arabia; to act in ways acceptable to the Gulf Cooperation Council (i.e., Saudi Arabia); and to pay unspecified compensation as dictated by Saudi Arabia. Is this attempt at a soft annexation of Qatar (with U.S. encouragement and support) that much different from Russia’s takeover of the Crimea? How will this help the legitimate fight against terrorism? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

25 июня, 12:33

Qatar's emir meets Exxon Mobil Corp CEO -agency

The emir of Qatar met with Exxon Mobil Corp chairman and CEO Darren Woods in Doha on Saturday for talks on "cooperation," state news agency QNA reported, following a rift between four Gulf states and Qatar that has raised worries about energy supplies. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday cut ties with Qatar, accusing the country of supporting extremism. Qatar denies the allegations.

24 июня, 18:23

Saudi-led demands not 'reasonable or actionable'- Qatar

Qatar has dismissed a sweeping list of demands by its Arab neighbours as unreasonable and an attempt to limit its sovereignty. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are accusing Qatar of supporting “terrorism” in the region, an allegation Doha strongly denies. Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

24 июня, 18:21

Extreme Heat Could Kill Millions in These Countries — and Soon

Reports say climate change, if unchecked, will kill millions as several countries experience heat waves unlike we've ever seen.

24 июня, 17:20

The Gulf's Demands on Qatar Look Designed to Be Rejected

As Washington loses patience with the Gulf crisis, the Saudi-led campaign resorts to extreme measures.

24 июня, 16:27

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

Yemen’s internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

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24 июня, 14:35

UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar

A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country’s leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands.