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01 мая, 00:46

Dubai Introduces Its Own Font, Lauding Free Expression It Does Not Permit

A video shared by the city’s crown prince says that “expression knows no boundaries or limits,” but within the United Arab Emirates that is not the case.

30 апреля, 19:01

Prince launches Dubai’s very own font

MICROSOFT’S first typeface to be created for a city, called Dubai Font, was launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum, the emirate’s Crown Prince, yesterday. The font was developed simultaneously

29 апреля, 14:14

Trump’s First 100 Days, Ranked

The best, the worst and everything in between.

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29 апреля, 09:54

UAE’s battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast

The United Arab Emirates is better known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East.

28 апреля, 17:28

German leader to call on Gulf states to do more for refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this weekend with a message that they should do more to help refugees.

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28 апреля, 09:47

Yemen’s president fires minister, Aden governor

Yemen’s internationally backed president has fired a Cabinet minister and the governor of the southern port city of Aden, two figures known to be close to the United Arab Emirates, a key member of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen since 2015.

27 апреля, 06:01

UAE sentences Iranian to 10 years for aiding nuclear program

A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced an Iranian businessman to 10 years in prison after being convicted of trying to bring an electric motor and other devices there to further Iran’s nuclear program.

27 апреля, 04:25

Trump puts aluminum imports in 'national security' crosshairs

The Trump administration has launched an investigation into whether to restrict imports of aluminum from China, Russia and other suppliers — including NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico — on the grounds that they threaten U.S. national security.“Imports have been flooding into the aluminum industry,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at a White House briefing on Wednesday evening in which he detailed the administration's second national-security-motivated trade probe in as many weeks.President Donald Trump will sign an order on Thursday directing the Commerce Department to complete the investigation as “soon as possible,” Ross said. Trump gave the same instructions last week in signing an order calling for an investigation into whether to restrict steel imports on national security grounds.Free trade advocates criticized the actions, arguing that they could encourage other countries to begin blocking U.S. exports on national security grounds.“When you go down this path of reverting to the national security exception, it really is the nuclear option in trade law,” said Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “You’re basically saying, ‘You can’t argue with me. I think this is so important it threatens our national security.’ There’s no counterargument to that.”The barrage of presidential orders comes as Trump nears the end of his first 100 days in office this week with little to show in the way of trade accomplishments, despite promising during the campaign to make big changes in trade policy.In one sign of frustration, White House officials were said to be preparing an executive order on withdrawing from NAFTA, even though the Trump administration had already pivoted toward renegotiating the 23-year-old agreement rather than abandoning it. Asked about the potential NAFTA executive order, Ross dismissed it as “just a rumor — and my practice is to comment on things we’ve actually done or are doing, as opposed to commenting on rumors.”But Ross told reporters that more national-security import probes could be coming for industries such as semiconductors and shipbuilding. “We’re obviously considering those," Ross said. "We’ve come to no conclusions as yet."Ross, a former businessman who made his fortune turning around distressed companies, said import restrictions could be needed to ensure the U.S. continues to produce enough “high-purity” aluminum used in various military aircraft, such as the F-35 joint strike fighter, the F-18 and the C-17, as well as armored vehicles, combat vessels and missiles.“The problem we have is there’s only one American smelter that produces the high-purity aluminum needed for these uses. Just one. And that company has been having some problems," Ross said. "They, in fact, filed a trade case against dumping on their own."The Aluminum Association, the main trade group for the U.S. aluminum industry, said it welcomed Trump's "call for action to address unfair trade practices that are hurting U.S. aluminum producers and fabricators." But they said they would work with the administration to ensure that any actions "take into account the entire aluminum value chain and our more than 161,000 workers in the United States," many of whose jobs depend on access to imports.Ross is launching the probe under a U.S. trade law provision known as Section 232, which allows the president to “adjust” imports on national security grounds. It has been used only 26 times in the past 55 years, and a national security threat has only been found twice, helping to justify restrictions on oil imports from Libya and Iran.The U.S. imported more than 6.5 million metric tons of aluminum in 2016 for use in the auto industry, construction and a variety of other sectors. Canada was by far the biggest foreign supplier, with shipments totaling more than 3 million tons, followed by Russia (755,545 tons), United Arab Emirates (557,723 tons) and China (518,773 tons).U.S. companies also exported nearly 3 million tons of aluminum last year, down slightly from previous years. The biggest destinations were Mexico (764,488 tons), China (730,355 tons) and Canada (688,427 tons), followed by South Korea and Vietnam.Ross complained that China’s huge expansion of aluminum production has been wreaking havoc on the domestic industry by depressing prices around the world. However, he insisted the probe was not “China-phobic” and said it was still an open question what actions the department will recommend to Trump, who makes the final decision on any curbs that will be imposed.The uncertainty over what, if any, actions will come out of the investigation prompted one Democratic lawmaker to offer only muted praise. “It’s good news the administration is using this tool, but what matters to Ohio workers and the aluminum supply chain is whether it leads to real relief and action against China’s market-distorting policies,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said in a statement. Bown, the Peterson Institute fellow, said that in addition to potentially encouraging other countries to take trade actions rooted in national security concerns, the Trump administration’s willingness to self-initiate trade moves also sends a signal to domestic companies to put up their hands for import relief. He noted that a U.S. solar energy company, Suniva, filed a petition today asking for emergency safeguard tariffs on solar products from all countries under another rarely used trade law provision.The Obama administration mostly sought to deal with the aluminum problem by pressuring China to scale back its production. But just before leaving office, it filed a trade case at the World Trade Organization challenging Chinese aluminum subsidies.Ross said today that the Trump administration still had not decided whether to pursue that case, which “may very well get subsumed into this event.”At the same time, he emphasized that the U.S. would make its decision in the aluminum import case based on what it thinks is right, not whether it might violate WTO rules.“As you know, there’s been a lot of discussion by the president about the WTO and our collective frustration with some of the rules that they have," Ross said. "We are going to act based on our view as to what are the proper rules and our view as to who's violating those rules — and the WTO will do what they do."

26 апреля, 23:13

Ivanka Trump’s Investment Fund Of Foreign And Corporate Cash Sounds Awfully Familiar

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ―Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, plans to start a fund to help female entrepreneurs worldwide, using money from private-sector donors and foreign governments. According to Axios, the first to report the first daughter’s plan, the fund will be run by the World Bank. “Canadians, Germans and a few Middle Eastern countries have already made quiet commitments, as have several corporations,” Axios previously reported. The fund will provide “working and growth capital to small- and medium-sized enterprises.” Details are scarce. It’s unclear whether Ivanka Trump will personally raise money from foreign governments and private corporations, or whether the White House counsel has considered whether her involvement conforms to ethics rules. Nevertheless, the Ivanka Trump-World Bank fund sounds like it will mimic the work of a private organization that got a lot of (bad) publicity in 2016: the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation, which former President Bill Clinton launched after he left the White House in 2001, is a nonprofit that runs developmental programs and facilitates private-sector investment in such public initiatives as fighting HIV/AIDS, combating climate change, reducing the impact of preventable disease, and empowering entrepreneurs ― including women and girls. The Clinton Foundation is funded largely by contributions from wealthy donors, corporations and foreign governments. The foundation was seen as a major conflict of interest for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whose critics claimed her decisions as secretary of state benefitted foundation donors.   Donald Trump, during the campaign, called the Clinton Foundation “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.” He attacked Clinton as “the defender of the corrupt and rigged status quo” who spent her time “taking care of donors instead of the American people.” A Trump campaign ad assailed the “staggering amounts of cash pouring into the Clinton Foundation from criminals, dictators, countries that hate America.” Those supposed America-hating countries included the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia ― formidable U.S. allies in the Middle East whose citizens contribute to other charitable funds connected to powerful Americans. Ivanka Trump’s fund also sounds like an effort from the investment bank Goldman Sachs called 10,000 Women, which provides business education to women around the world to spur entrepreneurship. Dina Powell, an Ivanka Trump confidante who now works for the White House, headed the Goldman Sachs effort since it began in 2008. (Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff is Julie Radford, who previously ran Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business initiative, which invested in small U.S. businesses.) Donald Trump also attacked Clinton during the campaign for her ties to Goldman Sachs, including a $225,000 speech she gave to bank employees after she resigned as secretary of state. Trump’s administration now includes at least six former Goldman Sachs executives. According to Axios, the president “is a huge supporter of his daughter’s idea.” UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. ― The White House said Ivanka Trump will have no major role in the fund, according to The Washington Post.  White House now says @ivankatrump will have no major role in fund that @axios mentioned, won't raise $ or control its output . Updating...— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) April 26, 2017 Sign up for the HuffPost Must Reads newsletter. Each Sunday, we will bring you the best original reporting, long form writing and breaking news from The Huffington Post and around the web, plus behind-the-scenes looks at how it’s all made. Click here to sign up! -- 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.

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26 апреля, 13:22

UAE’s first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country’s first solar-powered gas station in Dubai.

25 апреля, 20:41

Group Accused Of DNC Hack Also Targeted Firm Formerly Known As Blackwater: Report

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― A cyber-espionage group that targeted political parties during U.S. and French elections also launched a phishing campaign against Academi, the private military firm formerly known as Blackwater, a new report says. Pawn Storm, a hacking group also known as Fancy Bear, targeted Academi on April 24, 2014, according to a report released Tuesday by the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. Crowdstrike, another security firm, has said Fancy Bear is believed to be "closely linked" to Russian intelligence services. The Trend Micro report does not indicate whether Pawn Storm succeeded in stealing information from Academi during the phishing attack. Academi did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Academi is the latest incarnation of Blackwater, a private military contractor founded by Erik Prince in 1997. Blackwater gained notoriety in 2007 when its employees shot at and killed more than a dozen civilians in Baghdad while escorting a U.S. convoy. As part of an attempt to clean up its image, Blackwater was renamed “Xe Services” two years later. Prince sold the company in 2010 and the new owners gave it yet another name: “Academi.” Prince, whose sister, Betsy DeVos, is President Donald Trump’s secretary of education, has been in the news lately because of his ties to the Trump campaign. Last July, he recommended to senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon that the Trump administration replicate a Vietnam War-era CIA assassination program to be used against the militant group known as the Islamic State. In January, Prince reportedly acted as a representative of Trump during a secret meeting organized by the United Arab Emirates in Seychelles with a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin. (A spokesman for Prince denied that he took part in the meeting.) On a Frequently Asked Questions page on its website, Academi says Prince has not been associated with the company since he sold it in 2010. In May 2014, weeks after Pawn Storm reportedly targeted Academi, the German tabloid Bild am Sonntag alleged that Academi had 400 fighters on the ground in Ukraine backing the interim government against pro-Russian separatists. The story echoed earlier rumors circulating in Russian state-owned media outlets that the U.S. had sent mercenaries to help the Ukrainian special police crush opposition fighters in Donetsk and Lugansk. In a statement, Academi called the Bild am Sonntag report “completely false.” Then-U.S. national security spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden called the report “nonsense.” At the time, Russia had recently annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea and was building up its military presence in and around Ukraine. McClatchy suggested that the German report could be part of a propaganda effort by Russia to diminish support for the government in Kiev. “Russia has been waging a decade-long propaganda war to sour Ukrainians on the government in Kiev, and this report fits right in to Russia’s hopes to reduce international pressure on it,” McClatchy's Matthew Schofield noted. "To be able to show that the United States, even in the form of mercenaries and not official military personnel, are active on behalf of Kiev would to many further justify Russian actions." The Trend Micro report released Tuesday does not indicate whether hackers obtained any information from Academi that they were later able to weaponize. But it does describe Pawn Storm’s practice of using the media “to publicize attacks and influence public opinion.” Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who claimed responsibility for the cyberattack against the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign, approached reporters and offered them exclusive access to password-protected parts of the website dcleaks.com, where stolen emails were housed. According to Trend Micro, Guccifer 2.0 is “very likely” affiliated with Pawn Storm. Last year, Fancy Bear hackers provided Der Spiegel, a respected German magazine, with internal emails from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The magazine used information from these emails in its feature about the effort to combat sports doping. In its report, Trend Micro lists dozens of governments, political parties, international and private organizations, and news outlets that were targeted by Pawn Storm ― including the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, who is facing pro-Russian candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election.  -- 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.

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25 апреля, 18:41

UAE serviceman killed on duty in domestic mission

The United Arab Emirates military says one of its servicemen has died while on duty in the Gulf nation.

25 апреля, 16:45

EDP Hives off Gas Networks

Portuguese power and gas utility EDP said April 24 it had signed a definitive agreement to divest its wholly-owned gas distribution business in Spain, Naturgas Energia Distribucion. It is selling to an investor consortium comprising JP Morgan Asset Management, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, and Swiss...

25 апреля, 03:13

US considers cabin laptop ban on flights from UK airports

All travellers from Europe could face ban aimed at thwarting terrorists who want to smuggle explosives in electronic gadgetsThe Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from taking laptops into the cabins, sources have told the Guardian.The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. Continue reading...

24 апреля, 19:01

NZ may ban devices on flights from Middle East

NEW Zealand is considering restrictions on laptops and other electronic devices on flights from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, the country’s prime minister said yesterday. The new

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24 апреля, 14:29

Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund

Emirati and Malaysian officials said Monday they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the United Arab Emirates set to receive $1.2 billion over this year.

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21 апреля, 22:20

Low Oil Prices Force Abu Dhabi To Sell U.S. Assets

Prolonged low oil prices— which have prompted all companies in the sector to rethink strategies and shore up finances —have not spared the wealthy Middle Eastern governments and their state-held energy firms. Abu Dhabi, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been feeling the oil crunch and cutting spending to adapt to the new oil order. The lower-for-longer prices and the austerity drive had a ripple effect on Abu Dhabi’s state-run energy companies. Now Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, known as Taqa,…

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21 апреля, 00:49

Does The Biggest Winner Of The OPEC Deal Support An Extension?

OPEC continues to make progress on cooperation as they close in on an agreement to extend their production cuts for another six months. On April 20, several top OPEC officials voiced their most definitive statements yet on the extension, even as they caution that more work needs to be done. “There is consensus building but it's not done yet,” Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in the United Arab Emirates. “We are talking to all countries,” al-Falih added, referring…

20 апреля, 19:26

Philip Morris (PM) Earnings, Sales Miss Estimates in Q1

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) reported weaker-than-expected first-quarter 2017 results, wherein both earnings and revenues lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Shares were down 3.4% in the pre-market trading.

20 апреля, 17:56

Moving Backwards On Middle East Arms Sales

The Trump administration is charting a new direction on arms sales. Unfortunately that direction is backward. The administration recently notified Congress that it wants to sell a dozen attack aircraft to Nigeria, intends to sell 19 fighter jets to Bahrain, and will likely greenlight the sale of $300 million worth of precision-guided munitions kits to Saudi Arabia. In each case the Trump administration is approving deals the Obama administration blocked based on human rights concerns. The Trump administration’s primary rationale for the deals is to step up the fight against terrorism in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the sales won’t do much, if anything, to make Americans safer from terrorism. What selling arms will do is exacerbate existing problems, especially in the Middle East, and lead to unintended consequences down the road. The Saudi deal, for example, is part of the United States’ ongoing support of the Kingdom’s bloody intervention in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition has waged war for the past two years in support of the besieged government as it seeks to fight off the Houthi rebels. But an additional justification is that Yemen is home to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an Al Qaeda affiliate that both the Saudis and the Americans have been trying to destroy since it first emerged in 2009. Giving more firepower to the coalition will just pour gas on an already burning fire. The proposed $350 million deal with Saudi Arabia involves 16,000 precision-guided munitions kits that would convert “dumb” bombs into “smart” bombs. In theory these kits will allow for more accurate targeting, but as Obama administration officials remarked last December, in practice they probably won’t. The proposed sale to Bahrain, a member of the Saudi coalition attacking Yemen, includes 19 F-16 fighter jets and improvements to Bahrain’s existing air fleet that would translate directly into greater firepower in current and future air campaigns. The sales will certainly enable the Saudi coalition to pursue its goals in Yemen more aggressively. The problem is that giving more firepower to the coalition will just pour gas on an already burning fire. The Saudi coalition’s air campaign has already killed thousands of civilians and pushed the nation to the brink of famine. The war has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced over 3 million people, and left over 14 million civilians struggling with food insecurity. The outcry over Saudi Arabia’s conduct of the war has become so loud that Britain’s Scotland Yard is now investigating whether the Saudi-led coalition is guilty of war crimes. And right or wrong, there is little evidence that the campaign has brought the conflict nearer to an end. Nor is there any sign that the intervention has hurt Al Qaeda. AQAP is thriving on the chaos in Yemen and appears stronger than ever. In the long run, however, even if the Trump administration is comfortable taking extreme steps to combat terror today, there is no way to ensure that U.S. weapons won’t eventually be used in ways that are detrimental to American interests. A recent case in point is the Saudi’s use in Yemen of British-manufactured cluster bombs purchased decades ago, which have since been banned under international humanitarian law. One can also look at ISIS to see dangerous downstream trends. Nearly 20 percent of ISIS’ bullets can be tracked to batches manufactured in the U.S. from the 2000s. Given how much is at stake, one might expect more debate in Washington about Trump’s arms deals. Unfortunately, Trump is far from alone in his zeal. Despite a few qualms, the Obama administration approved $278 billion in arms sales, the most of any administration since World War II, including $115 billion to Saudi Arabia alone. And the closest Congress comes to debating arms sales is to call for more of them. Just this week a group of 20 members of Congress, many of whom serve on the House Armed Services Committee responsible for oversight on arms deals, called on Trump to repeal the decision not to sell MQ-9 Reaper drones to nations like Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. In the end, arms sales to the Middle East are a symptom of the deeper disease at the heart of U.S. foreign policy. The misguided belief that American intervention can create favorable political outcomes abroad has led to sixteen years of chaos and destruction, with no clear benefit to American security. In approving these deals the Trump administration will ensure that the United States remains firmly stuck in the quagmire. Trevor Thrall is a senior fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and associate professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. -- 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.