As hard as it is to believe, the politics of the war in Syria has gotten even more dysfunctional. Vice President Joe Biden has now apologized both to the leader of Turkey and United Arab Emirates after correctly stating – publicly – that the two nations bare considerable responsibility for the jihadists operating in Syria. [...]
|By: DSWright Monday October 6, 2014 12:35 pm|
|By: DSWright Friday September 26, 2014 1:50 pm|
Try to act surprised. A familiar cast of characters has been caught writing stories at the behest of lobbyists for foreign governments. According to The Intercept, the government of the United Arab Emirates has been using American so-called journalists to vilify a rival gulf state, Qatar. By planting stories in US media publications UAE hopes to distance US policymakers and the public from its gulf state rival.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 24, 2014 3:15 pm|
Saturday night at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, art lovers experienced an intervention action designed to highlight the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates. A franchise of the New York’s Guggenheim, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, is under construction on the man-made resort island
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday December 23, 2013 3:16 pm|
No joke. A parody video in the UAE can get you in serious trouble. Shezanne Cassim has been sentenced for a year in jail and faces fines of over $2,700 because of a satirical video he posted on YouTube poking very gentle fun at gangster culture in the Dubai, UAE neighborhood of Satwa.
|By: Barry Lando Sunday July 14, 2013 4:00 pm|
There is something almost obscene about the announcement out of Washington that the U.S. is going ahead with plans to deliver more sophisticated military equipment to Egypt, despite the military coup that overthrew President Mohammed Morsi.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 24, 2013 11:15 am|
In June 15, 2010, The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill reported that “sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince” had claimed that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm” was “planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”
Scahill noted, “The Nation learned of Prince’s alleged plans to move to the UAE from three separate sources. One Blackwater source told The Nation that Prince intends to sell his company quickly, saying the ‘sale is going to be a fast move within a couple of months.’”
|By: emptywheel Wednesday June 8, 2011 3:01 pm|
Saudi Arabia’s efforts to get OPEC to raise production has foundered on opposition, mostly from those on the other side of the fight for hegemony of the Middle East and the world, starting with Iran. The vote came down to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and UAE against Iran, Iraq (!), Libya, Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
|By: emptywheel Sunday May 15, 2011 7:40 am|
Erik Prince’s latest scam–to hide from the trial lawyers–involves using retired US servicemen to train Colombian mercenaries to “defend” the United Arab Emirates.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 8, 2011 4:48 pm|
Friday has been a typically major day for protests around the Arab world, so let’s take a look at what went on today.
|By: Jeff Kaye Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:20 pm|
The U.S. military and industrial alliances can’t be made to bother themselves with Sheikh Issa’s self-made how-to tape on torture and mayhem, nor the fact that their erstwhile allies can get away with horrific crimes. Should justice stand in the way of the billions of dollars in profits to be made? I only ask one thing: Watch the tapes, and consider how far down you, as a citizen of the United States, really wish this country to fall.