Stopping the War for Tripoli

by International Crisis Group Almost two months have passed since Libyan National Army (LNA) forces commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar marched on Tripoli from their base in eastern Libya in an attempt to seize the capital. They expected a swift victory, banking on the belief that key units in the Tripoli area would remain … Continue reading “Stopping the War for Tripoli”

Western Media Parrot Flawed Narrative on UAE Fujairah “Sabotage”. Iran Taking the Blame

The May 12 explosions off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates–one of the oil-shipping hubs across the globe–has become a controversy shrouded in mystery that could serve the interests of those seeking escalated tensions in Iran relations. With details … The post Western Media Parrot Flawed Narrative on UAE Fujairah “Sabotage”. Iran Taking the … Continue reading “Western Media Parrot Flawed Narrative on UAE Fujairah “Sabotage”. Iran Taking the Blame”

Bolton Claims US Has ‘Deep, Serious’ Intel on ‘Iran Regime Threat’ – Reports

Bolton claimed that Washington has “deep and serious” intelligence on the threat posed by Iran but declined to provide any details. On 12 May, four oil tankers, including two Saudi vessels and a UAE-flagged ship, were targeted by a mysterious attack near the UAE’s exclusive economic zone. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the sabotage, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed … Continue reading “Bolton Claims US Has ‘Deep, Serious’ Intel on ‘Iran Regime Threat’ – Reports”

Libya and the Outsiders: Games of Power

by Federica Saini Fasanotti When the Qadhafi regime fell in 2011, centralized power quickly dissipated and Libya fell into chaos. A wide range of armed groups asserted control over large swaths of territory in the oil-rich nation without any effective central authority strong enough to dominate the entire country. Since then, Libya has become a … Continue reading “Libya and the Outsiders: Games of Power”

UK Government inspectors describe Sharjah English School as outstanding

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, -Thursday 23 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] Sharjah English School, a not-for-profit school, has received a glowing report from a team assigned to inspect accredited British schools overseas (BSO) by the UK Department for Education. The BSO report characterised SES as “an outstanding school”, stating that “it is very effective … Continue reading “UK Government inspectors describe Sharjah English School as outstanding”

The Trump Administration Is Declaring a Fake Emergency to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration chose the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend to invoke an obscure state-of-emergency provision that would allow it to sell billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without giving Congress a chance to block the sale. A Democratic congressional source told The Intercept on Friday that the … Continue reading “The Trump Administration Is Declaring a Fake Emergency to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia”

A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations

by James M. Dorsey Results of a recent annual survey of Arab youth concerns about their future suggest that Arab autocracies have yet to deliver expected public services and goods, explain autocratic efforts to promote nationalism, and indicate that jobs and social freedoms are more important than political rights. The survey provides insights that should … Continue reading “A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations”

Trump’s “Emergency” Sale to Saudi Arabia Must Not Stand

by William D. Hartung Congressional opposition to U.S. support for the brutal Saudi/UAE war in Yemen has been growing in the past few years. It has underpinned the work of a network of peace, human rights, and humanitarian aid groups who are moved to end what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst … Continue reading “Trump’s “Emergency” Sale to Saudi Arabia Must Not Stand”

Senator Schumer’s Divine Mission

Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled “God and U.S. Foreign Policy.” The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it. … Continue reading “Senator Schumer’s Divine Mission”

THINKLIGHT forum: A top lineup of speakers assembled from the lighting community

May 23, 2019 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition will once again welcome fairgoers to its renowned THINKLIGHT event programme. This year the organisers have invited some of the leading figures from the lighting community to contribute to the programme through a lineup of talks, presentations and panel discussions. The concurrent event programme promises to be an … Continue reading “THINKLIGHT forum: A top lineup of speakers assembled from the lighting community”

US Defense Industry Is Spending Millions on Lobbying so It Can Keep Helping Saudis Bomb Yemeni Civilians

A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good … Continue reading “US Defense Industry Is Spending Millions on Lobbying so It Can Keep Helping Saudis Bomb Yemeni Civilians”

Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War

by Mark Perry America’s 18-year war on terrorism just got complicated—or, perhaps, it just got more complicated. At the center of the complication is the tiny state of Qatar, the Persian Gulf emirate that hosts the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, U.S. Central Command’s forward headquarters for the region and home of the Air Force’s 379th … Continue reading “Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War”

Lessons from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident

by Paul R. Pillar Disturbing similarities between the run-up to the Iraq War of 2003 and the Trump administration’s bellicosity toward Iran keep accumulating. They include war-selling rhetoric seemingly derived from the same script. But in some respects, the more striking parallel to the present occurred over half a century ago, beyond the living memory … Continue reading “Lessons from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident”

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes

Photograph Source: Technical Sergeant John L. Houghton, Jr., United States Air Force – Public Domain In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large … Continue reading “Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes”

Dubai’s Holiday Home Market Is Ahead of the Curve

Outpacing other global cities in quality and services Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Monday 20 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] The holiday home market is heating up in Dubai, with significant growth driven by the increasing influx of foreign and Arab tourists opting for the high level of service that the emirate provides in this sector. … Continue reading “Dubai’s Holiday Home Market Is Ahead of the Curve”

From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf

Photograph Source: U.S. Navy sailor aboard USS Maddox – Public Domain Beijing. The number of world wars should bury the argument that history does not repeat itself. But the detail is different, and the devil is in the detail. Iran. Can warmongers again offer the arguments of weapons of mass destruction? No. The Iraq playbook … Continue reading “From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf”

Offensive des Houthis du Yémen contre des objectifs saoudiens, émiratis

Les Houthis du Yémen ont annoncé dimanche que les frappes contre des installations de la compagnie pétrolière saoudienne Saudi Aramco mardi dernier étaient le début d’une campagne contre 300 cibles militaires, a annoncé dimanche l’agence de presse Saba contrôlée par le groupe chiite. Les cibles comprennent des quartiers généraux et des sites militaires vitaux aux … Continue reading “Offensive des Houthis du Yémen contre des objectifs saoudiens, émiratis”

Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report

London, May 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Western nations such as US, China and emerging military powers such as India and Turkey are projecting their military might throughout East Africa rather than the interest of the region, a new report says. The study carried out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) noted that some of these … Continue reading “Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report”

Fakih IVF Rolls Out Community Outreach Projects during Month of Ramadan

Offers huge discounts on IVF treatment packages Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] In their effort to give back to the community, Fakih IVF Fertility Center organized an “Iftar Meal Distribution,” distributing meals to workers across the community. Through this initiative Fakih IVF handed out approximately 1000 meals to workers … Continue reading “Fakih IVF Rolls Out Community Outreach Projects during Month of Ramadan”

During Ramadan, Al Zahia Families Give Back to the Community’s Service Providers

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] Celebrating the and caring during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Al Zahia partnered with families at Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination to express their appreciation to the community’s service providers for their exceptional work. The families prepared a home-cooked Iftar buffet that was enjoyed with … Continue reading “During Ramadan, Al Zahia Families Give Back to the Community’s Service Providers”

AURAK is Wyoming Bound

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates-Sunday 19 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Department of International Programs and Partnerships (DIPP) hosted a two-day committee visit for a University of Wyoming (UW) delegation to speculate on the possibility of cultivating a student and faculty exchange program. The delegation consisted … Continue reading “AURAK is Wyoming Bound”

Understanding the Effects of Fasting to the Body can Help Motorists Manage their Driving Behavior Better during Ramadan

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, -Thursday 16 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] The second week of the Road Safety Awareness Campaign, carrying the hashtag #HappyNotHastyRamadan, focuses on making motorists aware and understand the effects of fasting to the body during Ramadan so that they can overcome the challenges of driving. The Holy Month of Ramadan … Continue reading “Understanding the Effects of Fasting to the Body can Help Motorists Manage their Driving Behavior Better during Ramadan”

How to Lobby Washington to Death

by Mashal Hashem and James Allen A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into … Continue reading “How to Lobby Washington to Death”

Russia and the Iran Crisis

by Mark N. Katz As tensions ratchet up between Washington and Tehran, Moscow has adopted a more measured approach. Putin, along with many of Washington’s Western allies, has criticized the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement reached during the Obama years. Moscow also joined with the other signatories—the UK, … Continue reading “Russia and the Iran Crisis”

France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document

Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country’s involvement in the Yemen conflict. Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate … Continue reading “France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document”

Iran Notes

“Boys go to Baghdad, but real men go to Tehran” – Bush official, 2003 Gibbon in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Romans, “They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.” West Asia, the Middle East … Continue reading “Iran Notes”

Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants

Isn’t it obvious? A moronic president with no firm principles other than the preservation of his base’s support chose as his third national security advisor the notorious John Bolton. Bolton is using his position to try to guide the supposedly isolationist president into more wars of imperialist aggression. He is the Wormtongue in Trump’s court, … Continue reading “Bolton and the Road to the War He Wants”

Modern Merchants of Death: the NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went.  The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s.  Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, … Continue reading “Modern Merchants of Death: the NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights”

‘Iran Behaviour’ Led to ‘Difficult Situation’ After Alleged Ship Attacks – UAE

“We need to emphasise caution and good judgment. It is easy to throw accusations but it is a difficult situation, there are serious issues and among them is Iranian behaviour”, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said, expressing concern about Iran’s missiles and regional policy. It is easy to throw accusations, but it is a difficult situation, there are serious issues and … Continue reading “‘Iran Behaviour’ Led to ‘Difficult Situation’ After Alleged Ship Attacks – UAE”

Ces mosquées françaises qui cèdent aux sirènes émiraties

Sous l’impulsion de Mohamed ben Zayed, prince héritier des Emirats, Mohamed Nouaymi, ministre chargé du Conseil National des Minorités Musulmanes, s’intéresse de très près à l’organisation de l’Islam en France. Le Ramadan est la période où les grandes mosquées rivalisent dans l’organisation de l’ Iftar, la rupture collective du jeûne. Chaque recteur cherche à montrer … Continue reading “Ces mosquées françaises qui cèdent aux sirènes émiraties”

Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course

by International Crisis Group A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy. It is urgent that cooler heads prevail – in European capitals as in Tehran and Washington – to head off the threat of a disastrous war. For the past year, … Continue reading “Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course”

It’s Time to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

by William D. Hartung The Senate’s failure to override President Trump’s veto of its effort to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen is not the end of the story. A way can and must be found to stop U.S. assistance in refueling, targeting, and other activities that bolster the Saudi/United Arab Emirats (UAE) war effort, … Continue reading “It’s Time to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia”

Bolton in Wonderland

by John Feffer Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press, “As of now, I am in control here, in the White House.” Haig’s statement was … Continue reading “Bolton in Wonderland”

Contrary to Appearances Russia Doesn’t Much Like Libya’s Shifty General Haftar

Haftar is merely using the spectre of working with Russians to pressure westerners into backing him instead Russian President Vladimir Putin recently put Russia in the spotlight in Libya by first holding a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Summit in Beijing and later discussing Libya with Turkish President Recep … Continue reading “Contrary to Appearances Russia Doesn’t Much Like Libya’s Shifty General Haftar”

Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran

Photograph Source: rockcohen – CC BY-SA 2.0 Brexiteers in Britain are denouncing the EU as an all-powerful behemoth from whose clutches Britain must escape, just as the organisation is demonstrating its failure to become more than a second-rate world power. The EU’s real status – well behind the US, Russia and China – has just … Continue reading “Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran”

Newspaper of Wreckage

by Derek Davison The New York Times is often called the “newspaper of record,” which is supposed to sound very authoritative. But when you consider its performance in obfuscating, overhyping, under-investigating, and/or outright lying the United States into war, maybe “newspaper of wreckage” makes more sense. From Iraq to Libya to Syria and now maybe … Continue reading “Newspaper of Wreckage”

First IVF Baby Born At EVE Fertility Center

The girl was delivered during the patient’s first IVF attempt Sharjah, United Arab Emirates-Tuesday 14 May 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] Doctors at Eve Fertility Center, One of NMC Healthcare Centers in Sharjah, successfully delivered their first baby girl since the clinic’s opening in February earlier this year.  Battling infertility for three years, a twenty-six … Continue reading “First IVF Baby Born At EVE Fertility Center”

How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power

Finding oneself in the crosshairs of a military drone is, for most people, not the most comforting situation. Yet at an air show last fall, tens of thousands of people had a different reaction. A military drone took off from a runway, and moments later it began transmitting its view to a giant screen on … Continue reading “How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power”

The Mysterious “Sabotage” of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump’s Escalating Conflict With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail – but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action. Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, … Continue reading “The Mysterious “Sabotage” of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump’s Escalating Conflict With Iran”

Did a Third Party Hit Saudi Tankers to Push America to War With Iran?

Editor’s Note: Britain’s reaction has been to says the incident highlights the danger of “a conflict happening by accident” between the US and Iran. However if ships are damaged by mines that is no accident. Video has emerged showing damage to the Norwegian-flagged oil tanker Andrea Victory following a purported “sabotage” attack on multiple oil tankers off the coast of … Continue reading “Did a Third Party Hit Saudi Tankers to Push America to War With Iran?”

Magnier: Iran Sabotaged Saudi Tankers to Send US a Message — Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

On the 11thof January 2007, US forces raided the Iranian Liaison Office in Erbil, capturing several “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps” (IRGC) officers. Nine days later, a commando led by a Hezbollah officer and Iraqi resistance members of the Moqtada al-Sadr group (Asaeb Ahl al-Haq) carried out an audacious attack in daylight in Karbala province, driving … Continue reading “Magnier: Iran Sabotaged Saudi Tankers to Send US a Message — Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew”

ECA signs $28 million contract to renovate historic Africa Hall

London, May 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has signed a contract with three companies for the multi-million dollar works to revamp the historic Africa Hall. The contract value is $ 28 million. The signing with contractor Africa Hall Projects FZE marks a paramount milestone of this iconic project. The contract for the … Continue reading “ECA signs $28 million contract to renovate historic Africa Hall”

A Persian Gulf of Tonkin?

Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and a Norwegian ship were damaged over the weekend near the Persian Gulf in what Saudi Arabia claimed Monday was an “act of sabotage,” further heightening regional tensions with Iran. There was no immediate indication as to who may have been responsible or why the damage was inflicted, but the … Continue reading “A Persian Gulf of Tonkin?”

Saudi Oil Tanker ‘Sabotage’ Is a Dangerous Moment in US-Iran Tensions, by Patrick Cockburn

Saudi Arabia’s claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail – but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action. Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the…

Power Struggle over Socotra  

by Giorgio Cafiero Throughout the Yemeni civil war, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been nominal allies. Yet relations between the two have been, to say the least, tense due to conflicting visions for the future of Yemen once the dust settles. The UAE supports southern separatists in Yemen … Continue reading “Power Struggle over Socotra  “

Iran Debates Trump’s Invite

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As expected, Trump’s offer of talks with Iran on May 8 has generated a lively debate in Iran. As of this writing, neither Supreme Leader Khamenei nor President Hassan Rouhani has made any public comments, perhaps because they have not taken Trump’s offer as serious or warranting a response. But other … Continue reading “Iran Debates Trump’s Invite”

Arctech Solar Inks Supply Deal for Landmark 125MW Solar Power Plant in Oman

May 12, 2019 SHANGHAI, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Arctech Solar, a leading solar tracking and racking system provider, announced that it will supply 125 megawatt (MW) solar trackers to a solar power plant in Oman, Middle East. Located in the southern city of Amin, the plant will be commissioned by the end of 2019 … Continue reading “Arctech Solar Inks Supply Deal for Landmark 125MW Solar Power Plant in Oman”

PitStopArabia.com Attracts Mitsubishi Corporation as a Strategic Investor

May 13, 2019 Picture:  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PitStopArabia.com, the leading online tyre retailer in UAE, announced today the completion of investment with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC). MC now becomes a strategic partner and a shareholder in the company. The investment is a significant milestone for PitStopArabia.com and is aimed at bolstering their market leadership and … Continue reading “PitStopArabia.com Attracts Mitsubishi Corporation as a Strategic Investor”