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Immigrant Views of Dubai, the ‘World’s Fastest Growing City’

The city has a dark underbelly that includes harsh treatment of its immigrant labor force and an intolerance for criticism.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Norwegian Woman Who Reported Rape ‘Pardoned’ by Dubai Ruler

A Norwegian woman who was sentenced to prison in Dubai after she reported to police that she had been raped while on a business trip there this spring has been freed.

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Obama: ‘Two Suspicious Packages’ Caught En Route to U.S.

On Friday, President Obama announced that he’d been told Thursday night about two suspicious packages heading to the U.S. from Yemen that turned out to contain explosives and represented a terrorist threat.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘SATC 2’ Review: Marking the ‘Misogynistic, Borderline Racist’ End of an Era

The early word is out on the second “Sex and the City” movie, and according to at least one former-fan-turned-reviewer, the franchise has officially gone to Hades in a Birkin bag, taking what she believes was once a series with a warm heart beating under all those ... (continued)

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Britain Blocks Mossad Replacement Over Passport Theft

The United Kingdom will not allow an official representative of Israel’s security services into the country, according to an Israeli report, until Israel promises, in writing, not to abuse British passports. Israel has so far refused, the report said.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE


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On the Fizzled Times Square Bombing Attempt

A smoking Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosive items set New York law enforcement officials on the trail of the alleged Times Square bomber on Saturday, and by Tuesday a self-described lone plotter by the name of Faisal Shahzad had emerged as the sole suspect.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Dubai Says No to ‘Sex’

Maybe Dubai is onto something. Sarah Jessica Parker had hoped to give “Sex and the City 2” a different kind of cosmopolitan twist by setting the girlie gabfest in the Middle Eastern metropolis, but despite months of concerted effort the Arab emirate wasn’t, as they say, having it.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Dubai Ruler's Media Office

Britain Boots Israeli Diplomat Over Fake Passport Scandal

An Israeli diplomat is packing his bags and leaving the United Kingdom in the wake of the forged-passport scandal that allowed a group of assassins to carry out their hit on a top Hamas official in Dubai two months ago.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Dubai Ruler's Media Office

Dubai Accuses Israel of Forging Passports

Dubai’s Police Chief Dahi Khalfan had some fighting words for Israel on Tuesday, accusing the Israeli government of forging passports used by a hit squad of 27 suspects in the January murder of Hamas leader Mahmud al-Mabhuh, who Dubai police believe was killed by members of the Mossad.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Implicated in Hamas Leader’s Death

With “99 percent, if not 100 percent” certainty, Dubai police believe that the death of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month came at the hands of a hit squad from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE


Talking With the Taliban

News coming out of Afghanistan claims that a United Nations envoy has held secret talks in Dubai with Taliban leaders to discuss peace terms. If confirmed, the meeting would be the first ever between the U.N. and senior Taliban members.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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World’s Tallest Tower Opens in Dubai

It was going to be known as the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower), but given Dubai’s recent economic woes and given that its UAE neighbor, Abu Dhabi, came to the rescue with $10 billion last month, it’s both a fitting tribute and a sign of the times that the world’s tallest building is now called the Burj Khalifa in honor of Abu Dhabi’s leader.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


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India May Hold the Whip Hand in Dubai Power Game

There are two basic truths about Dubai which, predictably, have not found their way into market speculation or newspaper analysis. The first is that Dubai may soon find itself a satellite not of its Abu Dhabi capital but of India.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Global Markets Hit by Dubai’s Debt Crisis

Dubai’s debt issues caused trouble in other parts of the world Friday. Stock markets from Europe to Asia to the U.S. registered the effects of the city-state’s announcement that it would need to put off paying back $60 billion in debt incurred from investments, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Recipe for Disaster in the Middle East

Gas may be cheap again, but the bursting of the petro bubble has sent unemployment soaring to 40 percent among Middle Easterners 15 to 24 years old, stirring unrest. Dubai’s airport parking lots are littered with abandoned cars as foreign nationals flee. Egypt, with half a million newly unemployed headed home from abroad, could see a repeat of last year’s bloody economic riots.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE



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The Banality of Greed

War profiteering is hardly a new phenomenon, but it’s happening on unprecedented levels in Iraq, thanks to hefty contracts between the U.S. government and companies like Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR.  KBR’s bookkeeping has recently come under scrutiny as American taxpayers continue to subsidize its wartime projects.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Iran Vie for Gulf Allies

The Gulf nations of the Mideast have long been allies of the U.S. and Vice President Dick Cheney has been dispatched to make sure that doesn’t change, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also visiting the region in an attempt to win over disgruntled governments. Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst, sums up how the Gulf is handling all the attention: “We have a deep mistrust of both sides.”

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Halliburton Relocates to Dubai

Oil giant Halliburton has decided to move its headquarters to the United Arab Emirates in order to better exploit Mideast opportunities. The controversial company has had much success in the region, with no-bid contracts in Iraq helping it pull in $22.6 billion in global revenues in 2006.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Dubai Firm Backs Out of Ports Deal

The UAE-owned company dropped its bid to control six major U.S. ports. A United States-owned company will instead take possession.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


Dubai May Partner With U.S. Firm—Halliburton’s Name Pops Up

It’s little more than an unconfirmed report in the N.Y. Daily News right now, but the White House is said to be pushing the UAE company to partner with a U.S. firm to ease the acquisition of those six major U.S. ports. The candidate best equipped for the job: Dick Cheney’s old company.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


No Iraq Trip for Rep. Who Opposed Bush on Ports

The prominent opposition of Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) to Bush’s Dubai Ports deal may have earned him some punishment from the White House: The Pentagon isn’t providing him a plane for his planned delegation to Iraq.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Ports Deal to Close by Monday?

A Bush official claims that the Dubai ports deal will close Friday or Monday, despite a 45-day review by the U.S. government.
Uhhh, can anyone help us figure this one out? It seems ludicrous, but then again, so was Bush’s immediate response to Sept. 11.

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton Advised UAE on Ports Deal

The spinmeister in chief gave the Arab country advice on how to allay concerns about its pending takeover of major U.S. ports. (Clinton did this at the same time his wife was railing against the deal—just in case anyone mistakenly assumes that the N.Y. senator takes all her cues from the ex-prez.)

Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


Al Qaeda in 2002: We Infiltrated UAE

The terrorist organization wrote that it had infiltrated the United Arab Emirates government four years ago, and that the emirates were “well aware” of the infiltration. This is the country that is angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. (Hat tip: Think Progress and Scripps Howard, which broke the news.)

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


Port Deal Never Probed for Terror Ties

A Republican lawmaker tells CNN that the Homeland Security Dept. never investigated whether the UAE company slotted to take control over major U.S. ports had any connection to Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Ken Catalino

Dubai: Great Theater

It’s the season’s big hit, a zany farce with pompous officials in the Bush administration and their hysterical courtiers in the mass media asserting positions that are patently absurd but hilarious to watch.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


34%

In the last 30 years, only a Watergate-stained Nixon had a worse approval rating than Bush’s current level of 34%.
Of course, CBS’ polling methodology has its critics on the right.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


Coast Guard Had Security Qualms on Port Deal

The Coast Guard warned weeks ago that it couldn’t be sure that the UAE wasn’t supporting terrorists. The disclosure came during Monday’s hearings about the Arab country’s attempts to take over control of major U.S. ports. Check out the unclassified Coast Guard document.
Wanna know why 64% of people disapprove of this deal? Consider how much time and energy Bush & Co. have spent scaring the American public with “what if” scenarios about Arab threats (see: Saddam).

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


The GOP Shell Game

With the Bush administration, it’s important to have in mind the old carnival con game: Keep your eye on the shell with the pea under it.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


McCain: Port Sale Overblown Since UAE is Freer Than Chinaђ

Note to the Arizona senator: it’s not saying much to claim that a country is “freer than China.” As ThinkProgress reckons it, only about seven countries in the world are less free than China.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


UAE Gave $100 Million for Katrina Relief

The country seeking control over six U.S. ports donated nearly four times the total of all other countries combined. The State Department denies there’s a connection between the gift and the pending port deal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2006 READ MORE


Armed Cheney to Guard Ports

Attempting to defuse the controversy over the decision to place the operation of several key American ports in the hands of a company based in Dubai, Vice President Dick Cheney said today that he would personally patrol those ports with a 28-gauge shotgun.

Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


It’s the Corporation, Stupid

Regarding the UAE port deal: The people running this country are perfectly willing to outsource American jobs, wages, and health and safety standards for the sake of free trade. Why would it surprise us that national security is ditto?

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


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Alternative Perspectives on the Port Deal

With both Republicans and Democrats attacking the White House over its proposed port deal with the United Arab Emirates, it’s worth noting that many people feel that the issue of port ownership is either irrelevant to national security (in the New York Times), symptomatic of xenophobic rage (Andrew Sullivan) or just plain opportunistic politics (Think Progress).

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld’s ‘Golly Gee’ Stance on Port Sale Draws Skepticism

The secretary of defense claims he didn’t know about the pending sale of six major U.S. ports to a United Arab Emirates company, even though, as ThinkProgress points out, he sat on a board that approved the sale.
Meanwhile, the president vows to veto any blockage of the sale, setting up a showdown with Republicans and Democrats.
Confused about the issue? The Moderate Voice has a good primer.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


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From CNN via ThinkProgress

Chertoff Goes Mum on Portgate

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on the proposed deal to cede control of six U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates: “The discussions are classified. I can’t get into the specifics here.”
Truthdig doesn’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of port ownership logistics, but we are troubled by Think Progress’ revelation that a country linked with international terrorism is going to have dominion over 40% of the U.S. cargo bound for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Committee Head Wary of Arab Control Over U.S. Ports

With a company owned by the United Arab Emirates set to take control over six U.S. ports, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the White House to reconsider approval of a sale.
It was news to us at Truthdig that a foreign power could even do such a thing in the first place.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


Army Gives ‘Hearts and Minds’ Another Go

New commander plans to emphasize improving Iraqis’ quality of life, rather than fighting insurgents. | story
Presidential advisor Karen Hughes’ disastrous “listening tour” across the region last year proved that this is a tough sell, to put it mildly.

Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


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