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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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Egypt Coup Earns $8 Billion Reward From Neighboring States

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have given Egypt $8 billion in cash, loans and fuel since military leaders arrested President Mohamed Morsi and shot dead dozens of his supporters.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Saving the Euro Might Mean a United States of Europe

European leaders are drawing up a solution to the EU’s fiscal crisis that would hand sovereignty over the budgets and fiscal policies of eurozone states to Germany in return for the pooling of national debt and banking liabilities. Brussels, France, Spain and Germany all support a federalized eurozone.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Blackwater Founder Builds Secret Army for UAE

Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (now Xe Services), the world’s most notorious private military contractor, is discreetly training an 800-man army capable of defending infrastructure, suppressing rebellions and battling regional state enemies for the UAE. (more)

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE


Nuclear Posture Review [A Cartoon From the UAE]

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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


Congress Declares War on Ports Deal

The House committee votes 62-2 to block the White House from allowing the UAE to acquire six major U.S. ports.
At the same time, however, Senate Republicans handed the president a victory by approving a plan to allow Bush to spy without warrants.
The New York Times says “rebellion” is in the air, but that’s mostly because of the ports. The spying program, although under some Senate control, is basically a win for Bush.

Posted on Mar 8, 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


Warnings on Terrorist Infiltration of UAE Never Addressed

We learned last week that the Coast Guard had warned of terrorist infiltration of the UAE, the country angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. The White House assured us that those warnings had been addressed. Now Sens. Collins and Lieberman are charging in a sharply worded letter that the warnings were never addressed.
How many more lies will emerge from the murky depths of this port-deal fiasco?

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.

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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


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


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


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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