Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar row   

By Tom Miles

GENEVA (Reuters) - Bahrain told a WTO meeting on Friday trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were justified on national security grounds, a trade official who attended the meeting said.

Speaking on behalf of all three countries, Bahrain's representative told the WTO's Goods Council the measures were "in accordance with Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade", which allows the usual rules to be broken for national security reasons, the official said.

Reuters could not immediately find any precedent in the WTO's 22-year history of a country explicitly and formally citing the "national security exemption" to pre-empt a potential trade dispute.

Some trade experts say that using national security as a defence risks weakening the WTO by removing the taboo and enabling countries to escape international trade obligations.

On Thursday the head of Qatar's WTO office told Reuters that his country was exploring all legal avenues to challenge the "blockade", including a complaint to the WTO.

He said that a national security defence could be challenged on the grounds of necessity and proportionality.

The feud erupted this month when Qatar's three Gulf neighbours, together with Egypt, severed diplomatic and travel links with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism and regional foe Iran. Qatar denies the accusations.

Qatar, which had asked for the issue to be discussed at the Council on Trade in Goods, following a similar debate at the Council on Trade in Services earlier this month, said the restrictions affected commercially important sectors such as aluminium.

The UAE's representative said there were treaties against the funding of activities that threaten other countries' national security, and warned against the WTO intervening in the matter, the official who attended the meeting said.

Egypt's representative also said the measures fell under "exceptional circumstances" and were therefore consistent with WTO rules.

A U.S. trade diplomat said that all parties should remain open to negotiations, the trade official said, and that the United States would not get ahead of current diplomatic discussions and would continue to support the mediation efforts of the Emir of Kuwait.

Turkey's representative at the meeting said Turkey hoped for a quick resolution, emphasising "hundreds years of fraternal and strong ties" among the countries involved.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Ralph Boulton)


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          Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday   

Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday

Date: June 30, 2017

Many women achieve greatness, but few become “Immortal.” Assia Djebar was the first woman from the Maghreb to be given the "Immortal" title, as a member of the Académie Française.

Born Fatima-Zohra Imalayene on this date in 1936, the Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker used the pen name Assia Djebar. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to the country’s top literary university, the Ecole Normale Superieure. Djebar published her first book at 21; by the time she was 30, she had written 4 novels in French. She quickly became one of North Africa's most influential writers.

A feminist, Djebar wrote about women's independence and encouraged Algerian women to forge their own paths and find their unique voices. She believed that education was the key to giving women a voice in society, and in 1962 began teaching history at the University of Algiers. Her work inspired many women to express themselves freely.

Today’s Doodle reflects a scene from the first chapter of Djebar’s novel Fantasia, in which she explores the history of Algeria through her experiences as a young girl.  

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          Bizarre Tanker Cooperation Prompts Questions If Qatar, Saudi Feud Is Staged   

Either the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies (recall the Saudi ultimatum expires on July 3) and the whole Qatar "crisis" is the most staged and produced diplomatic stunt since last summer's Turkish "coup", or for some unknown reason, the worse the diplomatic relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia get, the more they cooperate in the only industry that matters for Saudi Arabia.

According to a Bloomberg report, even as Saudi Arabia leads three other Arab nations in accusing Qatar of links to terror groups and being too close to Iran, one thing has become increasingly clear in the oil market: tensions have yet to reach a point where the world’s biggest crude exporter is disrupting its tiny neighbor’s shipments. Specifically, despite the sudden feud, Qatar has maintained longstanding practice of loading crude onto tankers with Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. tracking of tankers compiled by Bloomberg shows.

The number of tankers that are filling with Qatari crude along with that of Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates has actually increased since tensions escalated on June 5, according to Bloomberg calculations. The three countries’ joint loadings of crude remain largely unaffected since the dispute that broke out June 5. Since then, 17 tankers have loaded crude in Qatar and either Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E., or both. There were 16 over an equal period before June 5.

The full details:

  • Co- loadings where a tanker collects barrels from Qatar as well as Saudi Arabia and/or the U.A.E. have actually risen slightly since June 5, when the diplomatic dispute escalated
  • 17 tankers co-loaded in the 25 days since then
  • 16 tankers co-loaded in the 25 days prior
  • Percentage of vessels that co-loaded in Qatar and only Saudi Arabia rose, from 50% before dispute began to 59% since
  • Percentage of vessels that co-loaded in Qatar and only U.A.E. slipped from 25% before dispute to 23.5% after

The full table of co-loadings is shown below, courtesy of Bloomberg data:

As Bloomberg adds, since the June 5 diplomatic crisis, vessels including the Apollo Dream, DHT Redwood and Maran Carina have co-loaded in Qatar and both Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Others, like the DHT Falcon, have loaded in only Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while tankers including the Takamine, have taken on crude in U.A.E. and Qatar.

While relations between Qatar and its nearest Persian Gulf neighbors have frayed, shared oil trade with Kuwait, which isn’t part of the dispute, has actually intensified. In the 25 days leading up to the dispute, four tankers co-loaded in Qatar and Kuwait. Since June 5, that number has more than doubled, to nine.

One explanation, proposed by Bloomberg, is that this is simply "pragmatism":

The ability to cooperate in the tanker market despite diplomatic ties being cut shows how pragmatism often wins out over politics when it comes to the energy market. Were Saudi Arabia to block shared loadings, the kingdom would have created a logistical challenge for its own clients, forcing them to reorganize dozens of cargoes. Such disruptions can also reduce vessel supply and drive up freight costs.

Of course, the flip side is that by not halting co-loadings it makes the Qatari blockade appear like just another paper tiger.

While relations between Qatar and its nearest Persian Gulf neighbors have frayed, shared oil trade with Kuwait, which isn’t part of the dispute, has actually intensified. In the 25 days leading up to the dispute, four tankers co-loaded in Qatar and Kuwait. Since June 5, that number has more than doubled, to nine.

“We’ve seen an easing of the initial uncertainty in the market about the scale of the disruption that would be felt on co-loadings,” Richard Mallinson, a geopolitical analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London, said by phone. Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. may be hesitant to take any steps that could harm their reputations in the eyes of international buyers, he said.

Alternatively, if the Qatar "crisis" is nothing more than just one global spectacle for media and popular consumption meant to scapegoat Qatar for "funding terrorism", something Saudi Arabia is far more guilty of, expect to see co-loading collapse now that Saudi Arabia discovers that its "bizarre" cooperation has been exposed, prompting its allies to ask just what is going on.


          Fox in the Hen House: Allowing Terrorists to Re-enter Prisons   

Recent articles by the IPT and other news organizations have addressed the growing concerns regarding the upcoming release of over a hundred inmates convicted of terrorism related crimes. Experts have spoken on the lack of a bona fide strategy that will address the unique security issues presented when a terrorist is released. The need for post release specialized supervision programs is clear.

The one idea that should not be on the table is to allow them to re-enter prisons to speak with inmates as a religious volunteer. Yet this is exactly what has happened in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) for the last two years.

Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam, is an employee of the Muslim Chaplain Services of Virginia. He is licensed in the state as an Islamic clergyman authorized to perform marriages and other religious ceremonies. He has been issued a statewide pass to enter any VADOC facility and speak with inmates. He is currently teaching a class in Arabic for inmates. He is also an ex-offender. While that in itself is not unusual, many ex-offenders, in a desire to give back and help others in similar situations, have successfully done so. This particular ex-offender, Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, (FBI # 939113RA3), is quite unique.

Lemmons' criminal history began in a small rural community in upstate New York. His parents had sent him there from Chicago in hopes of protecting him from the scourge of gang violence and drugs. His first arrest occurred when he was a teenager, and for the next two years he amassed charges ranging from DUI to Burglary, Assault, and finally, Robbery. The last charge resulted in his being sentenced to a term of 2-4 years in a New York State prison. Upon his entrance to a Reception and Classification facility in April of 1996, he declared his religion as Christian. A few months later, after meeting with several inmates of Middle Eastern descent, one, a former Colonel in the Yemeni army and the other, a member of Hamas, Mr. Lemmons informed his counselor that he was changing his religious affiliation to Islam. Following that development, he began to attend Arabic classes taught by another inmate in the Cayuga Correctional Facility. The inmate teacher's name was Abdel Nasser Zaben.

Abdel Zaben, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1969. He illegally entered the United States in 1990, arrested by the NYPD in 1993 for Kidnapping and Robbery, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Zaben was also the target of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force who had received confidential information that he had sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden and was recruiting disenfranchised inmates to his group for training and to fight in the Jihad. At the time he first met with Edwin Lemmons, Zaben worked as a clerk for the prison's Islamic Chaplain . For the next two years he tutored Lemmons in both Arabic and the Koran. When the time for Lemmons' release from prison drew near, inmate Zaben provided him with names and contact information of individuals in the Middle East who would assist Lemmons in his travel and studies.

Following his release, in the fall of 1998, Lemmons had his parole supervision transferred to Florida, and enrolled in the Islamic Center of Gainesville. In March 2000, Lemmons made his first trip overseas to the Middle East. Upon his return from Jordan through New York's JFK Airport and then on to Gainesville, Florida, he approached the president of the Islamic center and asked about fighting in the jihad overseas. The then-president, Mohamed Bahmaid, in an interview with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, stated that he tried to discourage Lemmons from any future overseas travel. Lemmons did not heed his advice. Four months later Lemmons made another trip overseas, this time to Egypt. He stayed for three months and while there, according to a reliable source who knew both Lemmons and Zaben, he received "underground tactical training."

Later, while under surveillance by the JTTF, Lemmons was observed at a firing range in Melbourne, Florida with two other individuals, firing AK 47's and SKS assault rifles. They were practicing tactical maneuvers known as "cover & concealment." In addition, authorities received credible information from a reliable source that described Lemmons as someone with extremist Islamic views similar to that of the Taliban. Lemmons himself admitted to extremist views in a recorded conversation with inmate Abdel Zaben. The majority of Lemmon's conversations with Zaben were in Arabic and required the use of government translators. The translators often remarked as to the skill and scholarly approach to the language that Lemmons had acquired. That development caused concern with investigators in June 2003 when monitoring a conversation between Lemmons and Zaben. Lemmons kept saying over and over to Zaben that he needed to learn how to say "Big Truck" in Arabic. He was fluent in Arabic and knew precisely how to say those words. Why was he repeating the phrase, "Big Truck"? Investigators believed this was a coded message about a possible future attack that Lemmons was to be involved with.

That is why on September 6, 2003, members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Lemmons in the Orlando airport as he returned from yet another trip to the Middle East. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. But this was no ordinary gun case. This was the result of a joint investigation dubbed "Operation Hades" which included investigators from my Office, the NYPD, the NYSP, and the JTTF. The goal of the investigation was to determine the level of Islamic radicalization in the prison system both here and abroad and also to identify and neutralize any radicalizing influences.

Lemmons was only one of the many radicals we uncovered.

As a result of his plea arrangement, he received a sentence of twenty seven months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was released from prison on May 12, 2006. He continued to have contact with Abdel Zaben and other individuals in the Middle East whom he met during his travels. He has never recanted his extremist views.

The question arises as to why the Muslim Chaplains Services of Virginia would hire someone holding such extremist views. Perhaps they were unaware of Lemmons' background, or perhaps they share the same beliefs as Mr. Lemmons. The MCSVA is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 whose stated mission is "to serve incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, and their families." To accomplish that goal, MCSVA has received funding from various organizations including the Islamic Relief (IRUSA), an organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Its former global affiliate and current partner organization Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) was banned from operating in Israel on allegations the charity funneled funds to Hamas. Later the same year, the United Arab Emirates declared IRW to be a terrorist group.

One of the MCSVA board members, Sa'ad El-Amin, pled guilty to Tax Fraud and sentenced to 37 months in a federal prison. Adding to this, MCSVA is now employing an individual who was radicalized in prison and has spoken of fighting and dying for jihad, namely Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam

Allowing an individual with such radical Islamic views to meet, teach, and influence a particularly vulnerable group of society, incarcerated men and women, is in direct opposition to the FBI's Correctional Intelligence Initiative which seeks to detect, deter, and disrupt the level of violent extremism and radicalization in correctional institutions. It specifically speaks of preventing un-vetted religious clergy and volunteers with extremist views from any interaction with inmates. The DOJ Inspector General's Office has also spoken of this security concern. That inmates could be radicalized while incarcerated and then carry out terrorist attacks after release is a very real concern both here and in abroad.

It seems incredulous to me that, in light of the recent terrorist attacks in the UK and other European countries, carried out in part by individuals radicalized in prison, someone with Mr. Lemmons' background would be allowed to reenter a prison, let alone teach inmates.

When notified of Lemmons' well documented criminal activity since his release from a New York State prison, Melissa Welch, the Operations Support Manager for VADOC, whose office oversees religious volunteers, stated that the approval to allow Mr. Lemmons to visit and teach inmates in Virginia was granted by her predecessor in 2015. She went on to say that the agency is in the process of reviewing how Edwin Lemmons slipped through the cracks and what action VADOC will need to take to correct the security error.

Three crucial steps will be necessary to effectively neutralize this egregious security breach. First, Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke should immediately suspend Mr. Lemmons' authorization to enter any correctional facility. Second, an audit/investigation into how religious volunteers are vetted should be conducted, and changes made, to prevent individuals with prior convictions for terror related crimes to gain access to any correctional facility. And thirdly, a list of the names of all the inmates, both in custody or released, who attended any classes or services conducted by Mr. Lemmons should be forwarded to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force that has oversight for the Correctional Intelligence Initiative Program.

Failing to implement these steps will only increase the level of radicalizing influences in the U.S. prison system.

Allowing a fox into the hen house does irreparable harm to all. Allowing a terrorist back into prison will only do the same.

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          DEMOCRATS VS AUTHORITARIANS:   
Corker hold puts Saudi arms deal at risk (Jack Detsch, June 29, 2017, Al Monitor)

On Monday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowing to block future arms sales to Gulf countries pending a resolution to the regional dispute over Qatar. The letter is widely seen as an effort to give Tillerson more leverage as he tries to negotiate an end to the crisis, which began June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Doha over its alleged support for terrorism.


Gotta love the Deep State conspiring against Donald and his Salafi pals.

          Airberlin flights to United Arab Emirates   
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          Bahrain says will emulate UAE in jailing Qatar sympathizers   
The Bahraini regime has announced that it will follow the United Arab Emirates’ suit in jailing anyone expressing sympathy for Qatar over sanctions imposed on the country by other Arab states of the Persian Gulf region. “Any expression of sympathy with the government of Qatar or opposition to the measures taken by the government of ...
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          Revealed, Albion owner Tony Bloom's place among the financial heavyweights of the Premier League   
When Albion welcome Manchester City to the Amex for their Premier League debut on August 12, Tony Bloom will be sat in the directors' box with members of the Chinese Government and the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.
          Motor Sports: 2017 Gulf Challenge   

Mohammed Bin Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, has announced details of the new 2017 Gulf Challenge, initially a five-round off-road rally series. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the headquarters of the ATCUAE in Dubai, today. “The Gulf Challenge is our first step […]

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          Dubai: Towards Happy Cities for Tolerant Citizens   

Dubai: Towards Happy Cities for Tolerant Citizens The United Arab Emirates has become a haven for happiness and decent living, thanks to the wise leadership’s approach for tolerance and amity, said H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman. Sheikh Humaid made the remarks today while opening the 8th […]

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          Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: minister   

Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: ministerDOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar said on Thursday it was working with the United States and Kuwait to respond to a list of demands presented by Arab states who have accused Doha of supporting terrorism, an allegation that ignited a regional crisis between the U.S. allies. The feud erupted on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel links with Qatar, accusing it also of courting regional foe Iran.



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          WideVision adds miVEDiX Mobile Analytics Platform to their IT Product Portfolio   

WideVision, headquartered in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis, joins iVEDiX in a reseller partnership to offer the miVEDiX Analytics Platform. Both IT companies look forward to expanding their product offerings to a new audience of mobile users in the United Arab Emirates and beyond.

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          Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera 'unacceptable': U.N.   

Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera 'unacceptable': U.N.A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its al-Jazeera TV channel is an "unacceptable attack" on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants, then issued an ultimatum, including demands it shut down a Turkish military base in Doha, shutting Al Jazeera and curbing ties with Iran. U.N. High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is "extremely concerned by the demand that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network, as well as other affiliated media outlets", his spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.



          The infant Islamic-bond industry faces a crisis   

DANA GAS, an exploration business listed in Abu Dhabi, seems in a spot of bother. Ten years after sealing a landmark production deal with Iraqi Kurdistan, it is struggling to recover $900m it is owed by the autonomous region and the Egyptian government. So it faces a liquidity squeeze. That is not, however, why it says it wants to restructure $700m-worth of Islamic bonds maturing in October 2017. Rather, it says it has received legal advice that the bonds are no longer compliant with sharia—rules based on Islamic scripture.

The bonds were deemed compliant in 2013, but Dana cites evolution in the “interpretation” of Islamic financial instruments. It is seeking to have them declared invalid in a United Arab Emirates court. Its domestic assets are shielded from creditors under UAE law; it has also obtained injunctions in Britain and the British Virgin Islands protecting it from claims until the case is settled. Hearings are not due to start before December, months after the bond’s next payment-due dates.

Islamic law forbids the generation of money from money—interest. Sukuk, or Islamic bonds, thus differ from their conventional peers. They are backed by assets and instead of lending the issuer money, the holder owns a nominal share of what the cash was spent on and receives an agreed ratio of the profit...


             
Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability in the Horn of Africa
Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Thursday June 29, 2017

A dispute over territory involving the Horn of Africa states of Djibouti and Eritrea was reignited in the aftermath of the withdrawal of Qatari military forces stationed on the border of the countries on June 13.

Doha had served as a mediator in competing claims over Ras Doumeira Mountain and Island on the Red Sea coast near Bab al-Mandab Strait, a strategic shipping lane. Qatari troops were stationed in the area to prevent the potential of a resumption of armed clashes which erupted between Djibouti and Eritrea during June 10-13, 2008.

Qatari military forces serving as peacekeepers pulled out their personnel without any stated reasons. Speculation surrounding the Qatari moves suggests that the burgeoning split among the Gulf monarchies with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain making demands on Doha amid the imposition of an economic embargo, prompted the withdrawal from Ras Doumeira.

Djibouti and the self-declared independent Somaliland are supporting the position of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against Qatar. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia which are also supporting the claims against Qatar have as well called for talks to resolve the differences within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Eritrea, which allows the UAE and Saudi Arabia to utilize its port at Assab for military purposes partly related to the ongoing war in Yemen, has taken a cautious line diplomatically on the confrontation despite being affected by the split in the GCC. Nevertheless, most media accounts indicate that Asmara is siding with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in their differences with Doha.

Seaport facilities and airports in Eritrea have been upgraded to accommodate the continuous bombardments of Yemen by Saudi and UAE warplanes aimed at defeating the Ansurallah movement which the GCC says is supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yemen has been subjected to daily airstrikes and ground operations since March 2015 aimed at driving the Ansurallah (Houthis) from large swaths of territory inside the most impoverished nation in the Middle East.

Qatar has been accused by other GCC states of funding international terrorism, maintaining a Turkish military base on its territory and assisting the foreign policy aims of Tehran. Doha has categorically rejected the allegations and refuses to agree to the conditions called for by Riyadh, the UAE and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain with the support of Egypt on June 23 presented thirteen demands for Qatar to adhere to within ten days. These issues include the closing of Al Jazeera television network, the downgrading of relations with Iran, halting the funding of 59 targeted individuals and 12 entities labelled as terrorists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and ISIS, and the removal of the Turkish military base in Doha.

Origins of the Present Territorial Dispute and its International Implications

The disagreements involving Eritrea and Djibouti over Ras Doumeira are directly a by-product of the demarcation of African colonized territories during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries where the European imperialist states of Italy and France carved up the area. Later in 1935, Rome and Paris decided to apportion significant areas in Djibouti (then French Somaliland) to Eritrea then under Italian control.

After the defeat of Italian imperialism led at the time by Benito Mussolini during World War II, Eritrea became a British Protectorate and was eventually federated to Ethiopia in 1952. Later in 1962, Eritrea was incorporated into Ethiopia over the objection of the people in the former Italian controlled outpost.

Djibouti did not win its independence from France until 1977 which was relatively late in comparison to other previously colonized East African states. Eritrea proclaimed independence in 1991 after the three decades-long armed struggle and the collapse of the Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam that same year. Two years later, in 1993, an internationally-supervised election in Eritrea garnered the state recognition by the-then Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the United Nations.

In April 1996, just five years after Eritrea had gained independence, the new government nearly went to war with Djibouti after Asmara was accused of shelling the disputed territory of Ras Doumeira. The crisis deepened by April 16, 2008 when Djibouti reported that Eritrean troops had established military fortifications digging trenches on the border near Ras Doumeira.

The Djibouti government sent a letter to the United Nations requesting intervention saying a revised map published by Asmara claimed Ras Doumeira as Eritrean land. Conversely, Eritrea claimed it had no territorial problems with Djibouti denying that troops had been deployed to the border areas.

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi responding to the escalating tensions on May 15, 2008 asserted that the disagreement was a "threat to the peace and security of the whole Horn of Africa" noting Addis Ababa had no choice other than securing its trading route through Djibouti if war erupted. Ethiopia, a landlocked state, has been dependent upon Djibouti for access to the Red Sea since Eritrea declared independence in 1991.

On June 10 of the same year, the Djibouti government reported that 21 Eritrean troops in the area defected to their side of the border. Eritrea demanded the repatriation of the soldiers opening fire on the Djibouti forces.

Clashes continued for three days claiming the lives of an estimated 140 soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Djibouti called up retired military and police units to engage in the battle.

France, which has a large military base along with the United States at Camp Lemonnier, provided logistical and technical support to Djibouti. The fighting ended after three days. Later in 2010, Qatar agreed to station 450 troops in the Ras Doumeira border area to prevent further fighting. The UN said in 2009, that Eritrea had failed to withdraw its forces from the Ras Doumeira areas under dispute.

The withdrawal of Qatari soldiers has raised the specter of renewed clashes between the two nations. Djibouti’s UN Ambassador Mohammed Idriss Farah claims that Eritrea has moved into the areas previously held by Qatari troops.

Djibouti has filed a formal complaint with the African Union (AU) over the alleged activity of Eritrean troops. Farah stated that: "Eritrean troops occupied the Dumeira Mountain immediately after Qatar's peacekeepers left. Sometimes the Eritrean troops go to the top of the mountain and return on the other side. What makes this one different is that they moved in right after the peacekeepers left."

Eritrean envoy to the AU, Araya Desta, said of the current situation:“We don’t want to take any of Djibouti’s land. The last time we had some skirmishes. It was unnecessary.”

AU Must Take Decisive Action to Avoid Border War

The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) issued a statement after the complaint filed by Djibouti over differences with Eritrea. The continental organization convenes its bi-annual summit in Ethiopia on July 3-4.

According to the PSC: “The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is following the recent developments between the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea in the aftermath of Qatar’s decision to withdraw its peacekeeping troops at the Djibouti- Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission appeals for calm, restraint and stresses that the AU is fully seized with the matter. He highlighted that the AU Commission, in close consultations with the authorities in Djibouti and Eritrea, is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission stands ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalize their relations and promote good neighborliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.” (http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-au-commission-calls-for-restraint-on-the-djibouti-eritrea-border)

These developments in the Horn of Africa are a continuation of the conflicts emanating from unresolved European colonial-era border demarcations. Also the current split within the western-allied Gulf Arab governments and the dependence of these African states for economic revenue generated through usage of their territory and waterways, which has compelled AU member-states such as Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Egypt to side with the anti-Qatari forces does not bode well for continental security in the long term.

Moreover, the political and security interests of various states in the Middle East which routinely work in conjunction with U.S. foreign policy interests are inevitability the concern of the AU. Consequently, Africa has to pay close attention to events unfolding within the GCC countries and their allies and seek the resolution of these conflicts in a manner which curtails the potential for a destabilizing impact on continental states. 

             
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In the second hour we look back at the 57th anniversary of the independence of the former Belgian Congo which resulted a coup against Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba and his subsequent assassination. Finally we continue our monthlong tribute to Black Music Month with a focus on the life, times and contributions of Etta James.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in 2014 that scientists were more than 95% certain that global warming is mostly being caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) and other human (anthropogenic) activities.

Earth Hour is a reminder to be careful and change our ways. To respect our planet and live a sustainable life. To use our power to change climate change. It also embraces technology to spread the message of positive environmental action across the world, and to replace more inefficient means of living our lives.

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          The United States Is Complicit in the UAE’s Network of Secret Prisons in Yemen   

On June 22, reports by the Associated Press (AP) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed a network of eighteen secret prisons in Yemen operated by the United Arab Emirates and UAE-backed Yemeni forces. The reports document the detention and torture of almost 2,000 Yemeni men in these prisons. These torture black sites represent yet another […]

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          Recap: News agency hack blamed for diplomatic meltdown in Qatar   

Early Monday morning in Bahrain, the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the nation has severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Within minutes of Bahrain's announcement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Egypt followed suit. The diplomatic break between four of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is being partially blamed on a security incident at Qatar News Agency (QNA). The alleged hack resulted in a fake news article that inflamed leaders in the region.

On May 24, the QNA website and social media channels published remarks attributed to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the eighth emir of Qatar, and allegedly made by him during a military ceremony.

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          POU Water Purifiers Market MENA Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment   

This Future Market Insights report examines the ‘POU Water Purifier Market’ in Middle East and North Africa region for the period 2014–2020.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- This Future Market Insights report examines the 'POU Water Purifier Market' in Middle East and North Africa region for the period 2014–2020. The primary objective of the report is to offer key insights about water purifier market in MENA to current market participants or new entrant's participants across the value chain. 

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Report includes study of the three key technologies of water purification i.e. Reverse Osmosis (RO), 

Ultra Violet (UV) and Media filtration (Gravity). Report offers in depth analysis of market size, forecast and the key trends followed in all three segments.The report starts with an overview of parent market i.e. water treatment industry in MENA and the part POU water purifier industry plays in it. Report also offer useful insights about global POU water purifier market and the role MENA market is posed to play. 

Next section of the report includes FMI analysis of the key trends, drivers and restraints from supply side, demand side and economic perspective, which are influencing the target market. Impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints based on weighted average model included in the report better equips and arms client with crystal clear decision making insights.As highlighted before, water purifiers are based Reverse Osmosis (RO), Ultra Violet (UV) and media based filtration technology. Reverse osmosis is estimated to contribute noteworthy proportion of revenue in MENA water purifiers market. However, in the price sensitive regions, media based segment is expected to witness robust growth during the forecast period.

The next section highlights POU water purifier market by region. It provides market outlook for 2014- 2020 and sets forecast within context of water purifier market, including the three technologies to build out a complete picture at regional level. This study discusses the key regional trends contributing to the growth of the water purifier market in MENA as well as analyses the degree at which key drivers are influencing water purifiers market in each region of MENA. For this report, regions assessed are Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Algeria and rest of MENA.

To calculate the revenue generated from POU water purifiers, the report considered total volume sales of water purifier along with the average selling price, and also the revenue generated from water purifier segment of major players in the market. When forecasting market, the starting point is sizing the current market, which forms the basis for how market will develop in future. Given the characteristics of market, we triangulated the outcome of three different type of analysis based on supply side, consumer spending, and economic envelope. However, forecasting the market in terms of various water purifier technologies and regions is more matter of quantifying expectations and identify opportunities rather than rationalizing them after the forecast has been completed.

Also another key feature of report is analysis of the three key technologies of water purifier and regions in terms of absolute $ opportunity. This is traditionally overlooked when analyst forecasts the market. But absolute $ opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from both the sales and delivery perspective. 

Further to understand key growth segments in terms of technology and region FMI developed the MENA water purifier market attractiveness index. The resulting index should help providers identify real market opportunities.

In the final section of report, MENA water purifier market competitive landscape is included to provide report audience with dashboard view based on categories of provider in value chain, presence in water purifier market and their key differentiators. Key categories of providers covered in the report are manufacturers and major distributors. This section is primarily designed to provide client with an objective and detailed comparative assessment of key providers specific to market segment in the POU water purifier value chain. Report audiences gain segment and function specific vendor insight to identify and evaluate key competitors based on in depth assessment and capabilities and success in the POU water purifier market place. Detailed profiles of the providers are also included as scope of the study to evaluate their long term and short term strategies, key offerings and recent developments in the market. Key competitors covered are Eureka Forbes, PureIt, Strauss Water, Panasonic, LG and others.

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In this study, we analyze the MENA Water Purifier Market during 2012-2020. We focus on:

Market size and forecast, 2012-2020
Key drivers and developments in POU Water Purifier Market
Key Trends and Developments of MENA Water Purifier Market technologies such as RO,UV and Media

Key Drivers and developments in particular regions such as KSA, UAE, Turkey ,Israel, Egypt, Algeria and Others

Key Geographies Covered
Middle East and North Africa

Other Key Topics

MENA- Water Market, MENA- Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market
Examples of key Companies Covered
Straus Water, Water Life, LG, Panasonic, Eureka Forbes

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Earlier we used to update the daily one liner current affairs along with the Daily Current Affairs Updates. However, due to its popularity & quality, we have decided to post One Liner Current Affairs Update separately on a regular basis. We are starting off with the updates of 28 and 29 June, 2017 just to give you a demo.


Banking & Financial Updates
  • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra  Fadnavis last week.
  • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
  • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
  • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.


India & States Updates
  • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors. The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’. It is the first time that Facebook'svoter registration reminder has been rolled out across India.
  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5.
  • India and the Netherlandson 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
  • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
  • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.





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Appointments
  • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
  • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
  • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
  • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017.


Days & Observances
  • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017.
  • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation. The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.


World News Updates
  • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States. According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017. The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
  • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.


Sports Updates
  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
  • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
  • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.


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          Current Affairs Update – 28-29 June, 2017   

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 28 & 29 June, 2017. These are important for the upcoming IBPS RRB OS-I, Office Assistant, IBPS PO, Dena Bank PGDBF, NABARD Grade A Recruitment Exam 2017.


Banking & Financial News

Maharashtra Government issued government resolution on loan waiver


  • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week.
  • The resolution said, loans of all indebted farmers whose accounts went into default until 30 June 2016, will be waived off with a cap of Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer.
  • It said, the farmers who have paid off their outstanding loans after 30 June 2016, will get a blanket help of Rs 25000 from the state government. The GR said, the farmers are entitled to get the benefit only once.
  • Persons with an annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh and those who are registered under VAT or Service Tax will be ineligible for loan waiver. Retired persons excluding ex-servicemen whose monthly pension is Rs 15000 or more are also not eligible.
  • The GR says that the farmers, who have more than Rs 1.5 lakh debt, will get the benefit of loan waiver after they pay their remaining amount of debt along with interest. It also says that woman farmer would be given priority in this scheme.

India makes voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to United Nations Tax Fund


  • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
  • This voluntary contribution will be dedicated towards ensuring greater support for developing country participation in the subcommittee meetings of the UN Tax Committee which are currently unfunded.
  • By handing over the cheque to the UN Tax Trust Fund, Indian Government is hopeful that more developing countries will contribute towards the fund. This move is also expected to ensure that global tax cooperation norms and rules will work more effectively and efficiently for all countries and all stakeholders.
  • Voluntary contributions for the Trust Fund have been called for by the UN Tax Committee since its establishment in 2006. The call for contributions was also emphasized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in 2015.

Union Government launched new bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions


  • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
  • The auctions will be held under a new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP).
  • Arun Jaitely, Union Finance Minister, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister, launched both the initiatives in a mega event in New Delhi.
  • The new bidding mechanism will allow interested firms to bid for blocks of their choice at any time of the year with the help of National Data Repository.
  • The NDR is a comprehensive database of India’s key sedimentary basins that will provide the bidders data on contract areas that will be available for auctioning.
  • Under the mechanism, an investor will be allowed to put forth an Expression of Interest for undertaking contracts under Petroleum Operations Contract (POC) or Reconnaissance Contract (RC).
  • The investor will have the liberty to apply for such contracts bi-annually. They may also participate in rounds of auctions conducted by the regulator DGH over and above the applications made under OALP.

India, World Bank sign USD 35 million agreement to enhance efficiency in tax administration in Assam


  • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.
  • The loan will be provided by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an international financial institution under World Bank that offers loans to middle-income developing countries.
  • The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary under Department of Economic Affairs and John Blomquist, Acting Country Director of World Bank (India). The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) of Assam's Department of Finance and John Blomquist.
  • The objective of the project is to improve predictability and transparency in budget execution and efficiency in tax administration in Assam.
  • The project will benefit the citizens of Assam through efficient processes, enhanced transparency and better service delivery such as electronic payments and collections for services.
  • It will also lead to better public procurement and enhanced taxpayer services provided by public institutions.
  • The total project cost is USD 44 million, out of which USD 35 million will be financed by the World Bank. The remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget.
  • The project duration is of 5 years.

6th Joint Trade Committee was convened between India and Myanmar


  • The 6th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting was held on 27 June 2017 at New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar. The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role in facilitating issues related to the enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman stated that both the countries have a long history of shared religious, linguistic and ethnic ties:
  • - Myanmar is India’s gateway to South East Asia and ASEAN with which India is seeking greater economic integration through ‘Act East’ Policy.
  • - Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
  • - The bilateral relationship between the two countries has been further strengthened by the high-level exchanges.
  • - Prime Minister of India visited Myanmar in November 2014 for the Twelfth India-ASEAN Summit while the state counsellor of Myanmar visited India in October 2016.



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India's policy panel proposes to break up of Coal India into 7 firms


  • A new draft of a New Energy Policy (NEP) prepared by Union Government's policy think-tank, NITI Aayog, says that India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) into independent companies. This action will help the firm to be more competitive.
  • About 70 percent of India's power generation is fired by coal. The country is the world's third-largest producer and third-biggest importer of coal, which the government wants to change by boosting local coal production.
  • Fresh coal production should come from private sector mines, the government think-tank NITI Aayog said, adding that the move called for reforms in allocating coal blocks to independent companies specialised in coal mining.
  • The previous report of December 2016 by Reuters said that senior Indian government officials, tasked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with reviewing energy security, were recommending the breakup of the world's largest coal miner within a year.
  • Attempts to break up the world's biggest coal miner could expect resistance from powerful unions representing the firm's more than 350000 employees. The government backed down from a similar proposal in the face of union protests in 2014.
  • One of the unions, which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, is against the move and says it, has the support of about half of Coal India's workers.
  • According to reports, Baij Nath Rai, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh in its conversation with Reuters said, “We are opposing the recommendations made by NITI Aayog".

News related to India and states

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation


  • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
  • The MoU will help India in conserving water for future generations.
  • As per the agreement, the two nations will work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation campaign in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
  • Shrimad Rajchandra was a Jain poet, philosopher, scholar and reformer.

Election Commission to launch nationwide Voter Registration Reminder on Facebook


  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors.
  • The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’.
  • It is the first time that Facebook's voter registration reminder has been rolled out across India. The drive will be launched on 1 July 2017.
  •  In order to reach out to maximum eligible voters, the ECI is collaborating with Facebook to launch first nationwide Voter Registration Reminder. 
  • With over 180 million people in India on Facebook, the Register Now button is designed to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves with the Election Commission of India.
  • On 1 July 2017, a notification of the Voter Registration Reminder will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote.

India's communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched


  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in the northeastern coast of South America, a couple of minutes delayed than the scheduled time of 2:29 hrs India time.
  • After its lift-off at 2:45 am (IST) and a flight lasting about 39 minutes, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator.
  • GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3477 kg carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. GSAT-17 has a life expectancy of 15 years.
  • The Satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.

India-Netherlands Joint Communique issued during PM Modi’s visit


  • India and the Netherlands on 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
  • The communiqué was released during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s working visit to the Netherlands on 27 June 2017. Modi was on a visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart. His visit to the nation also marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands.
  • During this visit, Modi met with his counterpart Mark Rutte, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima. In addition, Prime Minister Modi also met with representatives of Dutch companies operating in the Indian market and those who are keen to invest there.
  • Earlier on his arrival, the Prime Minister was welcomed at Schiphol Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets


  • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
  • The MKU Industries, which supplies military equipment to the United Nations and NATO, was awarded a contract to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets at the cost of Rs 180 crore.
  • Indian Army has ordered the bolted version of bolt-free ballistic helmets. Bolt-free is a higher and expensive version of bullet-proof helmets, which gives all-round protection from head injuries.
  • The MKU Industries claims that the bullet-proof helmets go through rigorous quality tests and ballistic lab test conducted at its testing facilities in India as well as in Germany.
  • The helmets are reportedly designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range.
  • They match global standards of equipment for armed forces.
  • The bullet-proof helmet has the main protective layer of Kevlar, which has high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; by this measure it is 5 times stronger than steel.

JNPT, India's largest container port, hit by cyber attack


  • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.
  • The impacted terminal is operated by Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk. The Maersk group confirmed individually on 27 June that its operations were hit by a cyber attack named Petya that affected its multiple sites and select business units.
  • The group’s statement read, “We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations."
  • Anil Diggikar, JNPT chairman also stated that the port has been trying to clear containers manually but its operating capacity has dropped to a third at the terminal.
  • “This is a fallout of global cyber attack. Containers are piling up outside the port due to delay in loading and unloading at Gateway Terminals India,” Diggikar said and added that they are hopeful that the operations would normalise in a day.
  • AP Moller-Maersk operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units.


Appointments

Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh


  • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
  • Prior to this appointment, Kumar was a Secretary in the Union Shipping ministry. He is a 1981 batch IAS Officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • Kumar succeeds Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, who was appointed by the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government and continued to serve in the office for three months under the Yogi Adityanath government.
  • Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, the outgoing Chief Secretary, will now serve as the Chairman of the Greater Noida Authority and also as the Investment Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh in New Delhi.

Former Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University takes oath as UPSC Member


  • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
  • The Oath was administered by the UPSC Chairman David R Syiemlieh. UPSC conducts recruitment exams to select country’s top bureaucrats.

Indian-American Krishna R Urs appointed as US Ambassador to Peru


  • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
  • Krishna is currently serving as the Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he was also the Deputy Chief of Mission. He has been a career service American diplomat since 1986.
  • During three decades of State Department service, Urs has specialised in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.

Narinder Nath Vohra appointed as President of India International Centre


  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
  • Vohra was appointed as the president at the Annual General Meeting, which was held on 23 June 2017.
  • The appointment was made after eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee quit the presidential post.
He is the first civilian Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 18 years after Jagmohan.

Loknath Behra appointed as DGP of Kerala


  • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
  • Behra's appointment as state police chief was confirmed by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government after the cabinet meeting.
  • Behra is currently serving as the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He is a 1985 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer.

Kaushik Basu takes over as President of International Economic Association


  • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017. He will serve the office for three years.
  • The IEA is a leading organisation for professional economists that seeks to shape global economic policy and research. Among IEA's past presidents are Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow, Robert Solow, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz.

Days

International Day of the Tropics 2017 observed globally


  • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017 with an aim to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas and the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone.
  • The International Day of the Tropics celebrates the diversity of the tropics and provides an opportunity to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region.
  • The day was proclaimed on 14 June 2016 by the resolution of United Nations General Assembly to mark the anniversary of the 'State of the Tropics Report' that was launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 29 June 2014.

Sharjah named World Book Capital 2019 by UNESCO


  • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation.
  • Bokova took the decision on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee that met at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.
  • It focuses on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing and children.
  • It would include a conference on freedom of speech, a contest for young poets, workshops for creating Braille books and tactile books as well as many other events for Sharjah's multi-ethnic population.

World News

Trump’s travel ban: Visa applicants from these 6 Muslim nations require close family ties in US


  • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States.
  • According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
  • The new guideless have been set by the State Department, according to which extended family members including grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and fiancées are not considered to be close relationships.
  • These new measures are expected to be implemented from 29 June 2017.
  • The court’s opinion exempts applicants from the ban if they can prove a “bona fide relationship” with a US person or entity. However, it is up to the government lawyers to determine how to define such a relationship. The court offered only broad guidelines suggesting it would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the US.
  • The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.

World's first ATM celebrates its 50th birthday


  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017.
  • The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
  • To celebrate the occasion, the British bank decorated the site of the world's first cashpoint in gold. A black-and-white picture of Varney using the ATM hangs above it, while a commemorative gold plaque has been placed on the bank wall.
  • The original cash machine was the brainchild of Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron, who was commissioned by the bank to create six cash dispensers, which based on vending machines.
  • The first person to use the inaugural ATM was actor Reg Varney, the star of a popular British TV comedy called "On The Buses."
  • Transactions were initiated by inserting paper cheques issued by a teller or cashier, marked with carbon-14 for machine readability and security.


Chinese Navy launches biggest new generation destroyer


  • China’s Navy on 28 June 2017 launched its biggest new generation destroyer that weighs around 10,000 tonnes at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) in Shanghai. The launch is a part of the country’s massive expansion effort to become a global naval power.
  • The new destroyer, which is a domestically designed and produced vessel, is the first of China’s new generation of destroyers.
  • The destroyer is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.
  • The ship is believed to be the first Type 055 destroyer, which is considered to be a successor class to the country’s smaller Type 052D guided missile destroyers.
  • The vessel will have to undergo planned testing including equipment operation, berthing and sailing before it is commissioned into use.

Chana and Chana Dal words added to Oxford English Dictionary


  • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.
  • With this, these Indian food essentials Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that have been included in its quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • The other prominent new entries in the OED include a batch of tennis-related words like "Forced Error".
  • A slang 'Bagel' has also been added which refers to a score in a set of six games to love, as there is similarity of the numeral zero to the shape of a bagel.
  • A new sense of 'woke', which was shortlisted for 'Word of the Year', has also been added. It means alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

US adds China to the list of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders


  • The United States State Department in the last week of June 2017 issued highly public criticism of China in its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking.
  • As per the Trafficking in Persons report, China is among the worst offenders of human trafficking.
  • China is now grouped with Tier 3 offenders such as Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea.
  • China was downgraded to Tier 3 status in 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced labours from North Korea that are located in China.
  • Several other countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Mali were downgraded to Tier 3 status.

Sports News

Kidambi Srikanth re-enters top 10 of BWF men’s rankings


  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
  • The rankings, which were released on 29 June 2017, saw Srikanth placed at the 8th position with 58,583 points. The development comes less than a week after the ace shuttler beat Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series and before that Japan's Kazumasa Sakai to clinch the Indonesian Open.
  • Srikanth is the lone Indian shuttler to figure in the top-10 of men's singles ranking after climbing up three places.
  • The 24-year-old had last reached the top ten in October 2016, few months after he reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Lasith Malinga gets one-year ban, fined for media remarks


  • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
  • Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international. He will be facing a disciplinary inquiry over his comments about Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. 

Roger Federer defeats Alexander Zverev to lift ninth Halle Open title

  • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.
  • The final took place at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany.
  • He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
  • He is currently ranked world No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).












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          US, Gulf Allies, Must Own Up to Their Role in Yemen’s Human Rights Abuses   

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A Yemeni man recently phoned me about two relatives who have been secretly detained for more than a year in southern Yemen. He hoped that international attention—notably in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States—could help him find out where his loved ones were being held and why.

When we met in the port city of Aden, the man revealed that he, too, had been detained by UAE-backed Yemeni forces. He said he was imprisoned for several months without knowing why he was being held. His captors beat him repeatedly and gave him electric shocks. His focus now was split between worry for his missing relatives and for the men and boys who had been detained with him.

Over the last six months, my organization, Human Rights Watch, has documented dozens of cases of abuse in informal detention facilities and secret prisons in parts of Yemen controlled by the internationally recognized government. These include prolonged arbitrary detention, torture, and forced disappearances, the vast majority carried out by UAE-backed Yemeni forces, purportedly in the name of countering terror.

One man who had taken part in protests over the disappearances in his region explained to me the fear many families felt after their brothers, sons or fathers were taken away in the middle of the night, families who often then sought and failed to find answers as to where their relatives were being held, why or if they would be released. At one protest, he told me: “There were small kids saying, ‘Release our dads.’ We were writing on the posters that we are against terrorism, but terrorism is also taking people in this way.”

On June 22, Yemen’s president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, took a tentative step toward providing Yemenis whose loved ones have been forcibly disappeared or arbitrarily detained the answers and accountability they seek. He issued Decree No. 115, which establishes a committee to investigate reports of abuse, make recommendations, and develop means to address similar issues in the future.

Yemen has been engulfed by a devastating war for more than two years. In late 2014, the Houthi armed group and forces loyal to former longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh took over the capital, Sanaa. President Hadi eventually fled to Saudi Arabia.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition that included the UAE, and is militarily supported by the United States, began an aerial and ground campaign in support of President Hadi. The coalition has carried out scores of unlawful airstrikes, hitting schools, markets, homes, and hospitals, often with U.S.-made weapons.

The war has driven Yemen, already the poorest nation in the Middle East, toward humanitarian catastrophe, with both parties impeding aid delivery. Millions of people are on the brink of famine and an unprecedented cholera outbreak is ravaging the country.

Civilians in these areas have been subjected to a parade of horrors including disappearances and torture. We have documented such abuses by Houthi-Saleh forces, which control large parts of Yemen’s north. The UAE, which leads coalition efforts in southern and eastern Yemen, along with UAE-backed forces and forces aligned with the Hadi government, has disappeared dozens, used secret prisons, and abused people including children in areas they control.

The United States has closely supported the UAE’s military. According to a recent report by the Associated Press, it has interrogated UAE-held prisoners in Yemen, shared questions with UAE officials, and read transcripts from their interrogations. As UAE’s ally, the United States should have immediately called upon it to cooperate with the new Yemeni committee and grant access to all detention facilities.

The Yemeni committee could be an important starting point for curbing rampant abuses by UAE and UAE-backed forces, as well as forces aligned with the Hadi government, during security operations. It could also be an important sign from the Hadi government that it is beginning to take allegations of abuse against its own citizens seriously—even when those abuses are committed by its own forces or by its allies in the Saudi-led coalition.

Unfortunately, the Hadi government has given the committee a 15-day deadline and failed to include representatives of local organizations among the committee’s members. The government has not made clear whether the committee will be given the space to operate independently, to access formal and informal detention facilities, or to recommend prosecutions against the people responsible for abuses.

Bottom line: The committee will only be able to provide helpful answers to worried Yemeni families if the UAE and the United States cooperatively investigate alleged abuses.

That’s a tall order. The UAE has flatly denied responsibility for abuses, blaming the Yemeni government for detaining people and mistreating them. These denials fly in the face of our research.

Over and over, we heard that UAE officials ordered the continued detention of people despite release orders from parts of the country’s justice system that still functions; ran detention facilities where former detainees were allegedly tortured; provided intel, including lists of names of people to arrest, to Yemeni forces involved in abuses; and allegedly moved high-profile detainees out of the country.

U.S. officials, including Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, have billed the UAE as a “model” counterterrorism partner. Since evidence of UAE abuses and potential U.S. complicity came to light, the Trump Administration has not indicated whether it will investigate the role of U.S. personnel or press the UAE and its allies to desist from torture.

The ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee—Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island—have written Defense Secretary James Mattis calling for an “immediate review of the facts.” Lawmakers should also work to exercise more effective oversight over U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict—by holding investigatory hearings, for example. This is, after all, only the latest revelation regarding possible U.S. complicity in war crimes in Yemen.

Compelling governments to help investigate their own abuses is a hard sell. But the Yemeni committee can at least begin the long process of holding abusers responsible, and demanding concrete action to provide freedom, compensation, and justice for the many Yemenis mistreated in detention. Disappearing dozens of people, ripping families apart, and torturing detainees is neither a lawful nor an effective way to counter an armed opposition.


          No to bullying of Qatar   
Published: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
GUEST EDITORIAL—Jamaica Gleaner

It may seem distant and the issues complex, but Jamaica has good reasons to pay attention to the row, led by Saudi Arabia, between Qatar and some of its Gulf neighbours.

Not least of why we should have an interest is that more than a handful of Jamaicans live in Doha, the Qatari capital. They are mostly airline pilots. They started to emigrate in the 1990s when Qatar Airways came poaching, and more followed in the 2000s with the demise of Air Jamaica. Jamaican engineers and other professionals also work in Qatar’s natural-gas sector and other industries.

So, should the security situation in Qatar worsen, the Holness administration, which is yet to publicly signal its awareness of the problem, has a responsibility to, as much as it can, ensure the safety of our citizens in that country.

But there is a larger issue at play in Qatar in which a small country like Jamaica ought to be deeply invested: the matter of sovereignty.

While on purchasing power parity (PPP), Qataris are the richest people in the world, with GDP per head of more than US$141,000, their population—half of whom are migrant—is approximately the size of Jamaica’s. More critically, the number of people living in Qatar is only nine per cent of the population of Saudi Arabia, its powerful Sunni Muslim neighbour that is in competition for regional supremacy with Shi’ite Iran.

Like Saudi Arabia and its partners in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar is a monarchy, ruled by the Al Thani family. But Qatar has operated a foreign policy independent of its Gulf partners, a difference that erupted a fortnight ago when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed an economic and political blockade against the Qataris, accusing Doha of supporting and financing terrorist organisations.

The issues, though, are not straightforward. The Qataris, for instance, support Islamist political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, whose Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected leader when Hosni Mubarak fell at the height of the Arab Spring, only to be overthrown in 2013 by Egypt’s current leader, the former army general, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Doha, however, insists that though Islamist, these groups are not terror organisations. It also rejects accusations that it funds, or has any relationship with, al-Qaeda or ISIS.

Another twist in these complexities is Doha’s belief that it could be a kind of honest broker in its neighbourhood, hence its recent embrace of Iran and its deepening relations with Turkey, which it allowed to establish a military base on Qatari territory, much to the chagrin of its GCC partners.

Matters are further complicated by the presence of the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera news network, which, while gaining growing international respect for its news reporting, is seen by the autocratic Gulf monarchies and Egypt as a Qatari foreign-policy instrument trained on their regimes, with the aim of inciting another Arab Spring.

It is not surprising that among the demands of the quartet to lift their blockade is the dismantling of Al Jazeera. They also insist that Qatar close the Turkish base, severely pare down its diplomatic relations with Iran, end its alleged support for terrorist organisations, and pay reparations for the loss of life and financial losses because of Qatari policies in recent years.

Doha’s compliance with the demands would be monitored over the next dozen years. This is not quite Russia and Prussia’s 18th-century partitions of Poland, which the Poles were humiliatingly forced to endorse, but it is tantamount to an expropriation of sovereignty, for which no small country can countenance lest it set itself up to be the next victim.

Or as Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, argued, this appears to have “nothing to do with combating terrorism (but) limiting Qatar’s sovereignty and outsourcing foreign policy.”

In this June 12, 2017 photo, Qatari and other nationals queue at the check in counters of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. A diplomatic dispute with Arab Gulf countries saw Qatar, a hub of global air travel, cut off from local flight routes. AP Photo Doha

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          Qatar Situation Worsens as Turkish Troops Arrive   

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          Qatar Dust-Up, Let Rex Sort it Out   

Qatar Dust-Up, Let Rex Sort it Out The sudden embargo on Qatar pushed this month by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia has irked the US State Department and Pentagon. The Qatar dust -up has opened a fascinating window on the inner workings of The Trump Administration’s foreign policy. It is a rare […]

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          Vitamin Input and a Beautiful Body in the United Arab Emirates   

Ever since we are kids, we are being told that vitamins are something essential for our bodies. Most children tend to stay away from anything, which their parents tell them is good for them, even if it is not unpleasant in any way. As grown people however, we start to understand how important our health is, and how we can help it become better, especially if we have had problems in the best. This is why proper vitamin consumption should always be on your plate if you want to start somewhere. In the United Arab Emirates, controlling your vitamins should not be a hard task, as you can find all the right products at all times.

But what exactly do vitamins do, and how can you find them? The answer to the first question is remarkably complex in non-science terms. The easiest thing that can be said is that vitamins actually do a whole lot of things for your body. They maintain your hair and nails beautiful, they keep the integrity of your skin intact, they take care of your immune system and plug any holes in it. There are a lot of types of vitamins, all of which essential, and all of them should come with your natural food intake in general.

 Vitamins will be found in pretty much all of your foods, but some foods contain greater quantities in general. For instance, everyone knows that fruits and vegetables handle different vitamins in different quantities, so you should be hitting those types of foods most of all while eating. Some grains and even beer however will also hold essential quantities. There are a lot of bodybuilders, who especially have a glass of beer per day, because the vitamin B, which can be found in it maintains good skin and alleviates greasy hair.

This particular vitamin can be found in greater quantities in various supplements as well though. Science has evolved enough to give us a chance to have all our vitamins and essential elements in the form of pills. If you buy the right products, you will easily cover for your own body’s deficiencies – something, which is hard to achieve with a diet, especially if you have allowed yourself to stay away from the healthy path for a while. There are many people, who can give you the right advice when it comes to looking for these products, and the United Arab Emirates boasts the trade, which can make everything possible.

For this and many other reasons you should consider researching the topic further whenever you can. The road to a good body is not necessarily an easy one, but it does not have to be unpleasant either. The key to it are two things – researching the topic as best as possible, and having the self-control needed to maintain good diet and exercise regimens. If you have these two things, you will no doubt turn into a machine by the sixth month. 


          Healthy Food in the United Arab Emirates and Maintaining your Body   

You do not have to be a bodybuilder to have a good body. Most people settle for just looking good enough to not be ashamed to go to the beach. Even with this however, you will need to put it at least a moderate amount of effort in your schedule, in order to achieve effects, which will not only make you feel good about yourself, but will maintain your body healthy. It is easy to say that healthy food in the United Arab Emirates is not a tough thing to find – you just need to know the right places.

But what exactly is food that is healthy and how will you help your body make the best of it? The answer is quite simple, even if it is demanding. Good food does not have to be distasteful – even on the contrary. A lot of people wrongly believe that you will have to stick to a steady diet of vegetables if you are going to lose weight and make the best out of your body. The truth is that you actually have to consume meats and grains if you want everything to be under control, you just have to make sure that you control the quantities and the types of the things that you consume.

Naturally eating proper food is a good thing and it will help a lot on its own account, but you cannot expect your body to magically transform into something great if you do not help it along the way. There are a lot of exercises, which you will need to invest your time in – different muscle groups, which will all play a major role in the later run. The key to exercises is the fact that they are necessary for your body to burn the fats, which will come with pretty much every type of food you consume. Apart from that, flexing and moving the muscles helps the energy from the nutrients you absorb flow truly and feed the body in a proper way.

Do not think that supplements are a bad idea when it comes to keeping a healthy body as well. There are many opportunities, which the market will offer you, and a lot of them are pretty good. Always remember that there is no magic pill, which will instantly make you lose weight and have a great body. The best supplements are those, which compliment your diet and your training schedule by controlling the nutrient levels in your body.

In general, a healthy diet is the main thing, which you will need to be on the lookout for, when you truly want a great body. Couple this with the right amounts and types of exercise, and throw in some supplements and next year’s seaside vacation will have everyone’s gazes after you. Of course, you will need to control yourself well, and you have to spend a lot of time, but the trip is not unpleasant and is well worth it. 


          A Guide to Good Bodybuilding Eating in the United Arab Emirates   

People say that good food will make a person happier, and it isn’t too hard to see that this is true. Keeping yourself well-fed has been proven to alleviate signs of depression and keep your body in check. However, it is not good to overfeed because as you know – this leads to obesity and a whole ton of health problems, including the aforementioned depression. This is why a lot of people turn to bodybuilding eating – something, which is not particularly easy to achieve in the beginning, but is well worth the effort if you are consistent enough.

The United Arab Emirates is an area, which is becoming more and more popular in the past few years, and this of course has had a lot of beneficial effects for it. Being a world-renowned center of commerce and tourism today, it benefits from all the trade the world can offer it, and naturally this means that you can get pretty much anything you need there. This is great news, because if you want to build a perfect body and keep yourself nurtured, you will have to get healthier products and learn how to make the most of them.

The internet will offer you a lot of solutions for keeping your weight down, but in truth, there is only one way for you to succeed to maintain your body, and it even offers you the chance to not dispose of everything you like. The main key is to lay off the fatty foods and stay away from fried things. This however does not mean that you have to completely ignore all your favorite things – it just means that most of the time you need to be careful with them. Two or three times a month you can have any kind of feast, which you see pleasing.

The rest of the time will need to be carefully controlled though. You will have to rely on proper foods, which will keep your nutrient levels high, and will still help you maintain the proper weight for your height and genetics. You will have to concentrate on carbs, which will help your muscles flex and assimilate the energy you get from training. Vitamins are also essential, so you cannot get away from all the good fruits and veggies, which the local marketplace will offer you. This should be done four to five times a day in small quantities so that your metabolism handles everything with care.

Do not think that just because you should be following a diet, you will be having a bad time though. Most of the foods, which bodybuilders consume are actually incredibly tasty and you will rarely find any reason to complain. This is why you should consider constructing the perfect bodybuilding meal – it may seem like a tough call in the beginning, but the road might actually be a really pleasant one for you. All you need to do, is learn to control yourself as best as possible. 


          Having the Muscle Mass you Deserve in the United Arab Emirates   

The sun, the pure blue sky and a lot of attractions – these are only the basics, which you can expect from the United Arab Emirates, no matter if you are a tourist, or planning to stay for a longer time. If you are in the latter social group, you should really try to build some muscle. You can’t expect to the beach and look unhealthy, and looking unhealthy is not good for you anyway. This is why you should try and do a few things in order to bring your body into good shape. But how exactly can you achieve this?

There are a lot of advertisements and people on the internet, who will bring you all sorts of magical recipes and miracle drugs. You should not trust them though – they are a waste of your time and money, and the only thing you will achieve with them is an emptier bank account. There is only one traditional way of losing weight and building up that mass. It consists of two basic steps, which may be hard for beginners, but in the end you will learn to enjoy both them, and the effects that they bring you.

If you start feeling squeamish just because you hear the word ‘gym’, you should train yourself to stop being like that – this is the most essential thing you will need to cover when it comes to building a proper body. You will need to hit the gym as often as possible and get all the diverse exercises, which can train your different groups, so that you use them adequately and spread the energy throughout your body in the right way. This may seem a bit complex, but it actually has a stable learning curve and there are a lot of great trainers, who will be there to help you out if you need them.

And of course, you cannot gain any energy through exercise – you need to provide your body with the elements, which it needs in order to get it going and pumping that mass quickly. Naturally this will come through proper nutrition, or said simpler – good food, which will feed you well. The core idea here is to avoid fatty foods as best as possible and rely on tasty, but healthy things. Couple this with a schedule, which allows you to eat 4-5 times a day, and you are having a blast before even starting.

A good and healthy diet, along with some exercise goes a long way. All you need to do, is concentrate on the fact that you wish to look and feel good. From then on you can fall into the capable hands of proper trainers, and even have a blast with various food recipes. The key is to not let the fats get to you. That way you will be able to spend all the time you want in the Arabian sun without worrying that you look bad. 


          How to Lose Weight in the United Arab Emirates   

Living in the United Arab Emirates in the 21st century is not something bad, especially if you go to some of the top locations like Dubai for instance. However, there are things which location cannot help you with, or at least not directly. One of the most important things you can do for your health, is to lose weight. Luckily, the country has everything which you may ever need in order to achieve great progress on the road to living a more healthy life in general, and feeling better about yourself.

The first thing you need to do in order to start your journey is to head for the gym. There are a lot of establishments, which can give you an assortment of devices and good trainers, which can easily help you along the way. You should hit the gym at least three times a week, in order to make sure that each part of your body gets the adequate amount and types of training it deserves. You should alternate the exercises – something, which a good trainer will be able to adequately advise you about. There’s nothing to it really, you just need to make sure you follow the advice.

Of course, a lot of people will tell you that a good diet lies key when it comes to losing weight. Many will explain that you need to stop eating all sorts of stuff, and that you need to abstain from your regular favorite meals. This however is not necessarily true. The body has its way of handling energy, which is brought to it, and it is up to you to give it the nutrition it needs and stay away from fats. If you do this, your metabolism will do the rest and you should not worry that you need to eat tasteless food for the rest of your life. You can have all sorts of meats and other goodies, as long as it is in small quantities, frequently, and coupled with proper exercise.

Last but not least, you should take supplements into consideration – something, which the 21st century has in store for you for leading an easier and more productive healthy regimen. There are a lot of things on the market and naturally not all of them are really good for you. But if you follow some proper advice and make sure you do not pick up some products over others just because they are cheap, you should be good. Supplements are not some miracle drugs, which will make you thinner – they simply help the body cope with the processes of eating less and exercising.

Having a good bodybuilding meal and then hitting the gym are good things and you will quickly learn how to cope with them. It is up to you to train your mind to accept the changes, which are coming for your body. If this happens, you will have absolutely no problems in leading a healthier life.

 


          Pristine Bodybuilding in the United Arab Emirates   

Having a good mindset is a great thing, which you will need to master throughout life. But a healthy mind without a healthy body is nothing. Some people really want to take things up a notch, and this is why bodybuilding in the United Arab Emirates is such a big thing. You too can achieve great heights and all you need to do, is become familiar with the topic and make sure you try hard enough in order to achieve a good effect. The road to a perfect body is not an easy one, but if you give it a try, you might as well succeed.

There are three essential things, which you will have to focus on, if you are truly going to be successful with your endeavor. The first and most essential will naturally be the exercise. You need to make sure that you hit the gym as often as possible, but not more than 3 times a week. There are a lot of great trainers, who will easily teach you all the basics and even monitor your progress for as long as you need. All you need is to go and ask them for some help – you may even not have to pay too much.

The second thing, which you will take care of, and it is not less important in any way, is nutrition. Without proper nutrition, your body simply cannot have all the energy it needs in order to develop into something, which will serve you well in the long run. It is not a question of simply stacking food until you can take no more. This will not help your attempts, it will even damage them. The key is careful consideration about which foods to take in, like lean meats for lunch, grains for breakfast and something light like chicken or fish for dinner. All these things are tasty, and you can throw in another meal in-between them if you measure your quantities.

Last but not least, you can rely on a little bit of help from the 21st century. Medicine and science have reached great heights and people have already developed all the supplements you need, which will bring in the essential vitamins and energy contents, which you need in order to assimilate the energy gained by working out. This is not a completely necessary step, but it is a great way to speed up your progress and generally feel better before and after a workout.

At the end of it all, you will simply need to make sure you have the self-control which is much needed for an endeavor such as this. This is no easy thing to achieve, and you will find it quite hard in the beginning. The sheer benefit from the chance to lose weight and what you feel in the end however, should make it easy for you to continue leading a healthy life, which will not only feel better, but impress others around you. 


          The Power of Supplements in the United Arab Emirates   

Having a healthy and tight body today is quite the thing, especially if you live in parts of the world where people take notice of such things. The United Arab Emirates is an area, where you could definitely use such a thing. It used to be a relatively remote area with major interest only with large companies, but right now it is a booming center of commerce, trade and tourism, especially thanks to Dubai. This means that you need to look your best, and the key to that is good exercise, proper food, and if you are feeling adventurous – the right supplements.

The country has a remarkably large market for things, which are available in all parts of the world, and this means that you can easily find what you need. Many people will tell you that supplements are either bad for you, or that they have no effect whatsoever. This however is not true, and it is a proper fact that a lot of people simply buy stuff that has low quality, or simply is not suited for their training regiment, for their diet, or for their genetic build as a whole.

The key with supplements is that they will do nothing on their own. If you buy the proper stuff, you will still need to put in a lot of effort in order to develop a body that counts. For instance, you will need to train in a fitness room three times a week, and make sure you take supplements before and after. The reason for this is that the initial supplements will help you take the energy from the nutrition you have in your body and make the best use of it. After you do the training, you need to take the supplements, which will help your muscles relax.

Of course, in order to make the most out of your regimen, you will need to make sure that you have the proper diet to support it as well. Many people may have told you this, but the key to a good body is perfect nutrition. And proper nutrition is not really found in fatty, heavy foods, which keep you full all day long. What you really need to concentrate on, is avoiding the fats, which are detrimental for your health, and concentrate on things, which will provide you with the amount of carbs and vitamins, which your body needs to function properly. Apart from this, you need to take small doses 4-5 times a day in order for your metabolism to truly work its magic.

As a whole, the road to good bodybuilding is really hard and you need to make sure you are ready for it. You will need to train not only your body, but your mind as well. You cannot achieve anything if you lack the self-control, which is so necessary in a lot of fields in life. Make sure you try your best, and you will succeed. 


          The Key to Healthy Eating in the United Arab Emirates   

When it comes to different locations around the world, you will hardly find any place that has offerings as diverse as the United Arab Emirates. The reason behind this is simple – in the past few years tourism has skyrocketed in that part of the world, especially thanks to Dubai, which has become a world-renowned trade center and tourist destination. Naturally this stirs the demand for various foods and drinks, and you can find literally anything over there. However, how good is this for people who are looking for the lifestyle called healthy eating?

Let’s put things simply – the sheer fact that you have basically every food known to man at your disposal is enough to make you want to try out everything, no matter how unhealthy it is – the tastier the better. This is perfectly alright if you plan to stay in Dubai or Abu Dhabi for just a limited amount of time, like a week or so. If you plan to stay for longer however, you must make sure that you take care of your health. Once you go down the road of losing grip of your body, it will be quite hard for you to regain control.

Luckily this should not be a problem for you if you are a smart buyer and eater. Having everything at your disposal in one place naturally means that not everything you can get is an unhealthy opportunity. All the best fruits, vegetables, meats and other possibilities are available to you from the get go, and this naturally means that you can create yourself a diet plan, which will last you for quite some time. But how exactly do you go ahead and create a diet plan, which will not play on your nerves, and will keep you healthy at the same time?

The answer is ‘easy’ – you just need to know what kind of products you should buy and when you should eat them. The key to proper eating, which will result in good health, is not to stop eating absolutely everything besides vegetables. You can actually enjoy some of the tastiest pieces of food the world has to offer, and still lose weight and maintain a good bodily composure. The main idea is timing and proper exercise. If you eat 4-5 times a day in small portions and you try your best to choose the right foods to provide nutrition for your body, you should be completely alright.

If you have the luck and privilege to live in the United Arab Emirates, you should know that all sorts of healthy food is easily available to you. Couple this with a good count of food supplements, which will stir the energy in your body and work together with you during exercise, and you can become one lean machine that everyone will respect. The only thing, which you really need in order to succeed in having a great and healthy body, is self-control. 


          Bodybuilding Food in the United Arab Emirates   

There is nothing easier than saying “I want a perfect body”. However, it is actually a question of the soul, which you should be addressing. In order to build the ideal body, with which you can live happily after, you will need a proper mindset, and hopefully the United Arab Emirates will bring you what you need. Most people, who are inexperienced with leading the life of a bodybuilder will tell you that bodybuilding food along with proper exercise is the only way to go when it comes to maintaining a stunning body. However, the right mindset is all that counts – everything else is easily found.

The true fact is that the United Arab Emirates can offer you everything you need. Being a country, which centers on tourism in a lot of ways, you will easily find a lot of products, which will suit your needs when you are going after a proper body. There are also a lot of venues, which will offer you the proper training schedules and advice you need. Bench lifting is something great, and you will find a lot of fitness salons in the area. However, in order to make something out of that training, you will need to focus on the diet, which you need and deserve.

When it comes to diet, the most essential thing to remember is that you need to get the fats away from your system. The second most important thing, naturally, is the schedule. Even if you think that you should have a hearty breakfast, a good amount at lunch, and a small amount at dinner, this will keep you safe, but will actually prove detrimental for your bodybuilding habits. What you need to make sure of, is that you have a balanced meal a few times a day – most likely five to six times. The reason behind this is simple – your body absorbs nutritional products more easily if they are given in small quantities, and if you choose the right products, you will get everything you need on one go. This is the harder part.

The second thing, which you need to take into consideration when it comes to your diet plans is that careful bodybuilding and exercise requires you to go at least three times a week and make sure you do all the right exercises. Luckily the United Arab Emirates have everything you may need in that consideration. The one thing you can consider in order to make sure that you are on the right track are also food supplements. They are not mandatory, but they will make sure that your body has the right balance of vitamins and nutrients.

In a few words, it is essential to take not of the fact that you will most likely have to redefine your whole lifestyle. However, the rewards, which you reap at the end are definitely worth it. A healthy body and lifestyle easily meant that you will lead a happy and successful life. 


          The Best Bodybuilding Diet in the United Arab Emirates   

These days it does not matter where you live – even if you take the best food in, you will still need to do at least the bare minimum to keep your body healthy so that you can lead a happy and productive life. When you decide to take it up a notch, you will easily find that there are a lot of roads you can take. When it comes to a good bodybuilding diet in the United Arab Emirates, you are definitely in luck. The reason for this is simple – this particular location can offer you everything you may ever need to turn into one lean machine.

Of course, before you are ready to rush over to the supermarket, you will need to know the basics, which will set you on the right track. Many people believe that gaining mass and then burning it is the key to good health and great muscles, which will turn every lady, or gentleman after you. The truth couldn’t be more different however. Your body does not require fats – it requires proper nutrition, and only a proper set of foods and a proper schedule of taking in those foods can bring this to you. The road to good health involves two simple, yet difficult things – a good diet and a pristine schedule. Most people fail at the latter.

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          NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement   
NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency have entered into an agreement that will result in the duo working together for certain aeronautics research, NASA announced on Sunday. This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace “for peaceful purposes,” said the space agency, with the … Continue reading
          instagram 2015 best nine   

2015 Instagram Best Nine Photos

There's an end-of-the-year meme going around that generates your nine most popular photos posted to instagram. These aren't my nine most popular - but they are my nine most favorite. They represent an otherworldly, incredible travel year to more than 26 countries - 10 which were lifers!

The photos, from left to right represent: Amman, Jordan; Quartz Mountain, Oklahoma; Kandalama, Sri Lanka, St. Petersburg, Russia; Toronto, Canada (Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony); Kona, Hawaii, Cape May, New Jersey; and Pico Bonito, Honduras. Although Australia was the last country I traveled to in 2015 (still here as I write) - travels to Honduras in early December brought me to my 120th country (not that I am a lister!). 

And since I am fairly certain no one reads my blog anymore - I might as well go ahead and post my travels from 2015 - because they were pretty mind-blowing:

January
San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Bowl)
Palau (#110)
South Korea
Seychelles (#111)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

February
Cartagena, Colombia (#112)
Lake Tahoe, California
Tucson, Arizona

March
Joshua Tree National Park
Sydney, Australia

April
Madagascar (#113)
Kona, Hawaii

May
Honolulu, Hawaii
Toronto, Canada
Rome, Italy
Lisbon, Portugal
La Coruna, Spain
Bilbao, Spain
Bordeaux, France

June
London, England
Amman, Jordan
Beirut, Lebanon (#114)

July
Toronto, Canada (Pan Am Games)
a five-week assignment

August
Alaskan Cruise
Beijing, China

September
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
St. Petersburg, Russia
Kona, Hawaii

October
Tonga (#115)
Adelaide, Australia
Sri Lanka (#116)
Madagascar
Maldives (#117)
Bali (#118)
Papua New Guinea
Fiji (#119)

November
London, England (Rugby World Cup)
Yangon & Bagan, Myanmar

December
Honduras (#120)
Port Douglas, Australia









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          DHS Will Get Rid Of Laptop Ban, Replace It With 'Enhanced Screening' Measures   

The Department of Homeland Security announced enhanced security measures for commercial air travel to the United States on Wednesday. The new policies will replace the electronics ban instituted in March on flights from certain airports.

Every single flight, on both domestic and foreign airlines, coming into the U.S. from more than 280 airports around the world will be subject to new passenger screening and security measures, both in planes and airports, DHS Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday during a news conference. Laptops and other devices larger than cell phones will be allowed back on those flights if airlines follow the new rules.

DHS wouldn't reveal the details of these measures for security reasons, but did hint that there would be more security dogs at airports.

The new policies will be implemented in phases, DHS said, and will affect 180 airlines in 105 countries ― and about 2,000 flights and 325,000 passengers per day.

Some of the measures have already been tested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Boston's Logan International Airport will be the next test site, according to DHS.

Once airlines have implemented these new requirements, the current ban on electronics will be removed. Yet if an airline fails to comply with the new rules, DHS will subject it to "additional security restrictions," including an electronics ban in the cabin and cargo areas.

Individual carriers are expected to communicate any changes in protocol to their passengers, DHS added.

A TSA officer checks a traveler's bag at a screening location at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah.

Commercial flights remain a major target for terrorists, DHS said. Terror groups have developed innovative methods for hiding explosives in electronic devices and for hijacking planes.

The U.S. electronics ban that's been in effect since March targeted 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The ban applied to nine foreign airlines.Immediately following the U.S. announcement, the U.K. government imposed its own ban, which affected both foreign and domestic carriers.

"There's been repeated [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and Islamic State attempts to build explosives into electronic devices," Clinton Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told HuffPost in March. "The threats date to a foiled 2009 plot to fill a printer cartridge with explosives."

"Our enemies are adaptive and we have to be adaptive as well," Kelly said Wednesday. "We are taking prudent steps to to make aircraft more secure, to reduce insider threats and to identify suspicious passengers."

This story has been updated with comment from John Kelly.


          Qatar/Saudi Arabia: Allow Man Trapped at Border to Enter   

Zayed al-Marri has been trapped on the border of Qatar with Saudi Arabia since June 17, 2017. 

© 2017 Private

(Beirut) – Qatar should admit a man trapped on the border with Saudi Arabia since June 17, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today.

Qatari authorities claim the man, Zayed al-Marri, is a Saudi citizen. But he says he is a Qatari who was stripped of his citizenship and has lived in Saudi Arabia since 1996. Qatar should allow him entry to review the decision to strip him of his citizenship, and if it was arbitrary, restore his citizenship and the accompanying rights. On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and ordered the expulsion of Qatari citizens and the return of their citizens from Qatar within 14 days. Saudi Arabia’s expulsion of Qataris is arbitrary and inhumane, and should be reversed without delay.

“Qatari grievances in the gulf dispute are no justification for stranding vulnerable people in the desert,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia and Qatar should not treat human lives like ping pong balls to hit back and forth.”

A member of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee told Human Rights Watch that al-Marri’s case is one of at least 10 of families from the al-Gufran clan, whose citizenship is disputed. The other members of the clan have crossed through the Saudi Salwa border crossing and been allowed to enter through the Qatari Abu Samra crossing. The committee said that Qatar has permitted all to enter except al-Marri, who Qatar claims is a Saudi citizen.

A family member of Zayed al-Marri told Human Rights Watch that Qatari authorities took him from the border to a hospital in Doha for treatment on the evening of June 22, but returned him to the border zone the next day. 

© 2017 Private

Al-Marri told Human Rights Watch that Qatar revoked his citizenship in 1996, and he provided a photo of his expired Qatari passport. He said the family had lived semi-nomadically in Saudi Arabia since then. In 2004, Qatar also stripped approximately 6,000 members of the same al-Gufran clan of their citizenship. Two representatives of the clan told Human Rights Watch that they believe the action was related to participation of some members of the clan in a failed 1996 coup against then-Emir Hamad Al Thani, who had deposed his father, Khalifa Al Thani, the year before.

“When the crisis hit, the Saudi government said to me, ‘Go back to your country,’” Al-Marri told Human Rights Watch. “So, I came to Qatar [on June 17], and they said my passport is expired and so now I’m stuck between the Saudi border and the Qatari one.” He contended that Saudi border authorities would not have permitted him to cross the border to the Qatari side if they believed he held Saudi citizenship.

On June 20, he said that Qatari border authorities had provided him with food and water and treated him at the border clinic for sunstroke: “I was feeling terrible. A guy passing through took me to the Qatari border, and I was treated at the clinic. The doctor said I had to be transferred to a hospital inside Doha but the guards wouldn’t let me. They said I don’t have identification and sent [me] back here … I can’t take it anymore, not one minute more.” A family member told Human Rights Watch that Qatari authorities took him from the border to a hospital in Doha for treatment on the evening of June 22, but returned him to the border zone the next day.

He said that he had attempted to re-enter Saudi Arabia after Qatar denied his entry, but that a Saudi border guard told him, “You are Qatari, how are we supposed to let you in?” and told him to go back to the Qatari border guards and ask them to let him in.

Qatari authorities provided Human Rights Watch a copy of a Saudi passport for a man bearing the name Zayed Nassar H. Al Mari. Al-Marri disputes that he is a Saudi citizen, and the expired Qatari passport he provided carries the name Zayed Nasser H. Shafah, though he acknowledges Al-Marri as his family name. The birth dates on the two documents do not match. Al-Marri told Human Rights Watch that he shares a similar name with the individual holding the Saudi passport but denies that it is his.

Human Rights Watch maintained telephone contact with al-Marri between June 18 and 23, after which he apparently lost access to his mobile phone. He remains stuck on the Abu Samra border, but Human Rights Watch does not know whether he is permitted to stay indoors. Temperatures in the border area reached as high as 49 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) in June.

Al-Marri is likely on Qatari territory, as the Qatari Abu Samra crossing is over eight kilometers from the Saudi Salwa crossing. As such, Qatar has an obligation to ensure his right to freedom of movement and access to basic rights such as food, water, and shelter. Every person also has a right to a nationality.

Human Rights Watch also spoke with another family of denationalized Qataris from the al-Gufran clan whose members were stranded in the border area between June 13 and 15, after which Qatari authorities permitted them to enter. The family of eight, including four children as young as 5 and a woman who is eight months pregnant, said they waited near the Qatari side of the border in temperatures reaching over 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) for two days without regular access to food and water.

A member of the family said that his family was originally Qatari but has lived in Saudi Arabia since 2006. In 2004, he said, Qatar withdrew nationality from his entire family and thousands of members of his extended al-Gufran clan. He said that he and his family members do not hold Saudi citizenship, and faced difficulties trying to attend school and to work in Saudi Arabia without legal documentation. He said: “We lived in Saudi just like the bidun [stateless people in the Gulf]. We were not recognized. We don’t study, we don’t own any property, we can’t marry, and we can’t work freely.”

He said that he fled to the border on June 11, 2017, fearing that he would be detained in Saudi Arabia, which has initiated a broad campaign to locate and expel foreigners in violation of residency laws. His mother and six siblings joined him at the border at 3 p.m. on June 13. His two youngest siblings are 5-year-old twins.

He said that when he arrived at the border, the Qatari border authorities would not allow him to enter and that a Saudi border guard would not let him re-enter the country.

“Gulf countries need to take a step back and see the hardships that this dispute is arbitrarily imposing on people attempting to live their lives in peace,” Whitson said. “These countries should put people’s welfare – and their right to a nationality – ahead of political disputes.” 


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          The boycott states of Qatar: The establishment of a military base in Bahrain in case of failure to m   
The boycott states of Qatar: The establishment of a military base in Bahrain in case of failure to meet the conditions Arab and international  Since 2017-06-29 at 19:51 (Baghdad time) Mawazine News - Follow up According to unnamed Arab sources, the Arab newspaper Al-Ahram reported that Arab countries boycotting Qatar are moving towards tightening their boycott if Doha does not respond to the previous conditions. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, gave Doha ...
          Saudi-led blockade against Doha amounts to 'bloodless declaration of war': Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiya   
Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah (file photo)
Qatar says the Saudi-led blockade against Doha is a "bloodless declaration of war," a day after the Persian Gulf Arab country rejected as "unreasonable" the demands presented by Saudi Arabia and its allies to end the unprecedented diplomatic row with the emirate.
Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah made the remarks in an interview with the UK-based Arabic-language al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper published on Friday.
He added that what Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had done against Qatar, including closing the land, sea and air borders, were in fact "harming the citizens and damaging the social fabric" of the Persian Gulf.
Attiyah arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Isik and the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue of a Turkish base in Qatar.
"Qatar and Turkey maintain historic ties and my visit comes in the context of boosting defense cooperation between the two countries," Attiyah said in Ankara.
The unprecedented crisis in the Persian Gulf region unfolded on June 5, when Riyadh, Manama and Cairo cut ties with Doha, officially accusing it of "sponsoring terrorism" and destabilizing the region. Qatar, however, has slammed the measures as unjustified, saying they are based on false claims and assumptions.
On June 24, Qatar officially announced that the four countries had sent it a list of 13 wide-ranging demands and given it 10 days to comply with them or face unspecified consequences.
The demands include shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, scaling back cooperation with Iran, closing the Turkish military base in Qatar, and paying an unspecified sum in reparations. Qatar later said the demands were "unrealistic, unreasonable and unacceptable."
To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia has totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of Qatar's food supply crossed. Iran and Turkey are now providing Qatar's required food supplies.
'Turkey base closure not on agenda'
Throughout the current standoff between Doha and the Saudi-led bloc, Ankara has resisted pressure to close its military base in the emirate.
A handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Defense Ministry on June 30, 2017 shows Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Isik (R) and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah shaking hands prior to their meeting in Ankara. (Photo by AFP)
"The current issues between the (Persian Gulf) countries, who are brothers, must be resolved soon on the basis of a sincere dialogue and respect for Qatar's rights," the Turkish defense minister said on Friday.
“Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda,” Isik further said in a televised interview, adding that Turkey’s presence in the emirate should be seen as a “benefit for the whole Persian Gulf.”
President Erdogan, for his part, has already said the sweeping demands were "against international law", and described the Saudi-led bloc's demand for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Qatar as "disrespect to Turkey."
The punitive measures against Qatar have drawn condemnation from rights groups, including Amnesty International, which says the diplomatic dispute has been toying with thousands of lives.
The coordinated move against Doha is spearheaded by Riyadh, which often manages to have its vassal states fall into line. Saudi Arabia itself is known as the main sponsor of the violent Wahhabi terrorists it has accused Qatar of supporting. Some analysts believe the Saudi anger is rather because Qatar acts more independently of Riyadh, including in its relations with Iran.

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           UAE ambassador: 'We do not promote idea of press freedom'   
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An Emirati diplomat has justified demands that Qatar closes the Al Jazeera and other media organisations it "supports" by saying that the UAE does not back a free press.
His comments come as a senior UN official said that the demand represents a "serious threat to media freedom" and called on international governments to "not pursue" it.
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have undertaken an economic and transport blockade of Qatar and have tabled 13 demands that they say must be met if the blockade is to be lifted.
We do not promote the idea of press freedom. What we talk about is responsibility in speech
- Omar Ghobash, UAE ambassador to Russia
They include the severing of ties with the Muslim Brotherhood which they describe as a "terrorist” organisation and ending military cooperation with Turkey.
Omar Ghobash, the UAE's ambassador to Russia, said in an interview "We do not claim to have press freedom. We do not promote the idea of press freedom. What we talk about is responsibility in speech."
"Freedom of speech has different constraints in different places. Speech in our part of the world has a particular context, and that context can go from peaceful to violent in no time simply because of words that are spoken.”
Ghobash also said that the countries imposing the blockade are considering sanctioning those countries that continue to trade with Qatar.
But David Kaye, the UN's Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression said: “This demand represents a serious threat to media freedom if States, under the pretext of a diplomatic crisis, take measures to force the dismantling of Al-Jazeera.”
Mr. Kaye said everyone’s right to access information was deeply affected when the safety and the freedom of the media was not secured.
“I call on the international community to urge these governments not to pursue this demand against Qatar, to resist taking steps to censor media in their own territory and regionally, and to encourage support for independent media in the Middle East,” he said.
"One possibility would be to impose conditions on our own trading partners and say you want to work with us then you have got to make a commercial choice."
Ghobash who was interviewed in London by the Guardian said that the coalition were not considering a military intervention but that he understood that their position could push Qatar into a closer relationship with Iran.
"We can escalate with more information, because we are not going to escalate militarily. That is not the way we are looking at things,” he said

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He said he understood there was a risk that Qatar was being forced into a closer relationship with Iran. "We are asking Qatar to make a choice and we realise they may choose to take the route to Iran, and we are willing to accept the consequences of that.”
He also said that the UAE would itself abide by a monitoring group it had called to be imposed on Qatar, which would allow Western countries to monitor its supposed funding of "terrorist” organisations.
"Yes we are making demands of Qatar, but it is very important to realise that we are imposing the same standards on ourselves," he said.
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"We have nothing to hide ourselves so we are willing to meet the same standards we are asking Qatar. The West has traditionally complained of a lack of financial transparency in the region, and there must be a huge amount that the West can do to monitor what is happening.”
His comments come as Qatar responded to Saudi insistence that the demands are non-negotiable.
Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking from Washington where he held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said:
"This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can't just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate," he said.
His Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, had said on Twitter: "Our demands on Qatar are non-negotiable. It's now up to Qatar to end its support for extremism and terrorism."

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          UAE delivers aid for Libyan schools   
Tripoli, Sep 1 (IANS/WAM) About 20 tonnes of stationery, school bags, and clothes for displaced students have been delivered by the UAE’s Red Crescent Authority (RCA) to the Libyan Red Crescent. The aid was given on the directives of United Arab Emirates’ President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi crown [...]
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          GAS MARKETS: UAE energy chief downplays Qatar impact   
The United Arab Emirates' energy minister is downplaying the gas shortfall resulting from Persian Gulf countries' dispute with Qatar.
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           Bahrain authorities seize explosives in raid on Shiite group    
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          Saudi Arabia Has Handed the Emir of Qatar an Opportunity to Redirect History   
Al Jezeera is far more professional than any news organization in the West. Al Jazeera's problem is that it covers the actual news and tells the truth. This is unacceptable to the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates, and to Washington.
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I'm considering registering a .ae (United Arab Emirates) domain name for my business. I've got a couple concerns. I'm aware of the UAE's record on Net censorship, which brings up two issues for me:

1. I'm a little worried that even though my business would not deal in anything prurient or critical of Middle Eastern governments (both against the rules for the domain), my website may be censored in some manner. I'm a professional blogger and the site would link to client work; who knows whether one of those sites might offend a UAE censor.

2. I worry that my using a .ae domain will imply that I endorse or condone the UAE's policies. For obvious reasons (see 1.) I wouldn't be able to protest these policies, even though I disapprove of them. Is this a big enough issue to preclude using the domain, or, can anyone think of a good way to demonstrate my disapproval without getting my site banned?

The domain itself bridges the dot, incorporating ae into a word, so using another TLD would not be an option for this particular name. I could probably come up with another domain name, but it wouldn't be as cool.
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          You are (most likely) a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad   
NJ Bridgewater
4 January 2015

Introduction

The Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, Arabia

















Mecca with the Kaaba in centre












If you a Western European, or a North American or, perhaps, from the Western world in some way, shape or form, you are most likely a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad ibn‘Abdu’llāh (c. 570 – 632 AD), the Revealer of the Qur’ān, the Messenger of God and Seal of the Prophets (peace and prayers be upon Him and His family and companions). In my case, He is my 45th-great-grandfather (or, in other words, my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-Grandfather, with a capital ‘G’), through a rather circuitous line via New England settlers, the Plantagenets and the Spanish royal family). In fact, anyone with any connection to Edward III of England or to the Spanish Royal Family is also descended through the same European route to antiquity, including Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.[i] Cole, a Middle East scholar, even goes so far as to call it ‘common knowledge to anyone interested in genealogy’.[ii] In an article published in the Guardianon 24 May 2015 (Sunday), Adam Rutherford  argues that every living European is a descendant of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.[iii]While this claim might appear astonishing to the layman, to the enthusiastic genealogist, it is a matter of common sense. Every human being has two parents—that is clear enough—and four grandparents. Very few of us, with the exception of genealogists, consider the generations which must inevitably precede these forebears. You probably know your parents and most, if not all, of your grandparents, and most or all of them will still be alive. In my case, both my parents and one grandparent (my maternal grandmother) are still alive. I knew three of my grandparents but never knew my paternal grandfather, even though he did sit me on his lap when I was a toddler. Nevertheless, I know the names, birth dates and marriage dates of all my grandparents and, for those that have died, their death dates. Furthermore, I know the names of all of my great-grandparents—there are 8 of these. It is fairly easy to get that far back in one’s family tree, at least in countries such as Britain and America where records of births, marriages and deaths, as well as census records, exist for the last century.

The Genealogy of the Prophet Muhammadin calligraphic form (Arabic) by İsmaʿil 
b. İbrahim Bosnavi (d. 1748)

























When you get beyond that generation, it gets trickier, and parish records, historical records and other sources must be consulted. We each have 16 great-great-grandparents, excluding repetitions where inbreeding has occurred. We then have 32 great-great-great-grandparents, 64 great-great-great-great-grandparents and 128 great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. If we assume that each generation is roughly 30 years apart and my parents were born in the 1940s/1950s (I was born 30 – 40 years later), then my grandparents were born in the 1910s, great-grandparents in the 1880s, great-great-grandparents in the 1850s, and so on. The 128 5xgreat-grandparents were born around the 1760s, or the middle of the 18th century. In other words, there were 128 people born in that era who were my ancestors. Each one of them lived an individual life, had hopes and aspirations, challenges and suffering and found a partner or spouse and had children, passing on their genetic legacy to today. If even one of these people had not lived, I would also not have been born. Imagine the amazing coincidences and/or destiny which brought each one of us into being. Let’s extend this further:

Chart 1: The Number of Ancestors by Generations
















According to the chart above, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), being in the 48thgeneration (and being my 45th great-grandfather), He would have been one of 140 trillion, 737 billion, 488 million, 355 thousand, 328 potential ancestors who lived in the 570s of the Common Era. The total population of the world in 670 AD was roughly 277 million, 700 thousand—far less than one billion.[iv]That’s not the population for one continent but for the entire inhabited world. Of course, people didn’t marry very widely or diversely in the past and usually within a specific geographical area. As such, there are a huge, absolutely immense, number of repetitions in genealogy. 

Samuel Lincoln House, Hingham, Massachusetts


















For example, a lot of my New England ancestors came from Hingham, Massachusetts, and many of the inhabitants of this town intermarried with their cousins, resulting in significant inbreeding. It was from this same town that Abraham Lincoln’s ancestors emerged, including our common ancestors, Samuel Lincoln (1622 – 1690) and Martha Lyford. Due to inbreeding, however, President Abraham Lincoln is both my 5th cousin, five times removed, a 7th cousin, five times removed and an 8th cousin, four and five times removed. Such was the nature of human relations in the past. In fact, in many villages in rural areas across the world, including many Arab tribes, cousin marriage is still a common practice. It has been a common practice throughout history. Nevertheless, the common consensus is that, if anyone was alive during the 9th century in Europe and you have any European ancestry, you are a descendant of that person.[v] In other words, if you are a European or North American of European descent, any famous king, ruler, duke, or any common peasant and farmer, any beggar on the street or, indeed, any priest or pope, who left a line of descendants continuing to the present day, is your ancestor—and that’s a fact.

The Link to Europe: The Umayyad Conquest of Spain (711 – 718 AD)

Expansion of the Islamic Caliphate











The question then, remains, how does the Prophet Muḥammad’s progeny relate to the above? The simple answer is, through the Umayyad conquest of Spain in the 8thcentury (711 – 718). If you are descendant of every European who left a line of descendants continuing to the modern day, you are also a descendant of every Arab and North African Muslim settler of Spain who left descendants. But let’s go back to the beginning. The Prophet Muhammad (c. 570 – 632 AD) (pbuh) was the son of ‘Abdu’llāh, a merchant and senior member of the clan of Hāshim, and Āminah daughter of Wahb ibn ‘Abd-Manāf. ‘Abdu’llāh, who died two months before Muhammad’s birth, was the son of ‘Abdu’l-Muṭṭalib, son of Hāshim (the ancestor of the Hāshimite Clan, including the Abbasid caliphs, the twelve Imāms and the modern-day ruling dynasties of Morocco and Jordan). Hāshim was the son of ‘Abd-Manāf (Āminah’s grandfather), son of Quṣayy, son of Kilāb, son of Murrah, son of Ka‘ab, son of Lu’ay, son of Ghālib, son of Fihr, son of Mālik, son of An-Naḍr (also known as Quraysh, the ancestor of the Quraysh Tribe), son of Kinānah (ancestor of the Banū Kinānah, the largest Mudhari Adnanite tribe), son of Mudrikah, son of ’Ilyās, son of Muḍar, son of Nizār, son of Ma‘ad, the son of ‘Adnān.[vi]The famous Orientalist, Richard Francis Burton, quoted the well-known saying of the Prophet Muhammad: “Beyond Adnan none save Allah wotteth and the genealogists lie”.[vii]According to Burton, ‘Adnān is sometimes reckoned as being in the eighth generation from the Prophet Ishmael (pbuh), son of Abraham (upon whom be peace), through his son, Kedar, though Aṭ-Ṭabarī holds that He is in the fortieth generation from Ishmael.[viii]

An Arabic tree tracing the ancestry of Muhammad (pbuh)
back to Adam (pbuh)
, the Father of Mankind


























That gives a bit of background on the ancestry of the Prophet and His tribe; this is essential as the descendants of the Prophet, as well as the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphs, are all from this tribe. In the year 595 AD, the Prophet Muhammad’s virtuous character and trustworthiness as a merchant had attracted the attention of a wealthy widow named Khadījah, the daughter of Khuwaylid ibn Asad (of the Asad clan of the Quraysh tribe), who was 40 years’ old at the time. Again, we see that the numerous intermarriages within a tribe, who are all close relatives, eliminate many of the millions or billions of potential ancestors who existed in the 48th generation of our ancestors. This marriage, like every other union in history, was essential to the existence of His progeny. Had Muhammad chosen to marry someone else, we simply would not exist—at least I and the millions of other descendants of Muḥammad would not exist. They had two sons together—Qāsim and ‘Abdu’llāh, who both died in childhood, and a daughter, Fāṭimah. According to Sunni sources, they had three other daughters together: Zaynab, Ruqayyah, and Umm Kulthūm. Shī‘ī scholars, such as Abu’l-Qāsim al-Kūfī, argue that these were either Khadījah’s daughters by a previous marriage or her sister’s (Halah’s) daughters who were raised by Muhammad and treated as His own daughters. In any case, the only universally-agreed descendants of the Prophet are through His daughter, Fāṭimah (605 – 632 AD), known as Az-Zahrā’ (the ‘Shining One’) and Ummu’l-Ḥasanayn (the ‘Mother of the Two Ḥasans’, i.e. Ḥasan and Ḥusayn). She married ‘Alī, the son of Abū-Ṭālib, the son of ‘Abdu’l-Muṭṭalib (the grandfather of the Prophet). ‘Alī was thus a member of the Hāshimite Clan and a first cousin of the Prophet, who was his father-in-law. ‘Alī, who later became the Fourth of the first First Caliphs of Islam (and the first Imām by Shī‘ī reckoning), married Fāṭimah circa 622/623 AD, and they had two sons: Ḥasan and Ḥusayn, and two daughters: Zaynab and Umm-Kulthūm (who were named after the aforementioned aunts of the same name). Zaynab married her cousin, ‘Abdu’llāh ibn Ja‘far, ‘Alī’s nephew, and had four sons: ‘Alī, Muhammad, ‘Awn and ‘Abbās. Umm-Kulthūm initially married the second of the first Four Caliphs, ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb, with whom she had a son named Zayd and a daughter named Ruqayyah. After his death, she married ‘Awn ibn Ja‘far, brother of ‘Abdu’llāh ibn Ja‘far and, after his death, his brother Muḥammad.

The Descendants of ‘Alī and Fāṭimah

The name of Imam 'Ali (may God be pleased with him)




















The principal descendants of ‘Alī and Fāṭimah, however, are those via their two sons Ḥasanand Ḥusayn, whose tragic lives inspired the formation of Shī‘ism, and who are the ancestors (in the direct male line) of the Idrisid and Alaouite dynasties of Morocco, the Hashemite Royal Family of Jordan (1921 – present) and, formerly, Iraq (1920 – 1958), the Al Qassimi dynasties of Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (18th century – present), as well as the Fatimid Caliphate of Egypt (909 – 1171 AD), the Twelve Imāms of Twelver Shī‘ism (632 – 872), the Sharīfs of Mecca (1201 – 1923), the Nizari Ismaili Imams (799 AD – present), and numerous families of Sayyids, Sharīfs and Ashrafs scattered throughout the world.

The name Muhammad, repeated 4 times, in Kufic script














Chart 2:
THE PROPHET MUḤAMMAD [45x Great-Grandfather) to ZAIDA [28x great-grandmother]:
49. The Prophet Muḥammadibn ‘Abdu'llāh (570-632) = Khadījah bint Khuwaylid
48. Fāṭimah bint Muḥammad(c. 605 – 632) = ‘Alī ib Abī-Ṭālib (601 – 661), 1st Imām, 4thCaliph
47. Ḥasan ibn ‘Alīib Abī-Ṭālib (625 – 670), 2nd Imām of Shī‘ī Islam = Umm-Isḥāq bint Ṭalḥah
44. Zahrā’ (Zohra) = Abū-Fārisī al-Lakhmī, descendant of the Lakhmid Dynasty
43. Na‘īm al-Lakhmī (or ‘Aṭṭāf)
42. Na‘īm al-Lakhmī
41. ‘Aṭṭāf al-Lakhmī
40. ‘Amr al-Lakhmī
39. ’Aslam al-Lakhmī
38. ‘Umar al-Lakhmī
37. ‘Abbād al-Lakhmī
36. Quraysh al-‘Abbādī
35. Ismā‘īl al-‘Abbādī
34. ’Abu’l-Qāsim Muḥammadibn Ismā‘īl (984 – 1042), Ruler of Seville, first Abbadid ruler
33. ‘Abbād IIal-Mu‘taḍid (1042 – 1069), Ruler of Seville
32. Muḥammadal-Mu‘tamid (1069 – 1095), Ruler of Seville, Ruler of Cordoba (from 1071 – 1081)

Notable descendants of ‘Alī and Fāṭimah include Imām Ja‘far Aṣ-Ṣādiq (c. 700 – 765), the Sixth Shī‘ī Imām and Founder of the school of Ja‘fari jurisprudence, Al-Ḥākim bi-’Amri’llāh(985 – 1021), the Fāṭimid Caliph referred to in Western literature as the “Mad Caliph” (as he ordered the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 1009 AD), the Sufi saint ‘Abdu’l-Qādir al-Jīlānī (c. 1077 – 1166 AD), the founder of the Qadiriyya Order, Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi (1844 – 1885), who proclaimed himself the Mahdi on 29 June 1881 and became the Ruler of Sudan in 1885, Mirza Sayyid Mohammad Tabatabai (1842 – 1920), a leader of the Iranian Constitutional movement, King Idris I of Libya (r. 1951 – 1969), Aga Khan IV(b. 1936), who is the current Nizari Ismaili Imam, Sayyid Kāẓim Rashtī (1793 – 1843) (the second leader of the Shaykhi School), Sayyid ‘Alī-Muḥammad Shīrāzī(known as ‘the Bāb’) (1819 – 1850), who was the Founder of the Bābī Faith, SayyidYaḥyā Dārābī (known as ‘Vaḥīd’) (1811 – 1850), a famous Bābī and their military leader during the battles of Nayriz, Mīrzā Muhammad-Husayn and MīrzāMuhammad-Hasan (d. 1879), collectively known as the Nūrayn-i-Nayyirayn (‘Twin Shining Lights’), who were famous Bahā’ī martyrs from Esfahan martyred in 1879, and Shoghi Effendi Rabbānī (1897 – 1957), the Guardian of the Bahā’ī Faith, as well as the other members of the Afnān Family who descend from the Bāb’s maternal uncles. The Safavid dynasty of Persia (r. 1501 – 1736) also claimed descent from Imām Ḥusayn, though the veracity of their claim is disputed by historians. A dynasty of sayyids did hold power for a time in northern Iran, the Zaydids of Tabaristan, who ruled over the northern regions of Tabaristan, Daylam and Gilan along the Caspian Sea from 864 – 900 and 914 – 928 AD while, in Arabia, the Ukhaydhirites ruled Najd from 862 until the mid-11th century and the Sulaymanids of Yemenheld power from 1063 – 1174.

The Lakhmids and the Abbadid Dynasty in Spain

Now, let’s take the line from ‘Alī and Fāṭimah to Europe. The eldest of their two sons, Ḥasan (also transliterated as Hassan) (625 – 670 AD), is regarded by Shī‘īs as the second of the Twelve Imāms, in succession to ‘Alī, whom Shī‘īs believe to be the appointed successor and infallible heir to the Prophet Muḥammad (pbuh).  Along with ‘Alī, Fāṭimah and Ḥusayn, he is regarded as being a member of the Ahl al-Bayt(the ‘People of the House’), referred to in Qur’ān 33:33. He is known to have married multiple times and may have had 15 sons and 9 daughters from 6 wives. His brother, Ḥusayn, is known to have had 6 sons and 4 daughters, though other sources say 4 sons and 2 daughters. One of Ḥasan’s numerous sons was known as al-Ḥusayn al-Athram, who only had descendants through his daughters.[ix]One of these, Fāṭimah, married the aforementioned Imām Ja‘far Aṣ-Ṣādiq, giving birth to Isma‘īl ibn Ja‘far, the 6th Imām according to the Nizari Ismailis,[x]while other daughters include (according to the article on Arabic Wikipedia), Umm-Salmah bint al-Ḥusayn and Umm-Kulthūm bint al-Ḥusayn the latter of whom married Ismā‘īl ibn ‘Abdu’l-Malik ibn al-Ḥarb ibn al-Ḥakam and they had four children: Muslimah, Isḥāq, Muḥammad, and al-Ḥusayn.[xi] According to several pedigrees floating around the internet, al-Ḥusayn al-Athram had a daughter called Zahrā’ (usually spelled as Zohra) who married one Abū-Fārisī, though the source of that information is unclear. It appears, for instance, in Lineage of the Saints by Brian Starr, p. 277, as well as in Roderick W. Stuart’s Royalty for Commoners, published in 1998.[xii]  According to several of the pedigrees, Zahrā’ has a son named Na‘īm al-Lakhmī (i.e. ‘the Lakhmid’) who has also has son named Na‘īm al-Lakhmī. In Starr’s book, the first Na‘īm is listed as ‘Itaf, the son of Abu Farisi, son of Abu Abed, son of Qabus, son of Numan, son of Mundhir, son of Imrulcays, son of Numen, son of Imrulcays, son of Numan, son of Amr (b. c. 338), son of Imrulcays (d. c. 288), son of Amr (d. c. 268).[xiii]

The Lakhmids were descendants of An-Nu‘mān III ibn al-Mundhir, known as ’Abū-Qābūs, a Nestorian Christian ruler and the last Lakhmid King of Al-Ḥīrah, who succeeded his father in 580 AD.[xiv]He traced his line to ‘Amr ibn ‘Adī ibn Naṣr ibn Rabī‘ah ibn al-Ḥārith ibnMas‘ūd ibn Mālik ibn Ghanam ibn Namārah ibn Lakhm (d. 295), who reigned as the first Lakhmid king from 268 – 295 AD.  ‘Amr inherited his kingdom from Jadhīmah, his maternal uncle, the Tanukhid king, who was killed by Zenobia (240 – c. 275 AD), the Queen of Palmyra.

Muḥammad ibn ’Abbád al-Mu‘tamid






















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          Rolls-Royce wins $5Bn Etihad Airways order to power 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft   
Rolls-Royce has won a $5bn order from Etihad Airways for Trent XWB engines, the world’s most efficient engine flying today, to power 50 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The order includes long-term TotalCare® support. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has ordered 24 A350-900 Regional, 16 A350-900 and 10 A350-1000 aircraft. The order takes the total number of Etihad A350 aircraft on order to 62, all powered by the Trent XWB. James Hogan, Chief Exe...
          (USA-AR-North Little Rock) Heavy Equipment Operator   
Heavy Equipment Operator Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States Requisition #: 44101 Post Date: **Heavy Equipment Operator** **Job Description:** The Heavy Equipment Operator operates several types of power construction equipment such as compressors, pumps, hoists, derricks, cranes, shovels, tractors, scrapers, or motor graders, to excavate, move, and grade search, erect structural and reinforcing steel, and pour concrete or other hard surface paving materials. **Experience and Qualifications:** High school diploma or equivalent. Preferred experience of two (2) years demonstrated relevant experience in the operation of the heavy equipment described above, capability for fieldwork involving heavy lifting and climbing over rough terrain under various weather conditions. Persons holding national accredited certifications in equipment operation are preferred. **Special Job Requirements:** When outside, incumbent may work in seasonal inclement weather and adverse environmental conditions. Must be physically fit and able to lift, move and/or carry up to 50 lbs of field gear and able to perform fieldwork that sometimes involves walking long distances in extreme weather conditions. When offered employment in the United States, prospective Parsons employees will be asked to complete a drug screen and background check. The drug screen is a toxicological test that may include alcohol. The background check includes: employment and compensation verification, a criminal background check, and verification that educational degrees are conferred from accredited institutions and professional certifications are current. If you do not know if your degrees are from an accredited institution, please check with the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ or the Council for Higher Education at http://www.chea.org/search/ . Proof of identity and legal authorization to work are asked for upon reporting to work Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. All across the world, at every time of day, Parsons is keeping people moving toward a brighter, safer world. For more about Parsons, please visit. **My Profile** Create and manage profiles for future opportunities. **My Submissions** Track your opportunities. **Similar Listings** North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States Construction Requisition #:43168 Faro, Yukon, Canada Construction Requisition #:43995 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Construction Requisition #:42614 Parsons Talent Acquisition. All rights reserved. Sign up for email alerts and be the first to know of our new opportunities. Get Social with Us!
          MASON / STEEL FIXER / CARPENTER - OOMMAA Group of Companies - Dubai   
We are an esteemed Group of Companies operating in United Arab Emirates and State of Qatar. We are currently seeking experienced and qualified candidate to
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          Infection Control 7.75 DHA credit hours - Bact Education , United Arab Emirates, Dubai    

Infection Control 7.75 credit hours accredited by DHA
It is designed to reduce and identify risks of transmitting and acquiring infections among healthcare professionals, visitors, patients and staff. It focuses on main infection control practices such as:


- Disinfection


- Sterilization


- Chain of infection


- Transmission-based precautions


- MRSA


- EBOLA


- Waste management 


-  And so many others 
 

Cost: THREE HUNDRED AED

Certified


          Infection Control 7.75 DHA credit hours - Bact Education , United Arab Emirates, Dubai    

Infection Control 7.75 credit hours accredited by DHA
It is designed to reduce and identify risks of transmitting and acquiring infections among healthcare professionals, visitors, patients and staff. It focuses on main infection control practices such as:


- Disinfection


- Sterilization


- Chain of infection


- Transmission-based precautions


- MRSA


- EBOLA


- Waste management 


-  And so many others 
 

Cost: THREE HUNDRED AED

Certified


          Associate Banker - Citi - Dubai   
Primary Location: United Arab Emirates,Dubai,Dubai Education: Bachelor's Degree Job Function: Private Client Coverage Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job...
From Citi - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:46:24 GMT - View all Dubai jobs
          UAE Residents Spend 5 hrs a Day on Social Media   

UAE Residents Spend 5 hrs a Day on Social Media $FB, $LNKD Report finds under 35 anni spend up to 6 hours per day Millennials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are spending up to 6 hours a day on social media, research has found. Across the age groups, UAE residents reported they spent roughly […]

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          Sick of nightmarish flight neighbors? This airline lets you bid on the seats near you   
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Flying can be stressful, especially when you have disruptive seatmates invading your personal space, striking up awkward conversations, or getting in the way of your super long nap.

Etihad Airways — the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates —gets that, and has come up with a solution: a "Neighbour-Free Seat." 

The concept allows a passenger to bid on up to three empty seats (!!!) on their flight, provided they're adjacent to the already booked seat. Who needs first class when you've got an entire row to yourself, right?

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          The infant Islamic-bond industry faces a crisis   

DANA GAS, an exploration business listed in Abu Dhabi, seems in a spot of bother. Ten years after sealing a landmark production deal with Iraqi Kurdistan, it is struggling to recover $900m it is owed by the autonomous region and the Egyptian government. So it faces a liquidity squeeze. That is not, however, why it says it wants to restructure $700m-worth of Islamic bonds maturing in October 2017. Rather, it says it has received legal advice that the bonds are no longer compliant with sharia—rules based on Islamic scripture.

The bonds were deemed compliant in 2013, but Dana cites evolution in the “interpretation” of Islamic financial instruments. It is seeking to have them declared invalid in a United Arab Emirates court. Its domestic assets are shielded from creditors under UAE law; it has also obtained injunctions in Britain and the British Virgin Islands protecting it from claims until the case is settled. Hearings are not due to start before December, months after the bond’s next payment-due dates.

Islamic law forbids the generation of money from money—interest. Sukuk, or Islamic bonds, thus differ from their conventional peers. They are backed by assets and instead of lending the issuer money, the holder owns a nominal share of what the cash was spent on and receives an agreed ratio of the...Continue reading

          For sale - Lowepro Digital Camera Handycam Bag Black Nylon... - Auction   
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          For sale - Boys Clothes Size 24 Months - Auction   
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          Application Development Companies   

United Arab Emirates 97156243249

Our developers are dedicated to create highly engaging mobile apps with advanced tools and technologies. We are a well-known iPhone application development company Dubai, and hold years of experience in Android application development as well. We offer end-to-end mobile app development services, from design and development to testing and maintenance. Our developers are efficient in both Android and iOS app development. Want to more about our iPhone app development services please visit us at www.fugenx.ae or info@fugenx.com. You can also reach at: FuGenX Technologies Dubai Office 1003, Damac XL Tower, Business Bay, Dubai UAE, Middle East Email – info@fugenx.com Call: +971 56243249
          FASTSIGNS   

United Arab Emirates (262) 977-7900

1122 S Airline Rd, Ste 103, Mount Pleasant, WI, 53406 FASTSIGNS is more than ready to help with your sign, banner & graphic challenges. We create comprehensive plans to help you tell your business story & increase your visibility.
          Demand for Qatar to close down Al Jazeera ‘unacceptable’: UN   
A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its Al Jazeera TV channel is an “unacceptable attack” on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said Friday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar...
          Qatar and the Goliaths of the Gulf   
Qatar and the Goliaths of the Gulf NIGERIA By Owei Lakemfa THE Goliaths of the Gulf including power house, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates gave tiny Qatar thirteen demands which they know the latter cannot comply with.  Some of them, such as demanding Qatar pays compensation for “its policies” are so outlandish […]
          U.A.E.'s Ambassador to U.S. Linked to 1MDB Scandal   
The scandal surrounding a Malaysian state fund allegedly defrauded of billions of dollars has entangled Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S., according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
          Trump discusses Gulf-Qatar dispute with Erdogan   

[U.S.A.], July 1 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to discuss the dispute between Qatar and Gulf and Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month and issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Qatar, however, denies the claims.

The White House, in an official release, said Trump and Erdogan spoke about ways to overcome the crisis "while ensuring that all countries work to stop terrorist funding and to combat extremist ideology."

Turkey has backed Qatar in its rift with the Arab states and is seeking to mediate the crisis.

"President Trump emphasised the importance of all our allies and partners increasing their efforts to fight terrorism and extremism in all its forms," the White House statement added. (ANI)


          The “good” and the “bad” Muslims of China   

The slim crescent that rose above the skyline on July 9th signifies the beginning of this year’s holy month of Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where I have been teaching for the last four years. Pious Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking, sex, swearing, and other unlawful behaviors from dawn to dusk, following the traditions of the Prophet to get closer to God. During this sacred month of spiritual renewal, the ritual of sharing food after sunset, known as Iftar, serves important social functions such as bringing families together and reinforcing community bonds. As the last strands of sunlight disappear from the horizon, many celebrate the day by enjoying a lavish dinner with friends and family. In the UAE, as everywhere else, Iftar parties have also become an opportunity for Muslims to reach out to non-Muslims and for non-Muslims to reciprocate the hospitality.

I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of Iftars parties this Ramadan, hosted by several institutions, both secular and religious. The most recent Iftar party that I attended was hosted by the Chinese Consulate General in Dubai, in a popular family restaurant situated on the legendary Sheikh Zayed Road. To strengthen the Unified Front and in the interest of building harmonious relationships among Chinese communities overseas, the Consul General extended invitations to more than 150 Chinese expatriates from various walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds, both Muslims and non-Muslims.


          Eamonn & Ruth Do Dubai: as pointless as it is offensive   

Just when you thought the ‘Brits abroad’ conceit had died, this festival of fatuousness brings back awestruck observation and pantomime bickering

To understand the level of anthropological enquiry in Eamonn & Ruth Do Dubai – in which the married stalwarts of British daytime TV prostrate themselves at the feet of the super-rich in the United Arab Emirates – viewers need only watch the first few minutes, in which Eamonn Holmes stands smirking in the desert in robes and keffiyeh next to a line of camels, to a sultry Arabian soundtrack.

Just when you thought television’s “Brits abroad” conceit had finally died of heatstroke, our eponymous Richard-&-Judy-in-waiting exhume its corpse with the type of offensive set-pieces not seen since Carrie Bradshaw and friends waved a pack of condoms around in an Abu Dhabi souk.

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          Associate Banker - Citi - Dubai   
Primary Location: United Arab Emirates,Dubai,Dubai Education: Bachelor's Degree Job Function: Private Client Coverage Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job...
From Citi - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:46:24 GMT - View all Dubai jobs
          Qatar’s defence minister to visit Turkey amid base controversy    

ANKARA — The defence minister of Qatar is to visit its ally Turkey on Friday, state media reported, as Ankara resists pressure to shutter a military base in the emirate’s unresolved row with Gulf neighbours.

Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah will meet with Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik at the defence ministry in Ankara, the state-run news agency Anadolu said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain announced on June 5 the suspension of political, economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the emirate of support for extremist groups.

Doha denies the claims and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there is no basis to the allegations and offered Qatar Turkey’s support.

Turkey has provided food and other aid via hundreds of planes and a cargo ship, although Ankara’s attempts to mediate between the sides have so far come to nothing.

Crucially, Ankara is also setting up a military base on the emirate that is set to give Turkey a new foothold in the Gulf.

A bill was fast-tracked through the Turkish parliament this month as the crisis broke out giving Ankara a mandate to send up to several thousand troops to the base.

An initial contingent of 23 soldiers and five armoured vehicles arrived in Qatar on June 22.

Last week Riyadh and its allies issued 13 demands to Qatar, including the shutdown of the Turkish military base, or face further sanctions.

Erdogan hit back at the Saudi-led demands, calling the sweeping demands “against international law” and saying that asking for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Qatar was a “disrespect to Turkey”.

 

 Yet Ankara has also been careful not to directly criticise Riyadh and previously urged the kingdom to lead attempts to solve the crisis.

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          The UAE is Becoming the Theme Park Capital of the World   

The UAE is Becoming the Theme Park Capital of the World $RACE, $FOX, $TWX, $SIX Developers are launching 4 new theme parks in the coming months, and by the end of the year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will have become a hub for theme park enthusiasts. Aiming to capitalize on growing tourist figures, expected […]

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          Consultant Emergency Medicine - SearchPlus HR Consultancy - Dubai   
MOH. A reputed government hospital based in United Arab Emirates is looking for a Consultant Emergency Medicine with MOH License. Offering an attractive....
From Indeed - Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:02:39 GMT - View all Dubai jobs
          Specialist/ Consultant Endocrinologist - Medcare Hospital - Dubai   
Jun 27, 2017 Specialist/ Consultant Endocrinologist Medcare Hospital Medcare Women & Children Hospital - Al Safa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Full time...
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          specialist Emergency Medicine - SearchPlus HR Consultancy - Dubai   
MOH. A reputed government hospital based in United Arab Emirates is looking for a Specialist Emergency Medicine with MOH License. Offering an attractive....
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          The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: Loss Prevention - Officer   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi
          The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: SECURITY OFFICER (Preferred Arabic speaker)   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Dubai
          The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: Loss Prevention Manager (Arabic speaker)   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Dubai
          Fairmont Fujairah: CCTV Operator   
Competitive: Fairmont Fujairah: CCTV Operator At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our Colleagues, guests and visitors is an integral part of our operations. As a CCTV Operator, your attentiveness, efficiency and commitment will ensure your hotel remains a United Arab Emirates-Fujairah-Fairmont Fujairah Beach and Resort
          For sale - Madison Stretch Jersey Recliner Slipcover, Large,... - $54   

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           UAE ruler leaves country on private trip abroad    
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has left the country on a private trip.The state-run WAM news agency reported...
          UAE ruler leaves country on private trip abroad   

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has left the country on a private trip. The state-run WAM news agency reported Saturday that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan…

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          Trump discusses Gulf-Qatar dispute with Erdogan   
United States President Donald Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to discuss the dispute between Qatar and Gulf and Arab states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month and issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha ...
          (USA-CO-Denver) Engineer II - Road & Highway   
Engineer II - Road & Highway Location: Denver, Colorado, United States Requisition #: 44131 Post Date: **Engineer – Road Highway** **Denver, Colorado** Ready to put your civil engineer skills to work on projects that will change the urban fabric of our community? Do you enjoy being involved on a wide variety of civil engineering tasks on large and small scale transportation projects? We are now hiring a Civil Engineer II for our growing Denver, CO office. Parsons extensive experience in this field, combined with your engineering knowledge, will propel your career forward with opportunity for advancement with top performance. We need our engineers to be versatile, enthusiastic to work in highly flexible, team-oriented environment and who have exceptional communication, and analytical skills. **Position Overview:** Performs conventional and moderately-complex engineering assignments, applying engineering techniques and analyses within a discipline. The Engineer at this level is proficient in the utilization of standard engineering theories and practices, and Company procedures. Some assignments involve CAE (computer aided engineering)/CAD (computer aided design) applications. Willingness to travel or relocate to supplier, client, or construction site locations, is expected. **Specific Responsibilities:** Independently develops and/or supervises the creation of engineering products that meet customer quality requirements. This includes defining the problem, establishing the work scope, preparing the budget and schedule, planning the work, providing technical direction, and reporting the work status. Travel to site locations is expected, position may require night and weekend shifts. + Typical products may include detailed calculations, drawings, procurement documents, design and installation packages, proposal evaluations, technical reports, and detailed analyses. + Provides support for other engineering activities as required. May supervise one or more subordinates and provide input regarding performance. + May be assigned to a project or organizational team, or as a lead engineer for a specific discipline on a small to intermediate-size project. + Provides input and technical guidance to CAD Designer/Drafters, Designers, and lower-level Engineers working on the same project. + Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate. **Preferred Education/Experience:** 4-year degree in Engineering (or related field) and 5-8 years of related work experience. **Skills/Competencies:** + Strong background in AutoCAD and/or Microstation is a necessity. + PE license strongly preferred. **Background Screening Requirements:** A current valid driver license is required for positions which require operating a company or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position. You must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver license with a driving record that does not exceed our application limits. Your MVR will be checked as a condition of employment. Items for disqualification are listed below: + Any DUI, DWAI convictions within the past 3 years. (The 3-year timeframe is from date of conviction to date of initial application) + Any hit and run accident within the past 3 years. + 3 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 12 months and/or; + 5 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 5 years. Ready for action? We’re looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and don’t hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today. **Parsons Referral Plan** _Maybe this opportunity isn’t the right fit for you, but you know someone who is? Why not join our Parsons external referral program? When you refer other top professionals and they are hired, you are rewarded with an incredible financial incentive. Help us find top talent!_ Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. All across the world, at every time of day, Parsons is keeping people moving toward a brighter, safer world. For more about Parsons, please visit. **My Profile** Create and manage profiles for future opportunities. **My Submissions** Track your opportunities. **Similar Listings** Dubai, United Arab Emirates Engineering-Civil Requisition #:41935 Tampa, Florida, United States Engineering-Civil Requisition #:42510 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Engineering-Civil Requisition #:42938 Parsons Talent Acquisition. All rights reserved. Sign up for email alerts and be the first to know of our new opportunities. Get Social with Us!
          (USA-CA-Palmdale) Construction Manager   
Construction Manager Location: Palmdale, California, United States Requisition #: 44120 Post Date: **CONSTRUCTION MANAGER** **Palmdale, CA** Ready to take your construction experience to the next level to work on complex facilities projects which will have a huge impact on the local community and be part of a project that will make history? Parsons is now hiring a Construction Manager who can lead a team and act as Owners Representative of overseeing the construction of major aerospace facility Parsons’ extensive experience in this field, combined with your proven knowledge of construction policies and procedures, will propel your career forward with opportunity for advancement with top performance. We need our Construction Managers to be versatile, experienced leading teams and who have exceptional communication, analytical and management skills. **POSITION OVERVIEW** : Manages all on-site field construction activities associated with the completion of a medium-size project. (Typically a project having 250,000 to 2 million construction manhours or a total installed cost of $50 to $100 million.) Applies a comprehensive knowledge of various disciplines to be used during construction, as well as the methods and techniques to be utilized for installation. Incumbent must become thoroughly familiar with required contractual obligations and technical aspects of all facilities to be erected. In addition to construction supervision, the incumbent is also responsible for field administration, procurement, and field engineering. Willingness to relocate to construction site locations or commute daily is expected. **SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES** : + Directs the overall planning of construction activities to identify critical milestones and priorities. + Determines budget estimates and staffing requirements for the defined scope and schedule. Ensures that the services of subcontractors and major construction equipment required by the project will be available at the appropriate time to ensure maximum efficiency and productivity. + Establishes assignments for Construction Superintendents for various work areas of construction operations, monitoring progress and recommending corrective action as necessary. + Conducts performance evaluations and recommends promotions and salary actions. + Manages the assignment of manpower, materials, and equipment to maximize efficiency, maintain schedules, and to meet budget goals. Keeps alert to possible problem areas and takes preventative action to ensure that critical milestones are met for each phase of the project. + Ensures the use of sound construction practices to attain required quality control at the maximum efficiency and minimum cost. + Prepares periodic reports summarizing progress of construction activities for higher-level management and clients. + Ensures effective implementation of all Company and client policies and procedures, including labor relations policies. + Serves as the primary contact with client representatives, subcontractors, and government representatives for construction-related activities. Maintains strong client and community relations. + Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate. **PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:** 4-year degree in construction-related field (or equivalent construction-related work experience) preferred Minimum 15+ years of experience in field construction is required. Experience in the construction of large civil/structural and/or industrial projects at domestic and/or foreign locations is preferred. **SKILLS/COMPETENCIES** : Requires a comprehensive knowledge of construction-related processes, as well as a thorough knowledge of industry practices. Proven leadership and management capability is also required, as well as good written and oral communications skills. Ready for action? We’re looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and don’t hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today. **Parsons Referral Plan** _Maybe this opportunity isn’t the right fit for you, but you know someone who is? Why not join our Parsons external referral program? When you refer other top professionals and they are hired, you are rewarded with an incredible financial incentive. Help us find top talent!_ Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. All across the world, at every time of day, Parsons is keeping people moving toward a brighter, safer world. For more about Parsons, please visit. **My Profile** Create and manage profiles for future opportunities. **My Submissions** Track your opportunities. **Similar Listings** Faro, Yukon, Canada Construction Requisition #:43995 North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States Construction Requisition #:43168 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Construction Requisition #:42614 Parsons Talent Acquisition. All rights reserved. Sign up for email alerts and be the first to know of our new opportunities. Get Social with Us!
          The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: General Cashier   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Dubai
          The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: Finance - Purchasing Supervisor   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi
          The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: Finance - Director of Purchasing   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi
          The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: Finance - Purchasing Intern   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi
          UAE ruler leaves country on private trip abroad   
The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has left the country on a private trip. The state-run WAM news agency reported Saturday that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan had … Click to Continue »
          Assistant Professor (Translation Studies) - United Arab Emirates University - Al-Ayn   
Interpreting (simultaneous and/or consecutive), legal translation, medical translation, audio-visual translation, and translation technology....
From United Arab Emirates University - Sat, 27 May 2017 06:03:50 GMT - View all Al-Ayn jobs
          Teaching Assistant in Translation Studies Dept. - United Arab Emirates University - Al-Ayn   
The Department of Translation Studies at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UAEU invites applications for teaching assistants position....
From United Arab Emirates University - Sat, 27 May 2017 06:03:02 GMT - View all Al-Ayn jobs
          DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-ranked Serena Williams had little trouble joi   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-ranked Serena Williams had little trouble joining sister Venus, in the Dubai Championships semifinals on Thursday. Valeri Nichushkin Jersey . Serena, playing her first tournament since a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open, had little trouble bypassi ...
          Maintenance Superintendent   
Company Howard Gray Skills Maintenance Manager Operations Management Other Skills Superintendent Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor Experience 10 Years Education Associates2 yr DegreeDiploma Employment Type Rotational Salaried Employee Location United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Status Active No locationwork auth
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          UAE Commis 2 - Bhar   
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          Demand to close down Al Jazeera is unacceptable   
 A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Gulf nations for Qatar to close down its Al Jazeera TV channel is an "unacceptable attack" on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday.
 
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants, then issued an ultimatum, including demands it shut down a Turkish military base in Doha, close down Al Jazeera and curbing ties with Iran. UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is "extremely concerned by the demand that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network, as well as other affiliated media outlets", his spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.
 
"Whether or not you watch it, like it, or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English channels are legitimate, and have many millions of viewers. The demand that they be summarily closed down is, in our view, an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion," Colville said. 
 
source: Gulf Times

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          AFC reiterates support for Qatar 2022 World Cup   
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday reiterated its support to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar and said that it will do everything to ensure the smooth conduct of the event.
 
The AFC's expression of support followed FIFA's release of the Garcia report into the alleged corruption in the World Cup bids of 2018 and 2022. The AFC said that it had noted the conclusions in the FIFA report. "In this regard, the AFC is now looking forward to the continued preparation work to deliver a FIFA World Cup in 2022 which is a showcase not just for the game in Qatar but for football throughout Asia," it said in a statement. "The AFC will support Qatar throughout this process which will lead to a historic FIFA World Cup in 2022 -- the first-ever in the Middle East and Arab World."
 
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers welcomed the long-awaited FIFA report, saying the conclusions represented "a vindication of the integrity" of Qatar's bid. "Although we question the timing of the leak, we welcome the publication of the Garcia report," Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement. "We believe that the extent of our cooperation with this investigation and the conclusions drawn represent a vindication of the integrity of our bid."
 
In the report, Garcia wrote that Qatar"may not have met the standards set out in the FIFA code of ethics or the bid rules" but added, in mitigation, that it only was due to its cooperation that the issues were uncovered. Qatar said earlier this month a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states that includes economic sanctions on Doha has not affected its preparations to host the World Cup, and alternative sources for construction materials had been secured.
 
FIFA has said it is in "regular contact" with Qatar, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting Iran and funding Islamist groups. Qatar has refuted the charges. In the running alongside Qatar to stage the 2022 tournament were Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea.
 
source: Qatar Tribune

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          Bahrain Invokes WTO’s ‘National Security’ Clause in Qatar Boycott   

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          UAE's Centurion Investments raises stake in NMC by 4.9 percent   
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - NMC Health , the London-listed and United Arab Emirates-based healthcare provider, said on Saturday its shareholder Centurion Investments had raised its stake in NMC by 4.9 percent.

          UAE ruler leaves country on private trip abroad   

The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has left the country on a private trip.


          Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar row   

Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar rowBahrain told a WTO meeting on Friday trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were justified on national security grounds, a trade official who attended the meeting said. Speaking on behalf of all three countries, Bahrain's representative told the WTO's Goods Council the measures were "in accordance with Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade", which allows the usual rules to be broken for national security reasons, the official said.



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          UAE's Centurion Investments raises stake in NMC by 4.9 percent   

UAE's Centurion Investments raises stake in NMC by 4.9 percentNMC Health , the London-listed and United Arab Emirates-based healthcare provider, said on Saturday its shareholder Centurion Investments had raised its stake in NMC by 4.9 percent. Centurion Investments has acquired 10 million shares, representing 4.9 percent of the issued capital of NMC from B.R. Shetty, also a shareholder in NMC, a company statement said. Privately owned Centurion Investments and Shetty jointly hold 59.77 percent of the issued share capital of NMC, the statement said, adding that Shetty, as joint non-executive chairman, will remain a significant shareholder with a 19.44 percent interest in NMC.



          Qatari Airplanes Allowed to Fly over Iran   
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has granted the Qatari airplanes permission to fly over the Islamic Republic as the planes are banned from Saudi, Egyptian and UAE airspaces after a diplomatic row between Qatar and the Arab countries.


Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Qoliollah Qolizadeh, a member of the presiding board of the parliament’s Civil Commission, said given the recent disputes between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Qatari flights have been operated over Iranian airspace over the past days.

He further pointed to a recent meeting between the members of the Civil Commission and the country’s aviation officials, saying that during the session, the officials briefed MPs on the flights of Qatari airlines over Iranian airspace.


  • The parliamentarian also made it clear that the Qatari authorities have coordinated the flights with Iran’s Foreign Ministry and got the required permissions from the SNSC.


Neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, have closed their airspace to the Qatari planes after they cut diplomatic ties with the country, accusing it of fomenting regional unrest and supporting terrorism.
 (Tasnim)
1/7/17

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          UAE ruler leaves country on private trip abroad   
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          Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates Should Put Own Houses In Order Before Accusing Qatar   
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates accuse their Gulf neighbor Qatar of funding terrorism. But they are most angry that Doha backs opposition groups and Al Jazeera, which exposes their misbehavior. Moreover, their hypocrisy is peerless: they do more to underwrite Islamic extremism than does Qatar.
          Manny Pacquiao Net Worth, Projected Horn Purse Earnings, Fight Predictions   

Manny Pacquiao is set for another eight-digit payday when he takes on unheralded challenger Jeff Horn on Sunday (Saturday night in the U.S.) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Grantlee Kieza of the Courier-Mail reported Pac-Man will receive a $10 million guaranteed purse for defending his WBO welterweight title in his opponent's hometown.

The 38-year-old Filipino southpaw is no stranger to massive payouts. He's been one of the biggest draws in boxing for a decade, allowing him to accumulate an impressive net worth that will have grown a little larger come Sunday night.

He enters the bout with a consensus about his financial value. Celebrity Net Worth lists the boxer, who is also a senator in the Philippines, at $190 million. TheRichest has him at the same amount.

Interestingly, Pacquiao spent time chasing an even bigger payday via a fight with Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates, but it fell through.

Dan Rafael of ESPN.com noted an unnamed UAE investment group placed a $38 million purse on the table, but it never came to fruition despite both fighters announcing the deal via social media earlier this year. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said the clash could still happen if the money materializes.

That said, getting $10 million for a fight for which he's the definitive favorite is a rock-solid deal—OddsShark reports the WBO welterweight champion is a 17-100 favourite.

Pacquiao holds a nearly across-the-board advantage over Horn, who's making a major step up in the level of competition after starting his career 16-0-1. The challenger does boast some serious power, however, so the titleholder may opt to play it safe to limit the risk.

It's a fight wherein Pac-Man should be looking to earn a knockout victory, which would be his first since 2009, if he wants to prove he is still one of the best boxers on the planet. But a more conservative approach en route to another triumph by unanimous decision is the more likely outcome.

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          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

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Although President Trump has stepped back from daily management of the Trump Organization, his businesses continue to expand, often in foreign countries. On Saturday, Trump's sons Eric and Donald Jr. will be in the United Arab Emirates, helping cut the ribbon for the new Trump International Golf Club, according to Kim Benza, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization. The 18-hole golf course, in the works since 2013, is part of a larger project that will include 100 luxury villas in the desert just outside Dubai. The website touts "a world-class golf course, exceeding all expectations. And the clubhouse contains "enough gold to suit even the most exacting Dubai resident," says the Gulf News , which toured the facility. The golf course is one of two Trump resort projects in Dubai. Behind both is the Dubai-based company Damac Properties, run by billionaire Hussain Sajwani , a Trump business partner for almost a decade. In the week before his inauguration, Trump said that he turned down a
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          DEMOCRATS VS AUTHORITARIANS:   
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On Monday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowing to block future arms sales to Gulf countries pending a resolution to the regional dispute over Qatar. The letter is widely seen as an effort to give Tillerson more leverage as he tries to negotiate an end to the crisis, which began June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Doha over its alleged support for terrorism.


Gotta love the Deep State conspiring against Donald and his Salafi pals.

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          Foreign Exchanges in several countries boycott Qatari Riyals   

[Russia], July 1 (ANI): Several banks, foreign exchange companies in the Gulf have refused to exchange Qatari riyals and also stopped accepting them, following the economic blockade announced by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies.

The currency blockade has caught many people off guard as foreign exchanges in many countries have also refused to exchange riyals citing a lack of demand for the currency. Meanwhile, rating agencies have lowered Qatar's credit rating and put it on "negative watch" as a result of the boycott of Qatar by a group of Arab countries, Sputnik reported.

Iran, with which Qatar shares a natural gas field in the Persian Gulf, and Turkey, which has a military base in Qatar, have sent deliveries of food and other supplies to Qatar by sea.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, alleging that the Gulf nation supports terrorists and militant groups with ties to Iran.

Saudi Arabia closed the crossing at Qatar's only land border, which Qatar uses to import about 40 percent of its food supplies.

Qatar's Arab neighbors also denied permission for the national carrier Qatar Airways to use their airspace, and airline carriers from the UAE canceled all flights to Doha.

Iran, with which Qatar shares a natural gas field in the Persian Gulf, and Turkey, which has a military base in Qatar, have sent deliveries of food and other supplies to Qatar by sea.

While the Qatari riyal has been officially pegged at $3.64 to the dollar since 2005, offers for the currency have fallen below the fixed rate due to a fall in demand.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt has issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Recently, United States President Donald Trump discussed the Qatar-Gulf dispute with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but Turkey has backed Doha in its rift with the Arab states and is seeking to mediate the crisis. (ANI)


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          The Public Diplomacy Office    

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The Public Diplomacy Office was established in 2014 as an affiliate office to the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, with the aim of proposing and implementing strategic national and regional initiatives reinforcing the standing of the United Arab Emirates and its leadership through partnerships with media and the public and private sectors. The Public Diplomacy Office undertakes the mission of documenting and highlighting the outstanding success story of the UAE and its leadership and representing the UAE’s regional and global model of progress. It also aims at strengthening the intellectual, cultural, humanitarian and developmental legacy of the UAE and implementing strategic initiatives promoting this legacy. The Public Diplomacy Office seeks to develop direct communication tools between the federal government, local community and broader communities in order to strengthen ties through implementing community-based initiatives and celebrating national and cultural occasions.

Since its establishment, the Public Diplomacy Office has undertaken the proposal, planning and launch of several major projects, in partnership with relevant authorities and institutions, such as launching the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the Arab Reading Challenge (ARC), the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, the Emirates Mars Mission, the 100-Retreat within the Year of Reading 2016, and the strategic communication management of the World Government Summit 2016. The office also has undertaken the proposal, launch and management of several major national campaigns in the UAE, including Thank you Khalifa in 2014, Thank you UAE Army in 2015, and Thank you Mohammed bin Rashid in 2016, in addition to the full media coverage of UAE the humanitarian campaigns including Dress 1 Million Needy Children, UAE Water Aid and UAE Compassion Campaign.


In March 2016, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered the establishment of the Public Diplomacy Office as an independent entity under the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and appointed His Excellency Saeed Mohammad Al Eter Al Dhanhani as the Director General of the office.


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          Putin Has Phone Talks With Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf Row   
By REUTERS JULY 1, 2017, 12:15 P.M. E.D.T. MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties […]
          How Long Is Lauren Londons Weave   
16-John Manuel Traimond the Guest of December 23, 2010


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This guest on Thursday December 23, 2010, Jean Manuel Traimond. He had already come on RL in our show, a few years ago, to discuss his book entitled "Treasure of wickedness. "Anthology of humor to the use of anarchists.
As there are only a few hours before Christmas, we hope to receive from him a new gift. Hopefully it considers that we have put into practice his treatise useful humor to Anar. In case of disappointment, does he not leave with our new date?

This curious traveler (it seems that according to him, the anarchists are champions of curiosity ... still a compliment ...), would the United Arab Emirates with a lot of "Suras"! We do not know what it is, but surely it's worth its weight in oil.

And we'll ask him about his plans, his informative walks on "Water Thieves," the crimes of capitalism whose victims have only increased in number since the "untouchables" Japan, Pakistanis in Dubai and many more.

During his travels and translations of "anarchists", he met a character who died in February 2010, a writer, English architect, editor of "Anarchy", Colin Ward. And new access to "curiosity" is going to lend an ear if John Manuel willing to talk about that English anarchist who had devised a new form of rudder for a mutual company, federalist-based anarchist organization in which units organizing are small, temporary and limited powers, free and voluntary action. And he described, very in tune with the new technologies of networks, the organization of "cyber-anarchy", as opposed to capitalism, "mechanical" and disposer of the individual.
Colin Ward

And John Traimond manual, a book mentions of Colin Ward in which the "anarchism is compared to the seeds under the snow." The snow is here, in December, up to us to grow this "seed" of Anarchy.

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          TRAINSPOTTER: Hell’s Wedding Bells — How the #GuptaLeaks reveal that South Africans paid for the whole damn thing   
The Daily Maverick and amaBhungane can now confirm that the legendary Gupta family nuptials — a four-day wedding binge-fest in Sun City that took place between 29 April and 3 May, 2013 — was paid for in its entirety by money stolen from a Free State dairy project, and laundered through a Gupta shell in Dubai. In all, at least R33.4 million was pissed away in the wedding of Gupta niece Vega, and new nephew-in-law, Aakash. The happy couple were aided and abetted in their endeavours in no small part by the current Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, who will be remembered as the most generous wedding underwriter in South African history. And so, we arrive at the understanding that South Africa is an ungainly mash-up between two seventies classics, The Godfather and Invasion of the Body Snatchers — a gangster state in which the inhabitants are zombified agents of a corrupt, festering uber-mind, based not in outer space, but in the United Arab Emirates. By RICHARD POPLAK, with reporting from amaBhungane and Scorpio
          Airberlin flights to United Arab Emirates   
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          Life in the blockaded Qatar    
Every day when Sheikh Abubakkar calls home in southern India, he tries to reassure his worried mother that his work is going on as usual in the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Abubakkar, 26, moved to Dubai...
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          UAE Team Leader- La Tablita (Spanish Speaking)   
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          UAE Middle School Humanities Teacher (Grade 6-8) Al Ain UAE   
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          UAE Restaurant Artisan - Bhar   
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          FIELD OPS CREW CHIEF - CASED HOLE WIRELINE   
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          Associate Electronics Technician- CH47-TFPS-United Arab Emirates   
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          Relationship Officer - Corporate Banking   
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          Lapita Hotel Dubai: Assistant Human Resources Manager   
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          Qatar says Arab states' demands 'made to be rejected', but Doha ready for dialogue    

ROME (Reuters) - Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbors.

He was speaking ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it denies.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected. It's not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that Qatar was willing to engage in further dialogue given "the proper conditions".

The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and closing a Turkish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the demands are not negotiable and warned that further unspecified measures will follow if Qatar does not comply.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not close down the Turkish base in his country or shut Al Jazeera as demanded by the Arab countries.

He spoke after arriving in Rome from the United States. Washington is helping Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar, to mediate in the dispute.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had separate telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain about the rift and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

(Corrects to clarify that Qatar has yet to make a decision on demands.)

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Gareth Jones)


          Qatar says Arab states' demands 'made to be rejected', but Doha ready for dialogue    

ROME (Reuters) - Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbors.

He was speaking ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it denies.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected. It's not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that Qatar was willing to engage in further dialogue given "the proper conditions".

The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and closing a Turkish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the demands are not negotiable and warned that further unspecified measures will follow if Qatar does not comply.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not close down the Turkish base in his country or shut Al Jazeera as demanded by the Arab countries.

He spoke after arriving in Rome from the United States. Washington is helping Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar, to mediate in the dispute.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had separate telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain about the rift and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

(Corrects to clarify that Qatar has yet to make a decision on demands.)

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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           Qatar stands firm, rejecting Arab demands as deadline looms    
ROME (AP) — Qatar said Saturday it doesn't fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Monday deadline to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a de-facto blockade on the Gulf nation. During a visit to Rome, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar's sovereignty. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month and shut down land, sea and air links.
          Qatar rejects Arab states' ultimatum   
Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states are designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday (June 30), adding however that he was ready to discuss their grievances. Their ultimatum is, he insists, aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani was speaking ahead of a Monday deadline to comply with a list of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, which have imposed a de facto blockade on the small Gulf nation. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism - a it denies. "This list of demands is made to be rejected. It is not meant to be accepted or.. to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed told reporters during a visit to Rome . The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran, closing a Turkish air base in Qatar and shutting down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel. "We are not going to accept anything that infringes on our sovereignty or anything that is imposed on Qatar," Sheikh Mohammed added. He added his country did not fear any retaliation and believed wisdom would prevail. "We believe that the world is governed by international laws, that don't allow big countries to bully small countries," he said. "No one has the right to issue to a sovereign country an ultimatum."
          Qatar says will reject Arab demands but ready for dialogue: Foreign Minister   
The comments came ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands.
          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.


For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — only to drop almost a full cent after senior ECB figures made clear he had been misinterpreted. Similarly, the British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2972 after Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, said he was prepared to raise interest rates if UK business activity increased — just a week after saying ‘now is not yet the time’ for an increase. The sharp moves and sudden reversals over two days of heavy trading highlight the acute sensitivity of financial markets to any suggestion of a withdrawal of stimulus measures after a prolonged period of monetary accommodation.”

June 25 – Reuters (Marc Jones): “Major central banks should press ahead with interest rate increases, the Bank for International Settlements said…, while recognizing that some turbulence in financial markets will have to be negotiated along the way. The BIS, an umbrella body for leading central banks, said in one of its most upbeat annual reports for years that global growth could soon be back at long-term average levels after a sharp improvement in sentiment over the past year. Though pockets of risk remain because of high debt levels, low productivity growth and dwindling policy firepower, the BIS said policymakers should take advantage of the improving economic outlook and its surprisingly negligible effect on inflation to accelerate the ‘great unwinding’ of quantitative easing programs and record low interest rates.”

Brexit Watch:

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3bn) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party. After over two weeks of talks and turmoil sparked by May's failure to win a majority in a June 8 snap election, she now has the parliamentary numbers to pass a budget and a better chance of passing laws to take Britain out of the European Union.”

Global Bubble Watch:

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Richard Barley): “Sometimes financial markets are surprisingly bad at connecting the dots—until they can’t ignore the picture forming before their eyes. The screeching U-turn in bond markets is a good example. The world’s central banks are sending out a message that loose monetary policy can’t last forever. The shift is mainly rhetorical, and action may yet be some way off. But expectations matter, as they did when the Federal Reserve indicated in 2013 that its quantitative-easing program could be wound down. That caused global bond yields to surge, led by the U.S., and sparked extended turmoil in emerging markets. This time, the bond reversal has been centered on Europe. Ten-year German bund yields started Tuesday just below 0.25%, but by Wednesday afternoon stood at 0.37%. That helped lift bond yields elsewhere, since low German yields have been acting as an anchor. The selloff in the bund Tuesday was the worst in 22 months…”

June 28 – Reuters (Sujata Rao): “Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies. World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash. This week, U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has warned of expensive asset price valuations, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has tightened controls on bank credit and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has opened the door to cutting back stimulus, possibly as soon as September. Years of cheap central bank cash has delivered a sugar rush to world equity markets, pushing them to successive record highs. But another side effect has been explosive credit growth as households, companies and governments rushed to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs. Global debt, as a result, now amounts to 327% of the world's annual economic output, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Garfield Clinton Reynolds and Adam Haigh): “Greed seems to be running the show in global markets. Fear has fled, and that may be the biggest risk of all. Currency volatility just hit a 20-month low, Treasury yields are in their narrowest half-year trading range since the 1970s and the U.S. equities fear gauge, the VIX, is stuck near a two-decade nadir. While markets have signaled complacency in the face of Middle East tensions, the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, the Bank for International Settlements flagged on Sunday that low volatility can spur risk-taking with the potential to unwind quickly.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “The growing market for exchange-traded funds hasn’t been fully put to the test, according to one of the top U.S. speed trading firms. Ari Rubenstein, chief executive officer and co-founder of Global Trading Systems LLC, told lawmakers… that while investment dollars have flooded the U.S. ETF market, the new order has not endured an extreme period of stress. Volatility, a measure of market uncertainty, has remained low. ‘In some ways the markets are a bit untested,’ Rubenstein said… ‘It’s definitely something we should talk about to make sure industry participants are prepared in those instruments.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Javier Espinoza): “Private equity buyouts have enjoyed the strongest start to a year since before the financial crisis as fund managers have come under intense pressure from investors to deploy some of the record amount of capital they hold. The volume of deals involving private equity firms climbed 29% to $143.7bn in the first half of the year, the highest level since 2007, according to… Thomson Reuters.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Enda Curran and Stephen Engle): “Investors aren’t sufficiently pricing in a growing threat to economic and financial market stability from geopolitical risks, and the latest global cyberattack is an example of the damage that can be wreaked on trade, Cornell University Professor Eswar Prasad said. His remarks came as a virus similar to WannaCry reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the U.S. overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.”

Fixed Income Bubble Watch:

June 27 – CNBC (Ann Saphir): “Bond investors may soon pay a hefty price for being too pessimistic about the economy, according to portfolio manager Joe Zidle. Zidle, who is with Richard Bernstein Advisors, believes the vast amount of money flowing into long-duration bonds is signaling a costly mistake. ‘Last week alone, there is a 20-year plus treasury bond ETF that in one week got more inflows than all domestic equity mutual funds, and all domestic equity ETFs combined year-to-date,’ he said… He added: ‘I think investors are going to be in a real painful trade.’”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Mary Williams Walsh): “The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has already engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto Rico, which effectively declared bankruptcy in May. But so is its population, and therefore its ability to pay. This tropical territory of roughly 100,000 people owes some $6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors.”

Federal Reserve Watch:

June 28 – Bloomberg (Jill Ward, Lucy Meakin, and Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no indication her plans for continued monetary policy tightening had shifted while acknowledging that some asset prices had become ‘somewhat rich.’ ‘We’ve made very clear that we think it will be appropriate to the attainment of our goals to raise interest rates very gradually,’ she said… In her first public remarks since the U.S. central bank hiked rates on June 14, Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ ‘Asset valuations are somewhat rich if you use some traditional metrics like price earnings ratios, but I wouldn’t try to comment on appropriate valuations, and those ratios ought to depend on long-term interest rates,” she said.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer pointed to higher asset prices as well as increased vulnerabilities for both household and corporate borrowers in warning against complacency when gauging the safety of the global financial system. ‘There is no doubt the soundness and resilience of our financial system has improved since the 2007-09 crisis,’ Fischer said… ‘However, it would be foolish to think we have eliminated all risks.’”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Luke Kawa): “When a trio of Federal Reserve officials delivered remarks on Tuesday, the state of U.S. financial markets came in for a little bit of criticism. When all was said and done, U.S. equities sank the most in six weeks, yields on 10-year Treasuries rose and the dollar weakened to the lowest level versus the euro in 10 months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ Earlier, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the stock market ‘seems to be running very much on fumes’ and that he was ‘somewhat concerned about the complacency in the market.’ Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer suggested that there had been a ‘notable uptick’ in risk appetite that propelled valuation ratios to very elevated levels.”

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said… ‘If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,’ San Francisco Fed President John Williams said… ‘Gradually raising interest rates to bring monetary policy back to normal helps us keep the economy growing at a rate that can be sustained for a longer time.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Alistair Gray and Barney Jopson): “Regulators have given US banks the go-ahead to pay out almost all their earnings to shareholders this year in a signal of their confidence in the health of the financial system. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to a record level of post-crisis distributions, including an estimated total of almost $100bn from the six largest banks. All 34 institutions passed the second part of its annual stress test, although the Fed did call out weaknesses in capital planning at Capital One… The big six US banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — are set to return to shareholders between $95bn and $97bn over the next four quarters, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Gerard Cassidy. That is about 50% more than they were able to hand out after last year’s exam.”

U.S. Bubble Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Shibani Mahtani and Douglas Belkin): “This is what happens when a major American state lets its bills stack up for two years. Hospitals, doctors and dentists don’t get paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of patient care. Social-service agencies help fewer people. Public universities and the towns that surround them suffer. The state’s bond rating falls to near junk status. People move out. A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years. State workers and some others are still getting paid because of court orders and other stopgap measures, but bills for many others are piling up. The unpaid backlog is now $14.6 billion and growing.”

June 28 – Bloomberg Business Week (Elizabeth Campbell and John McCormick): “Two years ago, Illinois’s budget impasse meant that the state’s lottery winners had to wait for months to get their winnings. Now, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois is on the brink of being unable to even sell Powerball tickets. For the third year in a row, the state is poised to begin its fiscal year on July 1 with no state budget and billions of dollars in the red. If that happens, S&P Global Ratings says Illinois will probably lose its ­investment-grade status and become the first U.S. state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as junk. Illinois is already the worst-rated state at BBB-, S&P’s lowest investment-grade rating. The state owes at least $800 million in interest and late fees on its unpaid bills.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Lev Borodovsky): “Commercial real estate prices are starting to roll over after reaching record highs, capping a long postcrisis rally. While there is no sign that a decline would mean imminent danger for the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren recently warned that valuations represent a risk he ‘will continue to watch carefully.’ So far, prices have proven resilient, reflecting in part the unexpected 2017 decline of interest rates and the rising capital flows from diverse sources such as U.S. pensions and overseas investors.”

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Chris Dieterich): “Booming demand for passive investments is making exchange-traded funds an increasingly crucial driver of share prices, helping to extend the long U.S. stock rally even as valuations become richer and other big buyers pare back. ETFs bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of this year, on pace to surpass their total purchases for 2015 and 2016 combined… These funds owned nearly 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter—their highest level on record—according to an analysis of Fed data by Goldman Sachs… Surging demand for ETFs this year has to an unprecedented extent helped fuel the latest leg higher for the eight-year stock-market rally.”

June 27 – Reuters (Kimberly Chin): “U.S. single-family home prices rose in April due to tight inventory of houses on the market and low mortgage rates… and economists see no imminent change in the trend. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20metropolitan areas rose 5.7% in April on a year-over-year basis after a 5.9% gain in March, which matched the fastest pace in nearly three years.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Andrew Mayeda): “The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth. The IMF reduced its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.1%, from 2.3% in the fund’s April update to its world economic outlook. The… fund also cut its projection for U.S. growth next year to 2.1%, from 2.5% in April.”

Japan Watch:

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “Japan's industrial output fell faster in May than at any time since the devastating earthquake of March 2011 while inventories hit their highest in almost a year, suggesting a nascent economic recovery may stall before it gets properly started. Household spending also fell in May, leaving the Bank of Japan's 2% target seemingly out of reach.”

EM Watch:

June 28 – Reuters (Brad Brooks and Silvio Cascione): “President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a ‘fiction’ on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year. Temer, who was charged Monday night with arranging to receive millions of dollars in bribes, said the move would hurt Brazil's economic recovery and possibly paralyze efforts at reform. The conservative leader said executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA , who accused him in plea-bargain testimony of arranging to take 38 million reais ($11.47 million) in bribes in the coming months, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.”

Geopolitical Watch:

June 29 – New York Times (Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger): “Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands.”

June 28 – New York Times (Sheera Frenkel, Mark Scott and Paul Mozur): “As governments and organizations around the world grappled… with the impact of a cyberattack that froze computers and demanded a ransom for their release, victims received a clear warning from security experts not to pay a dime in the hopes of getting back their data. The hackers’ email address was shut down and they had lost the ability to communicate with their victims, and by extension, to restore access to computers. If the hackers had wanted to collect ransom money, said cybersecurity experts, their attack was an utter failure. That is, if that was actually their goal. Increasingly sophisticated ransomware assaults now have cybersecurity experts questioning what the attackers are truly after. Is it money? Mayhem? Delivering a political message?”

June 25 – Reuters: “Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. ‘We are reviewing these demands out of respect for ... regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs,’ Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said… Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed a boycott on Qatar, issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish military base and pay reparations among other demands.”

June 27 – Reuters (Foo Yun Chee): “EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7bn) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.”
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          Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure   
The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatar’s conservative enemies want it shut down

On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera – once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the western networks and reversed the flow of information from east to west for the first time since the middle ages – faces closing its doors for good.

On 23 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt subjected Qatar to unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions, followed by an aggressive blockade and threats of further action if Qatar fails to meet a list of 13 demands, one of which is to shut down the al-Jazeera network.

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          The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

Authored by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

 

June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry.

The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” was “in the main … not true.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

Then came Republican Karen Handel’s June 20 victory in a special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, sparking bitter recriminations among Democrats who had hoped to ride to victory on a Russia-gate-propelled wave of resistance to Trump.

More evidence that the strategy was not working came a day later when the Harris Poll and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies produced a devastating survey showing that 62 percent of voters see no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, while 54 percent believe the “Deep State” is trying to unseat the President by leaking classified information. The poll even showed a small bounce in Trump’s popularity, with 45 percent viewing him favorably as opposed to only 39 percent for his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The mainstream news media also came in for some lumps. On June 23, CNN retracted a story that had claimed that Congress was looking into reports that the Trump transition team met secretly with a Russian investment fund under sanction from the U.S. government. Three days later, CNN announced that three staffers responsible for the blooper – reporter and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Thomas Frank; Pulitzer-winner Eric Lichtblau, late of the New York Times; and Lex Haris, executive editor in charge of investigations – had resigned.

Adding to CNN’s embarrassment, Project Veritas, the brainchild of rightwing provocateur James O’Keefe, released an undercover video in which a CNN producer named John Bonifield explained that the network can’t stop talking about Russia because it boosts ratings and then went on to say about Russia-gate:

Could be bullshit, I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now.  Like, we don’t have any big giant proof. But … the leaks keep leaking, and there are so many great leaks, and it’s amazing, and I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you’re witch-hunting me, like, you have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.

Project Veritas also released an undercover video interview with CNN contributor Van Jones calling the long-running probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia a “nothing-burger,” a position similar to the skepticism that Jones has displayed in his on-air comments.

True, the Bonifield video was only a medical reporter sounding off about a story that he’s not even covering and doing so to a dirty-trickster who has received financing from Trump and who, after another undercover film stunt, was ordered in 2013 to apologize and pay $100,000 to an anti-poverty worker whose privacy he had invaded.

Good for Ratings

But, still, Bonifield’s “president-is-probably-right” comment is hard to shake. Ditto Van Jones’ “nothing-burger.” Unless both quotes are completely doctored, it appears that the scuttlebutt among CNNers is that Russia-gate is a lot of hot air but no one cares because it’s sending viewership through the roof.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

And if that’s what CNN thinks, then it may be what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks as she also plays the Russia card for all it’s worthIt may also be what The Washington Post has in the back of its mind even while hyperventilating about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.”

The New York Times also got caught up in its enthusiasm to hype the Russia-gate case on June 25 when it ran a story slamming Trump for “refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks [on Democratic emails], and did it to help get him elected.”

The “17-intelligence-agency” canard has been a favorite go-to assertion for both Democrats and the mainstream news media, although it was repudiated in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

So, on June 29, the Times apparently found itself with no choice but to issue a correction stating: “The [Russia-hacking] assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”

This point is important because, as Consortiumnews.com and other non-mainstream news outlets have argued for more than a month, it is much easier to manipulate a finding by hand-picking analysts from a small number of intelligence agencies than by seeking the judgments and dissents from all 17.

Despite the correction, the Times soon returned to its pattern of shading the truth regarding the U.S. intelligence assessment. On June 30, a Times article reported: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 race.”

The Times’ phrase “unanimous conclusion” conveys the false impression that all 17 agencies were onboard without specifically saying so, although we now know that the Times’ editors are aware that only selected analysts from three agencies plus the DNI’s office were involved.

In other words, the Times cited a “unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies” to mislead its readers without specifically repeating the “all-17-agencies” falsehood. This behavior suggests that the Times is so blinded by its anti-Trump animus that it wants to conceal from its readers how shaky the whole tale is.

Holes from the Start

But the problems with Russia-gate date back to the beginning. Where Watergate was about a real burglary, this one began with a cyber break-in that may or may not have occurred. In his June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey conceded that the FBI never checked the DNC’s servers to confirm that they had truly been hacked.

Former FBI Director James Comey

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICHARD BURR: Did you ever have access to the actual hardware that was hacked?  Or did you have to rely on a third party to provide you the data that they had collected?

 

COMEY: In the case of the DNC, and, I believe, the DCCC [i.e. the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], but I’m sure the DNC, we did not have access to the devices themselves.  We got relevant forensic information from a private party, a high-class entity, that had done the work.  But we didn’t get direct access.

 

BURR: But no content?

 

COMEY: Correct.

 

BURR: Isn’t content an important part of the forensics from a counterintelligence standpoint?

 

COMEY: It is, although what was briefed to me by my folks — the people who were my folks at the time – is that they had gotten the information from the private party that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016.

The FBI apparently was confident that it could rely on such “a high-class entity” as CrowdStrike to tell it what it needed to know. Yet neither the Democratic National Committee nor CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California, cyber-security firm the DNC hired, was remotely objective.

Hillary Clinton was on record calling Putin a “bully” whose goal was “to stymie, to confront, to undermine American power” while Dmitri Aperovitch, CrowdStrike’s chief technical officer, is a Russian émigré who is both anti-Putin personally and an associate of the Atlantic Council, a pro-Clinton/anti-Russian think tank that is funded by the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and the Ukrainian World Congress. The Atlantic Council is one of the most anti-Russian voices in Washington.

So, an anti-Putin DNC hired an anti-Putin security specialist, who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, “immediately” determined that the break-in was the work of hackers “closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.”

Comey’s trust in CrowdStrike was akin to cops trusting a private eye not only to investigate a murder, but to determine if it even occurred. Yet the mainstream media’s pack journalists saw no reason to question the FBI because doing so would not accord with an anti-Trump bias so pronounced that even journalism profs have begun to notice.

Doubts about CrowdStrike

Since CrowdStrike issued its findings, it has come under wide-ranging criticism. Cyber experts have called its analysis inconsistent because while praising the alleged hackers to the skies (“our team considers them some of the best adversaries out of all the numerous nation-state, criminal and hacktivist/terrorist groups we encounter on a daily basis”), CrowdStrike says it was able to uncover their identity because they made kindergarten-level mistakes, most notably uploading documents in a Russian-language format under the name “Felix Edmundovich,” a reference to Felix E. Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Soviet secret police.

Couple walking along the Kremlin, Dec. 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Parry)

“Raise your hand if you think that a GRU or FSB officer would add Iron Felix’s name to the metadata of a stolen document before he released it to the world while pretending to be a Romanian hacker,” wisecracked cyber-skeptic Jeffrey Carr.

Others noted how easy it is for even novice hackers to leave a false trail. In Seattle, cyber-sleuths Mark Maunder and Rob McMahon of Wordfence, makers of a popular computer-security program, discovered that “malware” found in the DNC was an early version of a publicly available program developed in the Ukraine – which was strange, they said, because one would expect Russian intelligence to develop its own tools or use ones that were more up to date.

But even if the malware was Russian, experts pointed out that its use in this instance no more implicates Russian intelligence than the use of an Uzi in a bank robbery implicates Mossad.

Other loose threads appeared. In January, Carr poured cold water on a subsequent CrowdStrike report charging that pro-Russian separatists had used similar malware to zero in on pro-government artillery units in the eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian ministry of defense and the London think tank from which CrowdStrike obtained much of its data agreed that the company didn’t know what it was talking about. But if CrowdStrike was wrong about the Ukraine case, how could everyone be sure it was right about the DNC?

In March, Wikileaks went public with its “Vault 7” findings showing, among other things, that the CIA has developed sophisticated software in order to scatter false clues – which inevitably led to dark mutterings that maybe the agency had hacked the DNC itself in order to blame it on the Russians.

Finally, although Wikileaks policy is never to comment on its sources, Julian Assange, the group’s founder, decided to make an exception.

“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” he told journalist John Pilger in November. “Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

Craig Murray, an ex-British diplomat who is a Wikileaks adviser, disclosed that he personally flew to Washington to meet with a person who was either the original source or an associate of the source. Murray said the motive for the leak was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

Conceivably, such contacts could have been cutouts to conceal from WikiLeaks the actual sources. Still, Wikileaks’ record of veracity should be enough to give anyone pause. Yet the press either ignored the WikiLeaks comments or, in the case of The Washington Post, struggled to prove that WikiLeaks was lying.

Unstable Foundation

The stories that have been built upon this unstable foundation have proved shaky, too. In March, the Times published a front-page exposé asserting that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort “had regular communications with his longtime associate – a former Russian military translator in Kiev who has been investigated in Ukraine on suspicion of being a Russian intelligence agent.”  But if the man was merely a suspected spy as opposed to a convicted one, then what’s the problem?

President Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

The article also noted that Jason Greenblatt, a former Trump lawyer who is now a special White House representative for international negotiations, met last summer with Rabbi Berel Lazar, “the chief rabbi of Russia and an ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin.” But an Orthodox Jew paying a call on Russia’s chief rabbi is hardly extraordinary. Neither is the fact that the rabbi is a Putin ally since Putin enjoys broad support in the Russian Jewish community.

In April, the Times published another innuendo-laden front-page story about businessman Carter Page whose July 2016 trip to Moscow proved to be “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.”

Page’s sins chiefly consist of lecturing at a Moscow academic institute about U.S.-Russian relations in terms that The New York Times believed “echoed the position of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia” and, on another occasion, meeting with a suspected Russian intelligence agent in New York.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Page knew the man was an intelligence officer,” the article added. So is it now a crime to talk with a Russian or some other foreign national who, unbeknownst to you, may turn out to be an intelligence agent?

Then there is poor Mike Flynn, driven out as national security adviser after just 24 days in office for allegedly misrepresenting conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – exchanges during the Trump transition that supposedly exposed him to the possibility of Russian blackmail although U.S. intelligence was monitoring the talks and therefore knew their exact contents. And, since the Russians no doubt assumed as much, it’s hard to see what they could have blackmailed him with. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Turning Gen. Flynn into Road Kill.”]

Yet the mainstream media eagerly gobbled up this blackmail possibility while presenting with a straight face the claim by Obama holdovers at the Justice Department that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations might have violated the 1799 Logan Act, an ancient relic that has never been used to prosecute anyone in its entire two-century history.

So, if the scandal is looking increasingly threadbare now, could the reason be that there was little or nothing to it when it was first announced during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign?

Although it’s impossible to say what evidence might eventually emerge, Russia-gate is looking more and more like a Democratic version of Benghazi, a pseudo-scandal that no one could ever figure out but which wound up making Hillary Clinton look like a persecuted hero and the Republicans seem like obsessed idiots.

As much as that epic inquiry turned out to be mostly a witch-hunt, Americans are beginning to sense the same about Washington’s latest game of “gotcha.”

The United States is still a democracy in some vague sense of the word, and “We the People” are losing patience with subterranean maneuvers on the part of the Democrats, the neoconservatives, and the intelligence agencies seeking to reverse a presidential election.

Like Benghazi or possibly even the Birthergate scam about President Obama’s Kenyan birthplace, the whole convoluted Russia-gate tale grows stranger by the day.


          Daily GK Update 29th June 2017, Important Current Affairs   
1. India's communication satellite ‘GSAT-17’ has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana.

2. A new variety of ‘groundnut’ has been developed by agro-scientists of the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture Technology University(CSA), Kanpur.

3. Indian-American ‘Krishna R Urs’ has been appointed as the new US Ambassador to Peru.

4. The Union Govt. has made mandatory to link existing ‘Aadhaar numbers’ with ‘Permanent Account Number’ (PAN) of taxpayers with effect from 1st July 2017.

5. The Union Govt. has launched two key interventions, oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions.

6. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the election for the post of Vice-President of India.

7. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister ‘N Chandrababu Naidu’ gave away 50 lakh cash prizes and offered Group 1 post to Badminton Champion Kidambi Srikanth and Rs.15 lakh cash prize for his Coach ‘P. Gopi Chand’.

8. The Maharashtra govt. has issued the government resolution for the farm loan waiver of 34,022 crore rupees.

9. Odisha is set to become the first state in the country to have a ‘blood bank’ for the cattle.

10. India has become the first country to contribute one lakh US Dollars to a UN fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues.

11. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) city Sharjah has been declared the ‘World Book Capital’ for the year 2019 by UNESCO.

12. China's Navy has launched its biggest new generation destroyer weighing 10,000 tons to become a global naval power at the Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai.

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          MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL PRESENTS: "Punk From The Middle East And Asia"   

Last year Maximum Rocknroll had a fundraiser of sorts for their record archive. It passed a "collection" many years ago, and has evolved into one of the most comprehensive archives of punk vinyl in the world, well over 50,000 records (and growing). The funds were raised to help create a database (that will include original reviews, and will be free and searchable) and curate the existing archive - it was (is) a shitload of work, and shitloads ain't free, you know? Various incentives were offered to encourage donations, including mix tapes....giver's choice. Some enterprising (and brilliant) fukkr asked for the following tape: "one side Asia (non-Japan), one side Middle East." Well played, punk rocker. Archive coordinator Shivaun crushed this mixtape, and I hope that you will be as thrilled as I was digging on the gems she uncovered from all over the damned place. Not surprisingly, Tian An Men 89 Records makes several contributions (I mean, come on - of course that's the first place you look, right?), but Pakistani grindcore? OK....I'm sold. Bands from: Syria, India, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Singapore, Armenia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Algeria, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Sound Korea, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates. 



          Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action   

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates

Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Monday deadline to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a de-facto blockade on the Gulf nation.

During a visit to Rome, foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar’s sovereignty. He said any country is free to raise grievances with Qatar, provided they have proof, but said any such conflicts should be worked out through negotiation, not by imposing ultimatums.

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          US quietly publishes once-expunged papers on 1953 Iran coup   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation...
          New U.A.E. Peer-to-Peer Lender Aims at Small-Business Funding Gap   
Peer-to-peer lending has been around for roughly a decade, sprouting in the U.K. and quickly catching on in the U.S., but it hadn’t existed in the Middle East until the launch this week of Beehive, a new business that aims at securing financing for small businesses in the United Arab Emirates.
          Majid Al Futtaim acquires Retail Arabia, franchise owner of Geant in the Middle East   

·                     Acquisition includes 26 Geant hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain as well as four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain
·                     Purchase in line with the company’s ambition to consolidate the Carrefour brand’s leadership position in the region

Cairo, Egypt, 29 June, 2017

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has announced the acquisition of Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Geant stores across the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as 4 Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal has been agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International.

All of the acquired stores, which include hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, will be rebranded under Carrefour. This will see Carrefour extend its leading position in the UAE by increasing its store count from 67 to 80, while in Bahrain and Kuwait, it will further establish the brand as one of the largest grocery retail operators by increasing its stores to 11 and 8 respectively. Majid Al Futtaim has confirmed that all Retail Arabia’s employees will be retained following the acquisition and empowered to deliver Carrefour’s world-renowned customer experience.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, commented: “This acquisition is a major milestone for Majid Al Futtaim, one which further cements Carrefour’s position as the largest and most successful grocery retailer in the region and beyond. We are open to further prospects, through both organic growth and opportunistic acquisitions, and will pursue these in line with our disciplined strategic and financial approach. Our ambition is to expand our physical as well as our digital presence, and reinforce our omni-channel offering.”

Bejjani added: “Carrefour is a brand already synonymous with quality, affordability convenience and a diligence to offer exceptional customer experience. By extending its reach, we will deliver these promises to more customers in more locations, while enhancing
Majid Al Futtaim’s overall ability to fulfil its vision of creating great moments for everyone, everyday.”



Majid Al Futtaim was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners on the transaction.


Note to the Editor: The legal name of this company is “Majid Al Futtaim” and should not be shortened or replaced by an acronym to avoid confusion with another business entity.

Disclaimer: All facts and figures in this release are accurate at the time of issuance.




About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 15 international markets, employing more than 35,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 21 shopping malls, 12 hotels and three mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in 38 markets across Middle East, Africa and Asia, and operates a portfolio of more than 175 outlets in 15 countries.

Majid Al Futtaim operates 284 VOX Cinema screens and 30 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company 'Najm', a fashion retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, and Crate & Barrel; and a healthcare business that operates City Centre Clinics. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East and operates in the food and beverage industry through a partnership with Gourmet Gulf.


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ماجد الفطيم تستحوذ على شركة ريتيل آرابيا مالكة حقوق امتياز جيـان في الشرق الأوسط
·        اتفاقية الاستحواذ تتضمن 26 متجر جيان هايبرماركت وسوبرماركت في الإمارات والكويت والبحرين وأربعة متاجر غلف مارت في البحرين
·        خطوة الاستحواذ تتماشى مع خطة الشركة الطموحة لتعزيز مكانة كارفور في المنطقة
القاهرة فى 29 يونيو 2017
أعلنت ’ماجد الفطيم‘، الشركة الرائدة في مجال تطوير وإدارة مراكز التسوق، المدن المتكاملة ومنشآت التجزئة والترفيه على مستوى منطقة الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا وآسيا، عن استحواذها على شركة ريتيل آرابيا Retail Arabia، مالكة حقوق الامتياز لـ 26 متجر هايبر ماركت وسوبرماركت يحمل علامة جيان في دولة الإمارات والبحرين والكويت بالإضافة إلى أربعة متاجر غلف مارت في البحرين. وقد تم توقيع الاتفاقية بين ماجد الفطيم وشركة بي إم إيه انترناشيونال BMA International  الشركة المالكة لريتيل آرابيا.
وسوف تشهد جميع المتاجر المستحوذ عليها، بأنماطها المختلفة من هايبرماركت وسوبرماركت ومتاجر صغيرة، تغيير العلامة التجارية الحالية لتحمل اسم كارفور، مما يساهم في تعزيز دور العلامة القيادي في قطاع التجزئة بدولة الإمارات، ليرتفع عدد المتاجر في الدولة من 67 إلى 80 متجر، وترسيخ مكانتها كأحد أكبر مشغلي قطاع التجزئة في الكويت بزيادة عدد المتاجر من 1 إلى 8 متجر، وفي البحرين، بزيادة عدد المتاجر من 1 إلى 11 متجر. وقد أكدت شركة ماجد الفطيم الاحتفاظ بجميع موظفي شركة التجزئة العربية الدولية، وتطوير قدراتهم وتمكينهم لتقديم خدمة العملاء المتميزة والتي يشتهر بها كارفور.
وتعليقاً على هذا الاستحواذ،  قال السيد آلان بجاني، الرئيس التنفيذي لدى ماجد الفطيم القابضة: ’’تعد هذه الخطوة إنجازًا كبيرًا لشركة ماجد الفطيم يرسخ مكانة كارفور القيادية كأحد أكبر العلامات التجارية في مجال التجزئة الاستهلاكية وأكثرها نجاحًا في جميع الأسواق التي تعمل فيها. وسوف نواصل التوسع إلى آفاق جديدة سواء من خلال النمو الذاتي أو من خلال المزيد من الفرص الاستحواذية التي تتماشى مع استراتيجية الشركة الطموحة لتعزيز تواجدنا وتطوير إمكانياتنا الرقمية ودعم قناة التسويق الموحدة الشاملة الخاصة بكارفور.‘‘
وأضاف آلان بجاني: تمثل العلامة التجارية لكارفور مرادفًا للجودة، والأسعار التنافسية والتسوق المريح والتجربة الفريدة. وسوف يتيح لنا التوسع تأكيد التزامنا بتقديم هذه الخدمات المتميزة لعملائنا في عدد أكبر من المتاجر في المنطقة، وترسيخ رؤيتنا في تحقيق أسعد اللحظات لكل الناس كل يوم.‘‘
تم الاستعانة بشركة "بيريلا واينبرج بارتنرز" كجهة استشارية لشركة ماجد الفطيم في هذه المعاملة.
ملاحظة للمحرر: الاسم القانوني لهذه الشركة هو "ماجد الفطيم"، ويجب عدم تقصيره أو اختصاره لتفادي الالتباس مع كيان تجاري آخر.
إخلاء المسؤولية: جميع الحقائق والأرقام الواردة في هذا الإصدار دقيقة في وقت إصدارها.

نبذة عن "ماجد الفطيم"

تأسست شركة "ماجد الفطيم" عام 1992، وهي الشركة الرائدة في مجال تطوير وإدارة مراكز التسوق، والمدن المتكاملة ومنشآت التجزئة والترفيه على مستوى الشرق الأوسط و إفريقيا وآسيا. وتحفل قصة نجاح "ماجد الفطيم" بالعديد من الإنجازات، التي جاءت نتيجة رؤية أسسها السيد ماجد الفطيم، الذي حلم بتغيير مفهوم التسوّق والترفيه لـ"تحقيق أسعد اللحظات لكل الناس، كل يوم". وقد بدأت ملامح تلك الرؤية تتجسّد عبر العديد من مراكز التسوّق الحديثة والمبتكرة، تم افتتاحها أولاً في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، لتتوسّع بعدها عبر 15 سوقاً حول العالم ويعمل بها أكثر من 35 ألف موظف. وقد نالت المجموعة أعلى درجة استثمارية (BBB) للمؤسسات الخاصة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.
تمتلك وتدير "ماجد الفطيم" اليوم 21 مركز تسوّق و12 فندقاً وثلاثة مشاريع مدن متكاملة بالإضافة إلى العديد من المشاريع قيد الإنشاء. وتتضمّن مراكز التسوّق التابعة لشركة "ماجد الفطيم"، "مول الإمارات"، و"مول مصر"، ومراكز "سيتي سنتر"، ومراكز التسوق المجتمعية "ماي سيتي سنتر"، بالإضافة إلى أربعة مجمّعات تسوّق بالشراكة مع حكومة الشارقة. كما أنّ للشركة امتياز الاستخدام الحصري لاسم "كارفور" في 38 سوقاً على مستوى الشرق الأوسط وإفريقيا وآسيا. وتدير "ماجد الفطيم" أكثر من 175 متجراً في 15 دولة.
كما تدير "ماجد الفطيم" 284 شاشة سينما في صالات "ڤوكس سينما" التابعة لها، بالإضافة إلى 30 مركز ترفيه عائلي "ماجيك بلانيت" في المنطقة، والعديد من المنشآت الترفيهية المبتكرة مثل "سكي دبي"، و"سكي مصر"، وغيرها. و"ماجد الفطيم" هي الشركة الأم  لشركة التمويل المتخصصة بإصدار البطاقات الائتمانية الاستهلاكية "نجم"، وشركة متخصصة بالأزياء والأناقة تدير عدداً من أبرز الأسماء والعلامات التجارية في عالم الأزياء والموضة مثل "أبيركرومبي آند فتش" و"أُول سينتس" و"لولوليمون أثليتيكا" و"كريت آند باريل". كما تعتبر "ماجد الفطيم" الشركة الأم لوحدة أعمال خاصة بالعناية والرعاية الصحية تضمّ شبكة مراكز "سيتي سنتر كلينيك". هذا وتشغّل "ماجد الفطيم" شركة إدارة المرافق "إينوڤا" من خلال مشروع مشترك مع شركة "ﭬيوليا"، العالمية الرائدة في مجال إدارة الموارد البيئية. وتمتلك المجموعة حقوق متجر "ليغو" و "أمريكان غيرل"المعتمد في منطقة الشرق الأوسط كما أنها تعمل في قطاع الأطعمة والمشروبات من خلال شراكة استثنائية مع "غورميه غلف".

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          Market forces will drive climate change efforts as US exits Paris agreement   

·         US exit from COP21 won’t impact climate protection efforts
·         UAE opportunity to lead Middle East in growing renewable energy infrastructure
·         Berlin Green Investment Summit gathers financial, scientific and political leaders
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 June 2017: Following the announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the COP21 agreement, leading impact investor Jochen Wermuth, Founder and CIO of Wermuth Asset Management, has said that the move will not be detrimental to climate protection efforts. Speaking at the Berlin Green Investment Summitat the offices of the Tagesspiegel on 20 June, Wermuth said that market forces will dictate the path of climate change, following the strong growth and resulting competitiveness of renewable energy and electric vehicles.
The conditions for investment in renewable energy in the Middle East are healthy. The cost of solar energy in Dubai is now approximately USD 3 cents per kilowatt. Commitments have been made by leading Middle East countries, such as the UAE, to develop solar energy production. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, for example, is a USD 13 billion project that will produce 5 gigawatts of power once completed. As a project developed in the oil-rich UAE, this is a clear example that environmental sustainability is now increasingly high on the regional economic agenda.
The global cost of energy generation from wind and solar power has continued to fall and is now offered at less than $3cent/kWh, with which oil can only compete at a price below $5/barrel. Electric vehicles are competitive, with 250 million Chinese drivers now using 100% electric cars, scooters and bikes. Meanwhile, the cost of storage is also falling rapidly. In many developed markets, renewable energy is more competitively priced than fossil fuel alternatives without the support of government subsidies, and therefore an obvious choice for forward-thinking investors.
Fossil fuel subsidies, however, remain an issue. The health costs of burning a ton of CO2 (eg. through asthma, allergies and cancer) are estimated by the IMF to be around 60/ton of CO2, with global climate change costs of around 70/ton. The total cost amounts to around 130/ton, which is what Sweden, the fastest growing OECD economy for the past 20 years, charges for CO2 emissions. According to the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), the price of CO2 emissions is as low as 5/ton, with some estimates for the price of CO2 globally as low as negative 150/ton (subsidised). In May 2017, the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices, led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Lord Nicholas Stern concluded that an immediate move to CO2 prices of at least €40-€70/ton is required to limit further misallocation of capital and to have a chance of reaching the Paris agreement’s target of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming.
Jochen Wermuth commented:
“Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement is not the catastrophe it seems. Mega-trends in ever cheaper renewable energy, electric mobility and storage are well established and backed by their competitiveness. As recently as a year ago, such a decision could have been detrimental, now it simply means parts of the US will be left behind. The EU and China are leading the green industrial revolution and will assume global economic leadership. The economic case for moving into renewables before the carbon bubble bursts is well understood. Market forces are now climate change’s best friends. The world of fossil fuels is slowly coming to an end, and is set to become as outdated as an unreconstructed US president attempting to extend the life of America’s coal and oil industries.”
In investment terms, major global corporates, insurers, and other institutions have shown a growing appetite, and are delivering on commitments, to divest from fossil fuels. They realize that the financial risk associated with investment in exploration for oil, coal and gas is growing. The international Divest Invest programme, which establishes commitments to investing away from fossil fuels and into environmentally-friendly alternatives, calculates that over USD 5 trillion has been withdrawn from oil, gas and coal companies by institutional and private investors globally.
Wermuth continued:

"Resource-efficient and green power companies not only contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, but are economically attractive and therefore offer profitable investment opportunities now and in the future. Investments in companies with established business models in the areas of resource efficiency, renewable energy and electro-mobility - whether through the purchase of shares or bonds, or private equity investments - will continue to grow in importance. In this context, growth stage private equity investment is key, as many companies in the emerging technologies space will be absent from stock markets for some time. The historical comparison is striking: the champions of the last industrial revolution - the Siemens, Rockefellers and JP Morgans - were not listed from inception, but all eventually took their place as champions, eventually replacing all but one of the constituents of the first Dow Jones Index, which had been made up mainly of steam engine railway companies. The upside potential of the green industrial revolution can therefore mainly be realised by investing in growth stage private equity, which will be of critical importance for asset allocation by institutional investors, not just for the returns it offers, but also for the strategic information new technologies and business models provide for other assets, such as bonds of oil-producing nations.”

          Microland Positioned as a Major Contender in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix™ for Solutions: IT Infrastructure Services Automation 2017   

MELBOURNE, Australia & LONDON & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- Microland, a leading global hybrid IT service provider, announced that it has been positioned as a “Major Contender” in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix™ for Solutions: IT Infrastructure Services Automation 2017.
As a part of this report, Everest Group analyzed 15 leading service providers on a combination of analyst assessment and feedback, collated from client interviews. Based on the analysis, Microland emerged as a Major Contender that exhibited deep domain expertise across technologies with a business outcome driven approach to deliver both immediate and future requirements for its clients. Microland leverages its comprehensive suite of proprietary platforms, integration expertise in third party tools and in-house developed consulting framework to deliver end-to-end automation solutions across the entire IT stack.
Chirajeet Sengupta, Partner, Information Technology Services at Everest Group said, “Microland has developed a credible suite of IT infrastructure services automation solutions that span across IT operations, workplace, cloud, analytics and reporting. Clients have praised Microland’s proactiveness in pushing automation within existing contracts, high level of integration of solutions with existing client tools, and overall flexibility and agility showcased within implementation services offered."
The vendor analysis for Microland is available here.
Sharad Heda, Head of Automation, Executive Leadership - Microland said, “We are excited to be a part of Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix for Solutions. Microland partners with its customers to help them leverage Automation and Analytics as a strategic transformation lever for entire IT estate as against the tactical, script based, siloed approach that most companies still adopt. Every engagement that we undertake promises to deliver a concrete business outcome in this transformation journey.”
تصنيف مايكرولاند كمنافس رئيسي في تقييمات بيك ماتريكس للحلول من إيفرست جروب: أتمتة خدمات البنية التحتية لتقنية المعلومات 2017

ملبورن، أستراليا ولندن ودبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة وسان خوسيه، كاليفورنيا-(بزنيس واير/"إم إي نيوز واير"): أعلنت شركة "مايكرولاند"، وهي مزود عالمي رائد لخدمات البنية التحتية الهجينة لتقنية المعلومات، عن تصنيفها كـ"منافس رئيسي" في تقييمات "بيك ماتريكس" للحلول من "إيفرست جروب": أتمتة خدمات البنية التحتية لتقنية المعلومات 2017.

وفي إطار ھذا التقریر، قامت "إيفرست جروب" بتحلیل 15 من مزودي الخدمات الرائدين استناداً إلى مجموعة من تقییمات وملاحظات المحللین، التي تم تجميعها من مقابلات مع العملاء. وبناءاً على هذا التحليل، برزت شركة "مايكرولاند" كمنافس رئيسي، بيّن خبرات معمقة في مجال التقنيات مع اتباع مقاربة قائمة على النتائج التجارية لتلبية متطلبات فورية ومستقبلية لعملائها. وتستفيد "مايكرولاند" من مجموعتها الشاملة من المنصات الخاصة، وخبرة التكامل في مجال أدوات الطرف الثالث، وإطار عمل استشاري مطوّر داخلياً لتقديم حلول الأتمتة المتكاملة عبر حزمة تقنية المعلومات بأكملها.

وفي هذا السياق، قال شيراجيت سينجوبتا، شريك خدمات تقنية المعلومات في "إيفرست جروب": "قامت ’مايكرولاند‘ بتطوير مجموعة موثوقة من حلول أتمتة خدمات البنية التحتية لتقنية المعلومات التي تشمل عمليات تقنية المعلومات، وأماكن العمل، والسحابة، والتحليلات وإعداد التقارير. وأثنى العملاء على جهود ’مايكرولاند‘ الاستباقية في دفع الأتمتة في إطار العقود القائمة، والمستوى العالي لدمج الحلول مع أدوات العملاء الحالية، والمرونة العامة والسرعة في تنفيذ الخدمات المقدمة".

ويمكنكم الاطلاع على تحليل البائع الخاص بشركة "مايكرولاند" هنا.

ومن جهته، قال شاراد هيدا، رئيس شؤون الأتمتة في القيادة التنفيذية في شركة "مايكرولاند": "نحن متحمسون لأن نكون جزءاً من تقييمات ’بيك ماتريكس‘ للحلول من ’إيفرست جروب‘. وتتشارك ’مايكرولاند‘ مع عملائها لمساعدتهم على الاستفادة من الأتمتة والتحليلات كأداة تحول استراتيجية لملكية تقنية المعلومات بأكملها مقارنة بالمقاربة المعزولة التكتيكية، القائمة على النصوص، التي لا تزال معتمدة في معظم الشركات. وتعِد كل مشاركة نقوم بها بتقديم نتائج تجارية ملموسة في هذه المسيرة التحولية".

لمحة عن شركة "مايكرولاند"
تُعتبر شركة "مايكرولاند" مزوداً عالمياً رائداً لخدمات البنية التحتية الهجينة لتقنيةالمعلومات وشريكاً موثوقاً للشركات في مسيرة تقنية المعلومات كخدمة الخاصة بهم. وتوظف الشركة، التي تتخذ من بانجلور في الهند مقراً رئيسياً لها، أكثر من 3600 متخصص في مكاتبها في أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وأمريكا الشمالية وأستراليا والهند. وتُمكّن "مايكرولاند" الشركات العالمية من أن تصبح أكثر مرونة وابتكاراً من خلال حافظة شاملة من الخدمات الخاصة بالانتقال إلى تقنية المعلومات الهجينة وإدارة أماكن العمل والخدمات والبنية التحتية المتكاملة لتقنية المعلومات.

لمزيد من المعلومات يرجى زيارة موقعنا الإلكتروني: http://www.microland.com

إن نص اللغة الأصلية لهذا البيان هو النسخة الرسمية المعتمدة. أما الترجمة فقد قدمت للمساعدة فقط، ويجب الرجوع لنص اللغة الأصلية الذي يمثل النسخة الوحيدة ذات التأثير القانوني.

          Trump Arrives In Saudi Arabia To A Warm Welcome, Despite Troubles At Home   
President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday carrying baggage — namely, a swirl of controversy stemming from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing Russia investigations . But his hosts in Riyadh aren't likely to be bothered by it all. Trumpeters played and jets flew overhead with red white and blue smoke trails decorating the sky as Trump emerged from Air Force One in Riyadh. He was greeted by Saudi Arabia's King Salman and children bearing flowers. A long red carpet led from Air Force One to the airport terminal. Middle East expert Ilan Goldenberg is just back from a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which included meetings with high-level government officials. "I think they were very optimistic about President Trump," says Goldenberg, who runs the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. That might be surprising considering some of the ways Trump disparaged Saudi Arabia as a presidential candidate. A check of his
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          Russian President Vladimir Putin stresses need for diplomacy in Persian Gulf dispute   
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with German Foreign Minister at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2017. (Photos by AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Persian Gulf states.
"Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of political-diplomatic efforts aimed at overcoming differences of opinion and the normalization of the difficult situation that exists," said a statement released by the Kremlin on Saturday.
While noting that the conversation was initiated by Qatar and Bahrain, it noted that boosting cooperation in the field of energy and investment was also discussed.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar on June 5. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.
The countries later issued a list of demands for Qatar to meet in return for the normalization of ties. Among them was that Qatar should shut down Al Jazeera, a media network that has reportedly been critical especially of Saudi Arabia, close a Turkish military base, limit its ties with Iran, and “compensate” the sanctioning countries.
Qatar: list of demands designed to be rejected
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has stressed that Doha will not give in to any of the demands made by Riyadh and its allies, noting that the requests were “meant to be rejected."
"Everyone is aware that these demands are meant to infringe the sovereignty of the state of Qatar, shut the freedom of speech and impose auditing and probation mechanism for Qatar," he added.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaks during a luncheon hosted by the Arab Center of Washington, DC on June 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
"We believe that the world is not governed by ultimatums, we believe that the world is governed by the international law, it is governed by an order that does not allow large countries to bully small countries," he noted.
Thani made the remarks with less than 48 hours remaining to the end of the demand’s deadlines, stressing that "those parties brand any party of state who opposes their designs as terrorists."
"The United States administration and institutions firmly believe in the state of Qatar, yet the statement made by President [Donald] Trump was based on false allegations and the false impression given to him by the heads of states who imposed blockade on Qatar," he added.
"The state of Qatar has been subjected to unlawful measures on the basis of false allegations without the submission of evidence," he stressed.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends a joint press conference with his German counterpart at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on June 7, 2017.
Saudis push on with Qatar demands
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia reiterated that its demands on Doha were "non-negotiable."    
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir tweeted that Riyadh’s "demands on Qatar to stop funding terrorism are non-negotiable."
"Restrictions on Qatar show zero tolerance for terrorism," he said, claiming that Doha had failed to keep previous vows of stopping "funding terrorism and interfering in other countries' affairs." 
Jubeir made a similar statement last week, stressing that the demands, which most countries have dubbed as being unrealistic, were non-negotiable. "We made our point, we took our steps and it's up to the Qataris to amend their behavior and once they do, things will be worked out, but if they don't they will remain isolated," he said.

          Turkey sees hope to find solution to Qatar crisis: Official   
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) meets Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Isik (R) and Qatar's Minister of Defense Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah in Ankara on July 1, 2017. (Photo by the Turkish Presidential Press Service)
A Turkish presidential spokesman has expressed hope about the likelihood of finding a solution to the ongoing crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries.
"There are some indications that a solution is possible. This is our general impression. We need to continue efforts to take measures that go in the right direction," Ibrahim Kalin said.
Kalin made the remarks after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah at the headquarters of the AKP ruling party in Ankara.
The meeting came as part of Ankara’s efforts to play a mediating role in the ongoing dispute between Qatar and some Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar on June 5. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.
The countries later issued a list of demands for Qatar to meet in return for the normalization of ties. Among them was that Qatar should shut down Al Jazeera, a media network that has reportedly been critical especially of Saudi Arabia, close a Turkish military base, limit its ties with Iran, and “compensate” the sanctioning countries.
Doha has refused to meet the demands, calling them unreasonable, and said it would not negotiate with the countries unless the blockade has been lifted.
On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters in Rome that his country would reject the demands, noting that the ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at undermining Qatar’s sovereignty.
"This list of demands is to be rejected, not to be accepted. We are willing to engage in dialogue but under proper conditions," he said.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani attends a news conference in Rome, Italy, July 1, 2017. (Photo by AP)
Qatar has been lobbying with the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against the Saudi-led embargo.
On Friday, the Qatari foreign minister met with the representatives of the UNSC member states at the Qatari mission to the UN in New York, urging them to press the sanctioning countries to lift the blockade and to speak out publicly in support of his country.
Turkey has also criticized the ultimatum for Qatar, but has tried not to take any direct stance against Saudi Arabia during the dispute.
Ankara, which has supported Doha throughout the crisis, resists pressure to close its military base in Qatar. Turkey has dispatched hundreds of aid flights and even a cargo ship of food to Qatar during the blockade. 

          Qatar lobbying with United Nations Security Council members to lift Saudi-led bans   

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani (photo by AFP)

Qatar has been lobbying with the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against a Saudi-led embargo of the country.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met with the representatives of the UNSC member states at the Qatari mission to the UN in New York on Friday, urging them to press the sanctioning countries to lift the blockade and to speak out publicly in support of his country, Al Jazeera reported.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar on June 5. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.
The countries later issued a list of demands for Qatar to meet in return for a normalization of ties. Among them was that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, a media network that has reportedly been critical especially of Saudi Arabia, close a Turkish military base, limit its ties with Iran, and “compensate” the sanctioning countries.
Doha has refused to meet the demands, calling them unreasonable, and said it would not negotiate with the countries unless the blockade has been lifted.
Separately, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry reacted to the refusal, saying this was not the first time Qatar was standing up to Riyadh’s demands, Saudi paper Okaz reported. The Ministry claimed that Doha had “endangered” Saudi national security, and that it continued to lend support to “terrorist groups.”
Al Thani told Al Jazeera that he had given the UNSC members “updates on the situation” and urged “all of them to call for a lifting of the blockade on Qatar.” Qatar was “trying to encourage all the parties to enter a serious dialog to try to put an end to this,” he said.
A day earlier, he had met with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stand together before a meeting at the US State Department, in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Tillerson reportedly promised to try to help resolve the Persian Gulf crisis.
The Qatari top diplomat was set to return to Doha soon, where “his country will continue to press its case with a number of different organization like the [UN] International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization, and the Human Rights Council in Geneva,” Al Jazeera added.
The blockade has forced Qatar to reroute certain flights, and the country’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti has met twice this past week with ICAO officials at the body’s headquarters in Montreal, asking it to intervene in the crisis.

          Somaliland:President receives ministers who paid him courtesy call visit   
By M.A. Egge The President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud Silanyo yesterday hailed some members of his cabinet, who paid him a courtesy call, for their steadfastness and diligence in serving the nation. The Head of State who is currently in the United Arab Emirates on a private holiday received the ministers at the hotel he […]
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          KSU professor wins highest award for date palm research   
Author: 
Arab News
Sat, 2017-07-01 18:28
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RIYADH: Dr. Binu Antony, assistant professor of date palm research at King Saud University (KSU), won the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation worth 1 million Emirati dirhams ($272,257).
Dr. Antony received the award in recognition of his research work on the red palm weevil, a global palm and date palm tree pest. “It lays eggs in the tree,” says Binu. “When the larvae come out, it feeds on the trunk. As a result, the tree will die within a year (the annual losses run to $8 million in the Kingdom).
Apart from the larvae, when adult weevils attack a tree, they emit a pheromone. “This can attract the other weevils in the area,” says Dr. Antony. “Soon, there will be a mass attack.” Through his research, Binu was able to identify a gene which is used for smelling (olfaction) located in the antennae. Dr. Antony, along with his team, came up with a method to knock it down, so that the insects cannot smell the pheromones. In this way, a mass attack is avoided.
For this five-year research, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology-National Plan for Science and Technology (KACST-NPST) provided Dr. Antony with a grant (SR2 million) to set up a laboratory, which has become a center of excellence at the university, attracting many students from all over the world.
During his tenure at KSU, Dr. Antony acquired two major research grants worth SR4 million for the study on insect pheromones and olfaction. He has won nine fellowships, with the latest in May, being awarded by the Royal Entomological Society of London. Binu has also published more than 25 papers in scientific publications and regularly takes part in international seminars.
The Khalifa International Award For Date Palm And Agricultural Innovation was established under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE. Dr. Antony received the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation from Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development of the United Arab Emirates.

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          7/2/2017: FRONT PAGE: Saudi media threaten Qatar as ultimatum nears expiry   

An ultimatum issued by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to Qatar that it drop support for terrorists and meet a list of 13 demands toward that end is nearing its expiry amid a torrent of threats against Doha in the Saudi...
          Raffles Dubai: Demi Chef (Bakery)   
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          ‘It will combat crime’: Robocop cars join Dubai’s futuristic police force (VIDEO)   
Preview United Arab Emirates policing is entering an even more advanced futuristic phase, after the city of Dubai signed a deal that will see mini, self-driving cop cars deployed to fight street crime.
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          Raffles Dubai: Cost Controller   
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          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: On the Brink of WWIII - Why the U.S. is in Syria and How it Dominates Militarily with Space Technology   
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          PSX, Asia’s best stock market last year, humbled in first half   

KARACHI: The stock market gained 233 points, or 0.5 per cent, during the outgoing week, which had just two sessions due to Eidul Fitr holidays.

The index rose by 379.54 points on Thursday, but lost 146.56 points the following day to close at 46,565.29.

The trading pattern scarcely interested investors. Stocks that managed to rise were Habib Bank which increased 1.2pc, Hascol 5pc, Pakistan Tobacco 4.9pc, Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Ltd 5pc and Honda Atlas Cars 3.5pc; these shares added 116 points to the benchmark index.

On the flip side, shares that lost value included Hub Power which dropped 3.5pc, Oil and Gas Development Company 3.1pc, Engro Corporation 2.3pc, Fauji Fertiliser 2.3pc and Dawood Hercules 2.8pc, collective taking away 221 points off the index.

June saw bad performance

The market fell 7.96pc during June, 3.3pc in the April-June quarter and 2.6pc in January-June. However, it managed to yield a positive return of 23.24pc in the outgoing financial year compared to 10pc in the previous year.

According to a report prepared by analyst Adnan Sami Sheikh of Topline Securities, trading volumes in June contracted by 24pc month-on-month to 257 million shares, whereas the traded value was down 34pc to Rs12.8 trillion due to fewer working days and the absence of triggers.

The market performance in June, which saw the bulk of this year’s sell-off, was the worst since March 2015, as the index crashed due to a plethora of negative news, and targets and expectations that failed to materialise.

Whatever goes up must come down

Until the end of May, the benchmark KSE-100 index continued to rally, hitting all-time highs almost on a daily basis. On May 25, the index had gained 11pc this year to reach its highest-ever level of 52,876 points.

Much of it had to do with investors’ ceaseless buying of six heavyweight stocks declared to be the part of MSCI emerging-market index when the Pakistan Stock Market (PSX) was upgraded on June 1.

Although everyone who had anything to do with stocks was predicting an inflow of between $300 million and $450m on May 31, a day before the index upgrade, the hopes were dashed when the final figures declared net outflows of $82m on June 1.

It added fuel to the fire that had set off on a disappointing federal budget that set aside key proposals of the PSX and instead saddled it with higher taxation.

All in all, the stock market, which had boasted a return of 46pc in 2016 — the highest in Asia and fifth best in the world — was humbled in the first half of 2017 with a negative return of 2.6pc. Barring the United Arab Emirates, China, Qatar and Russia, the PSX index has underperformed most of the regional markets.

Foreign and local participants

Foreign investors remained net sellers during the first half, with the quantum growing over sevenfold as they offloaded positions worth $333m compared to $41m sell-off during the same period last year.

Major foreign selling was concentrated in cement companies ($136m), followed by power ($43m) and banks ($39m). Among local participants, mutual funds were ahead in buying equities worth $268m, while insurance companies also were net buyers of $128m. Individuals and banks remained sellers, offloading shares worth $77m and $73m, respectively.

Outlook

Besides the political uncertainty, Pakistan’s external account situation is also not too rosy. However, Topline Securities expects the KSE-100 index to hit 54,000 points by the end of December.

Published in Dawn, July 2nd, 2017


          Globalisation and education in the postcolonial world:The conundrum of the higher education system of the United Arab Emirates   
Burden-Leahy, S. M., 2009. Globalisation and education in the postcolonial world:The conundrum of the higher education system of the United Arab Emirates. Comparative Education, 45 (4), pp. 525-544.
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          Kommentar zu Eine Jugend im Modell Deutschland von Thomas Holm   
Ein Beitrag zur Vielfalt der zeitgenössischen Arabischen Hochkultur Hold your nose and take a dive into the noxious slime of Gulf state media wars. LONDON — The journalist Mohamed Fahmy had been working in Cairo for Al Jazeera when the Egyptian authorities threw him in prison for more than a year, accusing him of stirring up unrest as an agent of the channel’s owner, the Qatari government. Now, less than two years after his release, he has filed a lawsuit for more than $100 million. But the target of the suit is not Egypt; it is his former employers: Al Jazeera and Qatar. And a recent campaign of surveillance and computer hacking against Mr. Fahmy, for Qatar’s benefit, revealed that a senior official of the United Arab Emirates later provided $250,000 to help pay for the legal action. Behind these bizarre twists and turns is a Persian Gulf family feud, pitting Qatar against the United Arab Emirates and its regional clients, including Egypt. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/world/middleeast/qatar-egypt-united-arab-emirates-mohamed-fahmy.html Alles, was Obama bei denen geleugnet, verniedlicht und entschuldigt hat, das spielt Trump jezt gegeneinander aus. Und genau das haben die auch genau so verdient. Und sei es drum, dass es für Putin eben ein dauernder Reichsparteitag ist.
          Janet Yellen Channels Scott Nations – Ep. 142   
Big day in gold today; gold broke over $1200 for the first time in almost over a year, in fact we hit a new 1-year high I saw gold trading above 1260 at one point in the morning, that was up better than $60 on the ounce; It closed up 49.10, I believe at $124.90 Remember, I was on CNBC "Futures Now" earlier in the week and gold was around $1180-$1190 and they were trying to press me on where I thought it would go, and I said, it's going to go higher, I'm bullish in the short term, the medium and the long term But I'll tell you one thing: when gold brakes through $1200, it's going to move to $1300 very quickly and people are going to be surprised It's just been one day and we're halfway there Gold stocks still reflect a lot of skepticism on this rally; Gold stocks were up about 7% on the day Gold stocks have a long way to go to catch up I mentioned on the last podcast, Dennis Gartman, who got bullish on gold, told people not to buy, he said wait for a pull back Well the people who are waiting f or a pull back are still waiting and they missed this entire $50 move The stock market was the mirror image of the gold market today; at one point, with less than an hour to go, the Dow was down 400 points again, the NASDAQ was maybe down about 60 Then all of a sudden there was a rumor floated that the United Arab Emirates was considering meeting with other OPEC nations about a production cut and all of a sudden the market rallied The NASDAQ actually rallied positive; the Dow got to  about -170 and then they rolled over on the close, Dow down 254, NASDAQ down 16.76 - horrible close Of course the weakest stocks on the day continue to be the financials getting decimated to new lows Goldman Sachs down about 4.5%,  Morgan Stanley down 4.5%, Bank of America down 6.8% - many of these companies making new 52-week lows But outside the financials, the debacle du jour, in the stock market is Boeing, which is a Dow component, was down 7% on the day, near a 3-year low; the lowest I saw inter-day was -12% The news is that the SEC will investigate their accounting practices - that can't be good Also they reported that they are going to be laying off workers in an effort to contain their costs It's not just about bad oil loans, that's part of the story, that's just the tip of a huge iceberg In fact, the market rallied because of the rumor of OPEC is making moves to support oil prices We hear people saying that what the stock market needs is higher oil prices.  No we don't! Higher oil prices will help oil stocks, but they're not going to help the overall market market because some guy writes an algorithm that runs a program that says, "Buy stocks when oil goes up" Steve Liesman said on CNBC recently that he never would have believed the market would be so dependent on oil prices A lot of people make that mistake, assuming that oil is driving the stock market but the same factors are dominating both:  fear of higher interest rates and weakness in the U.S. economy But eventually, I think oil prices will go up, and the stock market will continue to go down Many people are hopeful that Janet Yellen's second trip to Capitol Hill, this time talking to the Senate, might save the market; apparently that was not the case Janet Yellen, this time, in the Q&A was closer to admitting that negative rates are coming She actually said they would consider doing it if the economy needed it All the discussion is going straight to negative rates and skipping over zero interest rates and QE There was no discussion about reversing December's .25 rate hike If Janet Yellen is thinking about negative rates, she has ready considered zero rates and QE She obviously can't be as confident in the economy as she appears to be Some people are asking "Is this an over-reaction to global market troubles and oil prices?" No one considers that the U.S. Stock market is going down because there's a problem with the U.S.
          U.S., Britain Restrict Electronics On Flights From Mideast Countries   
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          Lockheed Martin receives contract modification for UAE THAAD   
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          7/1/2017: SPECIAL REPORT: MAPLE LEAF MOMENTS: OIL IN THE FAMILY   

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          The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

Authored by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

 

June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry.

The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” was “in the main … not true.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

Then came Republican Karen Handel’s June 20 victory in a special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, sparking bitter recriminations among Democrats who had hoped to ride to victory on a Russia-gate-propelled wave of resistance to Trump.

More evidence that the strategy was not working came a day later when the Harris Poll and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies produced a devastating survey showing that 62 percent of voters see no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, while 54 percent believe the “Deep State” is trying to unseat the President by leaking classified information. The poll even showed a small bounce in Trump’s popularity, with 45 percent viewing him favorably as opposed to only 39 percent for his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The mainstream news media also came in for some lumps. On June 23, CNN retracted a story that had claimed that Congress was looking into reports that the Trump transition team met secretly with a Russian investment fund under sanction from the U.S. government. Three days later, CNN announced that three staffers responsible for the blooper – reporter and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Thomas Frank; Pulitzer-winner Eric Lichtblau, late of the New York Times; and Lex Haris, executive editor in charge of investigations – had resigned.

Adding to CNN’s embarrassment, Project Veritas, the brainchild of rightwing provocateur James O’Keefe, released an undercover video in which a CNN producer named John Bonifield explained that the network can’t stop talking about Russia because it boosts ratings and then went on to say about Russia-gate:

Could be bullshit, I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now.  Like, we don’t have any big giant proof. But … the leaks keep leaking, and there are so many great leaks, and it’s amazing, and I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you’re witch-hunting me, like, you have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.

Project Veritas also released an undercover video interview with CNN contributor Van Jones calling the long-running probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia a “nothing-burger,” a position similar to the skepticism that Jones has displayed in his on-air comments.

True, the Bonifield video was only a medical reporter sounding off about a story that he’s not even covering and doing so to a dirty-trickster who has received financing from Trump and who, after another undercover film stunt, was ordered in 2013 to apologize and pay $100,000 to an anti-poverty worker whose privacy he had invaded.

Good for Ratings

But, still, Bonifield’s “president-is-probably-right” comment is hard to shake. Ditto Van Jones’ “nothing-burger.” Unless both quotes are completely doctored, it appears that the scuttlebutt among CNNers is that Russia-gate is a lot of hot air but no one cares because it’s sending viewership through the roof.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

And if that’s what CNN thinks, then it may be what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks as she also plays the Russia card for all it’s worthIt may also be what The Washington Post has in the back of its mind even while hyperventilating about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.”

The New York Times also got caught up in its enthusiasm to hype the Russia-gate case on June 25 when it ran a story slamming Trump for “refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks [on Democratic emails], and did it to help get him elected.”

The “17-intelligence-agency” canard has been a favorite go-to assertion for both Democrats and the mainstream news media, although it was repudiated in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

So, on June 29, the Times apparently found itself with no choice but to issue a correction stating: “The [Russia-hacking] assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”

This point is important because, as Consortiumnews.com and other non-mainstream news outlets have argued for more than a month, it is much easier to manipulate a finding by hand-picking analysts from a small number of intelligence agencies than by seeking the judgments and dissents from all 17.

Despite the correction, the Times soon returned to its pattern of shading the truth regarding the U.S. intelligence assessment. On June 30, a Times article reported: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 race.”

The Times’ phrase “unanimous conclusion” conveys the false impression that all 17 agencies were onboard without specifically saying so, although we now know that the Times’ editors are aware that only selected analysts from three agencies plus the DNI’s office were involved.

In other words, the Times cited a “unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies” to mislead its readers without specifically repeating the “all-17-agencies” falsehood. This behavior suggests that the Times is so blinded by its anti-Trump animus that it wants to conceal from its readers how shaky the whole tale is.

Holes from the Start

But the problems with Russia-gate date back to the beginning. Where Watergate was about a real burglary, this one began with a cyber break-in that may or may not have occurred. In his June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey conceded that the FBI never checked the DNC’s servers to confirm that they had truly been hacked.

Former FBI Director James Comey

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICHARD BURR: Did you ever have access to the actual hardware that was hacked?  Or did you have to rely on a third party to provide you the data that they had collected?

 

COMEY: In the case of the DNC, and, I believe, the DCCC [i.e. the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], but I’m sure the DNC, we did not have access to the devices themselves.  We got relevant forensic information from a private party, a high-class entity, that had done the work.  But we didn’t get direct access.

 

BURR: But no content?

 

COMEY: Correct.

 

BURR: Isn’t content an important part of the forensics from a counterintelligence standpoint?

 

COMEY: It is, although what was briefed to me by my folks — the people who were my folks at the time – is that they had gotten the information from the private party that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016.

The FBI apparently was confident that it could rely on such “a high-class entity” as CrowdStrike to tell it what it needed to know. Yet neither the Democratic National Committee nor CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California, cyber-security firm the DNC hired, was remotely objective.

Hillary Clinton was on record calling Putin a “bully” whose goal was “to stymie, to confront, to undermine American power” while Dmitri Aperovitch, CrowdStrike’s chief technical officer, is a Russian émigré who is both anti-Putin personally and an associate of the Atlantic Council, a pro-Clinton/anti-Russian think tank that is funded by the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and the Ukrainian World Congress. The Atlantic Council is one of the most anti-Russian voices in Washington.

So, an anti-Putin DNC hired an anti-Putin security specialist, who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, “immediately” determined that the break-in was the work of hackers “closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.”

Comey’s trust in CrowdStrike was akin to cops trusting a private eye not only to investigate a murder, but to determine if it even occurred. Yet the mainstream media’s pack journalists saw no reason to question the FBI because doing so would not accord with an anti-Trump bias so pronounced that even journalism profs have begun to notice.

Doubts about CrowdStrike

Since CrowdStrike issued its findings, it has come under wide-ranging criticism. Cyber experts have called its analysis inconsistent because while praising the alleged hackers to the skies (“our team considers them some of the best adversaries out of all the numerous nation-state, criminal and hacktivist/terrorist groups we encounter on a daily basis”), CrowdStrike says it was able to uncover their identity because they made kindergarten-level mistakes, most notably uploading documents in a Russian-language format under the name “Felix Edmundovich,” a reference to Felix E. Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Soviet secret police.

Couple walking along the Kremlin, Dec. 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Parry)

“Raise your hand if you think that a GRU or FSB officer would add Iron Felix’s name to the metadata of a stolen document before he released it to the world while pretending to be a Romanian hacker,” wisecracked cyber-skeptic Jeffrey Carr.

Others noted how easy it is for even novice hackers to leave a false trail. In Seattle, cyber-sleuths Mark Maunder and Rob McMahon of Wordfence, makers of a popular computer-security program, discovered that “malware” found in the DNC was an early version of a publicly available program developed in the Ukraine – which was strange, they said, because one would expect Russian intelligence to develop its own tools or use ones that were more up to date.

But even if the malware was Russian, experts pointed out that its use in this instance no more implicates Russian intelligence than the use of an Uzi in a bank robbery implicates Mossad.

Other loose threads appeared. In January, Carr poured cold water on a subsequent CrowdStrike report charging that pro-Russian separatists had used similar malware to zero in on pro-government artillery units in the eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian ministry of defense and the London think tank from which CrowdStrike obtained much of its data agreed that the company didn’t know what it was talking about. But if CrowdStrike was wrong about the Ukraine case, how could everyone be sure it was right about the DNC?

In March, Wikileaks went public with its “Vault 7” findings showing, among other things, that the CIA has developed sophisticated software in order to scatter false clues – which inevitably led to dark mutterings that maybe the agency had hacked the DNC itself in order to blame it on the Russians.

Finally, although Wikileaks policy is never to comment on its sources, Julian Assange, the group’s founder, decided to make an exception.

“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” he told journalist John Pilger in November. “Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

Craig Murray, an ex-British diplomat who is a Wikileaks adviser, disclosed that he personally flew to Washington to meet with a person who was either the original source or an associate of the source. Murray said the motive for the leak was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

Conceivably, such contacts could have been cutouts to conceal from WikiLeaks the actual sources. Still, Wikileaks’ record of veracity should be enough to give anyone pause. Yet the press either ignored the WikiLeaks comments or, in the case of The Washington Post, struggled to prove that WikiLeaks was lying.

Unstable Foundation

The stories that have been built upon this unstable foundation have proved shaky, too. In March, the Times published a front-page exposé asserting that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort “had regular communications with his longtime associate – a former Russian military translator in Kiev who has been investigated in Ukraine on suspicion of being a Russian intelligence agent.”  But if the man was merely a suspected spy as opposed to a convicted one, then what’s the problem?

President Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

The article also noted that Jason Greenblatt, a former Trump lawyer who is now a special White House representative for international negotiations, met last summer with Rabbi Berel Lazar, “the chief rabbi of Russia and an ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin.” But an Orthodox Jew paying a call on Russia’s chief rabbi is hardly extraordinary. Neither is the fact that the rabbi is a Putin ally since Putin enjoys broad support in the Russian Jewish community.

In April, the Times published another innuendo-laden front-page story about businessman Carter Page whose July 2016 trip to Moscow proved to be “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.”

Page’s sins chiefly consist of lecturing at a Moscow academic institute about U.S.-Russian relations in terms that The New York Times believed “echoed the position of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia” and, on another occasion, meeting with a suspected Russian intelligence agent in New York.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Page knew the man was an intelligence officer,” the article added. So is it now a crime to talk with a Russian or some other foreign national who, unbeknownst to you, may turn out to be an intelligence agent?

Then there is poor Mike Flynn, driven out as national security adviser after just 24 days in office for allegedly misrepresenting conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – exchanges during the Trump transition that supposedly exposed him to the possibility of Russian blackmail although U.S. intelligence was monitoring the talks and therefore knew their exact contents. And, since the Russians no doubt assumed as much, it’s hard to see what they could have blackmailed him with. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Turning Gen. Flynn into Road Kill.”]

Yet the mainstream media eagerly gobbled up this blackmail possibility while presenting with a straight face the claim by Obama holdovers at the Justice Department that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations might have violated the 1799 Logan Act, an ancient relic that has never been used to prosecute anyone in its entire two-century history.

So, if the scandal is looking increasingly threadbare now, could the reason be that there was little or nothing to it when it was first announced during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign?

Although it’s impossible to say what evidence might eventually emerge, Russia-gate is looking more and more like a Democratic version of Benghazi, a pseudo-scandal that no one could ever figure out but which wound up making Hillary Clinton look like a persecuted hero and the Republicans seem like obsessed idiots.

As much as that epic inquiry turned out to be mostly a witch-hunt, Americans are beginning to sense the same about Washington’s latest game of “gotcha.”

The United States is still a democracy in some vague sense of the word, and “We the People” are losing patience with subterranean maneuvers on the part of the Democrats, the neoconservatives, and the intelligence agencies seeking to reverse a presidential election.

Like Benghazi or possibly even the Birthergate scam about President Obama’s Kenyan birthplace, the whole convoluted Russia-gate tale grows stranger by the day.


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          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
           AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis    
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum. Here's a look at the ongoing crisis, the worst to grip the region since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Qatar is a nation about the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut which juts out like a thumb on the Arabian Peninsula into the Persian Gulf. The four nations have also pointed to Qatar's close relationship with Iran, with which it shares a massive offshore gas field that provides the peninsular nation its wealth. The U.S., which has some 10,000 troops stationed at Qatar's sprawling al-Udeid Air Base as part of its campaign against the Islamic State group and the war in Afghanistan, also has sought to end the crisis. Qatar has yet to retaliate, but could shut down an undersea natural gas pipeline running to the United Arab Emirates, a crucial power source for a desert nation that relies on desalination plants for water and air conditioners to cope with the scorching heat.
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum. Here’s a look at the ongoing crisis, the worst to grip the region since […]
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          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the...
          Qatar to reject demands from Gulf states, says FM   

[Qatar], July 2 (ANI): Qatar is set to reject a set of demands issued by other Arab nations, according to statements made by the country's foreign minister.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters in Rome that Qatar was ready to sit down with neighbouring countries and discuss the accusations.

"This list of demands is to be rejected, not to be accepted. We are willing to engage in dialogue but under proper conditions," he said.

Abdulrahman al-Thani also accused Saudi Arabia and other nations of attempting to undermine Qatar's sovereignty.

Earlier on Saturday, Qatar leaders spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who urged the country along with Bahrain to pursue a diplomatic solution.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier last month and issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Qatar, however, denies the claims.

Turkey has backed Qatar in its rift with the Arab states and is seeking to mediate the crisis. (ANI)


          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          Qatar defiant as demands deadline approaches   
Qatar said it's prepared to "face whatever consequences" as a deadline nears for it to meet a list of demands by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          Gulf deadline to resolve Qatar rift approaches   
DUBAI, July 2- Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept a series of demands is expected to expire on Sunday night with no signs of the crisis ending. The feud erupted last month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed...
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          AP News Guide: What to know about the Qatar crisis   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties to the energy-rich country, though its leaders already have dismissed the ultimatum....
          Qatar’s Stock Market Falls as Neighbors’ Demands Unmet   
Qatar’s stock market fell sharply Sunday as a deadline for Doha to accept a series of political demands by four Arab states was expected to expire later in the day with no sign of a resolution. The Qatari stock index sank as much as 3.1 percent in thin trading, bringing its losses to 11.9 percent since June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties, accusing Doha of backing militants. Stocks tumbled across the board Sunday, with 41 lower and only one higher. Qatar National Bank, the largest listed lender in the Gulf, lost 3.1 percent.
          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
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          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
          Qatar defiant as demands deadline approaches   
Qatar said it's prepared to "face whatever consequences" as a deadline nears for it to meet a list of demands by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
          U.S. papers on '53 Iran coup offer peek at CIA role    
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation that ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution and hostility with the West.
          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
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Interpreting (simultaneous and/or consecutive), legal translation, medical translation, audio-visual translation, and translation technology....
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The Department of Translation Studies at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UAEU invites applications for teaching assistants position....
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          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries.
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          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....
          Qatar facing further sanctions as ultimatum deadline looms   

US secretary of state seeks compromise on 13 demands tabled by emirate’s neighbours that include closing down al-Jazeera

Qatar could face further sanctions by Arab states as a deadline to accept a series of demands from its Gulf neighbours, including closing down the television network al-Jazeera, passes on Sunday night.

Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, was working the phones to see whether a compromise could be reached but Qatari leaders have effectively rejected the 13 demands tabled 10 days ago by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain.

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          Deadline to Resolve Qatar Crisis Looms Over Gulf   
Qatar likely faces a deadline this weekend to comply with a list of demands issued by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab deadline nears   
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar&apos;s stock exchange has dropped following an extended holiday closure as the tiny Gulf nation faces a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries....