Thursday , February 23 2017

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Tackling poverty burning issue

IT IS a great shame that advocates for almost 1.3 billion of the world’s population suffering from extreme poverty often meet with deaf ears. There is much ado about terrorism, and rightly so, but the fact is that poverty-related factors claim many more lives. Half the world’s population lives under …

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Trump policies ignite fear, loathing

Donald Trump the businessman was impressive. Reality star Trump equally so, but I fear the journey he is taking us on as President of the United States and Leader of the Free World. And I am not alone as evidenced by the many millions of protesters who banded together from …

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Gulf backbone of Arab Nation

IN truth, I cannot help thinking there is an architect with a plan to weaken Egypt and create distance between Egyptians and the peoples of the Arabian Gulf. I fear that this plot is working and, if we are not careful, will soon near completion. I can only speculate on …

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Obama’s perfidious parting gift to Iran

  PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s emotional farewell speech before a crowd of thousands was another fine example of the type of inspirational oratory that saw him elected eight years ago as President of the United States. Punctuated by standing ovations and deafening applause, there was hardly a dry eye in the …

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UAE likely outperformer

AT a time of global geopolitical uncertainty fuelled by Brexit’s potential domino effect on the European Union’s cohesiveness, the feebleness of Italian banks, the as of yet non-decipherable polices of America’s President-elect Donald Trump and heightened strains between world powers, I envision the United Arab Emirates (UAE) emerging as a …

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Tears alone can’t wash away Syria’s wounds

THIS IS my message to world powers and all Arab states. How much more must the Syrian people suffer before you choose to take action? How much longer will you stand by watching atrocities that would not even pass Hollywood censors? Until when must we lower our heads in shame …

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A warm welcome to Saudi Monarch

The surprise visit of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the Emirates on the occasion of our 45th National Day is a testament to the close relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) founded on mutual respect, shared …

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Armies should be tools of defence, not oppression

Armies fall into two loose categories. There are those whose prime objective is to defend their soil and people from foreign aggression and others that prioritize defence of the leadership and state institutions against civil uprisings. Some will willingly use lethal force against demonstrators whereas, in other cases, armies line …

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Economic ‘unity’ of Gulf is long overdue

I HAVE been urging Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) heads of state to form an economic bloc for over a decade, and in light of increased instability the move is not only necessary but urgent. Thanks to the courageous leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi monarch King …

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