Tuesday , October 23 2018

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Forgotten Arabs the world ignores

IF you are unaware that there are millions of Arabs subsisting in miserable conditions in the oil-and-water-rich Iranian province of Khuzestan, you can be forgiven. The shameful fact is that their plight goes under the Arab World’s radar and is rarely highlighted by either the Western or Arab media. These …

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Washington’s slap to Egypt unfair, unwise

Egyptians saw a potential friend in the 2016 US presidential candidate Donald Trump. His win delivered hope that the frosty relationship between Cairo and Washington, triggered by the Obama administration’s support of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood regime, was poised to thaw. Barack Obama withheld aid to Egypt as a punitive …

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Beware Iran’s ME creep

I DO not wish to sound alarmist but after piecing the puzzle together I cannot escape the conclusion that Tehran’s mid-to-long term strategy is not only aimed at dominating the region but also targets Makkah and Madinah. The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been working towards that goal for many years. …

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Britain must fight fire with fire

WHEN news of the terrorist attack in Manchester first broke, I experienced feelings of sorrow. England, where I have a country home, has always held a special place in my heart. But since soulless fiends murdered innocent people in London out enjoying a lovely summer’s evening, my sorrow has turned …

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Qatar the architect of its own isolation

THIS is one of the saddest days since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was formed. I never imagined that a brotherly country, a neighbour with which we in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) share ties of blood, would act against us behind the curtain by supporting terrorist groups threatening us …

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Future of Egypt rests on people’s shoulders

UNLIKE several of its neighbours, the Arab World’s most populous nation has thankfully succeeded in regaining its political, security and social equilibrium following years of turmoil. Egypt is on the right track and with wise governance could emerge as a regional success story. Often forgotten is that during the period …

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Iran’s declaration of war must not go unanswered

THE pretence has ended. The gloves are off. Iran’s Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Hossein Dehgan, has openly threatened to destroy the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Makkah and Madinah if it “does something ignorant”. Can there be any statement more ignorant or more foolish than this …

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Why you should not invest in Iran

IRAN’S President Hassan Rouhani is on a drive to attract foreign investment, which he believes is essential for economic health and job creation in a country where more than one in four young people are unemployed. Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce is going all out to woo managers of foreign sovereign …

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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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