Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

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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Russia, its dubious friends deserve to be ‘frozen out’

RUSSIA is on a roll. Vladimir Putin has displayed anguish over the break up of the Soviet Union and now he is intent on getting as many states as he can back under Moscow’s wing and is out to expand his nation’s powerbase throughout the Middle East. What is deeply …

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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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Trump deserves a chance

FREE and fair elections are one of democracy’s main pillars as is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power. America has chosen and, whether one approves of that choice or not, it should be accepted and respected both at home and abroad. It is no secret that while I wrote …

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To Obama’s successor

I AM currently travelling around the US after spending a few very enlightening days in Washington DC where I was privileged to address delegates attending the 25th Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference for the second year running. This year, the event was titled “The Next US Presidency and US-Arab Relations, Probabilities, …

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Arabs losing ground to Iran in lobbying stakes

THE world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism is pulling out all stops to ingratiate itself with Washington elites with an image makeover projecting their ‘peaceful’ culture — and it is all thanks to President Barack Obama, whose deal with the devil opened a window for the first time since Iran …

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