Saturday , November 18 2017

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

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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Disunity a threat

I HAVE reached the conclusion that the majority of Arab States are their own worst enemy. The Arab nation of which we were once so proud has disintegrated. Great swathes have descended into violent trouble spots. Millions have been killed, millions more rendered refugees, while our leaderships, with few exceptions, …

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JASTA could open a can of worms on 9/11

NOW that Congress has passed the ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ (JASTA) into law permitting individuals, including the family members of 9/11 victims, to sue a sovereign state for the actions of its nationals in contravention of international law, the door is open for a comprehensive independent investigation into …

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JASTA nail in coffin of US-GCC ties

CONGRESS has done the unimaginable by almost unanimously passing a law allowing the families of 9-11 victims to lodge civil cases against Saudi Arabia (and other states) for aiding and abetting terrorism, which flouts all international laws and conventions protecting sovereign states from frivolous lawsuits. Congress has arrogantly rewritten international …

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Lebanon’s Speaker shows true colours

NABIH Berri, head of Lebanon’s primarily Shiite Amal Movement who has served as Parliamentary Speaker since 1992, has finally confirmed what many Lebanese have long suspected. Rather than a senior official representing all religious sects and a respected mediator between Iran’s radical proxy Hezbollah and the March 14/Future Movement, he …

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Saudi victim of hate campaign

DO NOT expect to hear a good word about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on any Western media outlet these days. There is growing evidence of an international-wide campaign built on exaggerations to blacken its reputation in almost every sphere and undermine its regional leadership standing. This serves as a …

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