Monday , November 20 2017

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Open letter to our American friends

I have always been a great admirer of the United States. America’s achievements in the fields of science, technology, aviation, exploration, economy and medicine have been second-to-none. A world without your country’s pioneering can-do spirit and innovation would be one minus life-changing electric light bulbs, skyscrapers, airplanes, photographic film and …

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Hezbollah accomplices deserve ‘terror’ branding

ANY armed group holding a country hostage on behalf of a foreign state is a traitorous terrorist militia, not a resistance and certainly not a legitimate political party, as Hezbollah has always claimed. Its tentacles stretching from Tehran has rendered Lebanon a failed state posing a threat to the region. …

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‘Patience’ has limits

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan spoke the truth when he placed Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilisation) militias (along with Badr Corps, Hezbollah and the Abbas Brigade fighting in Syria) in the same terrorist camp as the Islamic State and the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front. They are all driven …

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Hezbollah uses Palestine

HEZBOLLAH’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah uses every trick in the book in an effort to cement his militia’s credibility within the Sunni Arab world and to justify its existence. His speeches are deliberately crafted to con Arabs specifically Palestinians, into thinking he is the hero who will defend Jerusalem and …

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Lebanon … don’t give up

THE international community has turned a blind eye to Iran’s domination of Lebanon. Pleas for help to rid this Arab country of an armed militia under Tehran’s orders have gone unheard because world powers do not consider this small Mediterranean country has sufficient strategic significance to warrant military involvement. Adding …

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Western powers kowtow to Iran

IRAN’s treasury is overflowing. President Hassan Rouhani, touring European capitals on a shopping spree, is being treated like royalty. Italy was so keen not to offend the sensitivities of their guest that white panels were placed around ancient statues in a museum and was rewarded for its hospitality with deals …

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Obama mistake has dire repercussions

THE deed has been done. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the nuclear deal, the key to the lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions. Iran’s parliamentarians are hugging one another; most US Republican lawmakers are highly sceptical if not downright enraged at what they …

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A disciplined society is prosperous

SPAIN is still the butt of jokes over its ‘manyana’ (tomorrow) work ethic, which remains a contributing factor towards the country’s sluggish economy. Latin Americans will often say they work to live rather than live to work, which may sound like a positive philosophy until workers begin being laid-off and …

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Lebanon exposed

HOW much longer will we fool ourselves that Lebanon’s loyalties rest with the Arab World? During a recent Arab League emergency meeting of foreign ministers, called by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss measures to be taken in answer to Iran’s “terrorist acts” and its aggression against Saudi Arabia, …

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Saudi, a target of hypocrisy, double standards

TO my astonishment and dismay Western powers, human rights groups and international institutions have ganged-up against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alleging ‘human rights abuses’ over its execution of 47 terrorists, tried and sentenced for their crimes following lengthy transparent trials. Rather than salute the Kingdom for its policy of …

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