Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

With Syria bleeding where are Arabs?

  THERE ARE no words to express my fury and distress at the horrendous scenes shown on our screens. What kind of world is this that does nothing apart from holding conferences when hospitals are being pounded, the bodies of small children are being pulled from bombed-out buildings while wounded …

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Transformational times for Saudi, Gulf States

POSITIVE change is taking place in my part of the world and for that I am grateful to the leaderships of all GCC member countries, and especially to the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for their decisive and foresighted geopolitical and economic policies. A new era …

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Barring Muslims would spell US economic disaster

Republican contenders for the White House manipulating voters’ fears for their own ends by threatening to shut America’s door to Muslim visitors while subjecting American-Muslims to intensive monitoring have failed to count the cost of such an immoral, bigoted policy. Current front-runners, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, are shamefully vying …

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Time for Palestinians to choose sides

AT LAST the Arab League and the GCC have officially branded Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, a designation long overdue. Hezbollah is recognised as a mere tool in the Iranian expansionism box with no legitimate footing within the Arab world. Setting aside its bombings, killings and assassinations, it has suffocated Lebanon’s …

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Murderers not Muslims, Mr Trump

DONALD Trump, your knee-jerk reaction to the murdering scum, who slaughtered innocent people in Paris and Brussels, while understandable, has little basis in fact, while your proposals risk eliciting the opposite effect to its intended purpose. You have reiterated your call to bar Muslims from entering the US and say …

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Obama’s anti-Arab views confirm suspicions

JEFFREY Goldberg’s appraisal of the ‘The Obama doctrine’, that has caused a furore in response to the President’s scathing views on America’s Arab allies, has done us a favour. Now we know beyond question where we stand in the US global pecking order, which appears to be way down the …

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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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