Tag: United Arab Emirates

Why Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Have Put the World on Edge

Mysterious explosions that crippled two commercial tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday have set off a spike in oil prices, threats from President Trump and calls for calm from the secretary general of the United Nations. Even though both vessels were evacuated without serious injury, the incident raised immediate alarms about a potential […]

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Saudi Oil Infrastructure at Risk as Small Attacks Raise Potential for Big Disruption

Updated June 13, 2019: On Thursday, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, raising fears of wider conflict. Across the Arabian peninsula, thousands of miles of pipes run above and below the desert in one of the world’s most sophisticated production lines for pumping oil from the ground and distributing it around […]

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Tankers Attacked Again in Gulf of Oman, Raising Fears of Wider Conflict

LONDON — Two oil tankers came under attack on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, forcing their crews to abandon ship and setting at least one vessel ablaze, a month after four tankers were damaged in the same waterway, a vital thoroughfare for much of the world’s oil products. The early morning attacks escalated tensions […]

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Oil Tankers Attacked Again in Gulf of Oman, Raising Fears of Wider Conflict

LONDON — Oil tankers came under attack on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, the Iranian news media and a shipping industry official said on Thursday, a month after four tankers were damaged in the same waterway, a vital thoroughfare for much of the world’s oil. The Iranian state news media reported that multiple tankers […]

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‘Horrific and Barbaric’: Here’s What We Know About the Human Rights Crisis in Sudan

Protesters gather in front of the military headquarters to break their Ramadan fast on May 07, 2019 in Khartoum, SudanPhoto: David Degner (Getty Images) April was a time of hope. After thirty years in power, Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the country’s military, the culmination of months of mass protests. Images from the […]

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Democrats to Scrutinize Ex-Lobbyist’s Role in Trump’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are examining whether a former arms-industry lobbyist serving as a midlevel State Department official played a role in the Trump administration’s decision last month to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without seeking legislative approval, lawmakers and current and former government officials said. A House committee plans […]

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Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their […]

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Witness in Mueller Inquiry Is Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON — A cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to court documents unsealed on Monday. George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who acted as an informal adviser to the United Arab Emirates’ powerful crown prince, was arrested on Monday after he landed […]

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What to Know About Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the Arab Ruler Swaying Trump

The United Arab Emirates has fewer citizens than Rhode Island, but its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, is widely regarded as one of the most influential Arab leaders in Washington and across the Middle East. He may be the richest man in the world: He controls sovereign wealth funds […]

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War With Iran Would Benefit the Emirates, Not the U.S.

Saudi Arabia and its new Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman enjoyed a short time in the Washington sun. Bin Salman was introduced through Thomas Friedman articles and 60 Minutes specials as a visionary modernizer who would take a country with medieval traditions and bring it into the twenty-first century. Now, after the killing of Washington […]

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