Senator blocks arms sales to Gulf States

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) announced on Monday he will block arms sales to Persian Gulf states until there’s a “better understanding” of how the Qatar crisis will be resolved. “All countries in the region need to do more to combat terrorism, but recent disputes among the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries only […]

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Gulf States Pull Ambassadors from Qatar Over Islamist Support

The governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar, accusing that government of “failing to implement the principles of the Gulf Cooperation Council.” The three Gulf countries pulled their ambassadors in protest over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, especially in Egypt. Qatar sent billions of dollars […]

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Qatar Warned Over Disrespecting Israeli Swimmers

Swimming’s governing body on Wednesday formally warned officials in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates for disrespecting Israeli swimmers at World Cup events. FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told The Associated Press that the two organizing committees apologized for the incidents in the past week. Israel’s team protested when the country’s name and flag appeared […]

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Can Islam Be Reformed?

by Daniel Pipes Commentary July/August 2013 For an Internet add-on, an excerpt about the Medieval Synthesis from my 1983 book, In the Path of God; Islam and Political Power, click here. Islam currently represents a backward, aggressive, and violent force. Must it remain this way, or can it be reformed and become moderate, modern, and […]

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Chuck Hagel (center), advocating for closer U.S.-Saudi Arabia ties at a 2009 New America Foundation conference on U.S.-Saudi ties

US Arms Deal With Israel and Arabs Targets Iran

The US is wrapping up a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to help counter Iranian threats. The NY Times reports it’s a complicated arrangement that took a long time to put together out of concern for keeping Israel’s qualitative edge. Israel is ironing out details with visiting Secretary of […]

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How to Waste Money, Persian Gulf Edition

by Daniel Pipes July 20, 2011 updated Aug 6, 2011 This weblog entry is dedicated to the oil rich who find creative new ways to burn through excess funds, listed in reverse chronological order. Spell your name out on sand in kilometer-high letters: A member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, […]

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