The repeatedly delayed election for Somalia’s lower house of parliament, the House of People, will be concluded by February 25. The agreement on the date was reached on Sunday, January 9, after a week of meetings of the National Consultative Council (NCC), chaired by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and attended by the leaders of Somalia’s regional States. This election … [Read more...] about “Conflict between president and PM is a conflict between the Somali people and imperialist forces”
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday, December 14, announced that it is suspending an arms deal worth USD 23 billion with the US, multiple news reports stated. The deal involved the sale of 50 F-35 fighter jets, 18 armed reaper drones and other sophisticated weapons by the US to the UAE. Following the announcement, the US government scrambled to save face and insisted that … [Read more...] about UAE suspends arms deal with US over concerns about relations with China
Against the backdrop of the events of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the subsequent confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the UAE’s role in the ongoing military and political crises in the Middle East has been overshadowed. At the same time, this Persian Gulf state is pursuing quite an independent political course and is turning into a significant regional player. The … [Read more...] about UAE Becomes an Important Independent Player in the Middle East
Until recently, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was part of one Sunni camp of Gulf monarchies (UAE, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait) traditionally competing for supremacy in the Middle East with the Shiite Iran, the political Islam of Turkey and Israeli dominance. However, the degradation of American global hegemony is now forcing many countries to pursue active independent … [Read more...] about UAE is Gradually becoming a Geopolitical Player in its Own Right
An Ankara-initiated phone call on August 31 between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Crown Prince of Abu Dabi Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan drew the attention of the broad political establishment and raised questions about its possible implications for many countries in the Arab-Muslim world. First of all, does it signal an end to the Cold War affecting … [Read more...] about Has the “Cold War” between Turkey and the UAE Ended?
With Saudi Arabia’s strategic partnership with the UAE largely unravelling in the face of a directly growing competition and rivalry between them — which in turn is an outcome of the UAE’s own bid to position itself as the new leader of the ‘Sunni Muslim world’, and Saudi Arabia’s bid to ensure its survival as the traditional hegemon – ‘Gulf unity’ is facing an unprecedented … [Read more...] about Saudia-UAE Rivalry Upends ‘Gulf Unity’