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US deploys F-22 fighter jets in threat to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, May 2, 2012

The Pentagon has dispatched F-22 Raptors, its most advanced warplanes, to the United Arab Emirates in a provocative escalation of US war threats against Iran.

US State Department human rights reports

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

Part 6: United Arab Emirates

By John Marion, May 3, 2011

The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

The Dubai assassination and the “war on terror”

By Patrick O’Connor, March 2, 2010

The reaction of world governments to the brutal murder of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month underscores the extent to which basic precepts of international law have been torn up under the “war on terror”.

The bursting of the Dubai debt bubble

By Alex Messenger, December 3, 2009

The Dubai debt default demonstrates the fragility of the so-called recovery and the level of dependence of developing countries on US monetary policy.

Dubai’s $59 billion default sends tremor through global financial system

By Alex Messenger, November 28, 2009

Dubai’s default on $59 billion of foreign borrowings is more than the inevitable product of the gulf state’s property boom. It reflects the continuing fragility of the global financial system

France offers the United Arab Emirates nuclear protection

By Peter Schwarz, June 19, 2009

In a region dominated by the US for the past 50 years and where America has conducted two major wars—in Iraq and Afghanistan—France is offering nuclear protection to a country without coordinating its actions with NATO and the US.

France opens first permanent military base in the Persian Gulf

By Kumaran Ira, June 15, 2009

The inauguration of a French military base in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, demonstrates that French capitalism is eager to secure its interests in the Persian Gulf and has ambitions to be a global player.