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Peace Envoy Tony Blair Was On United Arab Emirates’ Payroll

Tony Blair worked as an envoy and also did lucrative private work with the Gulf state. That blows out of the water Blair’s claim
that ‘there was no conflict of interest’ between his roles.

According to leaked emails seen by the Sunday Telegraph, Middle East envoy Tony Blair was paid secretly by the United Arab Emirates, which employed him as a paid adviser. The former British Prime Minister received millions in consulting fees from Abu Dhabi, according to the report.

A spokeswoman for Blair on Sunday said there was no conflict of interest regarding his activities, insisting the former PM “never used his Quartet role to pursue business interests” and “did no commercial work connected with the Israeli/Palestinian issue.”

The Quartet, which was founded in 2002, included the US, EU, Russia and the UN, and was looking for ways to revive the two-state solution. Blair took their Middle East peace envoy job shortly after leaving government in June 2007, with the aim of helping to develop the Palestinian Authority economy and its political system. It was not a great success story. BreakingIsraelNews

United Arab Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries To Fight In Yemen

uae_mapThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recruited and trained hundreds of Latin American mercenaries and sent Colombian mercenaries to fight in Yemen.

The UAE has built up a mercenary force over the past five years made up mostly of Columbians.  The UAE has a manpower shortage according to the State Dept. The population of the UAE is approximately 8.5 million of whom an estimated 11.5 percent are citizens.

It is also a glimpse into the future of war. Wealthy Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Emirates, have in recent years embraced a more aggressive military strategy throughout the Middle East, trying to rein in the chaos unleashed by the Arab revolutions that began in late 2010. But these countries wade into the new conflicts — whether in Yemen, Syria, or Libya — with militaries that are unused to sustained warfare and populations with generally little interest in military service.

“Mercenaries are an attractive option for rich countries who wish to wage war yet whose citizens may not want to fight,” said Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of “The Modern Mercenary.”

The UAE has a preference for Colombians.

Emirati officials have made a point of recruiting Colombian troops over other Latin American soldiers because they consider the Colombians more battle tested in guerrilla warfare, having spent decades battling the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the jungles of Colombia…

The Latin American force in the Emirates was originally conceived to carry out mostly domestic missions — guarding pipelines and other sensitive infrastructure and possibly putting down riots in the sprawling camps housing foreign workers in the Emirates — according to corporate documents, US officials, and several people involved in the project.

A drain of soldiers in Colombia. They go and stay largely because of the money, salaries range from $2,000 to $3,000 a month, compared with approximately $400 a month in Colombia.

Mr. McFate said that the steady migration of Latin American troops to the Persian Gulf had created a “gun drain” at a time when Latin American countries need soldiers in the battle against drug cartels.

But experts in Colombia said that the promise of making more money fighting for the Emirates — money that the troops send much of home to their families in Colombia — makes it hard to keep soldiers at home.

“These great offers, with good salaries and insurance, got the attention of our best soldiers,” said Jaime Ruiz, the president of Colombia’s Association of Retired Armed Forces Officials. “Many of them retired from the army and left.

Online: NYTimes

Middle East Refugees

As people flee war zones in the Middle East some may be innocent victims (some may be terrorist).

Amnesty International has pointed out that,  “The six Gulf countries [GCC] – Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain – have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.”  The five wealthiest Gulf States refuse to accept large numbers of refugees as they might be terrorist.

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The hordes of people from the Middle East swarming into Europe are being called ‘migrants’ instead of ‘refugees’ because the U.N. has not designated them refugees. Even with a refugee designation the Gulf countries still would not take them in.

Three of the GCC countries –Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UEA- have bankrolled militant groups in Syria to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  None of these countries signed the United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Convention treaty that defines who is a refugee, sets out the rights of refugees, and responsibility of nations to refugees.

The international treaty initially defined the status of refugees on conditions of “the incidents that happened in Europe before 1951”. However, in 1967, this limitation was lifted in 1967 with the Protocol on the Legal Status of Refugees. Turkey approved this amendment in 1968 but only under the condition of “geographical boundaries”. Turkey is currently the only country that effectively implements a difference between European and non-European refugees. bianet

Turkey is not issuing exit visa’s to refugees (they do not have passports) that are in Turkey.  Lebanon and Jordan have closed their borders.  The GCC countries have taken in zero refugees.  The thousands of refugees in Turkey have no legal option but to take a risky boat ride to Europe.

Between 10 and 12 million Syrians have been displaced by the bloody civil war raging in their country. Most still remain within Syria’s borders, but around four million have fled over the borders into neighbouring countries, mostly Turkey Jordan and Lebanon, and beyond.

Lebanon, which has 1.1 million Syrian refugees, shut her borders to the Syrians in June of last year. Jordan, host to another 630,000, followed suit in August last year, preventing more Syrians from abandoning their country. BreitBart London

The Gulf States have a far greater ability to take the Muslim refugees in.

The region has the capacity to quickly build housing for the refugees. The giant construction companies that have built the gleaming towers of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Riyadh should be contracted to create shelters for the influx. Saudi Arabia has plenty of expertise at managing large numbers of arrivals: It receives an annual surge of millions of Hajj pilgrims to Mecca. There’s no reason all this know how can’t be put to humanitarian use. Washington Post

Twenty-five years ago, hundreds of thousands of Kuwaitis fleeing Saddam Hussein’s invasion were given refuge. According to Arabian expert Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi: “in Abu Dhabi, the government rented out entire apartment blocks and gave them to families for free.” BreitBart London

The five wealthiest Gulf State countries refuse to accept large numbers of refugees as it “is a threat to their safety”.

Yet amidst cries for Europe to do more, it has transpired that of the five wealthiest countries on the Arabian Peninsula, that is, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, not one has taken in a single refugee from Syria.

Instead, they have argued that accepting large numbers of Syrians is a threat to their safety, as terrorists could be hiding within an influx of people. Sherif Elsayid-Ali, Amnesty International’s Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights, has slammed their inaction as “shameful”. BreitBart London

2 Groups UAE Designated As Terrorist Organizations In USA

cairThe United Arab Emirates officially designated as terrorist organizations two groups based in the U.S., CAIR and the Muslim American Society.  The main reason for their existence is to change all countries into an Islamic State.  CAIR is extremely litigiousness.

The United Arab Emirates has officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including two based in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society.

UAE’s cabinet made the announcement following a meeting on Saturday.

Other groups designated as terrorists include al-Qaida, al Nusra, Boko Haram and the Muslim Brotherhood.

CAIR’s designation is interesting given its high profile here in the U.S.

The group was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case in 2007. Leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were found guilty of aiding Hamas, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization.

Online:  United Arab Emirates Designates Two American Muslim Groups As Terrorist Orgs