Saudi attack on Qatar; U.S. threat to Iran

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first_imgTwo weeks after the grand pomp of President Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia announced the complete blockade of small neighboring state Qatar on June 5. The blockade is an act of war.Emboldened by Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia quickly gathered eight other countries to participate in the blockade. The action includes cutting all food shipment and all land, sea and air travel; severing all diplomatic relations; freezing Qatari bank accounts; and expelling all Qatari citizens, within 48 hours, from nine countries in the region.These are devastating acts, as the Doha International Airport in Qatar is a transit point for 37 million people a year. Qatar imports almost all its food and basic supplies, with 600 to 800 trucks a day rolling into Qatar from Saudi Arabia.Source of terror: U.S. warsHardly any political commentator from left to right, or any media from major corporate to alternative, believes Saudi Arabia’s official reason for the blockade of Qatar.The pretext is that Saudi Arabia is carrying out President Trump’s demand to end the funding of terrorists in the region. Trump has projected the notion of a grand Arab-NATO military alliance supposedly to fight the Islamic State group and Iran. Trump immediately took credit, in a tweet, for the Saudi action against Qatar.Of course, U.S. imperialism’s wars in the region are the greatest act of terror there. Millions of people have been dislocated as refugees. Whole countries lie in ruin due to U.S. bombs. Sectarian militias and mercenary armies, along with tens of thousands of U.S. troops, have wreaked havoc.Saudi Arabia assisted these U.S. wars by funding, arming and training fanatical religious groups since the 1980s war in Afghanistan.Qatar is also guilty of funding groups and sending troops to aid in the destruction of Libya and continually funding forces in the war against Syria. At the time of the Saudi decision, Qatar was aiding Saudi Arabia’s war against a popular people’s movement in Yemen, the poorest country in the Gulf region.Both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar are repressive absolute monarchies. Almost all the vast oil and gas wealth in each country is owned by one family or extended clan,  the House of Saud and the Al Thani family in Qatar. Unions and political parties are banned in both countries.Almost 90 percent of the 2.5 million population in Qatar and over one-third of the Saudi population of 31 million are migrant workers barred from citizenship. They have no rights to education, health care and all social services.These conditions are true for each of the six oil-rich Sunni Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf bound together in the Gulf Coordinating Council.Is the Saudi-Qatar conflict just a falling out among thieves and reactionary forces? Or is there a wider significance?Ordered to cut ties with IranBesides announcing the blockade of Qatar on June 5, Saudi Arabia issued a list of 10 demands that Qatar must immediately meet. These included cutting off all links with Iran; expelling resident members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood; closing the Al-Jazeera news channel; and ending “interference” in the affairs of foreign countries.These add up to an attempt to put a brake on Iran’s growing political and economic influence in the region. This is what is motivating both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to attack Qatar.Since the massive upheaval of the 1979 Iranian revolution broke with financial domination of U.S. banks and oil corporations, Iran’s very existence, despite decades of sanctions, remains a threat to the corrupt Gulf monarchies where all power and privilege is inherited.When suicide bombers attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran on June 7, when at least 13 people died, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards blamed Saudi Arabia. The terror attack was also tied to Trump’s Saudi visit.While threats against Iran seem to be the primary motivation behind the joint U.S.-Saudi attack on Qatar, there are other immediate financial motivations for this move.Gas, oil and currency competitionQatar has become, in 25 years, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. The country now has 30 LNG terminals, with six more under construction.Qatar has diplomatic relations with Iran, not because the Qatari monarchy is forward thinking, but because Qatar shares with Iran the gas field that has made the Al Thani family fabulously wealthy. The South Pars/North Dome Field is offshore from Qatar and Iran in the Persian Gulf, so the two countries share exploration rights.It is impossible for Qatar to cut off all relations with Iran and survive. The Saudis understand this all too well.Qatar has attempted with its new wealth to chart a more independent foreign policy. It is often a go-between and negotiator in the region. It is a host to Arab forces connected to Hamas in Palestine and to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.Qatar is also the first country in the region to open a clearinghouse that allows gas and oil to be traded in yuan, the Chinese currency. This financial hub immediately undercuts the position of the dollar and puts banks in Doha, the capital of Qatar, ahead of other Gulf financial centers.Meanwhile, the Saudis are desperately concerned with chronically low oil prices. They are spending billions in a losing war in neighboring Yemen, a war that seeps back into Saudi Arabia.The second largest exporter of LNG gas is the U.S., so U.S. companies would benefit from a blockade of Qatar.So the immediate economic beneficiaries of a shutdown in Qatar are U.S. and Saudi Arabian oil and financial interests.Trump, the big corporations and the absolute monarchs of the oil-rich Gulf States are products of capitalism in its most vicious, competitive, cutthroat form. They are predators, always on the search for hostile takeovers and mergers. Seizures of assets are the order of the day. Glut and overproduction as well as loss of profit are their greatest fears. War is always on the table.Dislocation across region, in NATOThe Trump-Saudi scheme to force Qatar to capitulate to their demands or face an internal coup may not succeed so easily. It is instead fracturing alliances in a highly unstable and volatile region, where no U.S. war has succeeded as yet and U.S. domination is already waning.So far the Saudi action has not only split the six-nation Gulf Coordinating Council. Given German and Turkish opposition to the Saudi move, it also seems to have split NATO, the U.S.-dominated military alliance.From the GCC, Saudi Arabia has pulled in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates behind its anti-Qatar moves. Other countries dependent on Saudi Arabia dutifully signed on to the blockade, including Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, the Saudi-backed government of Yemen and Libya’s eastern-based government. But Kuwait and Oman have resisted participation.Of NATO members, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel blasted the Trump-Saudi policy as “completely wrong, and it is certainly not Germany’s policy.” He warned it could “lead to war.” (Reuters, June 7) The Turkish Parliament has approved a plan to deploy troops to Qatar and to provide immediate food and water.Iran immediately sent aircraft and ships with hundreds of tons of food to Qatar. Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey opened their airspace to Qatari flights now blocked from flying over Saudi Arabia and Egypt.The U.S. is well situated militarily to enforce demands on Qatar, as the country hosts the biggest concentration of U.S. military personnel in the Middle East at the Al Udeid Air Base. With 11,000 U.S. troops stationed there, the base is the center of U.S. command and control of air power over Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and 17 other countries.But contradictions in this situation were on full display in two June 9 press briefings in Washington. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, knows better than Trump what’s at stake in the long term. He urged de-escalation and negotiation. Ninety minutes later, Trump took the opposite view, again applauding Saudi Arabia.President Trump’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia two weeks before the blockade resulted in a $110 billion sale of weapons to ramp up military threats against Iran, although this monstrous weapons sale is facing fierce congressional opposition.It is when old alliances fracture — and glut and overproduction prevail — that the danger of war moves to red alert.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


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first_img Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne have wowed the fans in previous years, while Vertonghen believes he will soon be bracketed alongside modern greats such as Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart. “He can reach their level, 100 per cent,” the Belgium international said. “I know Luka and Rafael better as they’re playing in my era, but I know the reputation of Hoddle and Gascoigne and I think Christian can be one of the better players Spurs have ever had.” The only thing lacking from Eriksen’s game last night was a goal, with Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado doing the damage in one of the best displays of the Mauricio Pochettino era. It was a result Newcastle found hard to swallow, with full-back Massadio Haidara highlighting Chadli’s goal seconds after half-time as key. “We are very disappointed because I know we can do better – we made things difficult for ourselves,” he told the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk. “The result is not what we wanted. “The second goal was very important in the game – for both teams. It changed the game. “Tottenham scored it and after that it was very difficult for us. We kept hope and tried to score but could not do it.” The Denmark international, with three goals in his last six matches, pulled the strings as Spurs triumphed 4-0, earning a two-legged semi-final against third-tier Sheffield United and the praise of former Ajax team-mate Vertonghen. “As a playmaker, I think he can be one of the best in the Premier League,” the defender said. “I’ve played with him since he was 16 or 17, so probably for six or seven years now. He’s improving every season. “In the end of his Ajax days, I think they were a bit critical because his stats weren’t as good as they should be, they said, but I think he shows now that he can score and get assists as well – and he’s a very hard worker. “He’s in first (for training) and he’s on the pitch until the last minute and I’m a big fan of his and I’m happy I convinced him to come here. “We had good contact when he was still at Ajax and we always kept in touch. “They (Tottenham) obviously asked me what I thought of him and I was very positive, and I think I did my job to convince him to come here.” Eriksen’s impressive performances in the lilywhite shirt have seen him become a fans’ favourite at a club synonymous with style. The 22-year-old arrived in the summer of 2013 among the flurry of transfer dealings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s record-breaking move to Real Madrid. Eriksen has so far proved the pick of the bunch and, after a slow start to this campaign, is beginning to show his potential once more, impressing in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Newcastle. Christian Eriksen can become one of the Barclays Premier League’s best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore, according to team-mate Jan Vertonghen. Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_imgBy Jay Cook |MONMOUTH BEACH – Boaters frequenting the Shrewsbury River will soon see noticeable relief in three state channels impacted by Super Storm Sandy.The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced last week a three-month-long, $1.3 million dredging program for the larger of the Two River waterways to begin on Oct. 1. The initiative is part of the NJDOT’s State Channel Dredging Program, which aims to “restore safe navigation in all state channels in the Shrewsbury Basin,” officials from the transportation agency said.Sizeable sand shoaling after Sandy has decreased channel depths in the river, causing nautical navigation issues.The state will focus on three specific channels in the Shrewsbury: the Monmouth Beach Channel; the Rumson Country Club Y Channel; and the Oceanport Creek Channel. It is anticipated an estimated 17,500 cubic yards of sand will be removed from the river basin. Once the sediment is removed, the Monmouth Beach Channel will be back to a depth of 6 feet in previously shoaled areas. The Rumson Country Club Y Channel will be brought to 5 feet, and Oceanport Creek Channel will have a depth of 4 feet.NJDOT spokesman Stephen Schapiro said Tri-State Dredging, Philadelphia, will be conducting the work from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, when federal and state regulations come into effect and work must conclude. Schapiro said the contractor will use a hydraulic dredge, floating and sunken pipelines, work barges and service vessels for the duration of the project.All of the reclaimed materials will be pumped across Ocean Avenue via an underground pipe to a stretch of beach in Monmouth Beach spanning Park Road and Central Road. That area will be fenced off to the public while the rest of the beach will remain open.“There will be no delays to traffic on Ocean Avenue,” Schapiro said.But boaters can expect a number of disruptions on the water. All necessary state aids to navigation – buoys, channel markers and navigational beacons – will be removed during the project duration. The state urges mariners to be aware of all dredging equipment and asks that “under no circumstances” anyone approach any of the work equipment.For the boaters who frequent the Shrewsbury, this project provides a sigh of relief.“I’m in favor of it,” said Fred Leonardis, owner of Angler’s Marina in Sea Bright. “It’s going to help bring money to the shore. “center_img Leonardis said he wasn’t surprised about the significant shoaling. After Sandy came through Sea Bright he said there was more than 5 feet of sand inside his building.And Leonardis said it’s a good thing the new load of sand is being pushed back onto the beaches. “The tourists come down and enjoy sitting on a bigger beach,” he noted.Karen Manista, a 25-year resident of Seaview Avenue in Monmouth Beach said she’s all-in on cleaning the channels out.“A lot of the big boats during low tide can’t get through because the channels need to be dug out,” she said on a Wednesday morning stroll. “It’s a good idea that they take it from there and put it back on the beach, which helps with the restoration.”The state dredging program was introduced by Gov. Chris Christie back in 2014 to restore Sandy-damaged state water ways. The dredging is purposely completed outside the summer season to lessen the impact on tourism and travel. Locally, similar dredging projects have been done in the Shark River, the Manasquan River, and the Waackaack and Thornes creeks in Keansburg.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


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first_imgGardai in Inishowen are investigating an attack on one of their own patrol cars.The car was parked at Carndonagh Garda Station when it was set upon.The car had one of its tyres slashed between 7am and 8pm on November 16th last. Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh has appealed for anybody who may have witnessed anybody acting suspiciously in the area of the Garda station to contact them.He added that the attack meant the car was not available to answer emergency calls for a period of time.Garda car has tyre slashed in attack was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgThis week’s entry by Sara Goudarzi in Live Science requires no comment.  The title of the article is, “Life’s Origin a Gas.”Life on Earth emerged out of thin air, scientists now say.    By mimicking in a lab the gases that could have been present on early Earth, researchers have concluded that a layer of haze blanketing our planet produced organic material that helped living organisms develop.Sara went on to talk about how the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan might have resembled that on the early Earth.  An organic haze layer could have existed for “a billion years while life was evolving,” she said, based on inspiration from a recent paper claiming that organic material could have rained down on the Earth like manna from heaven.  Despite the opening bravado, her article ended on a minor chord: “Scientists still do not know exactly what triggered the onset of biology, however.”Life emerged out of thin air.  Wonderful.  That’s a gas, all right.  Laughing gas.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgSouth Africa is one of the pioneeringhosts of the electric racing series. The EF01 series is expected to be acatalyst for the development of greenmotoring innovations. (Images: Formulec South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • David BarrièreFormulec press office+33 6 88 20 04 19 RELATED ARTICLES • SA market hungry for the Joule • A joule of an energy-efficient car • Model ‘green’ car in SA for World Cup • Powering towards a green economy • SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled outMark ReidThe future of international motorsport is on its way to South Africa – 2012 sees the birth of 100% electric motor racing with the official launch of the Formulec World Series.The Formulec Electric Formula EF01 World Series, based on the Formula Three concept, is set to be decided over 10 races on five continents and will be racing through South Africa in October 2012.By 2014, the Formulec team hopes to throw open the championship to independent manufacturers with their own cars.Local events company Eco Promotions has scooped the Formulec contract as the official event promoter in South Africa. Experienced in staging renewable energy events, the company is now scouring the country for a suitable location, as the cars will be racing not on a track, but through city streets.The low noise output of the vehicle makes it well suited to an urban street race, and because the event is not limited to a track, cities around the country can take turns to play host.Green motoring technology Motor racing has long been a platform for the development of new technologies, which in turn lead to these technological advancements filtering down to consumers.With the world market for electric vehicles expected to reach 10% of total production by 2020, Formulec is looking to the future. The company intends to contribute to the acceleration of green automotive research, and help improve the efficiency of electric vehicles.South Africa, as an EF01 host, will take its place at the forefront of renewable energy technology innovations. The country has already made its mark in this field with the development of the all-electric Joule, which is currently between the prototype and full production stages. It’s expected to debut on local showroom floors in 2014.As concern grows over climate change and the planet’s oil reserves, the focus is shifting to finding new sustainable transport solutions such as electric vehicles, as manufacturers gradually look to phase out fossil fuel engines. With no exhaust, the electric car is eco-friendly and quiet, and is an attractive alternative in large cities where commuters grapple with the problem of increasing traffic.The EF01 series will open up opportunities for innovators in the eco-energy industry to publicly showcase their technologies in a festival atmosphere at each event.High performance Designed to equal the performance of its cousin, the combustion-driven Formula Three car, the single-seater EF01 is more than capable. The fastest racing electric car in the world accelerates from 0-100kpm in a blistering time of under three seconds and reaches a top speed of around 260 km/h.The two-wheel-drive Formula Three cars have 2 000cc four-cylinder engines. Formula Three is seen as one step below Formula One, with fine drivers such as Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, and Takuma Sato coming through the lower ranks to achieve success in the high-powered racing championship.The EF01 took 30 months to come to life. In developing the EF01, Formulec and its partner, engineering specialist Segula Matra Technologies, have brought with a host of motoring experts on board, including Siemens, which is responsible for the car’s two electric motors; Michelin, which has adapted new energy-saving tyres to the power of the EF01 motors; Oz, which provided the rims; Hewland, which developed a unique transmission system for the EF01; and Saft, which developed the car’s special lithium ion battery system.The bodywork has been shaped by, among others, the highly experienced Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team.The EF01 first took to the track in September 2010 at Magny-Cours in France, followed soon after by an outing on the Bugatti track at Le Mans. Its battery life allows it to race for up to 25 minutes, says Formulec, depending on the track, with a qualifying time similar to that of the Formula Three vehicle.The car debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010.last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference always features a diverse and interesting program and this year is certainly no exception. Thursday’s topics included an overview of the state’s livestock industries, a look at global grain markets, and regulations, just to name a few. Among the more popular presentations was the topic of striving for high corn yields with Fred Below from the University of Illinois.“I talked about my seven wonders of the corn yield world. These are the management factors that each impact yield. This is not rocket science. I talked about how important weather is and how weather interacts with nitrogen, about getting the hybrid selection right, managing the rotation, and plant population. The plant population is a big factor that has changed and has to change in order to grow higher yields — narrower rows and more plants. Finally I try to put it together in a systems approach. When you combine management factors they do work together as a team to increase yields,” Below said. “We try to determine the value of each player. I summarized our research over 6 years and we see a common theme. The factors that play the largest role are fertility, narrow-row spacing and plant population. It is all about feeding and managing more plants.”Below said in a favorable year, weather and nitrogen combine to contribute more than 50% of total yield. On average, he has found the maximum response to nitrogen over an unfertilized check plot treatment is approximately 70 bushels per acre.As other management improvements are made, Below said the plant population must increase as well to achieve higher yields. This requires more management, however, and depends heavily upon weather conditions for success.Below also pointed out other factors that can be implemented on farms with a typically big bang for the buck.“One of the things growers could do alone is use fungicide. Some years fungicides have a huge increase in yield,” he said. “We often see the fullest relative maturity for the region gives us the highest yield, especially if they plant early. This is an easy thing to try and it doesn’t cost more.”Stepping up management can have a particularly significant impact in more challenging soil types.“I want to point out that if your soil is more challenging then you have to be a better farmer. Ohio’s farmers are probably better farmers because they have to manage the crops based on the soils they have,” Below said. “Their opportunity to increase yields on a relative basis is actually going to be greater than what we have in Illinois with our soil types.”The Friday program for the OABA event includes consumer relation efforts, equipment hazards and safety, technology updates, herbicide challenges, and edge of field management. Stay tuned for more.last_img read more



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first_imgAB de Villiers on Monday was ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fourth edition, including the matches in Pakistan scheduled to be held from March 9 in Karachi.The Lahore Qalandars, whom de Villiers represented, confirmed the former South African batsman will miss the matches in Pakistan due to a back injury he picked up during the team’s match against Quetta Gladiators on February 23. De Villiers had signed up to play seven matches in the United Arab Emirates leg of the tournament and two in Pakistan.Notably, de Villiers had played two matches even after the back injury but the batting superstar confirmed doctors have advised him rest.”It’s disappointing news for Lahore Qalandars management and its fans that AB de Villiers will not be able to make it for Pakistan’s leg of PSL, Sameen Rana, Lahore Qalandars’ manager said in a statement.”Any update on replacement, if any, will be communicated in due course,” he added.De Villiers had played seven matches for the Qalandars in the 2019 season and smashed 218 runs, including a half-century, at 54.50. The Royal Challengers Bangalore star had earlier expressed interest in playing in Pakistan for the Qalandars.Very disappointed: De VilliersDe Villiers expressed his disappointment at not being able to play in Pakistan but insisted that he would be returning to play the PSL, and hopefully, do his bit to help the “return of international cricket to the country” next season.”I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans. I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Karachi,” de Villiers said.advertisement”I hope to be a part of the PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year.”Also Read | Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepAlso Read | Not worried about stats vs England, hoping for a better show in 2nd T20I: MandhanaAlso Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurAlso See:last_img read more


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