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UAE labeled Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has labeled Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization– following the example of neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The United Arab Emirates has thrown its support behind neighboring Saudi Arabia’s decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, increasing Gulf Arab pressure on the Islamist group.

Saudi Arabia  on Friday listed the 86-year-old Brotherhood along with several other groups, including Al Qaeda affiliates, as terrorist organizations on Friday. Those who join or support the groups could face five to 30 years in prison under the new Saudi policy.

The Gulf moves against the Brotherhood follow an Egyptian decision to label it a terrorist organization in December.

Cairo based its accusation mainly on a series of deadly bomb attacks that it says the Brotherhood orchestrated. The Brotherhood denies the accusations. Egyptian authorities have produced little evidence showing a direct Brotherhood link that is open to public scrutiny, and most of the attacks have been claimed by a Sinai-based militant group.

The Western-allied UAE, a seven-state federation that includes the cosmopolitan business hub of Dubai, said it will cooperate with Saudi Arabia to tackle “those terrorist groups through liquidating all forms of material and moral support.”

“The significant step taken by (Saudi Arabia) in this critical moment requires concerted efforts and joint collective work to address the security and stability challenges that threaten the destiny of the Arab and Muslim nation,” the UAE said in a statement carried by official news agency WAM late Saturday.

The Saudi terrorist designation also blacklisted Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen and its former affiliate in Iraq, the Syrian al-Nusra Front, Hezbollah within the kingdom and Yemen’s Shiite Hawthis.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two largest Arab economies, have increasingly clamped down on the Brotherhood in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.

They along with the tiny kingdom of Bahrain last week withdrew their ambassadors from nearby Qatar to protest what they saw as its failure to uphold a deal to stop interfering in other nations’ politics and supporting organizations that threaten the Gulf’s stability. Analysts say the move in large part reflects Qatar’s support for the Brotherhood and its supporters.

The Emirates has jailed dozens of people allegedly linked to Brotherhood-affiliated groups on state security charges over the past year. It accuses Islamist groups of trying to topple its Western-backed ruling system.

The nation’s top court last week sentenced a Qatari doctor to seven years and two Emiratis to five years in prison for collaborating with an illegal Islamist group. The same court in January convicted 30 men, most of them Egyptian, of setting up an illegal Brotherhood branch in the UAE. They received prison terms ranging from three months to five years.

Another 69 people were last year sentenced to up to 15 years behind bars after being convicted of links to Al-Islah, an Islamist group suspected of ideological ties to the Brotherhood.

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GREATEST HITS 2013 : Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Obama plotted to destabilize regimes in Bahrain, Egypt

[Ret.] Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

[Ret.] Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Friday, December 27th, 2013 – Special to WorldTribune.com

Originally published Oct. 3, 2013

[Editors Note: The following report was based in part on a report by the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain which has been disputed by the government of Bahrain and the U.S embassy there. The Gulf Daily news stands by its report. See: Bahrain, U.S. embassy deny reports of statements attributed to Gen. Shelton]

WASHINGTON — The United States was said to have planned to destabilize at least two Arab countries over the last two years.

A former leading U.S. military commander asserted that the administration of President Barack Obama worked to destabilize the regimes of Bahrain and Egypt, Middle East Newsline reported.

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[Ret.] Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the administration’s drive against Bahrain, wracked by a Shi’ite revolt, was led by the intelligence community.  [See WorldTribune’s Greatest Hits]

America thought Bahrain was an easy prey that will serve as key to the collapse of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] regime and lead to giant oil companies controlling oil in the Gulf,” Shelton said.

In an interview on the U.S. network Fox News, Shelton said the administration plot was foiled by Bahraini King Hamad in 2011. He said Hamad agreed to a Saudi-sponsored decision by the GCC to send thousands of troops to Bahrain to help quell the Shi’ite revolt, attributed to Iran.

Shelton, who met Hamad during his assignment to the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet, based in Manama, said the administration plot harmed relations with both Bahrain as well as neighboring Saudi Arabia. He said Riyad ended any trust in Washington after it was found to have helped the Shi’ites in Bahrain.

The former Joint Chiefs chairman, who served under President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, said Egypt stopped a drive by Obama to destabilize Egypt in 2013. Shelton said Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Fatah Sisi, a former intelligence chief, also detected a U.S. plot to support the ruling Muslim Brotherhood amid unprecedented unrest. On July 3, Sisi led a coup that overthrew Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

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“Had Gen. Al Sisi not deposed Morsi, Egypt would have today become another Syria and its military would have been destroyed,” Shelton said. Shelton, who did not disclose his sources of information, said Arab allies of the United States have moved away from Washington. He cited the new alliance between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Brotherhood.

“I expect calm to be restored in Egypt,” Shelton said. “Gen. Al Sisi has put an end to the new Middle East project.

via GREATEST HITS 2013: Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Obama plotted to destabilize regimes in Bahrain, Egypt | World Tribune.

“يو اس توداى : ” أوباما أكبر الخاسرين فى 2013

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ذكر موقع “يو اس توداى”اليوم أن الرئيس الأمريكى “باراك أوباما” يعتبر أحد أبرز الخاسرين مع نهاية عام 2013 مؤكدًا أن عام 2014 سيكون أكثر سوءًا بالنسبة لأوباما”

ونقل “جلين رينولد”، أستاذ القانون فى جامعة “تنسى”، عن موقع “كابيتول هيل”، أن “أوباما يعتبر مشروع الرعاية الصحية أحد أكبر أخطائه فى هذا العام الكئيب”، وأضاف الكاتب قائلاً: “ولكنى – شخصياً – أعتقد أن أدائه كان متوسطًا حيال مشروع الرعاية الصحية”

وأضاف الكاتب قائلًا: “صحيح أن مشروع أوباما للرعاية الصحية كان كارثيًا ولكنه أصبح بما لا يدع مجالًا للشك واضحًا أنه قائم على كذبه”

وتابع الكاتب قائلًا: أعتقد أن الخسائر الكبرى ستظهر واضحة فى 2014 وبذلك يكون ما شاهدناه إلى الآن من الرئيس “باراك أوباما” ليس الأسوأ”

ولفت الكاتب إلى السياسة الخارجية لإدارة الرئيس “أوباما” حيال العديد من قضايا الشرق الأوسط أبرزها موقفه المُتردد من ضرب سوريا المتأرجح بين “لابد من ضربة سوريا” إلى “لا بأس” وذلك فى فترة قصيرة لم تتعد الثلاثة أسابيع؛ بالإضافة إلى فضائح التجسس التى سربها العميل الإستخباراتى “إدوارد سنودن”، وقتل السفير الأمريكى فى ليبيا وهى جميعًا جعلت موقف “أوباما” سيء

ومضى الكاتب قائلًا: “إن الأمريكيين يرون أوباما كخاسر ولكن الأكثر أهمية هو أن أصدقائه وأعدائه فى الخارج يرونه ضعيفاً ومشغول البال، ولا سيما السعوديين والإسرائيليين بعد الموقف الأمريكى من إيران” واستطرد الكاتب قائلُا : إن شعبية أوباما الآن أقل من شعبية أى رئيس أمريكى بعد الحرب باستثناء ريتسارد نيكسون

U.S. Navy drafts evacuation plan to ‘go afloat’ in case of Bahraini crisis | World Tribune

MOSCOW — The United States has been drafting plans for a rapid naval evacuation from Bahrain.

Officials said the U.S. Navy has conducted an exercise that envisioned acrisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom.

[Related stories: Bahrain, U.S. embassy deny reports of statements attributed to Gen. Shelton, Oct. 8 and Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Obama plotted to destabilize regimes in Bahrain, Egypt, Oct. 3]

The officials said the Navy sought to determine whether it could evacuate its Fifth Fleet headquarters to ships offshore.

“My plan B in a crisis is to go afloat,” U.S. Navy operations chief Adm. Jonathan Greenert said.

In an address to the Naval War College on Oct. 25, Greenert acknowledged the Shi’ite unrest in Bahrain. He said the Navy was monitoring the attacks on Bahraini security forces and foreign nationals to determine the safety of American personnel.

“Their internal security is something we watch,” Greenert said. “I don’t want to call it an insurgency. That’s too strong.”

Officials said the Navy conducted a crisis evacuation exercise on Oct.
25 to transfer onshore operations to offshore facilities. They said the
exercise was conducted by the Fifth Fleet off the coast of Bahrain and by the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.

“But there is no real good long-term alternative like Bahrain that we
have over there,” Greenert said.

Greenert said the Navy was helping Bahrain enhance counter-insurgency operations. He said Manama has been reliable in supporting the Fifth Fleet.

“We’ve been in Bahrain 60 years and they’ve been really with us every
time,” Greenert said. “They’ve been a solid ally and friend.”

U.S. Navy drafts evacuation plan to ‘go afloat’ in case of Bahraini crisis | World Tribune.

Bahrain slashes terms for policemen jailed over ‘torturing’ protesters to death — RT News

Two policemen convicted of ‘torturing’ a protester to death in 2011 have had their jail terms slashed by four years following an appeal. The policemen were convicted of beating to death a Shiite detainee during a mass crackdown on dissent in 2011.

Bahrain’s appeals court reduced the jail terms of the policemen involved from seven to three years, according to an anonymous judicial source who spoke to AFP. They were convicted by a lower court in December over two separate incidents.

Abdul Karim Fakhrawi died in April 2011 after nine days in custody. While it was initially reported by Bahrain’s official news agency that he died of kidney failure, photographs of Fakhrawi’s body leaked online, sparking national outrage.

Fakhrawi was a co-founder of independent newspaper al-Wasat, which temporarily had the plug pulled by authorities following a nationwide crackdown on Shiite-led protests, starting in mid-March 2011.

Even in December, the seven year sentence for the policeman involved in Fakhrawi’s death was criticized as being too lenient. “The prosecutor changed the charges from ‘torture leading to death’ to ‘beating leading to death’. They don’t want to admit that there was torture,” Sayed Hadi al-Mousawi, a member of Bahrain’s Wefaq Society, told Reuters at the time of the sentencing.

On Monday, a further policeman also had his sentence reduced from seven years to three. He had been convicted of shooting a protester dead in February 2011. Ali Musheime suffered birdshot wounds. However, the court declared on Monday that the incident had not been premeditated murder.

The wave of arrests which swept the nation meant that a number of policemen later faced trials over killing protesters or torturing detainees. According to the International Federation for Human Rights, at least 89 people have been killed in the Sunni-ruled kingdom since the unrest began.

Bahrain – home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet – is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, while over 75 percent of the population is Shia. In February 2011, thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Bahrain’s capital Manama, demanding democratic reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa.

Since then, Bahrain has faced widespread criticism over its harsh sentencing of activists within the country. A decision to jail 50 Shiite activists for up to 15 years in a mass show trial led Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, to  call the verdict ‘appalling’ at the beginning of October. It also urged a probe into reports that some activists were tortured.

In April this year, a UN torture investigator, Juan Mendez, said that Bahrain has blocked him from a planned visit to the Gulf Arab state, terming it an “effective cancellation,” since no alternate dates were proposed.

The following month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) demanded that authorities “immediately investigate allegations that officials are torturing activists in detention.”

In Mid-September it emerged that Bahrain’s law enforcement had also made a habit of regularly detaining children, who were forced to undergo humiliation and cruel treatment often bordering on torture, according to a HRW investigation.

Bahrain slashes terms for policemen jailed over ‘torturing’ protesters to death — RT News.