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Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. Show More Summary

Egypt picks consortium to draft Suez plan

last weekNews : The Newsroom

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said.

Qatar’s Dangerous Game: Switzerland of the Gulf, Patron of Islamists

Has Qatar overplayed its hand? The emirate, with 300,000 citizens who enjoy the highest per-capita GDP in the world, has a reputation as the Switzerland of the Persian Gulf: small, wealthy, and dogged about maintaining good relations with its quarrelsome neighbors. Show More Summary

On the Drawing Board 8/8/14

Well, I’m not actually at the drawing board right now, unless you count all the caricatures I am doing of the men and women in our armed forces serving in undisclosed locations in the Persian Gulf this week. But, here’s what is awaiting me when I get back to the studio next week: MAD TV […]

In Friday’s Sun: a thousand points of light. Stay the course. Persian Gulf.

Capricious, unstructured and even dangerous: That’s what American political thinker Walter Lippmann once wrote about the public’s views on foreign policy. “The unhappy truth,” he wrote in 1955, “is that the prevailing public opinion has been destructively wrong at critical junctures. [The people] have compelled governments to be too late with too little, too long [...]

I Got Kicked Out of Yemen Like a Criminal

For three years, I was a reporter in Washington’s war-on-terror partner in the Persian Gulf. Now there’s not a single American journalist left.

First Syrian Rebels, Now Hamas: Qatar Once Again Emerges As "Mystery" US-Backed Sponsor Of War

It was a little over a year ago when the "Mystery Sponsor Of Weapons And Money To Syrian Mercenary "Rebels" Was Revealed" as none other than the uber-wealthy Qatar (also known as the tiny but filthy rich state in the Persian Gulf that...Show More Summary

Big Persian Gulf Order Boosts Boeing's Order Book

At last report, Boeing was leading Airbus in new orders booked by a two-to-one margin.

ISIS Threatens Al Qaeda as Flagship Movement of Extremists

From the New York Times: AMMAN, Jordan — As Syria’s civil war raged, a Kuwaiti Islamist, Ghanim al-Mteiri, funneled cash from wealthy donors in the Persian Gulf to Syria’s affiliate of Al Qaeda in hopes that it would overthrow the government and lay the foundations of an Islamic state. Show More Summary

Bahrain to Construct Its First Catholic Cathedral

The Catholic Church in Bahrain, a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf, is preparing for the construction of a new cathedral thanks to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, who has given land for what will be the largest parish in the Arab peninsula.

World View: USS Bataan with 1,000 marines to Join Six Other Warships in the Persian Gulf

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com We have Jean-Claude Juncker to kick around again Britain's David Cameron hints at leaving EU because of Juncker The financial crisis in Greece continues USS Bataan with 1000Show More Summary

Iraq Crisis Solved by Col. John Warden

America’s astonishing 100-hour victory in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 was based on Col. Warden’s revolutionary concepts.

Bahrain Welcomes First Catholic Cathedral

The Persian Gulf island has had a Christian presence for over a century. [Editor's note: CT incorrectly referred to Our Lady of Arabia as the "first official church" in Bahrain in its June print issue. Our Lady of Arabia is instead the...Show More Summary

More US Marines arrive for Iraq

Last night we learned that the number of troops heading to Iraq had nearly tripled in the space of a few hours to 275. This morning, Stars & Stripes reports that an additional 550 Marines arrived in the Persian Gulf; The USS Mesa Verde, carrying about 550 Marines, entered the Persian Gulf on Monday, as […]

US Amphibious Warship With 550 Marines Enters Persian Gulf

Following the arrival of the US aircraft carrier CVN-77, the ironically named George H.W. Bush, in the Persian Gulf, another US warship, LPD-19, the USS Mesa Verde also entered the Persian Gulf moments ago. Its cargo: some 550 US marines. Show More Summary

Carrier Pilots Face Targeting Challenges in Iraq

Naval aviators aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf face a risky mission in finding and choosing targets should President Obama order them to attack Islamic militants threatening to move on Baghdad.

10 things you need to know today: June 15, 2014

1. U.S. sends aircraft carrier to Persian GulfWith Iraq plunging deeper into chaos, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Saturday ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush into the Persian Gulf. The move, which came one day after...Show More Summary

U.S. sends aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf as Obama weighs options in Iraq

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Saturday ordered an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf to bolster the United States' military presence in the region as Iraq drifted deeper into chaos. The carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush, was flanked on its trip by a guided-missile destroyer and a guided-missile cruiser. Show More Summary

USS GHW Bush to Persian Gulf

The Associated Press reports that the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is steaming to the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea to support any of the options that the President might decide to use in Iraq. Well, once he finishes his little golf match. Accompany[ing] the carrier will be the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine […]

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