Egypt and U.A.E. Said to Secretly Bomb Militias in Libya

David D. Kirkpatrick and Eric Schmitt The New York Times 8/26/2014

CAIRO — Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by […]

Matt Damon Surprised To Learn His Anti-Fracking Film Was Funded By Foreign Oil Wealth

Mike Ciandella CNS News 12/6/2012

Actor Matt Damon was surprised to learn his new anti-natural gas fracking movie was funded in part by Mideast oil nation the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Hydraulic fracking is a technique used to get natural gas out of the ground which could help make domestic natural gas a cheaper competitor […]

U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

James Risen, Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt The New York Times 12/5/2012

The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States […]

Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation

Lachlan Markay The Foundry 9/28/2012

A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

The creators of Promised Land have […]

Obama policy reduces Congressional oversight over weapons exports

WorldTribune 5/1/2012

President Barack Obama, in a move that could affect Middle East allies, has trimmed oversight by Congress of weapons exports.

Congressional leaders said the Obama administration has reduced House and Senate oversight over proposed U.S. arms sales.

They said the White House was virtually eliminating the consultation process with Congress before formally proposing […]

UAE military officer studying in Newport indicted on human-trafficking charge

Katie Mulvaney The Providence Journal 4/6/2011

PROVIDENCE — A United Arab Emirates military officer attending the Naval War College in Newport is being accused of lying to a Filipino woman to persuade her to come to Rhode Island to care for his five children and clean his house and then failing to pay her.

A […]