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Nov 2, 2012

Insight: In Syrian sanctions, some gains but much uncertainty

BUCHAREST/BRUSSELS/DUBAI (Reuters) – Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad, his security chiefs and members of his family.

The sanctions were designed to freeze property and bank accounts, make it harder to access money and move assets around, and, ultimately, bring about an end to the violence. Eighteen months on, though, the fighting is worse and Brussels and Washington are struggling to make these sanctions bite.

Oct 18, 2012

Dubai fueled by cheap Iran oil as U.S. steps up pressure

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States and Dubai are negotiating an end to the desert emirate’s Iranian oil imports to head off the threat of U.S. President Obama sanctioning a trade that has riled Gulf Arab oil producers, industry sources and diplomats said.

Washington in the summer tightened controls on financial transactions for importing Iranian condensate, a light hydrocarbon, as part of U.S. efforts to starve Tehran of revenues for its disputed nuclear program.

Oct 18, 2012

Dubai fueled by cheap Iran oil as U.S. ups pressure

DUBAI, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The United States and Dubai
are negotiating an end to the desert emirate’s Iranian oil
imports to head off the threat of U.S. President Obama
sanctioning a trade that has riled Gulf Arab oil producers,
industry sources and diplomats said.

Washington in the summer tightened controls on financial
transactions for importing Iranian condensate, a light
hydrocarbon, as part of U.S. efforts to starve Tehran of
revenues for its disputed nuclear program.

Oct 17, 2012

Tunisian struggle with new freedom hits silver screen

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Although Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled nearly two years ago, Tunisia’s fight for freedom has only just begun, acclaimed Tunisian filmmaker Nouri Bouzid says in his latest film.

In “Hidden Beauties”, Bouzid uses the Islamic veil to symbolise the struggle facing Tunisians now negotiating issues of religion, freedom and identity in the vacuum left in the aftermath of an uprising that ousted Ben Ali after 23 years running a model police state.

Oct 15, 2012

Egypt uprising film depicts crippling social divide

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – When horse and camel riders attacked protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during last year’s uprising, Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah was struck by one of the most vivid examples of how Egypt’s huge class divide is exploited by powerful elites.

Nasrallah’s “After the Battle” tells the story of how one of the horsemen struggles to come to terms with his role in the aftermath of one of the most violent incidents of the 18-day-uprising which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Sep 13, 2012

Abu Dhabi presses state employees to live there

ABU DHABI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi is pressing its
public sector employees who reside outside the emirate to
relocate within its borders, a policy which analysts say aims to
address heavy oversupply in its real estate market.

“Employees residing outside the emirate will not be eligible
for the housing allowance” provided to workers in state
institutions, the government said in a circular dated Sept. 12
and seen by Reuters.

Jul 17, 2012

Leading lawyer arrested in UAE clampdown on dissidents

ABU DHABI/DUBAI (Reuters) – Three Emirati Islamists, including a prominent lawyer, were arrested in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, relatives and activists said, extending a crackdown on political dissidents in the Gulf oil producer.

The arrests brought to 20 the number of dissidents detained since April. Most of them have been Islamists, targeted by a government clampdown amid concerns they may be emboldened by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in other Arab countries.

Jul 9, 2012

Syrians should choose leader in 2014 vote: Iran foreign minister

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The Syrian people should be left to choose their leader in elections due in 2014 and until then countries should avoid aggravating the bloodshed by interfering on the ground, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday.

Iran has supported President Bashar al-Assad throughout the 16-month uprising in Syria, a rare ally amidst widespread condemnation of a crackdown on dissent that has left thousands dead.

Jun 29, 2012

U.S. sanctions may stop UAE from importing Iranian condensates

DUBAI (Reuters) – Dubai’s national oil company may have to stop importing condensate from Iran unless Washington grants it an exemption or temporary exception from this week’s tightening of U.S. sanctions, diplomatic and industry sources said.

U.S. State Department officials said that financial transactions that facilitate the import of Iranian condensate are liable to a new round of measures effective June 28 that aim to cut Iran’s oil revenues and force Tehran to drop its disputed nuclear program.

Jun 29, 2012

U.S. sanctions may stop UAE Iran condensate imports

DUBAI (Reuters) – Dubai’s national oil company may have to stop importing condensate from Iran unless Washington grants it an exemption or temporary exception from this week’s tightening of U.S. sanctions, diplomatic and industry sources said.

U.S. State Department officials said that financial transactions that facilitate the import of Iranian condensate are liable to a new round of measures effective June 28 that aim to cut Iran’s oil revenues and force Tehran to drop its disputed nuclear programme.