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Princess Haya: Dubai ruler's wife seeks marriage protection order - BBC News
UAE

Princess Haya initially fled to Germany to try and seek asylum there, but it emerged this month that she was living in central London - specifically, in an £85m ($107m) town house in Kensington Palace Gardens.

It's believed that Princess Haya will want to stay in the UK. However, if her husband demands her return to Dubai, this could cause a diplomatic headache for Britain - which has close ties to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

After she fled, Sheikh Mohammed wrote an angry poem accusing an unnamed woman of betrayal and treachery, and posted it on his Instagram page.

Sheikha Latifa
UAE  Dubai  Saudi  Arabia  forced  marriage  Islam  Muslim  Community  Islamophobia  foreign  affairs  diplomatic  relations  Sheikha  Latifa  western  world  Gulf  states  modernity  capitalism  oil  dollars 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Putin beklagt ″wahnsinnigen″ Rüstungswettlauf | Aktuell Europa | DW.COM | 30.06.2016
Die NATO hat ihre Aufrüstung damit begründet, dass es im Zusammenhang mit der Ukraine-Krise im Baltikum und in Polen zunehmende Befürchtungen vor russischen Expansionsbestrebungen gibt. Auf ihrem Warschauer Gipfeltreffen am 8. und 9. Juli will die westliche Allianz die Entsendung von je einem Bataillon in vier Nachbarländer Russlands beschließen: Estland, Lettland, Litauen und Polen.
NATO  Germany  Angela  Merkel  European  Union  Russia  Ukrain  Ukraine  Crimea  Crisis  Crimea  Baltic  States  vladimirputin  Putin  Cold  War  2.0  Cold  War  cyber  Cold  War  cyber  attack  cyber  espionage  cyber  crime 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
UK to send five ships to Baltic as part of Nato buildup against Russia | Politics | The Guardian
Britain will also contribute troops to a new 6,000-strong force that is intended to act as a deterrent [...] After years of steady military withdrawal from Europe since the end of the cold war, the US last week announced a quadrupling of military spending to $3.4bn (£2.35bn) to increase its presence in Europe as a counter to Russia. The UK contribution, though modest by comparison, is still significant given the extent to which the navy has been reduced after years of cutbacks.
NATO  Baltic  States  Russia  USA  UK  sanctions  military–industrial  complex  Surveillance-Industrial  cyber  war  NSA  Pentagon  GCHQ  Crimea  Crisis  Ukraine  Ukrain  East  Europe  Syrien  Syria  civil  war  Assad  geopolitics  Germany  France 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The Pentagon has fired the first shot in a new arms race | Mary Dejevsky | Opinion | The Guardian
In a speech in Washington last week, previewing his announcement, Ash Carter said he would ask for spending on US military forces in Europe to be quadrupled in the light of “Russian aggression”. The allocation for combating Islamic State, in contrast, is to be increased by 50%. The message is unambiguous: as viewed from the Pentagon, the threat from Russia has become more alarming, suddenly, even than the menace that is Isis. [...] In the last months of his presidency, this detachment is ending. The additional funds for Europe’s defence are earmarked for new bases and weapons stores in Poland and the Baltic states. There will be more training for local Nato troops, more state-of-the-art hardware and more manoeuvres. [ ... + MH17 downing w Russian ground to air defense missile ]
USA  military–industrial  complex  Russia  Hegemony  NATO  Ukraine  Ukrain  Crimea  Crisis  China  geopolitics  Syrien  Syria  ISIS  Assad  presidency  barackobama  Pentagon  NSA  GCHQ  UK  Germany  Europe  Surveillance-Industrial  surveillance  state  propaganda  Polarisation  manufactured  consent  corporate  media  populism  War  fearmongering  Fear  Cold  War  Baltic  States  East  Europe  MH17  collateral  damage 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Michael Fallon: UK to send troops to Baltic region - BBC News
About 100 British military personnel will be sent to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the MoD has confirmed. A further 25 will be involved in a continuing training mission in Ukraine. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said troops in the Baltic region would deter Russian aggression beyond Ukraine and reassure eastern European Nato members.
Russia  NATO  Baltic  States  Ukraine  Ukrain  Crimea  Crimea  Crisis  vladimirputin  Putin  UK  Germany  France  Cold  War  diplomacy  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  USA  presidency  barackobama  Angela  Merkel  David  Cameron  geopolitics  European  Union  Leadership  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  Surveillance-Industrial  surveillance  state  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  white  lies  False  Flag  neoconservatism  neoconservatives 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Egon Krenz: der Kalte Krieg war nie zu Ende by Sputnik Deutschland
Europa ohne Russland geht nicht. USA sieht nicht gern das Europa/Deutschland gut mit Russland sind. [...] Die idee des kommunismus ist nicht tod zu kriegen. [...] Der kapitalismus kann nicht das letzte wort gehabt haben. [...] AIIB & BRIC (+South Africa) - ohne USA, ohne EU (ja nicht alle, Germany in AIIB)! // TTIP und co. schliesst BRIC aus. Punkt!!! USA will sich wirtschafts and und politische macht sichern mit TTIP und TPP before es zu spaet ist. // battle of ideas. battle to capture parts of new world, global trade and economy, future generations (emerging middle class).
Ukraine  Ukrain  Russia  vladimirputin  Putin  Europe  NATO  Cold  War  cyber  Middle  East  USA  foreign  affairs  geopolitics  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Intelligence  German  reunification  UK  East  Europe  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  Angela  Merkel  Leadership  Crimea  Crimea  Crisis  presidency  barackobama  David  Cameron  diplomacy  Baltic  States  Balkan  East  Germany  east-europe  east-germany  China  World  Police  global  economy  sanctions  protectionism  global  trade  BRIC  European  Union  Turkey  Eurasia  Germany  cooperation  GCHQ  NSA  surveillance  state  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  history  Aid  Arab  League  OPEC  military–industrial  military  intervention  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  neoliberalism  neoliberal  ISIS  al-Qaida  Taliban  Iraq  War  Iraq  Iran  Afghanistan  globalization  globalisation  TTIP  TPP  CETA  cablegate  Wikileaks  AIIB  World  Bank  TISA  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  capitalism  ideology  dogma  emerging  class  Developing  World  Frontier  Markets  emerging  market  economic  history  trickle-down  economics  political  economy  political  science  political  theory  Niall  Ferguson  Africa  South  Africa 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Ukraine: UK and EU 'badly misread' Russia
The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis. The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations with Ukraine, it said. It comes as French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about the crisis at a joint news conference in Paris. Ill-equipped The committee's report said Britain had not been "active or visible enough" in dealing with the situation in Ukraine. It blamed Foreign Office cuts, which it said led to fewer Russian experts working there, and less emphasis on analysis. A similar decline in EU foreign ministries had left them ill-equipped to formulate an "authoritative response" to the crisis, it said. The report claimed that for too long the EU's relationship with Moscow had been based on the "optimistic premise" that Russia was on a trajectory to becoming a democratic country.
UK  EU  Europe  European  Union  Angela  Merkel  FrancoisHollande  Germany  hegemony  history  European  Russia  Crimea  Crisis  Ukrain  Ukraine  Putin  vladimirputin  Sotchi  2014  foreign  policy  diplomacy  foreign  relations  foreign  affairs  Cold  War  Baltic  States  geopolitics  Career  Politicians 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - How strong is the Nato military alliance?
War in Ukraine and the threat of conflict in the Baltics raise fundamental questions about the West's military alliance. What is Nato - the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - for? And is it up to the job? [...] Do would-be aggressors still believe that - as stated in Article 5 of Nato's founding treaty - an attack on one Nato member would be treated as an attack on all? [...] 'Putin exploiting Nato's weakness': Former Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31530840 - Russian military planes flying close or over to NATO member Airspace without permission. &! still fighting in Ukraine despite cease-fire agreement - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31544490
Ukrain  Ukraine  NATO  Russia  Baltic  States  vladimirputin  Putin  Cold  War  2015 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
The Supreme Court is about to tackle online threats for the first time | The Verge
The issue before the Supreme Court is whether "a true threat" requires finding that the threatener subjectively intended to be threatening. Elonis is arguing for a subjective intent requirement, claiming that his posts were meant as rap lyrics and not as threats, while the prosecutors are arguing for an "objective" standard—a threat counts as a threat if a "reasonable person" would think the statement is a threat. The government is arguing that it’s enough to use an objective standard, with an exception for "idle or careless talk, exaggeration, something said in a joking manner or an outburst of transitory anger." However, when it comes to the Internet, where context or tone may be more difficult to perceive, this objective standard has obvious drawbacks [...] [UK has] law that forbids electronic messages that are "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character," [...] "with the intent to intimidate." [...] "[...] most likely to inspire fear of bodily harm."
hate  speech  troll  Hater  death  threat  #GamerGate  everyday  sexism  Misogynie  misogyny  hate  crime  harassment  anonymity  Elonis  v.  United  States  abusive  language  abuse  emotional  abuse  domestic  abuse  UK  USA  Europe  First  Amendment  free  speech  psychological  abuse 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Geopolitics since the fall of the Berlin Wall - YouTube
"History never ends, we did not think through what happens to Russia [post-fall of Iron Curtain.] [...] Enormous mistakes were made, giving advice in transitioning to democratic capitalism[/social capitalism/Sozial Marktwirtschaft.]" [ 22 Hindsight ] [ Reluctance of Europe to lead and Germany's role. ] [ Chances missed, 89 was a huge opportunity ] & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Gx3Qm20aE "Has Berlin moved past the Wall?" ... << Stasi past still unresolved. Nothing done like SA did post-apartheid lead by Mandela. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(South_Africa) & http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-mandela-tried-to-heal-the-wounds-of-apartheid/ & http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cul/summary/v054/54.1lund.html "Only by knowing the truth can we hope to heal the terrible open wounds that are the legacy of apartheid.... Only the truth can put the past to rest. —Nelson Mandela" & http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29974950
German  reunification  Berlin  Wall  East  Germany  Iron  Curtain  Cold  War  history  Germany  Baltic  States  East  Europe  Russia  Putin  vladimirputin  geopolitics  Career  Politicians  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  USA  Leadership  Europe  Unrechtsstaat  Angela  Merkel  helmutkohl  Helmut  Kohl  society  culture 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data - The Washington Post
The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program. /// via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8305925 The documents, roughly 1,500 pages worth, outline a secret and ultimately unsuccessful legal battle by Yahoo to resist the government’s demands. The company’s loss required Yahoo to become one of the first to begin providing information to PRISM, a program that gave the NSA extensive access to records of online com­munications by users of Yahoo and other U.S.-based technology firms. +++ http://pando.com/2014/09/12/the-government-threatened-to-fine-yahoo-250000-per-day-if-it-didnt-participate-in-prism/ +++ Documents - http://bit.ly/1DbJosI
PRISM  Yahoo!  NSA  surveillance  state  Orwellian  history  FISA  Court  presidency  barackobama  War  on  Terror  GCHQ  BND  FISC  United  States  Foreign  Intelligence  Court  Supreme  Court  FISA  warrant 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Ukraine-Konflikt: Kommentar zur Putins Geopolitik - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Politiker und Publizisten in West und Ost schwadronieren von "Interessensphären", die man Großmächten angeblich einräumen muss - und leisten damit Putins kalter Geopolitik Vorschub.
Baltic  States  Belarus  Ukrain  Ukraine  European  Union  Russia  geopolitics  USA  Europe  Germany  Angela  Merkel  Putin  vladimirputin  presidency  barackobama  foreign  policy  foreign  affairs  diplomacy  NATO  Crimea  Crisis  Crimea 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Interview mit Snowdens russischem Anwalt Kutcherena - SPIEGEL ONLINE
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Haben die Amerikaner Kontakt zu Ihnen aufgenommen? Kutscherena: Die Botschaft hat mich angerufen, sie wollen ein Treffen. Was mich verwundert: Es gibt bis heute kein offizielles Auslieferungsgesuch von Seiten der USA. Ich wiederhole: Amerika hat kein Auslieferungsgesuch gestellt! Und Amerika hat nicht verlautbart, dass Snowdens Vorwürfe nicht stimmen. Snowden hat der Welt die Augen geöffnet. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Russland hat einen riesigen Geheimdienstapparat. Abgehörte Telefonate Oppositioneller tauchen schon mal in der Kreml-nahen Presse auf. Ist der demonstrative Einsatz für Snowden nicht scheinheilig? Kutscherena: Ich bin für Ehrlichkeit. Die Amerikaner predigen von der Kanzel, dass sie die Verfassung schützen. Der Mensch steht dort an erster Stelle, seine Rechte und Freiheiten sind unantastbar. Natürlich erlauben die Gesetze auch Spezialoperationen und Einschränkungen, etwa im Kampf gegen Terroristen. Aber doch nicht in solcher Masse!
NSA  Wikileaks  Tempora  Ecuador  domestic  affairs  feigned  innocence  foreignaffairs  United  States  Constitution  PRISM  Asylum  Glenn  Greenwald  USA  barackobama  hypocrisy  Edward  Snowden  Whisteblower  Julian  Assange  presidency  diplomacy 
july 2013 by asterisk2a

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