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Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov
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Putin henchmen and their Dubious Dubai Connections. The case of Chechen strong man Ramazan Kadyrov

As the glittering skyscrapers of Dubai continue rising ever higher, new evidence shows this glitzy emirate has also constructed a massive offshore haven enabling some of the world’s most repressive regimes and drug cartels to shield wealth and escape consequences for human rights abuses. An in-depth investigation drawing on leaked property records and intelligence sources...

Climate change a looming threat to antiquities
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Climate change a looming threat to antiquities

Rising temperatures, extended heatwaves and drought are making the impact of climate change felt all over the world. Now, the first study in Greece examining the effect of climate change on the future microclimate of historical monuments and artifacts shows us how extreme weather events will also impact the country’s cultural heritage. “Just like the...

ADNOC-backed Indian oil project tainted by allegations of land grabs, oppression and journalist's murder
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ADNOC-backed Indian oil project tainted by allegations of land grabs, oppression and journalist’s murder

ADNOC-backed Indian oil project tainted by allegations of land grabs, oppression and journalist’s murder. An Indian oil refinery project backed by Saudi Aramco and the UAE’s state oil firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is giving rise to government oppression of local communities in Maharashtra, India, according to a new investigation by Global Witness. The investigation...

Israel’s business ties to UAE tested by Gaza war fury
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Israel’s business ties to UAE tested by Gaza war fury

In the days after Hamas’s October 7 attack and the war that followed, Israeli entrepreneur Ron Daniel left Dubai, his home since 2021, fearing that he was “sitting on a volcano”. The chief executive of asset manager and financial technology company Liquidity Group flew back to the United Arab Emirates a month later after deciding...

UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’
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UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’

Sheikh Mohamed phones ‘dear friend’ Russian president to discuss war in Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East. Vladimir Putin and the president of the United Arab Emirates vowed to further develop their“friendly relations” after discussing the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict in a phone call. Putin, who is subject to an international...

‘Smoking gun proof’: fossil fuel industry knew of climate danger as early as 1954, documents show
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‘Smoking gun proof’: fossil fuel industry knew of climate danger as early as 1954, documents show

Documents show industry-backed Air Pollution Foundation uncovered the severe harm climate change would wreak. The fossil fuel industry funded some of the world’s most foundational climate science as early as 1954, newly unearthed documents have shown, including the early research of Charles Keeling, famous for the so-called “Keeling curve” that has charted the upward march...

Telegraph could become ‘PR arm’ of UAE after proposed takeover, MPs warned
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Telegraph could become ‘PR arm’ of UAE after proposed takeover, MPs warned

UAE-backed deal could be disastrous for UK government and freedom of press, opponents say. MPs have attacked the proposed UAE-backed takeover of the Telegraph newspapers, warning that it is impossible to “separate sheikh and state” and calling for further investigations to be launched before the deal “turns into a disaster for the government”. Julia Lopez,...

Davies: Pass FEND Off Fentanyl to fight opioid crisis
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Davies: Pass FEND Off Fentanyl to fight opioid crisis

As the U.S. opioid crisis spirals further out of control, and threatens to engulf Europe, the U.S. government has been scrambling in recent weeks for solutions. Some are sensible, if misguided, such as the Biden administration’s “fentanyl strike force” within the Treasury Department to aggressively scrutinize the finances of suspected narcotics dealers. Others, such as...

The Hidden Rivalry of Saudi Arabia and the UAE
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The Hidden Rivalry of Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The two countries look like allies—but are increasingly regional competitors. The Israel-Hamas war unfolded amid an apparent regional trend of peaceful coexistence. The Middle East’s transformation along these lines has been represented by the seemingly ever-closer alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as symbolized by the apparent friendship between their respective de...