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Plight of Nepali migrants: UAE emerging as transit point for human trafficking
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Plight of Nepali migrants: UAE emerging as transit point for human trafficking

In recent times, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increasingly become a transit point for human traffickers, exploiting the vulnerabilities of Nepali migrants seeking better opportunities abroad. Due to the easy accessibility of visit visas, many find themselves face to face with deception and exploitation. Tej Bahadur Chhetri, the Nepali ambassador to the UAE, raises...

The shadowy economics of fentanyl
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The shadowy economics of fentanyl

Bertrand Monnet isn’t your ordinary business school professor. Standing at well over six feet tall, he has a quiet intensity to him that’s reminiscent of the actor Vincent Cassel. A former French marine, Monnet now teaches at the EDHEC Business School in France, where he studies the international black market in illicit drugs, which, according to...

US Sees Growing Number of UAE-Based Shippers in Breach of Russian Oil Cap
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US Sees Growing Number of UAE-Based Shippers in Breach of Russian Oil Cap

The United States Treasury Department has put three more shipping companies based in the United Arab Emirates under sanction accusing them of carrying Russian oil priced above war-induced ceilings imposed by Washington and its allies. Oil Tankers SCF Mgmt FZCO, Talassa Shipping DMCC and Zeenit Supply and Trading DMCC, as well as Liberia-based NS Leader...

‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus
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‘A gift to Moscow’: dismay as NYPD takes part in UAE Swat games with Chechnya and Belarus

Led out by a beaming Adam Kadyrov, the son of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, a group of muscular men sporting black beards strode on to the brightly illuminated stage in Dubai last week to receive gold medals and a $5,000 (£3,960) cheque. The men were members of the notorious Chechen Akhmat Kadyrov special police regiment, a group...

Japan firm probed over sale of ship to Iran
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Japan firm probed over sale of ship to Iran

Japan firm probed over sale of ship to Iran. A Japanese firm is being probed on suspicion of falsely declaring that it was planning to sell a ship to a company in the United Arab Emirates before selling the vessel to a company in Iran, an investigative source said Wednesday. The Osaka-based firm was searched...

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...

Ill-Will Hunting for Russia’s Musical Dissidents
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Ill-Will Hunting for Russia’s Musical Dissidents

The Kremlin is intensifying attacks on anti-war Russian musicians and artists living abroad. At the beginning of the all-out war in Ukraine, the Kremlin faced anti-war resistance from many Russian popular artists. It responded with a media smear campaign against anti-war rappers, rock bands, and stand-up comedians. But since many anti-war artists chose exile rather...

Former Kenyan minister detained in Uganda over alleged gold smuggling
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Former Kenyan minister detained in Uganda over alleged gold smuggling

Ugandan authorities are currently detaining Stephen Tarus, Kenya’s former Assistant Minister for Internal Security, on charges of smuggling gold into the country using counterfeit documents. Arrested last week, Mr. Tarus was brought before a Ugandan anti-corruption court on Wednesday to face accusations of falsifying export documents, as stated by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). The...

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...