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One Country’s Disturbing Project to Build a Complete DNA Databank of Every Citizen

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One Country’s Disturbing Project to Build a Complete DNA Databank of Every Citizen and Foreign Visitor Is Already Underway
 

Anyone planning a visit to Kuwait later this year may be in for a shock when they find they’ll have to give the government not just their passport, but also their DNA. A 2015 law requiring all citizens, residents and visitors to provide DNA to the government’s database will go into effect later this summer, according to Kuwaiti officials, making the small Gulf nation the first country in the world to legislate mandatory DNA collection.

The $400 million database will store the DNA samples of at least 3.3 million people—a mandate that international privacy and legal analysts are concerned is excessively broad.

“No other country in the world wants to include everyone,” said Barbara Prainsack, a professor of social science at King’s College London and an expert in bioethics and genetics. “This is a very significant step that has never been taken before.”

Almost everywhere else in the world, those who aren’t suspected criminals, terrorists or government employees are generally excepted from biometric data collection of this nature.

“A universal database would not hold in the case of human rights litigation because the idea that you could at some point commit a terrorist act would not be seen as proportional to the right to privacy,” Prainsack said.

Such indiscriminate collection violates the international standards for privacy established by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Kuwait ratified. The covenant requires DNA databases to be extensively regulated and proportionately narrow in scope.

In 2008, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that broad collections of non-criminal DNA likewise violated an individual’s right to privacy. The decision affected collection procedures in the United Kingdom, which had previously retained fingerprints and DNA from suspects not charged of any crime indefinitely.

Helen Wallace, the director of GeneWatch, a U.K.-based advocacy group, called the database “out of step” with an emerging human rights consensus that has emphasized narrowing DNA collections. The U.K. government, Wallace noted, destroyed millions of samples in its database after the 2008 ruling.

Kuwaiti authorities have not clarified the details of how they plan to implement the DNA database, according to several human rights advocates. The law forbids refusing or falsifying one’s DNA sample, but safeguards about how individual samples will be shared, stored and processed have not been made public.

“The law says that for anyone working with DNA improperly there will be criminal fines and potential prosecution,” Belkis Wille, Human Rights Watch’s Kuwait researcher, explained. “But that doesn’t get at the heart of the bigger issues, which are who gets access to the data and why. Judicial oversight is also currently not in the law as it been written.”

In response to a May 2015 ISIS suicide bombing in the country’s capital, the Kuwait National Assembly passed the mandatory DNA collection legislation as a counterterrorism measure that June. Kuwaiti officials told the Kuwait Times that the database would not only solve crimes more quickly in the case of terrorist acts, but also help to identify bodies in natural disasters.

But genetic experts, researchers and civil rights advocates fear that the government might expand the uses of the database beyond its original purpose—a concern known as “function creep.” In response to fears that the database might be used to reveal sensitive information about health or paternity, senior officials said that “the test is not done to diagnose any disease or obtain medical information because such information is part of individuals’ privacy and the law bans access to it.”

Bioethics advocacy organizations like GeneWatch have also raised concerns that DNA databases could be used to track individuals at scenes of protest, especially in regimes where freedom of speech is restricted. “Totalitarian regimes have often tried to build databases on all citizens to develop targets that they’d like to discriminate against,” Wallace said.

Wafa Ben Hassine, a legal analyst and former fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the information revealed by DNA could further be “used to discriminate against people who are non-citizens.” In particular, human rights advocates fear that the database could be used to exclude the country’s stateless Bidoon population, which numbers around 100,000. Nationwide DNA testing could be used to establish genealogical markers of ancestry that would exclude Bidoon claims to citizenship. “People are worried this law is being said to fight terrorism, but is actually trying to eliminate as many bids for nationality as possible,” Willes explained.

The unprecedented scope of Kuwait’s plans, however, may make their implementation difficult. As databases increase in size, so do the potentials for false matches. Massive databases may actually prove less efficient in the case of terrorism, by increasing the amount of time spent on an investigation and possibly resulting in miscarriages of justice, according to Wallace.

Building such a massive database also takes time. Willes said that it appears “unlikely” that the program will be implemented in the summer timeframe suggested by authorities.

When Humans Rights Watch officials met with Kuwaiti officials in February, delegates from Kuwait had just returned from Washington where they had discussed managing their database with the FBI, Willes said. “The result of that trip,” she said, “was U.S. officials telling this Kuwaiti delegation they had no idea how you would manage something like this on a national level.”

The U.S. government has no doubt set an example: the FBI currently houses the world’s largest biometric database, storing DNA, fingerprints and other identifiers from a range of criminal and civilian settings. The U.S. also collects biometric information from travelers at national and international customs, which can be shared across federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Kuwaiti officials, who did not respond to repeated requests for comment, told the Kuwait Times in January that their database would be “at par” with those in the U.S. and the U.K. If all goes as planned, they may even exceed the FBI’s capacious precedent.

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Kuwait: Zio-Wahhabi family revokes residency visas of 60 Lebanese

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Kuwait Zio-Wahhabi family has revoked the residency visas of more than 60 Lebanese individuals over their alleged links with Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement.

The Kuwaiti Arabic daily al-Qabas quoted a Kuwaiti security source as saying that the people to be deported can stay in Kuwait under a temporary residency visa of one to two months until they receive their financial dues and make the necessary arrangements.

The source, however, added that those among the group of would-be-deportees that have been classified as “dangerous” have only 48 hours to leave the country.

The daily also quoted Zio-Wahhabi Maj. Gen. Mazen al-Jarah, the interior assistant undersecretary of the citizenship and passports affairs, as saying that decisions for deportations fall within the purview of Interior Minister Zio-Wahhabi ‘Sheikh’ Mohammad al-Khalid, adding that the cancellation of the deportations can only be made with his approval.

The daily had reported on March 21 that the Zio-Wahhabi Kuwaiti regime deported 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis on charges of having links to Hezbollah.

The move came after the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC), under the influence of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime, branded Hezbollah a “terrorist” organization on March 2. Arab League foreign ministers, except those of Iraq and Lebanon, later followed suit.

The [P]GCC — comprising Zionist Arab state Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait — however, did not provide any evidence for the accusation. The first three monarchies mentioned themselves stand accused of supporting extremists and terrorists in the region.

Hezbollah has denounced the decision.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and its allies in the council have opposed Hezbollah’s presence in Syria and its assistance to the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against Saudi Zio-WahhabiTakfiri terrorists. Hezbollah says its aid to Assad is necessary to stop the spillover of violence into Lebanon.

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Kuwait: Zio-Wahhabi family expels 14 people for links with Hezbollah

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The Kuwaiti  Zio-Wahhabi family  has deported 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis on charges of having links to Lebanon’s resistance movement, Hezbollah, a report says.

The Kuwaiti Arabic daily al-Qabas quoted a security source as saying on Monday that the 14 people had been expelled on the order of the state security service.

The move came nearly three weeks after the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC), under the influence of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family, declared Hezbollah a “terrorist” organization. Arab League foreign ministers, except those of Iraq and Lebanon, later followed suit.

The [P]GCC – comprising Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family, QatarZio-Wahhabi family, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait – however, did not provide any evidence for its allegation. This comes as the first three monarchies themselves stand accused of supporting extremists and terrorists in the region.

Describing the [P]GCC decision as “reckless and hostile,” Hezbollah blamed it on Saudi Arabia.

Elsewhere in its report, Qabas said that Kuwaiti Zio-Wahhabi security officials have prepared a list of “unwanted” Lebanese and Iraqi people, including advisers to big companies, to be expelled for “the public interest.”

The people will not be allowed to enter the [P]GCC member states after their deportation, the daily said.

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Kuwait to send ground troops to protect Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime

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Kuwait, which is formally part of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition conducting a military crackdown in Yemen, is to send an artillery battalion to protect southern regions of its Gulf neighbor from cross-border attacks, according to a report.

“Kuwait decided on the participation of its ground forces, represented by an artillery battalion, in operations to strike at positions of Houthi aggression against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas reported Tuesday, citing an informed source.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi has provided the bulk of the fighting forces for the Yemen campaign, with the other C.I.A puppet regimes, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain also playing significant parts. Other members of the coalition were hesitant in providing ground troops.

Zio-Wahhabi regime went to war in Yemen to put back into power ousted C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who fled from the Houthi rebels after his two-year term expired in January. His predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who used to be an opponent of the rebels, is now their ally, assisting them with his loyal tribal troops.

The Yemeni campaign has proved to be more difficult than Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime expected. Since it started in March, the conflict has claimed the lives of almost 6,000 people, many of them civilians killed by Wahhabi and I$raHel coalition bombings. Human rights groups have accused the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime of committing war crimes during the attacks.

The Houthis have staged several attacks on the Saudi regions of Najran and Jazan from their stronghold in northern Yemen. These include a number of ground incursions and several ballistic missile launches in recent months.

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Kuwait Airways vs. Jewish Bullies

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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
The Jewish main stream media have had a hay day with the Kuwaiti Airways and when you find out why, you will be amazed.
The Kuwaiti airways refusal to fly an Israeli citizen has caused outrage among New York city Jewish community who accused the airlines of discrimination, anti-Semitism, Jew hater, ungrateful nation and have since demanded of New York and New Jersey Governors to cancel the Kuwaiti airways lease at JFK airport.
The story began when a couple of Queens, New York tried to catch a Kuwaiti Airways flight from  JKF airport to London. The husband who holds a US passport was allowed to board the flight but not his 26-years old wife who has an Israeli passport. The airlines told her that flying Israeli passport holders would violate the Kuwaiti laws of boycotting Israel. The airways booked her flight to London with another carrier. That was not good enough!
Shortly after, Iris Eliazarov hired a Jewish attorney and filed a discrimination complaint with the Department of Transportation. At first the DOT did not find sufficient evidence of discrimination by the Kuwaiti Airways. After that, the woman and her Jewish attorney enlisted the support of Israeli firster, City Councilman Roy Lancman (D-Queens) who is also Jewish. The Councilman demanded the airlines recognize the right of the Israeli passport holder or he would have the KA out of JFK. Never mind Mrs. Eliazarov was a foreign national and not a U.S. citizen and or one of the Councilman’s constituents.
When the K A refused to budge, Zionist troll Roy Lancman rallied his troops at New York House of Representatives and drafted a letter to JKF port authority  asking for the agreement with KA be cancelled. They then flexed some political muscles on the Governors of New York and New Jersey, so did Jewish U.S. Senator Max Bluemanthal (D-CT) to punish the KA. On September 30, 2015 the DOT reversed its decision, and ruled that KA was in defiance of anti BDS law. On December 15th, Kuwait Airways informed the United States Department of Transportation that it has eliminated its service between JFK and London Heathrow.
Why was this fuss all of a sudden about the Kuwaiti Airways? Kuwait Airways has been flying into the U.S. since 1979 and the US government have known about it all along that the carrier does not do business with Israeli citizens. This policy is mandated by the Kuwaiti government and is not dependent on the airline’s choosing.
PIA Pakistan also has had a similar policy on its flights between New York and various European airport before the carrier start using nonstop flights began between Pakistan and the USA. There is no record that shows any US officials, Jewish media outlets have complained or expressed interest about this policy. Would it be possibly fair to say that this complaint now submitted is only about trying to get K A to maybe pay them off in the manner of making some money through restitution, otherwise for a policy that’s long been in effect, knowingly so, and where nothing was said or done before. [1]
After invoking the holocaust, New York Jewish news media compared Mrs. Eliazarov to Rosa Park. Why cheapen the memories of American heroine Rosa Park? Miss Park stood up against systemic racism where as this Jewess was hunting for cheap airfare or to get rich quickly.  By suddenly ganging against KA, Jewish Americans  remind me of the movie, “The Lion King” when a pack of hungry hyenas encircled cub Simba and wanted to make a cub sandwich out of him.
You will be accurate to refer to this as  the case of Kuwaiti Airways vs. Jewish bullies. This is not about bias and civil rights violation, it is about seeking headlines. This is not discrimination against Jews, since Jews with European and American passport holders are allowed to fly Kuwait Airways. Even Muslims with Israeli passports are not allowed to fly. This is clearly a sob story created to induce tears in order to combat the boycott, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel; which calls for an end to the occupation, the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees and to lift the illegal and inhumane siege imposed on Gaza.
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Councilman Lancman confounded me even more when he denounced Kuwait for not responding in kind to the sacrifices made by Jewish American who served in US military during the Liberation of Kuwait in 1990. This is absolutely poppycock for this Israeli lover to even make such claim!  The only Jewish American sacrifices I am aware of  is of a 22 year-old Micheal Levin of Philadelphia who was killed in Lebanon during 2006 Israeli war with Hezbollah. Instead of joining the U.S. armed forces, he joined the (Israeli Occupation Forces), referred to by Israelis as IDF. There are at least 50,000 Jewish Americans like Micheal Levin in the IOF. The exact number is highly guarded. Many joined after 9/11 terrorist attacks, even though under US laws, serving in the armed forces of a foreign country is grounds to revoke your citizenship. For some odd reason, this US law does not apply to Jewish Americans! [2]
Where was the Jewish Americans outrage when two Jewish American intellectuals,  Dr Norman Finkelstein and Professor Noam Chomsky who both were detained at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and were denied entry permit to the Palestinian territories. In 2008 and 2010, both Finkelstein and Chomsky respectively received  a ten year ban from entering the Israeli occupied West Bank and Israel, which was in clear violation of 1951  Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty. Both are fierce critics of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, Finkelstein and Chomsly have been vilified as “self-hating Jews.” By contrast, Mrs. Eliazarov received preferential treatment by KA.
Last July, leading American writer, Susan Abulhawa was denied entry to her native homeland in Palestine by Israel.  Miss Abulhawa was forced to wait over seven hours and have endured six different interrogations before she was told she was “uncooperative” and was put on the next flight leaving to the US.  There was no peep from our Jewish cousins in the US or our US State Department. Following similar entry denial in the past, to US citizens by Israel, the State Department immediate response was: ” we do not interfere in the internal affairs of foreign government.” [3]
On September, 2013, Yara Karmalawy, a Palestinian-American citizen was denied entry to Israel after she was told” there is no such thing as Palestine“.  Miss Karmalawy holds a B.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies with a focus on the Middle East from UC Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing an international law degree. [4]
Few days ago, a 35-year old German journalis Martin Lejeune was deported by Israel and was told by Israel he is banned for 10 years. Mr. Lejeune was a free lance writer who lived and  reported from Gaza during the Israeli 2014 war on Gaza.
In 2014 Israel banned Norwegian Doctor and human rights activist, Dr. Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life. Dr. Gilbert has worked in Gaza Al-Shafa hospitals during every Israeli military assault on Gaza since 2008. Israel considers him a “security risk”. He said, “I document what I see and that makes me trouble for Israel.”  His other famous quote, ” no siege no tunnels, no occupation no rocks.”
Looks like Israel starts to feel the heat created by the BDS ( Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) which Israel considers anti-Semitic. Last month the European Union has labeled products made in the Israeli settlement on land it captured in the 1967 war to be subject for BDS. The US opposes the BDS movement and hands Israel $3.5 million dollars annually in military and economic aid.
On April, 2012, nearly 1,500 activists from Europe and North America (including US citizens) who had been planning to travel to Israel have been prevented from doing so, They had planned to go straight from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, and then on to Bethlehem in Palestine, for a week-long program of educational and cultural activities under the banner of ” Welcome to Palestine”. But no, Israel regarded this as a “threat to peace” and stopped them showing their sympathy for the Palestinians.
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At that time, the Israeli military has deployed 600 soldiers at the airport near Tel Aviv and turned it into a military compound, with one section of the airport set up as a prison camp. Israel has also submitted a “black list” to various airlines of 342 participants from the ages of 9 to 83 to prevent them from boarding planes, thus sparking huge protests in several international airports. During that time, I do recall 50 French peace activists and 9 Israeli citizens were put behind bars. Sadly there was no protest by The Anti Defamation League ( ADL) or any other major Jewish American organizations about Israel’s hysterical behavior of denying people entry and detaining some other people who have committed no crime. [5]
If Jewish Americans feel the Arab boycott imposed against Israel is unfair, then why have they said nothing about past and current US embargos, sanctions and or travel bans against Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Iraq Libya and Lebanon as inhumane act?
Before Jewish Americans demand of KA to comply with US anti BDS law, they should first call upon Israel to respect and comply with United Nations Resolutions 164 and 242 which order Israel to withdraw from occupied Arab land, allow the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and pay compensation for those who do not wish to return.
Following all this bullying and blackmail against KA by Jewish Americans, don’t expect the KA to start carrying Israeli citizens anytime soon.
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Kuwaiti security forces dismantle multinational ISIL cell

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The Kuwaiti security forces have dismantled a multinational cell of the Islamic State militant group, local media reported Thursday.

According to the KUNA news agency, there are nationals of Syria, Australia and Egypt in the cell.

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Zionist puppet Gulf States Negotiating to Buy Nazi Iron Dome System

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Zionist puppet regime in Bahrain and other members of the C.I.A puppet Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) are in negotiations to buy the Nazi-developed Iron Dome anti-missile system to defend against WHAT they call “a growing arsenal of Iranian missiles”.

Nazi weapon would be bought through Raytheon and other American contractors who developed the Iron Dome with Nazi arms giant Rafael.

A deal for the whole of the Zionist puppet PGCC, which includes Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and the rest of the Zionist puppet like United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, would be worth tens, perhaps hundreds, of billions of dollars.

It is reported that it would also include longer range interceptor missiles such as David’s Sling, and the Arrow I and Arrow II which are claimed capable of intercepting supersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles – also a joint venture between Nazi regime and the US.

According to thebulletin.org  the collection of data for Iron Dome’s performance in July 2014 (last Gaza Holocaust) is still in progress. The data we have collected so far indicates the performance of Iron Dome has not markedly improved.

A photo from November 2012 shows Iron Dome interceptor contrails that suggest ineffective sidelong or rear approaches to the target rocket.

“The sale of Israeli-developed weapons to a Persian Gulf state, or states, would have been controversial for both the Israelis and the buyers a few years ago.But both now see one of the main threats to them as the growing military strength of Iran, Sky News reports.”

The US is quietly playing the “middle man” in the deal as a sweetener to bitterness caused in the Persian Gulf over what the leadership in that region believe is a “naive” deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.

“Iran has been trying to undermine and topple government in our region for years,” the Bahrain foreign minister claimed.

He said that Iran’s precision missile capacity was certain to increase as a consequence of the lifting of sanctions following the internationally brokered agreement with Tehran to end its nuclear activity.

“”They will put a lot of money into this programme to develop techniques and tactics to defeat our missile defences … the strategy appears to be one of saturation to stockpile enough missiles to overwhelm any defence system we build in the Persian Gulf,” he added.”

As a result of this perceived threat, plans to buy Nazi weapons, via the US, would result in a profits bonanza for both American and Israeli firms.

Talks are understood to be well advanced.

One senior Gulf government source said: “If Netanyahu were not making less of a mess of things and was more like Anwar Sadat (who signed a peace deal for Egypt with Israel) then we would be happy to buy the missiles straight from Israel.”

Led by Saudi Arabia, PGCC nations are locked in a bloody conflict with Shi’a Houthi Popular  Movement in the Yemen.

“As a Iran -Russian crescent of influence is seen spreading across the Middle East so persianGulf States have been privately reaching out to the old enemy to Israel.”

The PGCC’s fears of an Iranian threat increasing when sanctions are lifted has been further deepened by Tehran’s growing alliance with Moscow which, like Iran, has come to the military defence of the Syria.

As a Iran -Russian crescent of influence is seen spreading across the Middle East so persianGulf States have been privately reaching out to the old enemy to the Nazi regime.

Now with a potentially massive arms sale, those relations are begin to emerge from the shadows of regional rivalries.

 

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Kuwaiti Columnist Calls for Zio-Nazi-Gulf ‘Friendship Society’

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Now is the time to launch an Zio-Nazi-Gulf alliance that will act as a counterbalance to the growing regional threat from Iran, Zionist columnist for a Kuwait government newspaper has declared.

“I repeat my call to form a Israel-Gulf friendship society, as a first step towards developing and strengthening [our] ties with the friendly state of Israel in the domains of politics, diplomacy, trade, education and military and civilian cooperation,” wrote Zionist puppet Abdallah Al-Hadlaq in Al Watan.

Not to be confused as an act of diplomatic or historical rectification, Hadlaq included the caveat that an Zio-Nazi-Gulf rapprochement should occur amid a severing of all ties with regional foe Iran, especially as the Persian country has been linked to attacks in Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime, Bahrain and Kuwait, as well as backing aggressive anti-government Houthi rebels in Yemen, the beleaguered Arab state flanking the south western corridor of the Arabian peninsula.

He said improved communications — presumably, he means the Internet — have allowed Arab Muslims to see that their true “bitter” enemy lies in the “Persian Iranians.”

Zionist puppet Hadlaq repeatedly called the Iranian regime “fascist” that hides behind a “religious guise,” and warned that the Islamic Republic to the north would have no qualms about using nuclear weapons — should it come to possess them — in a future conflict with the Gulf Arab states, unlike ‘Israel’, which he noted has already waged “five” nuclear-free wars with Arab nations.

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He noted that “Shia Persian Iranian militias” are currently engaged in some of the most ferocious battlegrounds in an already boiling region: in Syria backing the government of Bashar al-Assad, Iraq and Lebanon, where arguably its most powerful and well-armed proxy, Hezbollah, resides.

Zionist puppet Hadlaq’s article was published shortly after a red-carpet visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to oil-rich Kuwait meant to deepen ties with the highly suspicious Gulf Arab states.

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Saudi Arabia: Zio-Wahhabi Defense Minister Threatens to Occupy Kuwait

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Saudi zIO-wAHHABI Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman threatened to launch war on Kuwait after differences between the two Persian Gulf Arab states escalated over Khafji oilfield.

“Mohammad bin Salman threatened that his country would attack and occupy Kuwait, claiming that not only Khafji oilfield but also entire Kuwait is part of the Saudi territories based on historical documents,” Middle-East Panorama quoted on Sunday intelligence sources of the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states as saying.

Kuwait has complained that the continued shut down of Khafji oilfield it shares with Saudi Arabia will incur huge losses Riyadh must compensate for in the future.

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali Al Omair in a letter to his Saudi counterpart Ali Al Naimi urged him “to take adequate measures to resume production at Khafji.

By keeping production and exports shut, Kuwait will incur huge losses which will be borne by the Saudi government for violation of the (50-year old) agreement and the 2010 operations agreement”.

The sources referred to Zionist puppet Salman’s harsh reaction to Kuwait’s claims, and quoted him as saying that “we saved Kuwait from Saddam’s claws and now who is there to free it from our claws”.

“Kuwait has no superiority over us and is a country stretched over a piece of land one-fourth of Riyadh,” he added, according to the sources.

The field has been shut since October last year for non-compliance with new Saudi environmental standards. It is operated by Al-Khafji Joint Operations Co (KJO), a joint venture between AGOC, a subsidiary of state oil firm Saudi Aramco, and Kuwait Gulf Oil Co (KGOC).

Kuwait has reportedly taken the case to an international court of arbitration, making Saudi Zio-Wahhabi young defence minister even more wrathful.

Before the closure, the Khafji field produced around 280,000 barrels per day to 300,000 bpd.

Zio-Wahhabi regime and Kuwait also share the Wafra oilfield, which has been shut since May due to operating difficulties. US oil major Chevron operates the field on behalf of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime.

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U.S. Hosts Arms Bazaar at White House Arab Summit

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When the United States sells billions of dollars in sophisticated arms to Arab nations, they are conditioned on two key factors: no weapons with a qualitative military edge over Israel will ever be sold to the Arabs, nor will they receive any weapons that are not an integral part of the U.S. arsenal.

But against the backdrop of a White House summit meeting of Arab leaders at Camp David this week, the administration of President Barack Obama confessed it has dispensed with rule number two.

According to Colin Kahl, national security advisor to Vice-President Joe Biden, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) flies the most advanced U.S.-made F-16 fighter planes in the world.

“They’re more advanced than the ones our Air Force flies,” he told reporters at a U.S. State Department briefing early this week, without going into specifics.

The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia – which participated in the summit were, not surprisingly, promised more weapons, increased military training and a pledge to defend them against missile strikes, maritime threats and cyberattacks from Iran.

An equally important reason for beefing up security in the region is to thwart any attacks on GCC countries by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I am reaffirming our ironclad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners,” President Obama told reporters at a news conference, following the summit Thursday.

But he left the GCC leaders disappointed primarily because the United States was not willing to sign any mutual defence treaties with the six Arab nations – modeled on the lines of similar treaties U.S. has signed with Japan and South Korea.

Still, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Kuwait (along with Pakistan) are designated “major non-NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) allies.”

Kahl told reporters: “This administration has worked extraordinarily closely with the Gulf states to make sure they had access to state-of-the-art armaments.”

He said that although the U.S. has not entertained requests for F-35s, described as the most advanced fighter plane with the U.S. Air Force, “but keep in mind under this administration we moved forward on a package for the Saudis that will provide them the most advanced F-15 aircraft in the region.”

Taken as a whole, Kahl said, the GCC last year spent nearly 135 billion dollars on their defence, and the Saudis alone spent more than 80 billion dollars.

In comparison, the Iranians spent something like 15 billion dollars on their defence, said Kahl, trying to allay the fears of GCC countries, which have expressed strong reservations about an impending nuclear deal the U.S. and other big powers are negotiating with Iran.

Still, arms suppliers such as France and Britain have been feverishly competing with the United States for a share of the rising arms market in the Middle East, with continued turmoil in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher, Arms and Military Expenditure Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), told IPS that GCC countries have long procured weapons from both the U.S. and several European countries.

Qatar is probably the one country in the GCC where U.S. military equipment makes up a low share of its military equipment and instead it has been more dependent on French, British and other European arms, he pointed out.

Last year, Qatar ordered a large amount of new arms from suppliers in Europe, the U.S. and Turkey, in which U.S. equipment was significantly more important than it had been in the decades before in Qatari arms procurement.

“None of the GCC countries has been mainly dependent on a single arms supplier in the past four to five decades. The U.S., UK and France have long been the main suppliers to the GCC, competing against each other,” he added.

In an article last week on the GCC summit, William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and a senior advisor to the Security Assistance Monitor, described it as “an arms fair, not diplomacy.”

He said the Obama administration, in its first five years in office, entered into formal agreements to transfer over 64 billion dollars in arms and defence services to GCC member states, with about three-quarters of that total going to Saudi Arabia.

He said items on offer to GCC states have included fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, radar planes, refueling aircraft, air-to-air missiles, armored vehicles, artillery, small arms and ammunition, cluster bombs, and missile defence systems.

On any given day, Kahl said, the United States has about 35,000 U.S. forces in the Gulf region.

“As I speak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is there. The USS Normandy Guided Missile Cruiser, the USS Milius Aegis ballistic missile defense destroyer, and a number of other naval assets are in the region,” he said.

“And we have 10 Patriot batteries deployed to the Gulf region and Jordan, as well as AN/TPY-2 radar, which is an extraordinarily powerful radar to be able to track missiles fired basically from anywhere in the region.”

The mission of all of these forces, he said, ”is to defend our partners, to deter aggression, to maintain freedom of navigation, and to combat terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.”

Still, in the spreading Middle East arms market, it is business as usual both to the French and the British.

Wezeman told IPS Qatar has acquired the Rafale to replace its Mirage-2000 aircraft which France supplied about 20 years ago.

The UAE has been considering the purchase of Rafale to replace Mirage-2000 aircraft procured about 10 years ago from France.

Similarly Saudi Arabia has in the past decade ordered British Typhoon combat aircraft and U.S. F-15SAs, just like it ordered British Tornado combat aircraft and U.S. F-15Cs in the 1980s and 1990s.

Oman has recently ordered U.S. F-16s and British Typhoon aircraft to replace older U.S. F-16s and replace UK supplied Jaguar aircraft.

“The same arms acquisition patterns can be seen for land and naval military equipment. It would be a real change if the GCC countries would start large-scale procurement of arms from Russia and China. This has, however, not yet happened,” said Wezeman, who scrupulously tracks weapons sales to the Middle East.

He said access to certain technology has occasionally been one of several reasons for the GCC countries turning to Europe, as the United States tried to maintain a so-called ‘Qualitative Military Edge’ for Israel, in which it refused to supply certain military technology to Arab states which was considered particularly threatening to Israel.

He said for a while the U.S. was not willing to supply air launched cruise missiles with ranges of about 300 km to Arab states. Instead Saudi Arabia and the UAE turned to the UK and France for such weapons and the aircraft to integrate them on.

However, the U.S. has now become less restrictive in this regard and has agreed to supply certain types of cruise missiles to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Finally, what is particularly interesting is that U.S. officials once again emphasise the military imbalance in the Gulf region when mentioning that GCC states’ military spending is an estimated nine times higher than that of Iran (figures which are roughly confirmed by SIPRI data).

“This raises some major questions about the seeming lack of arms control in the region and the potential risks of further one-sided procurement of advanced weapons by GCC states,” he added.

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