Democracy Now TV channel has broadcast a YouTube video as part of a news report about the signing of a contract between Abu Dhabi and the security services firm formerly known as Blackwater. The video contains an interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, who raised the issue of Colombian mercenaries in Abu Dhabi two months before its disclosure in the media.
The nine-minute video can be found at the following link:
Scahill says in the interview that Blackwater used to pay each Colombian mercenary in Iraq $34 every day — much less than what the company used to pay European mercenaries. This angered the Colombian mercenaries, who decided to return to their country, where they killed the man who had recruited them for Blackwater.
The video also dwells briefly on the contract between Reflex Responses Management Consultancy, a company allegedly formed by one of the founders of Blackwater, and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. A copy of the contract can be seen on the following link:
The contract was signed with a fake company set up by Blackwater to hide its bad reputation. The value of the contract is half a billion dollars a year. The money is being paid to Blackwater to hire up to 800 Colombian mercenaries who receive training in Israel in guerrilla warfare and crowd control, as well as other things needed by Abu Dhabi.
The most important thing in the report is that Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed asked the company not to recruit any Muslims because “Muslims may hesitate in shooting at Muslims”. Bin Zayed was literally quoted saying this.
Another 20-minute report broadcast in Spanish by Colombian television talks about these mercenaries, who have found almost permanent residence in Abu Dhabi. The report talks about the training these mercenaries received in Israel. It can be found on the following link:
• The United Arab Emirates hired some Colombian army personnel who received training in Israel to boost the UAE army in the tense region with the aim of silencing the opposition.
• Around 800 elite Colombian army personnel were hired, but this number will increase to 3,000 soon.
• Developments in the region, particularly on the Iranian front, as well as protests in the region have made the need for these personnel more urgent.
• The Colombian army personnel were selected from elite fighters who took part in fighting against revolutionaries in Latin America.
However, we need answers to the following questions:
Why should all this happen?
Is the UAE incapable of training its youth to fight?
Is the Abu Dhabi crown prince serious about directing the guns of the mercenaries at his own people, when he said there was no need to recruit Muslims in this army?
Phobia means extreme fear that cannot be reasonably explained. This fear makes one angry, especially when one discovers the reality behind it. A patient always knows that the fear that haunts him/her is illogical, but still he/she cannot get rid of it without psychotherapy under the supervision of a specialist.
This disease might explain why such a contract has been signed with Colombian mercenaries with the aim of preventing demonstrations in a country that enjoy the highest income in the world and where native citizens make up less than 10 percent of the total population.
It is important, however, to ponder on information leaked by WikiLeaks about the Abu Dhabi crown prince to make the issue more clear.
• Mohammed bin Zayed informed US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch that the UAE wanted to prevent radicals from setting foot in the country to play a role in its political process. Although he has reservations about free elections in countries where there is an organised presence of the Muslim Brotherhood, he told the guest from the US government that the UAE would go ahead with elections. The UAE leadership had notified US that they would not allow Islamists to participate in the elections (reference document: ABUDHABI140106 – Date: 10 April 2006).
• Mohammed bin Zayed believes that radical ideologies threaten the educational system in his country. He and his brothers spend huge amounts of money to upgrade curricula and improve the standards of teaching staff (reference document: ABUDHABI140106 – Date: 10 April 2006).
• The ruling family in Abu Dhabi was frank on radical Muslims and the dangers they pose to the region. Sheikh Mohammed said that if elections were held in Dubai, the Muslim Brotherhood would win a sweeping majority. He said the challenge was finding a way to get rid of the extremists in ways that do not allow them to make a comeback. One of the ways he and his brothers think they can do this is by reforming the education system, which has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood since the 1960s (reference document: ABUDHABI172506 – Date: 29 April 2006).
Photos of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on office walls or desks are the first thing that strike people who arrive at Dubai International Airport. Visitors do not know why such a photo should be present on all office walls.
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The following assessment of the UAE-Israel rapprochement engineered by Mike Pompeo is being circulated worldwide today. There are forty-one signatures on it, including myself, from a number of different countries:
The sinister alliance of the UAE with Zionist Israel, occupier of Palestine, is yet another black mark on the faces of some Arab rulers. This agreement did not just come from talks between Israel and the UAE. Rather, it came also out of the US' efforts to continue its hegemony in the region. The more than 70 years' colonization of a land, concomitant with murdering, torturing and imprisoning its inhabitants is indeed an undeniable crime and shouldn’t be tolerated by the international community. However, this new chapter in the history, this new pact between the Apartheid Entity of Israel and the UAE goes beyond the shameful past. It is, in fact, much more dangerous for the future. It distorts and misinforms the real chronicle of the region.
The UAE rulers and those behind the scenes have targeted the Muslims solidarity and resistance while they try to normalize having ties with an apartheid and illegal regime, legitimizing its presence among the area’s nations.
Did the 1978 acceptance of the Zionist regime by Egypt - self-proclaimed Arab world leader - help solve Israel's security problems? Did the Oslo Accords with the PLO in 1993 stop Israel’s crimes? Could the peace treaty with Jordan in 1994 legitimate Israel’s existence for all the Arabs and Muslims there? And will the recent arrangement with the UAE limit unlawful Zionist settlements? Will Trump politicize that deal and take some benefit from it in the upcoming US presidential elections?
This recent incident is not a strategic development in West Asia, but a geo-strategic mistake by Abu Dhabi. Its nature is now clear not only to all governments across the globe but particularly to those nations in the region
This is certainly an occasion to show dignity, independence, and honor for Muslim countries as well as all free peoples and independent thinkers globally. How can they do this? They can declare their opposition to this disgraceful coalition.
Hence, we urge you to join your voice to ours in condemning this agreement.
1. Pr. Francis Boyle (USA); human rights lawyer, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law
2. Pr. Farid Esack (South Africa); Professor in the Study of Islam at University of Johannesburg, appointed by as a gender equity commissioner by Nelson Mandela
3. Pr. Mazin Qumsiyeh (Palestine); Professor at Bethlehem University, director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History
4. Pr. Claudio Mutti (Italy); former professor of University of Bologna, Director of “Eurasia” quarterly journal of geopolitics
5. Pr. Rodney Shakespeare (UK); Political commentator & visiting professor of binary economics at Trisakti University
6. Pr. Lawrence Davidson (US) retired professor of history from West Chester University in Pennsylvania
7. Pr. Pierre Dortiguier (France); Philosopher and former University Professor
8. Dr. Michael Springmann (USA); former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
9. Dr. Philip Giraldi (USA); former CIA military intelligence officer, Director of the Council for the National Interest
10. Dr. Kevin Barrett (USA); One of the best-known critics of the War on Terror, former professor of Wisconsin University
11. Dr. Maria Poumier (France); former professor of Sorbonne University, Journalist & Documentary filmmaker
12. Dr. Bruno Drweski (France); Professor at National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations
13. Dr. Christian Bouchet (France); former politician, journalist, PhD in antropology
14. Michael Maloof (USA); Former Senior Security Policy Analyst at the office of secretary of Defense
15. Lord Nazir Ahmed (UK); member of the House of Lords
16. Samu Tamás Gergő (Hungary); former MP
17. Sara Flounders (USA); Co-Director for the International Action Center, antiwar activist
18. Abby Martin (USA); Journalist, TV presenter, host of “Breaking the Set” on RT & “The Empire Files” on Telesur
19. Iurie Roșca (Moldova); former Deputy Prime Minister & president of the Christian-Democratic People's Party
20. David Rovics (USA); Singer & Songwriter, antiwar musician
21. Edward Corrigan (Canada); The only lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Citizenship & Immigration Law
22. David Lawley Wakelin (UK); documentary filmmaker
23. Greta Berlin (USA); Co-Founder: Free Gaza movement, Author: Freedom Sailors
24. Isabelle Coutant Peyre (France); International Lawyer
25. Muhammad al-Asi (USA); former lead prayer at the Islamic Center of Washington, religious leader, commentator of Quran
26. Richard Labévière (France); Writer and investigative Journalist, operational reserve officer of the French Navy
27. Ken O’keefe (Ireland); former US marine, antiwar activist and documentary maker
28. Father Dave Smith (Australia); Anglican priest & social activist
29. Eric Walberg (Canada); Writer and geopolitical expert
30. Jacob Cohen (France); Writer and Researcher on Freemasonry and Israel’s secret agencies
31. Gilles Munier (France); Investigative journalist and writer
32. Elizabeth Murray (USA); former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Middle East & former CIA analyst
33. Imad Hamrouni (France); Geopolitical commentator for France24, Al-Mayadeen, professor at Paris Geopolitics Academy
34. Dogan Bermek (Turkey); President of Alevi Philosophy Center, Religious Leader
35. Konrad Rekas (Scotland); Chairman of the Polish Yes for Scotland Association, Journalist
36. Tesha Teshanovic (Poland); Editor-in-chief of Balkan Info, Journalist
37. Andrew Korybko (USA); Political Analyst, GlobalResearch contributor
38. Jeff J. Brown (France); the China Trilogy, China Rising Radio Sinoland, China Tech News Flash! Bioweapon Truth Commission
39. James Perloff (USA); author and journalist
40. Tony Gosling (UK); Investigative Journalist
41. Bartosz Bekier (Poland); Editor in Chief of Xportal.
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