United Arab Emirates


“There’s a pattern here that NYU doesn’t want to acknowledge”

Interview with Mohamad Bazzi, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 23 January 2018

NYU faculty members have been victimized under the dirty deal struck by the university with the reactionary Persian Gulf oil monarchy.

Second fire at Dubai skyscraper underscores safety failures at Grenfell Tower

By Chris Marsden, 5 August 2017

An earlier blaze in the United Arab Emirates tower was attributed to the same type of cladding and insulation used on Grenfell Tower in London.

Saudi-led coalition pours troops into Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2015

Thousands of foreign troops, including large contingents from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are readying an assault on the capital, Sanaa.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014

Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.

Migrant workers face brutal conditions at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus

By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014

A recent report provided details on the beatings, arrests, deportations and other abuses.

Bus collision kills 22 migrant workers in United Arab Emirates

By Dylan Lubao, 12 February 2013

The accident is another indication of the exploitative and oppressive conditions facing millions of migrant contract workers around the world.

US deploys F-22 fighter jets in threat to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2012

The Pentagon has dispatched F-22 Raptors, its most advanced warplanes, to the United Arab Emirates in a provocative escalation of US war threats against Iran.

US State Department human rights reports

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

Part 6: United Arab Emirates

By John Marion, 3 May 2011

The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

The Dubai assassination and the “war on terror”

By Patrick O’Connor, 2 March 2010

The reaction of world governments to the brutal murder of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month underscores the extent to which basic precepts of international law have been torn up under the “war on terror”.

The bursting of the Dubai debt bubble

By Alex Messenger, 3 December 2009

The Dubai debt default demonstrates the fragility of the so-called recovery and the level of dependence of developing countries on US monetary policy.

Dubai’s $59 billion default sends tremor through global financial system

By Alex Messenger, 28 November 2009

Dubai’s default on $59 billion of foreign borrowings is more than the inevitable product of the gulf state’s property boom. It reflects the continuing fragility of the global financial system

France offers the United Arab Emirates nuclear protection

By Peter Schwarz, 19 June 2009

In a region dominated by the US for the past 50 years and where America has conducted two major wars—in Iraq and Afghanistan—France is offering nuclear protection to a country without coordinating its actions with NATO and the US.

France opens first permanent military base in the Persian Gulf

By Kumaran Ira, 15 June 2009

The inauguration of a French military base in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, demonstrates that French capitalism is eager to secure its interests in the Persian Gulf and has ambitions to be a global player.