BERLIN/TRIPOLI/ABU DHABI | | vaelibyen

BERLIN/TRIPOLI/ABU DHABI (Own report) - Despite the UN arms embargo, German military equipment is being deployed in the Libyan war. According to reports, this includes military trucks, produced jointly by the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall arms manufacturer and the VW subsidiary MAN, which serve as carriers for a Russian air defense system. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) purportedly redeployed these trucks in to Libya in support of the warlord Khalifa Haftar. The Emirates also use German arms in the war in Yemen. This is no coincidence: The Gulf state, one of German arms manufacturers' major customers, is increasingly pursuing an offensive foreign policy, which includes a military component, as in cases such as Libya and Yemen. Abu Dhabi is also supporting German efforts to control the Sahel and has begun establishing military bases at the Horn of Africa. Germany maintains a "strategic partnership" with the UAE. more…

BERLIN/DOHA/ABU DHABI/RIYADH | | saudi-arabienvae

BERLIN/DOHA/ABU DHABI/RIYADH (Own report) - The Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) railroad company is expanding its business activities with the dictatorships of the Arabian Peninsular. As the company has announced, in October, it will begin organizing the operation of one of the rail lines in the United Arab Emirates. This is done on the basis of a "Strategic Partnership," concluded by the DB with the Emirates' "Etihad Rail." The DB will help establish a railroad academy in Qatar, for training personnel needed for rail operations. The DB is also in business in Saudi Arabia, where it is participating in the construction of a high-speed rail line from Mecca to Medina, and was also involved in the construction of an elevated railway line for the Women's University in Riyadh. The latter must be driven automatically, because of Saudi gender segregation policy. Business with these dictatorships at the Gulf helps the DB to reach its announced objective of becoming "the world's leading mobility and logistics company." The DB's domestic business, plagued for years by the aggravating consequences of its massive cutbacks, is also subordinated to reaching this objective. Currently, the fact that the DB is incapable of providing service after 8 pm to one of the important regional public transportation junctions - the main train station of the Rhineland-Palatinate's regional capital, Mainz - due to a lack of personnel, has provoked protests. Last year, the DB Corporation achieved an operative income of 2.7 billion Euros. more…

BERLIN/ABU DHABI | | vae

BERLIN/ABU DHABI (Own report) - The German Bundeswehr is intensifying its combat exercises with dictatorships on the Arabian Peninsular. The German Air Force just concluded, at the end of the year, two major training maneuvers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), each exercising joint combat operations. Participating alongside Emirati troops were also troops from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and NATO countries. One of these maneuvers was organized around an explicitly "fictious Gulf region crisis scenario" in which Germany must rush to the "aide of a friendly state." The only plausible concretization of this scenario would be a war against Iran, where NATO and the dictatorships at the Gulf would be fighting on the same side. The exercises were not only aimed at training for multi-national combat. They also aided in training Emirati troops, which even though equipped with the most modern combat material, have little practical capabilities. The German Air Force casually introduced their Emirati hosts to the Eurofighter, which Berlin seeks to export to that country. Berlin has been exporting arms worth billions to the dictatorships on the Arabian Peninsular, for the hegemonic struggle against Iran. This military cooperation began during the Schröder/Fischer government. more…

BERLIN | | vae

BERLIN (Own report) - The CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) is promoting the expansion of German and EU cooperation with the dictatorships of the Arabian Peninsular. The foundation announced that its "Regional Program Gulf States" has initiated a project, along with other organizations from Europe and the Arabian Peninsular, aimed at proposing a more comprehensive cooperation between the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Adenauer Foundation is also continuing its lobbying in the Gulf dictatorships, even though it recently had been evicted from the United Arab Emirates, where it had maintained a regional office. As the Adenauer Foundation explains, its cooperation efforts contribute not only to the economic significance, but also to the rapidly growing significance of the GCC countries' "security policy." It is explicitly seeking to make "regionally relevant security policy" issues themes of discussion at the Gulf. Several of the GCC member states, particularly Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have not only proven to be close partisans of the West in the conflict with Iran, they, in providing military support to the rebels in Libya and Syria, have also developed into useful allies for Germany, the EU and the USA for the overthrow of reprehensible regimes. According to experts, they are currently "the driving force in the Arab World." more…

BERLIN/DUBAI/RIYADH | | iranvaeaegypten

BERLIN/DUBAI/RIYADH (Own report) - In spite of the ongoing protests in the Arab countries, German companies are continuing to furnish repressive technology to regimes of the region. At a fair in Dubai, oriented toward Middle Eastern and African police forces and secret services, several German companies have displayed their newest technology in internet surveillance. Products for localizing mobile telephones, as well as spying on computer hard disks were also being presented. German enterprises consider the export of so-called security technology to be a rather lucrative business. The German ministry of economics estimates the global security market to run at around 100 billion Euros per year - and rising. Since November 2010, the ministry has been supporting the German repression industry with a new "exports initiative in security technologies". Just last January, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Hans-Joachim Otto, visited the United Arab Emirates for talks on security plans. Some of the German export projects to Arab countries, including a proposal to deliver espionage software to the Egyptian domestic espionage service, have caused controversy. more…

BERLIN/ABU DHABI/RIYADH | | vaesaudi-arabien

BERLIN/ABU DHABI/RIYADH (Own report) - The German Development Ministry supports the rearmament policy of the countries of the Arabian Peninsular. The ministry is also using resources from the state's "development aid programs" for a giant underground drinking water reservoir in the United Arab Emirates. The reservoir will be especially protected against "foreign attack" and is intended to insure the water supply for Abu Dhabi in "a crisis situation". The German Association for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), operating under the auspices of the Development Ministry and Dornier Consulting, a subsidiary of the German-European arms manufacture EADS, are participating in the project, which runs parallel to other Western sponsored anti-Iran arms build-up projects in the Emirates. Similar projects are planned for Saudi Arabia, where EADS will also install a comprehensive "border security control system", aimed at preventing the "infiltration" of "terrorists" from Yemen and Iraq. more…

ABU DHABI/BERLIN | | vae

ABU DHABI/BERLIN (Own report) - The German ThyssenKrupp Corporation is cooperating in the production of warships with the Abu Dhabi state enterprise and has buried plans for a common European shipbuilding company. ThyssenKrupp announced it would renounce on civilian ship production to concentrate its dockyards solely on arms production. It is entering a "strategic partnership" with the Abu Dhabi Mar Co. from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Their deal seals the military alliance between Germany and the Emirates, possibly creating the opportunity for circumventing German arms exports regulations and ending efforts aimed at forging a German/French ship production - under German leadership. Paris successfully repudiated German hegemony in warship production and therefore will now be confronted with the fait accompli. If a German dominated "European solution" cannot be accomplished, Berlin will do without "Europe" and go it alone. more…

BERLIN/RIAD/ABU DHABI | | vae

BERLIN/RIAD/ABU DHABI (Own report) - The German government has approved new weapons exports to areas of tension at the Persian Gulf. According to recent reports, Qatar will receive 36 "leopard 2" model tanks, while other states of the Arabian Peninsula can also be supplied with German weapons. Berlin is thereby reinforcing Iran's Arab rivals, to prevent Teheran from enhancing its position. Germany is simultaneously broadening its economic cooperation with these feudal Arab states. In light of the economic crisis, German companies are focusing on the wealth of these oil monarchies, whose ruling clans dispose of billions in oil sector revenues. Whereas numerous German companies are demanding a "piece of the pie" of the wide-ranging Arab investment programs, it is particularly the German auto industry that is seeking new backing from these prosperous sheiks. One can hear in Berlin that the crisis could be possibly used to institutionalize the long sought linkage between the Gulf States and the EU. Berlin is pushing for a rapid conclusion of an EU trade agreement with these Arabian countries. The German-Arabian military buildup and this business offensive is being overshadowed by accusations of torture brought against a prominent member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, with whom Berlin maintains close contact. more…

ABU DHABI/BERLIN | | vae

ABU DHABI/BERLIN (Own report) - Several weeks of joint military maneuvers with the German Air force and Iran's Arab rivals are drawing to a close. According to the Bundeswehr, the exercises included "complex tactical deployments" in the desert of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the participation of fighter bomber pilots from Germany, the USA, France, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. It is the second training of this kind with the aim - according to the air force - of coordinating maneuvers with potential military partners in realistic tactical situations. It is based on the "Strategic Partnership", an accord concluded between Berlin and Abu Dhabi in 2004. This accord includes intensive economic cooperation such as UAE government funds buying Daimler shares, as well as military component. The exercises are part of transatlantic efforts to position Arab states against Iran - using their help to restrain an ambitious Teheran. more…

ABU DHABI/KABUL/BERLIN | | vaeafghanistan

ABU DHABI/KABUL/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin seeks to get Arab forces more involved in the occupation of Afghanistan. Just a few days ago, representatives from Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) laid the cornerstone for a new police headquarters in Kabul. The foreign ministers of both countries also agreed to work together on the upgrading of the Mazar-e-Sharif Airport, which is currently being also used by the German military (Bundeswehr). The German Foreign Minister announced his wish to cooperate more closely in the future with the Emirates at the Hindu Kush. Support from Abu Dhabi is not only reducing the cost of the occupation, it is also providing an Arab-Muslim countenance to the Western activities. This, according to the ministry, could be helpful in weakening the resistance to the occupation. Germany had already called upon Abu Dhabi's services as an intermediary for the training of Iraqi soldiers and the rearming of Iraq. Recourse to the Emirates for the occupation of Afghanistan, exposes the objectives of the "strategic partnership" that Germany concluded with this Persian Gulf state in 2004. more…