Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 4th 2017 Contents Hackers have released the first
series of emails taken from the in-
box of the UAE’s ambassador to the
United States, Yousef al-Otaiba.
Reports say yesterday that the emails,
released by a group called Global Leaks,
show a close relationship between
al-Otaiba and a pro-Israel, neocon-
servative think tank—the Foundation
for Defense of Democracies (FDD).
The hacked emails, some of which
date back to 2014, reveal a high-level
of backchannel co-operation between
the FDD, which is funded by pro-Israel
billionaire Sheldon Anderson, and the
They also appear to show clear collab-
oration between the FDD and the UAE
on a campaign to downgrade the image
and importance of Qatar as a regional
and global power, including collusion
with journalists who have published
articles accusing Qatar and Kuwait of
Ziad Jilani, one of the authors of The
Intercept report, said the emails sup-
port previous allegations “that there
is a growing axis between some of the
Gulf countries, like Saudi Arabia and the
UAE, and Israel”.
Otaiba is well-known figure in US
national security circles—he has been
called “the most charming man in
Washington”—and has participated in
Pentagon strategy meetings at the in-
vitation of the defence officials.
The release of the leaked emails comes
a week after a cyberattack on Qatar’s of-
ficial news agency, during which fake re-
marks critical of US foreign policy were
posted and attributed to the Qatari Emir.
Yesterday’s email leak includes an ex-
change in which FDD senior counsellor
John Hannah—a former deputy national
security advisor to Vice President Dick
Cheney—complains to Otaiba that Qa-
tar is hosting a meeting of Hamas at an
The leak also includes a proposed
agenda for an upcoming meeting be-
tween the FDD and the UAE government
scheduled for June 11-14.
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emails from UAE
American singer Ariana Grande made a sur-
prise visit with fans injured in last month’s terror
attack at her concert in Manchester.
The pop star surprised youngsters Friday night at
the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital ahead of
a benefit concert Sunday for victims of the attack.
“Ariana brought everyone a sunflower and a teddy
bear,” Lauren Thorpe said. “It was unbelievable.”
Thorpe’s eight-year-old daughter, Lily, suffered a
shrapnel wound in her back and is currently recov-
ering from surgery.
“Lily’s face lit up and Ariana was amazing with
her,” Thorpe said. “She knelt by her and sat on her
bed with her and told her ‘I’m so proud of you, you
are so strong and doing really well’.”
The surprise visit comes less than two weeks af-
ter a suicide bombing that targeted fans as they left
Grande’s concert. Twenty-two people, many of them
children, died in the blast, and close to 60 were in-
After cancelling her upcoming shows in London
and Switzerland, Grande organised a star-studded
tribute concert in Manchester for the victims. Taking
the stage will be Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry,
and Miley Cyrus, among other stars.
All proceeds from the show will go toward the We
Love Manchester Emergency Fund, in partnership
with the British Red Cross and Manchester City
Festival resumes after
‘terrorism’ scare in Germany
One of Germany’s biggest music festivals is to
resume a day after the site had to be evacuated
because of a “potential terrorist threat”.
The organisers of Rock am Ring said intensive
searches had been carried out by police and that per-
formances would resume early on Saturday afternoon.
About 90,000 people are expected to attend the
event near the Nürburgring race track, which ends
Last month, a suicide bomb attack at a concert in
Manchester killed 22 people.
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who played
his first-ever solo gig on Tuesday in aid of the victims
of the attack in his native Manchester, was among
the performers due to play Rock am Ring on Friday.
Suicide bombers have killed at least
seven people at the funeral in Kabul of a
man who died during a protest on Friday,
Afghan officials say.
More than 100 were wounded in the attack,
which hit the funeral of one of five people
killed when police fired on a march against
The chief executive of Afghanistan, Ab-
dullah Abdullah, survived the attack.
The latest violence comes as much of Kabul
is in lockdown and amid popular anger at the
Officials had warned people to stay away
from demonstrations, saying they might be
attacked by militants. Checkpoints have been
set up in central Kabul, and armoured vehicles
are patrolling the streets.
In a televised address, Abdullah said three
suicide bombers were among the mourners
attending the funeral of a senator’s son who
was killed in Friday’s protest.
He said that an investigation must deter-
mine how the attack happened. No group has
said it was behind it and the Taliban denied
Kabul has now had three deadly incidents in
four days. Residents are still reeling from the
aftermath of the huge suicide attack which
killed over 90 people earlier this week.
Anger at the government for not doing
more to prevent that attack led to protests
on Friday. Now the funeral of one of those
victims has been targeted, presumably by a
The US has about 8,400 troops in Afghan-
istan, while another 5,000 from Nato allies
are in the country.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has vowed his country will go
“above and beyond” the 2015 Paris
accord on combating climate change.
Speaking at a news conference with
French President Emmanuel Macron,
Modi described the agreement as part
of “our duty to protect Mother Earth”.
Several global leaders have criticised
President Donald Trump’s decision to
withdraw the US from the Paris accord.
Trump said the deal would impoverish
the US and cost American jobs.
The Paris agreement commits the US
and 194 other countries to keeping ris-
ing global temperatures “well below” 2C
above pre-industrial levels and “endeav-
our to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.
Victim of the Manchester concert blast Lily Harrison
hugs singer Ariana Grande during her visit to the
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in Manchester,
England. AP PHOTO
fans at hospital
7 dead, dozens hurt
Blasts rock Kabul
Modi vows to go
beyond Paris accord
Car ploughs into people
on London Bridge
LONDON—Armed British police rushed to
London Bridge late yesterday after re-
ports of a vehicle running down pedes-
trians and people being stabbed nearby.
The Metropolitan Police said they were
called just after 10 pm to reports of a vehi-
cle hitting pedestrians on the bridge, which
crosses the River Thames in central London.
Soon after, there were reported stabbings
at nearby Borough Market.
The force said armed officers were sent to
the scenes and shots were fired. They did not
say if officers fired the shots.
Police also said they were responding to
another incident in the Vauxhall area, over
a mile away.
Nick Brandon of British Transport Police
said the force had received reports of “mul-
tiple” casualties in an incident possibly in-
volving a knife and a vehicle. He said he did
not know how serious the injuries were.
Multiple witnesses reported a vehicle
veering off the road and hitting several pe-
destrians; others also said they saw a man
with a knife.
Witnesses reported seeing injured people
on the ground on the bridge. A witness, Will
Heaven, said he saw people who appeared
to have been hit, and one being put into an
ambulance. He added that “it did not look like
an accident”, saying it was clear that police
“thought they were responding to something
far more serious than a road traffic accident.”
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said
she was “in contact with officials and is being
regularly updated on the incident at London
The incident comes less than three months
after an attacker ran down people with a
vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four,
then stabbed a policeman to death outside
Police officers on Borough High Street as their peers deal with an incident on London Bridge,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Report of multiple casualties; stabbings at nearby cafe
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