An Egyptian delegation heading to Moscow just after the United States cut $300 million out of its aid package to Cairo to punish the July 3 military coup there has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military junta is shopping for a new superpower patron. In the 1960s at the height of the Cold […]
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DAVID ROBERTS: Certainly, this is a blow for the U.S. When grainy footage emerges from China of a wing shaped UAV taking off, we’ll know how much so.
STEVE ROYSTON: Received wisdom portrays a backward, oppressive society, dominated by religious extremists and a monarchy whose main mission is self-preservation.
Since we expect tourists to be on their best behaviour when they visit the UAE, it’s only fair that we feel equally outraged when our own misbehave elsewhere.