Gulf in the News – July 9, 2012

U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran

Source: The New York Times (Read full story)

Since late spring, stealthy F-22 and older F-15C warplanes have moved into two separate bases in the Persian Gulf to bolster the combat jets already in the region and the carrier strike groups that are on constant tours of the area. Those additional attack aircraft give the United States military greater capability against coastal missile batteries that could threaten shipping, as well as the reach to strike other targets deeper inside Iran.

Opposition still undecided about election boycott – Pro-govt MP proposes to cut number of votes

Source: Kuwait Times (Read full story)

Former MP Nasser Al-Duwailah announced yesterday that he along with constitutional experts have decided to challenge the five-constituency election system for being unconstitutional. The best solution that has been repeatedly floated to resolve the ills of the system is to turn Kuwait into a single constituency where voters pick up parties or coalitions instead of individuals. The idea has not been seriously discussed so far especially by the Assembly. So until a permanent amendment can be made, MPs have made a variety of proposals to resolve immediate problems.

UAE for change in strategy to end bloodshed in Syria

Source: Khaleej Times (Read full story)

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday stressed that the international community has to change its strategy to stop what is happening in Syria under the current regime that continues to perpetrate crimes against the Syrian people.

Addressing the ‘Third Friends of Syria Meet’, being held in Paris, Shaikh Abdullah wondered how many more Syrians must give their lives until the international community changes its strategy about what is happening in Syria.

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