BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 12:  U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak to the media at a press conference on the second day of the 2018 NATO Summit on July 12, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Leaders from NATO member and partner states are meeting for a two-day summit, which is being overshadowed by strong demands by U.S. President Trump for most NATO member countries to spend more on defense.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
US President Donald Trump arrives to speak to the media at a press conference on the second day of the 2018 Nato Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Sean Gallup / Getty

Trump's Nato performance was an exercise in destruction. But look to Helsinki for his true intentions



After Donald Trump’s bizarre, vertigo-inducing performance at the recent Nato summit in Brussels, Washington's European allies frankly admit to being stunned and baffled.

They’re wondering if Mr Trump is really trying to achieve specific results, like increased military spending by other members, or is simply trying to destroy Nato and the Atlantic alliance.

Moreover, they’re wondering, if the latter is the case, whether Mr Trump is on his own idiosyncratic rampage, which they can wait out, or represents a new American consensus, meaning they must completely revamp their entire international strategy.

But if Europeans are unnerved by Mr Trump's performance, Americans who care about foreign policy are in a far worse predicament. Other countries can always change their policies. Americans are, for the meanwhile, stuck with this president.

Many are beginning to feel as if a drunken lunatic has seized the wheel of a bus and they are strapped into the passenger seats, not sure what wild and reckless maneuver to expect next and how they will survive the ordeal.

The American foreign policy conversation now centers around three fundamental questions.

First, does Mr Trump have any coherent foreign policy perspective or is this all simply instinctive, glandular posturing to appeal to his political base?

Second, is he deliberately trying to weaken the American international position or merely doing so inadvertently?

And, third, if this is indeed intentional, what explains it?

At the Nato meeting Mr Trump began by insulting the whole organisation, and particularly Germany. He issued the ridiculous demand that all member states quickly start spending 4 per cent of their GDP on defense, which he is well aware cannot and will not be done, including by the United States.

So, it certainly seemed that Mr Trump was deliberately trying to force the crack-up of the bedrock institution of American international power and prestige.

But then he flipped.

As the meeting closed, he claimed, apparently falsely, that all members had agreed to massive military spending increases. He expressed great affection for, and commitment to, Nato, and spoke of the "tremendous unity" of the organisation.

And, in fact, Nato took many crucial practical measures. There were important increases to defense spending, a vital plan for 30-day readiness, more troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, additional counterterrorism measures and moves to bring Macedonia into the alliance.

But no one could fail to recognise the vast damage Mr Trump's conduct did to Nato's unity, or shake the lingering sense that Mr Trump might be trying to prepare the American public for life without Nato, and without any permanent allies at all, for that matter.

An even bigger test of Mr Trump's intentions will come on Monday when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin. For years, Mr Trump has expressed an unfathomable affection for the Russian autocrat, and he will have a stark, three-way, choice at the Helsinki meeting.

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He can confront Mr Putin over Russia's outrageous international behavior and ongoing efforts to subvert American democracy.

Or he could tread water and have a pleasant and friendly meeting that commits to nothing and resolves nothing, and therefore, in effect, amounts to nothing.

Or, finally, he could provide the Russian leader significant unearned concessions that greatly strengthen the Russian hand at the expense of Washington and its allies.

Beyond election meddling, attempted and completed murders of Russians in Britain, the downing of civilian airliners, and much more, there are at least two crucial international issues on which Mr Trump might be preparing to give away the store to Mr Putin.

Mr Trump keeps implicitly endorsing the Russian invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine, in particular Crimea. If he moves closer to recognising Russian authority in or sovereignty over Crimea, he will be giving Mr Putin a colossal gift, greatly damaging US and Western interests and prestige and committing violence against the UN charter and other basic instruments of modern international law and relations.

Also alarming is the potential for Mr Trump to hand Mr Putin an enormous win on Syria. A terrible idea, being promoted by Israel and Jordan, and by two of Mr Trump's own staffers – Brett McGurk and David Satterfield – would essentially recognise the legitimacy of the regime of Bashar Al Assad and effectively cede control of almost all of Syria to Iran and Russia.

The only condition would be keeping Iran and its proxy groups like Hezbollah away from areas adjacent to the Israeli and Jordanian borders.

The rest of the country would, in effect, be surrendered, including much of the sparsely populated but strategically vital areas currently under the control of US and US-backed forces, particularly near and along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

If Mr Trump agrees this disastrous idea, which serves the interests of Iran and Russia, and, in a very narrow sense, also Israel and Jordan, but definitely not those of the United States or, indeed, the Syrian people for that matter, Mr Putin will have every reason to celebrate.

The Nato meeting proved how reckless, disruptive and irresponsible Mr Trump can be. The Helsinki meeting will give a stronger indication of what his real intentions are, and how much he's willing to place his power and the office of the US presidency in the service of Washington's most dangerous adversaries.

If he does that, the only question left will be, why?

Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States ­Institute in Washington

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The flights
Emirates flies to Delhi with fares starting from around Dh760 return, while Etihad fares cost about Dh783 return. From Delhi, there are connecting flights to Lucknow. 
Where to stay
It is advisable to stay in Lucknow and make a day trip to Kannauj. A stay at the Lebua Lucknow hotel, a traditional Lucknowi mansion, is recommended. Prices start from Dh300 per night (excluding taxes). 

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Nausea
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Equestrian

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

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Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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The protective shell is covered in solar panels to make use of light and produce energy. This will drastically reduce energy loss.

More than 80 per cent of the energy consumed by the French pavilion will be produced by the sun.

The architecture will control light sources to provide a highly insulated and airtight building.

The forecourt is protected from the sun and the plants will refresh the inner spaces.

A micro water treatment plant will recycle used water to supply the irrigation for the plants and to flush the toilets. This will reduce the pavilion’s need for fresh water by 30 per cent.

Energy-saving equipment will be used for all lighting and projections.

Beyond its use for the expo, the pavilion will be easy to dismantle and reuse the material.

Some elements of the metal frame can be prefabricated in a factory.

 From architects to sound technicians and construction companies, a group of experts from 10 companies have created the pavilion.

Work will begin in May; the first stone will be laid in Dubai in the second quarter of 2019. 

Construction of the pavilion will take 17 months from May 2019 to September 2020.

UAE's role in anti-extremism recognised

General John Allen, President of the Brookings Institution research group, commended the role the UAE has played in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He told a Globsec debate of the UAE’s "hugely outsized" role in the fight against Isis.

"It’s trite these days to say that any country punches above its weight, but in every possible way the Emirates did, both militarily, and very importantly, the UAE was extraordinarily helpful on getting to the issue of violent extremism," he said.

He also noted the impact that Hedayah, among others in the UAE, has played in addressing violent extremism.

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Tips on buying property during a pandemic

Islay Robinson, group chief executive of mortgage broker Enness Global, offers his advice on buying property in today's market.

While many have been quick to call a market collapse, this simply isn’t what we’re seeing on the ground. Many pockets of the global property market, including London and the UAE, continue to be compelling locations to invest in real estate.

While an air of uncertainty remains, the outlook is far better than anyone could have predicted. However, it is still important to consider the wider threat posed by Covid-19 when buying bricks and mortar. 

Anything with outside space, gardens and private entrances is a must and these property features will see your investment keep its value should the pandemic drag on. In contrast, flats and particularly high-rise developments are falling in popularity and investors should avoid them at all costs.

Attractive investment property can be hard to find amid strong demand and heightened buyer activity. When you do find one, be prepared to move hard and fast to secure it. If you have your finances in order, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Lenders continue to lend and rates remain at an all-time low, so utilise this. There is no point in tying up cash when you can keep this liquidity to maximise other opportunities. 

Keep your head and, as always when investing, take the long-term view. External factors such as coronavirus or Brexit will present challenges in the short-term, but the long-term outlook remains strong. 

Finally, keep an eye on your currency. Whenever currency fluctuations favour foreign buyers, you can bet that demand will increase, as they act to secure what is essentially a discounted property.

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- July 2015: Bill to require background checks for all gun sales is introduced in House of Representatives. It is not brought to a vote.

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- February 14, 2018: Seventeen pupils are killed and 17 are wounded during a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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- May 24, 2022: Nineteen children and two teachers are killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

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By committing to at least one of these daily, you can bring more gratitude into your life, says Ong.

  • During your morning skincare routine, name five things you are thankful for about yourself.
  • As you finish your skincare routine, look yourself in the eye and speak an affirmation, such as: “I am grateful for every part of me, including my ability to take care of my skin.”
  • In the evening, take some deep breaths, notice how your skin feels, and listen for what your skin is grateful for.
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