House committee votes 62-2 to block White House approval Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, introduced an amendment that would bar a company from operating in a U.S. port if the company is owned by a country that recognized the Taliban's regime in Afghanistan. The UAE is one of those countries.
After Schumer introduced his amendment, Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, asked for a quorum call, which essentially gnarled proceedings.
State Department Annual Report Calls Human Rights Records of Arab Allies Poor, Problematic
By ANNE GEARAN
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The State Department called the human rights records of key Arab allies poor or problematic on Wednesday, citing flawed elections and torture of prisoners in Egypt, beatings, arbitrary arrest and lack of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia, and floggings as punishment for adultery or drug abuse in the United Arab Emirates.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited all three of those nations last month, calling each a strategic partner or stalwart ally that wields regional influence or helps in such areas as anti-terror investigations.
- Bill "up or down vote" Frist and Dr Condoleezza "ghost detainee" Rice, setting the standard for hypocrisy in the 21st Century