Background Briefing: August 18, 2021
The UAE Welcomes the Afghan Ex-President Ghani Carrying $169 Million in Cash
We begin with Afghanistan’s former president Ashraf Ghani being welcomed in the UAE where he is reported to have arrived with $169 million in cash. Sarah Leah Whitson, the Executive Director of Democracy for the Arab World Now, DAWN, joins us to discuss the outsized role the Emiratis play in U.S. foreign policy through intermediaries like the child sexual predator George Nader now serving 10 years for sexually exploiting children. He funneled $3.5 million from the Emirati royals to help elect Trump while the chair of Trump’s inauguration Tom Barrack who just got indicted, was the intermediary through which the UAE dictated Trump foreign policy. We also discuss the story in the AP that the UAE is hosting black sites for the Chinese in which they imprison Uyghurs and Chinese dissidents and look into how authoritarian regimes like Turkey, Russia, Venezuela and China use Interpol Red Notices to arrest political activists abroad. It’s worth noting that the UAE helps finance Interpol with a recent donation of $54 million which was equal to all of the contributions from the other 194 members and the UAE hosted Interpol’s General Assembly in 2018.
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