Hard Numbers: Israel eyes big UAE trade, US West Coast burns, WTO rejects Trump tariffs, Germany takes in migrants

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani stand by prior to signing the Abraham Accords with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Reuters

500 million: Israel expects to boost its exports to the UAE to up to $500 million annually after normalizing ties with the Emiratis. Both countries — along with Bahrain, another Gulf nation that recently agreed to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state — made the deal official on Tuesday by signing the Abraham Accords.


87: The US West Coast currently has 87 active large wildfires, with California and Oregon as the hit hardest states. California Governor Gavin Newsom has blamed the fires on climate change, while President Donald Trump (baselessly) questioned the science on global warming during a visit to the region.

250 billion: The World Trade Organization has ruled that the Trump administration broke WTO rules when it imposed $250 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese products in 2018. This is the first in a series of upcoming rulings in cases where countries have appealed against US tariffs, the cornerstone of Trump's protectionist trade policy.

1,500: Germany has agreed to take in 1,500 additional migrants from Greece, where thousands of asylum seekers are still homeless after a fire destroyed Europe's largest refugee camp, on the island of Lesbos. The final amount is ten times the number of migrants the German government was initially willing to accept.

"I think there are certain times where you have tectonic shifts and change always happens that way."

On the latest episode of 'That Made All the Difference,' Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, shares his thoughts on the role we all have to play in bringing our communities and the environment back to health.

For many, Paul Rusesabagina became a household name after the release of the 2004 tear-jerker film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Rusesabagina, who used his influence as a hotel manager to save the lives of more than 1,000 Rwandans, has again made headlines in recent weeks after he was reportedly duped into boarding a flight to Kigali, Rwanda's capital, where he was promptly arrested on terrorism, arson, kidnapping and murder charges. Rusesabagina's supporters say he is innocent and that the move is retaliation against the former "hero" for his public criticism of President Paul Kagame, who has ruled the country with a strong hand since ending the civil war in the mid 1990s.

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In an interview with Eurasia Group Vice Chairman Gerald Butts, Nicolas de Rivière cautions against an overly halcyon view of the UN's history. The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations explains that throughout its 75 years the organization has confronted adversity. This moment is no exception, but "we have no other choice" than cooperation in order to address today's biggest crises, he explains. Rivière also discusses the global pandemic response, a need for greater commitments to climate action, and a recent move by the US to push for renewed sanctions against Iran.

One of the biggest threats to 21st century international peace is invisible. It recognizes no borders and knows no rules. It can penetrate everything from the secrets of your government to the settings of your appliances. This is, of course, the threat of cyberattacks and cyberwarfare.

During the coronavirus pandemic, cyberattacks have surged, according to watchdogs. This isn't just Zoom-bombing or scams. It's also a wave of schemes, likely by national intelligence agencies, meant to steal information about the development and production of vaccines. Attacks on the World Health Organization soared five-fold early in the pandemic.

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Malaysian political drama: Malaysia's (eternal) opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he finally has enough votes in parliament to be appointed prime minister, seven months after the coalition that was going to support him collapsed amid an internal revolt that also forced out 95-year-old Mahathir Mohamed as head of the government. Two years ago, Mahathir — who governed Malaysia from 1980 to 2003 — shocked the country by running in the 2018 election and defeating his former party UMNO, which had dominated Malaysian politics since independence in 1956. After winning, Mahathir agreed to hand over power to Anwar — a former protégé with whom he had a falling out in the late 1990s — but Mahathir's government didn't last long enough to do the swap. Will Anwar now realize his lifelong dream of becoming Malaysia's prime minister? Stay tuned for the next parliamentary session in November.

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