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Hard Numbers: Qatar Airways sues, Twitter shuts down QAnon, Rohingyas spared the cane, global development aid falls

Hard Numbers: Qatar Airways sues, Twitter shuts down QAnon, Rohingyas spared the cane, global development aid falls

5 billion: Qatar Airways is suing Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, demanding at least $5 billion in damages resulting from the four countries' ongoing blockade of Qatar.

7,000: Twitter has taken down more than 7,000 accounts linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory group, and removed QAnon links shared by more than 150,000 profiles. QAnon followers believe that US President Donald Trump, a major Twitter user himself, is fighting a secret war against a left-wing elite "deep state" of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

27: A Malaysian court has overturned a sentence of jail and caning for 27 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who were convicted of entering the country illegally last month. Corporal punishment is still on the books in Malaysia, a relic of the country's British colonial past that also persists in Brunei and Singapore.

1/3: Official development assistance commitments by donor countries dropped by more than one third to $16.9 billion in the first five months of the year compared to the same period of 2019. The sharp decline — attributed to budget-tightening in major donor countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — threatens highly vulnerable people who need this assistance throughout the developing world.

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Back in 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump presented his vision for an "America First" foreign policy, which symbolized a radical departure from the US' longtime approach to international politics and diplomacy.

In electing Donald Trump, a political outsider, to the top job, American voters essentially gave him a mandate to follow through on these promises. So, has he?


"A continuing rape of our country."

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump said that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a 12 country trade deal pushed by the Obama administration — would "rape" America's economy by imperiling the manufacturing sector, closing factories, and taking more jobs overseas.

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In an op-ed titled "Iran Arms Embargo Reckoning," the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that ending the UN arms embargo on Iran was a major flaw of the 2015 nuclear deal and questions whether Biden could do anything to contain Iran at this point. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Henry Rome take out the Red Pen to explain why this discussion misrepresents the importance of the embargo and the consequences for its expiration.

So, the US presidential election is now just days away, and today's selection is focusing on a specific aspect of foreign policy that will certainly change depending on who wins in the presidential contest—namely America's approach to Iran.

You've heard me talk before about the many similarities between Trump and Biden on some international policies, like on China or on Afghanistan. But Iran is definitely not one of those. Trump hated the JCPOA, the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, put together under the Obama administration, and he walked away from it unilaterally. Joe Biden, if he were to become president, would try to bring it back.

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It almost didn't happen — but here we are again. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden face off tonight in the final presidential debate of the 2020 US election campaign.

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush demanded that Afghanistan's Taliban government surrender Osama bin Laden and end support for al-Qaeda. The Taliban refused.

On October 7, US bombs began falling on Taliban forces. NATO allies quickly pledged support for the US, and US boots hit the ground in Afghanistan two weeks later.

Thus began a war, now the longest in US history, that has killed more than 3,500 coalition soldiers and 110,000 Afghans. It has cost the American taxpayer nearly $3 trillion. US allies have also made human and material sacrifices.

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