Author: Mark Gorman

October 2020International NewsAmericas2020Middle East

U.S. Reimposes Iran Sanctions

The United States reimposed what is, in effect, an arms embargo on Iran last Monday. This move is one opposed by the rest of the UN, and more specifically, the rest of the UN Security Council. The U.S. argues that it can legally do this through a “snapback,” while Iran has been critical towards the U.S. for making this move.

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September 2020FocusDomestic Government Surveillance2020

Focus on Domestic Government Surveillance: United Arab Emirates

The extent of the UAE surveillance program is both amazing and terrifying, but they did not assemble it alone. Reuters launched an investigation into a program called Project Raven, a joint operation between the Emirati government and a UAE-based cybersecurity firm called DarkMatter.

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September 2020International News2020Middle East

UAE-Israel Peace Deal Normalizes Relations

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on August 27 that Israel and the UAE would be normalizing relations after decades of tension. Reuters reports that the UAE and Israel first announced the move to normalize relations on August 13, but did not agree on a deal at that time. This deal is the result of Trump’s broader attempts at peace in the Middle East.

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