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21 July 2021

Biden’s DOJ Is Using A Ridiculous Argument To Defend A Controversial Trump-Era Arms Deal

Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Huffington Post

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This article critiques the argument put forth by the US administration that the sales of arms to the UAE are disconnected from ongoing human rights abuses by its forces. Some positive pronouncements by the Biden administration are mentioned, including its commitment to factoring past atrocities into arms deals, and concerns that it has raised publicly on the UAE’s policies in Yemen and Libya.

However, it also highlights and critiques the difference in the approach of the Biden administration towards arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which have been halted, and to the UAE, which are continuing, despite the close collaboration between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in Yemen.