Ben Freeman joins Scott to talk about his new study on the Emirati lobby, which wields enormous power in Washington D.C. The UAE generally has a good reputation in America, usually being associated with glamor, cosmopolitanism, and vast oil wealth. In reality, their government—corrupt like Saudi Arabia—isn’t afraid to use torture and child soldiers, and is every bit as responsible for the genocide in Yemen. The reason for this difference in perception, says Freeman, is that the UAE has a huge lobby that spends millions on their public image, in addition to paying for influence in nearly every congressional office in Washington.
Discussed on the show:– Advertisement –
- The Emirati Lobby: How the UAE Wins in Washington
- “In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates” (AP News)
- Foreign Agents Registration Act
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