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Aug122017

Gulf Government Gave Secret $20 Million Gift To D.C. Think Tank

The Intercept

The United Arab Emirates is on pace to contribute $20 million over the course of 2016 and 2017 to the Middle East Institute, one of Washington’s leading think tanks, according to a document obtained by The Intercept. The outsized contribution, which the UAE hoped to conceal, would allow the institute, according to the agreement, to “augment its scholar roster with world class experts in order to counter the more egregious misperceptions about the region, inform U.S. government policy makers, and convene regional leaders for discreet dialogue on pressing issues.

The Emirates, according to the Associated Press, operate a network of torture pens in Yemen where detainees are grilled alive.

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