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The old global order is being shaken up and Bigger Than Five is here to make sense of it all - with tough questions for those in power and sharp analysis about the people and politics that are changing our world.

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The old global order is being shaken up and Bigger Than Five is here to make sense of it all - with tough questions for those in power and sharp analysis about the people and politics that are changing our world.

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    The Cost of an Arms Race in the Gulf | Bigger Than Five

    The Cost of an Arms Race in the Gulf | Bigger Than Five

    The so-called Abraham Accords, which were described by the US President as a “significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East”, reinforce the anti-Iran axis in the Gulf region.

    They also pave the way for the #UAE to purchase F-35 stealth fighter jets, drones and other advanced weaponry from the United States. While #Israel already flies 20 F-35s, the UAE would be the first Arab country to receive the American-made fighter jets. Some Israeli intelligence officials have voiced their concerns about the US commitment, enshrined in a 2008 law, to ensure that Israel maintains a “qualitative military edge” in the #MiddleEast. Others warn that it will spark a regional arms race.

    So what would the US move to supply more sophisticated weapons to Gulf states mean for the stability of the wider region?

    One country that knows far too well the devastating impact of these weapons on its civilian population is Yemen, where the world’s largest arms importer, Saudi Arabia, has been leading a bombing campaign since 2015. The International Rescue Committee calls it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

    We went to Sanaa, the largest city in Yemen, and spoke with one man who lost his four children in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Al-Raqqas, last year during the month of Ramadan.

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    Palestinians Reject Normalisation | Bigger Than Five

    Palestinians Reject Normalisation | Bigger Than Five

    One of the stated conditions for normalizing relations with #Bahrain and the #UAE was that #Israel would suspend its plans to annex parts of Palestine. Yet, the US-brokered accords simply called for “a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, making no mention of the ongoing Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine.

    The Palestinian Government condemned the move by Bahrain and the UAE as “a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people.”

    We went to the streets of al-Khalil in occupied Palestine to hear directly from Palestinian residents about how they view the agreement.

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    'Peace Deal' or Arms Race? | Bigger Than Five

    'Peace Deal' or Arms Race? | Bigger Than Five

    It was hailed by President #Trump as “a historic breakthrough”. Israel and two Arab Gulf nations, the United Arab Emirates and #Bahrain, signed bilateral agreements at the #WhiteHouse last week establishing full diplomatic relations.

    The so-called Abraham Accords, which were described by the US President as a “significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East”, reinforce the anti-Iran axis in the Gulf region.

    They also pave the way for the UAE to purchase F-35 stealth fighter jets, drones and other advanced weaponry from the United States. While Israel already flies 20 F-35s, the UAE would be the first Arab country to receive the American-made fighter jets. Some Israeli intelligence officials have voiced their concerns about the US commitment, enshrined in a 2008 law, to ensure that Israel maintains a “qualitative military edge” in the Middle East. Others warn that it will spark a regional arms race.

    So what would the US move to supply more sophisticated weapons to Gulf states mean for the stability of the wider region?

    Guests:

    William Hartung
    Director of the Arms & Security Program at the Center for International Policy

    Matar Matar
    Former Bahraini Opposition Member of Parliament with Al Wefaq Party

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    75 Years of the UN | Bigger Than Five

    75 Years of the UN | Bigger Than Five

    We take a look back at some of the UN’s key challenges and achievements over the last 75 years.

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    #UnitedNations #UN #peace

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    Has MONUSCO Been Effective? | Bigger Than Five

    Has MONUSCO Been Effective? | Bigger Than Five

    Since 1948, the UN has deployed more than 70 #peacekeeping operations. Today, about 90,000 UN #BlueHelmets and police officers are deployed in 13 UN peacekeeping operations, some as old as the UN itself.

    The UN has been involved in today’s Democratic Republic of the #Congo since the sixties. Its peacekeeping operation has been active since 1999.

    We traveled to Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC, to hear a view of the Mission, known by its French acronym MONUSCO.

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    The UN at 75 | Bigger Than Five

    The UN at 75 | Bigger Than Five

    75 years after the establishment of the United Nations to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’, has the #UN lived up to its ideals?

    The #UnitedNations marks its 75th anniversary this year. The organization has faced many crises over its three-quarter century-long history. But this September, because of the pandemic, the annual session of the #GeneralAssembly won’t be held at UN headquarters.
    Instead of flying to NY for this ritual, Heads of State and Government, will deliver their speeches online under the theme: “reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”.

    With growing trends towards isolationism and unilateralism in some parts of the world, including the host country, the United States, will this amount to little more than diplomatic talk?

    Guests:
    Tijjani Muhammed-Bande
    President of the United Nations General Assembly

    Shashi Tharoor
    Former UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information

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    • 26 min

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