It has been revealed that Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders
As a presidential candidate, the amount of foreign cash the Clintons have amassed from the Persian Gulf states is “simply unprecedented,” says national security analyst Patrick Poole.
“These regimes are buying access. You’ve got the Saudis. You’ve got the Kuwaitis, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. There are massive conflicts of interest. It’s beyond comprehension,” Poole told The DCNF in an interview.
The Clinton foundation has received upwards of $85 million in donations from five Persian Gulf states and their monarchs, according to the foundation’s website.
US allies Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have committed numerous human rights abuses. Saudi Arabia, for example, routinely executes political prisoners, those accused of adultery, and ‘sorcerers’.
For years, the accusations have centered on the Persian Gulf practice of importing hundreds of thousands of poor foreign laborers who work for low wages, including hundreds of thousands of female “domestic workers” who have no labor rights and often face exploitation and sexual abuse.
A woman sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia
Hillary has taken a new position on domestic fracking, which aligns with the Gulf State opposition to fracking in North America which represents competition to their energy exports.
Even more troubling is Bill Clinton’s business partnership with Dubai’s authoritarian ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin-Rashid al-Maktoum through his Dubai Investment Group. Bin-Rashid is the unlelected monarch of Dubai and the prime minister of the UAE.
Clinton ended his partnership after pocketing at least $15 million in “guaranteed payments” according to his personal tax returns from 2003 to 2008. He allegedly received another $20 million of “walking away money” to leave the partnership, according to The Daily Beast.
Filipina housemaids at a shelter managed by labor and welfare officers in Dubai. The women fled their employment after suffering human rights abuses. Photograph: AFP
In 2016, the International Labor Organization’s “World Employment and Social Outlook” report stated the governments in the Persian Gulf use “forced labor, modern slavery, human trafficking and the worst forms of child labor”.
“Given the heavy reliance on migrant workers, the risk of forced labor or trafficking in the Arab States cannot be ignored,” the ILO concluded.
A 2014 Human Rights Watch report also focused on the 140,000+ female migrant workers who work in the United Arab Emirates. The group claims the women “suffered abuses that amounted to forced labor and trafficking.”
The Clinton Foundation received another $30 million from four billionaire Saudis, according to the foundation’s website. Between 2011 and 2014, he received an additional $5.6 million from Dubai-based GEMS Education for serving as the “honorary chairman.”
In December 2011, Hillary personally led a U.S. delegation to the UAE and met bin-Rashid and Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who conveniently gave between $1 million to $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the foundation’s web site.
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