Redaction Weekly: Another day, another peace deal for Mr Trump?

“Another historic breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal,” Donald Trump gloated.

With less than two months to go before the US election, Mr Trump appears to be trying absolutely everything to dent Joe Biden’s lead in nationwide polls and swing states.

Not content with brokering a deal between Israel and the UAE, he brought another Gulf state into the American sphere of influence on Friday night as he announced another peace deal.

On Monday, he took aim at the military-industrial complex when he said leaders at the Pentagon “want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.”

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He then retweeted several prominent leftists on the issue, including Glenn Greenwald.

(See the full thread for a laugh.)

While the first debate is still more than two weeks away, it makes sense that Mr Trump is trying to make his pitch to American centrists and leftist anti-interventionists.

Early voting has already begun, and that means that any single passing day could represent missed voters that already put their ballot in the mail.

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Mail-in voting has been at the centre of a row between the Democrats and Republicans – and it could lead to a doomsday scenario for the Dems, Richard Hansen writes.

Yet whoever wins, US healthcare is still woefully inadequate for millions of Americans, guest columnist Denis Wesley states.

Here’s the best of the rest from this week on Redaction:

DECENTRALISE OUR DEMOCRACY

After Ed Davey swept the Lib Dem leadership contest, all three major UK party heads now hail from the capital.

But is this really healthy in any nation – or should we learn from others? Head of Podcasts Declan Carey poses the question.

The UK is broken. But we can learn from decentralised countries like Belgium.

THE POLISH MONOLITH?

Some two months after the Polish election, Redaction have finally completed our comprehensive post-mortem of polling day.

Here, Professor Aleks Szczerbiak writes on the prospects for Rafał Trzaskowski and Civic Platform.

What are the prospects for the Polish opposition?

WHEN ONE DISEASE GOES, ANOTHER EMERGES…

Coronavirus is the pesky healthcare issue on everyone’s minds, but the eradication of Wild Polio from Africa provided a silver lining in these pandemic-filled times.

But it wasn’t the massive success it was made out to be – reporter Mason Quah investigates.

Polio eradication – a narrow-sighted success for Africa

LOOKING FORWARD

Trump, Netanyahu and a Bahraini representative – perhaps the Crown Prince himself – will meet on Tuesday to formalise the normalising of relations between Bahrain and Israel.

And who knows what other steps Mr Trump will take towards world peace next week?

In the Delaware State Democratic Primary on Tuesday, Redaction-endorsed Jess Scarane is pining to become the next progressive in Congress.

If you’ve forgotten our exclusive coverage so far…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Billions feed the military machine, but ordinary Delawareans can’t get a leg up’ – why Jess Scarane wants voters to oppose Chris Coons’ hawkish record

OP-ED – Jess Scarane: Delaware needs a new Senator committed to creating a better, anti-war future

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