Biden’s Middle East Policy: Business As Usual

Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of DAWN, says that President Biden’s Middle East policy is just sugar-coated business as usual. “The president’s actions speak louder than his lofty rhetoric on democracy and human rights, as autocrats cash in,” according to DAWN.

Jess & Jamal discuss a motion passed by the British Labor Party calling for sanctions against Israel for practicing Apartheid against Palestinians. And, why was a Capitol rioter who recorded a video of herself saying she was looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “to shoot her in the friggin’ brain” only charged with a misdemeanor in federal court?

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Human Rights Activists Reject Israel’s Observer Status at the African Union

Attorney Stanley Cohen explains why a group of lawyers, activists and researchers from various countries submitted a petition to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights on September 16, demanding that the African Union revoke its recent decision to admit Israel as an observer state. 

Jess & Jamal discuss a standalone bill introduced by US Democrats to provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome missile system after the funding was struck off a government spending bill amid pressure from progressive lawmakers. Also, a US veteran of the War on Iraq publicly calls out George W. Bush for lying to the American people.

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Imbalance in US Foreign Aid

The Palestine Museum founder, Faisal Saleh, shares his vision of researching and preserving Palestinian history, culture, and art. To learn more: 
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Jess & Jamal examine US foreign aid, as the Biden administration contemplated imposing new conditions on aid to Egypt due to human rights abuses, while US Congress progressives renewed effort to prohibit the delivery of US-made bombs to Israel due to its targeting of civilians in Gaza.

A Cartoon is Worth a Thousand Words

Brazilian Political Cartoonist Carlos Latuff talks about his activism and lifework, which spans from South America to the Middle East and beyond. Learn more about Carlos

Jess and Jamal discuss the escape of six Palestinians from high-security Israeli prison. They also reflect on the global impact of 9/11, twenty years on.

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Why Did Algeria Cut Diplomatic Ties With Morocco?

Professor Abdelkader Berrahmoun from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California explains the reasons and historical background that led to the recent diplomatic breakdown between Algeria and Morocco.

Jess & Jamal evaluate the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was described by President Biden as an “extraordinary success.” They also discuss the recent meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

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