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Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal brings news and analysis of the Arab World and Middle East from an Arab perspective. Arab Talk Co-Hosts Jess Ghannam and Jamal Dajani come together every week to interview news makers from around the world and deliver a uniquely Arab view of this region-- politics, culture, art, music and all things Arab on Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal.

Trump Throws the Kurds Under the Bus

Jess & Jamal discuss the major shift in US military policy in Syria, as President Trump gives his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria. Turkey considers the Kurdish forces to be a terrorist insurgency; some members in Congress view them as the most reliable partner in fighting ISIS.

They also discuss the arrest of two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on charges that they schemed to “funnel foreign money to U.S. politicians in a bid to affect U.S.-Ukraine relations and launch a marijuana business.”


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Sisi’s Crackdown on Opposition

Jess & Jamal discuss the recent popular protests against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi which have spread to at least eight cities, including Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez. The protests appear, in part, to have been sparked by a series of videos posted by Egyptian exile Mohamed Ali.

Jess & Jamal also discuss the continuing saga of Donald Trump’s impeachment and the President’s obsession with finding dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

 

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Impeaching Donald Trump

Jess & Jamal discuss the recent announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch a formal investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. In a detailed, nine-page complaint, a whistleblower said “senior White House officials” worked to “lock down” all records of a presidential phone call this summer, out of fear that they “had witnessed the president abuse his office for personal gain.” Will these impeachment proceedings lead to the downfall of Donald Trump or will they backfire?

 

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Israel’s Elections: A Palestinian Perspective

Jamal interviews Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi about the results of the Israeli elections and their impact on Palestinian Israeli citizens, and other Palestinians living under Israeli Occupation.

Dr. Abdulhadi also discusses the recent controversy surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau as pictures and a video have resurfaced showing him in “blackface.” She also discusses the renewed attacks on her by AMCHA and other Zionist groups who have been for many years trying to suppress her academic freedom, which is protected under the First Amendment.

 
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Netanyahu’s Corruption Cover-Up: Annexation of the West Bank

Along with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Jess & Jamal discuss Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-ditch efforts to distract from his corruption charges and attract Israeli right-wing voters before national elections next week. Dr. Abdulhadi also discusses the systematic smear campaigns by hate groups funded by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, which has been contributing millions of dollars to anti-Muslim, far-right, and right-wing campus-based groups for the past fifteen years.

 
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US District Judge Rules “Watchlist” Unconstitutional

Jess & Jamal discuss U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga’s recent ruling that the federal government’s watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” is unconstitutional. Judge Trenga ruled that the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) violated due process because there was no clear standard for people to be included or removed from the list.

They also discuss the reasons behind the resignation of Jason Greenblatt, US special envoy to the Middle East and architect behind Trump’s “Deal of the Century.”

 
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Are We on the Brink of War in the Middle East?

Jess and Jamal discuss the recent escalations between Israel and Iran, following a series of Israeli attacks in Iraq and Lebanon and Hezbollah’s threats to retaliate.

Israel’s state of high alert over potential cross border attacks comes days after U.S. officials leaked confirmation Israel was behind a July bombing at a weapons factory in Iraq. Also, Lebanon has blamed Israel for a drone strike in the suburbs of Beirut.

 
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