Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: What Gives?

Guest Ronnie Barkan describes his ordeal along with two other activists who are facing trial in Berlin for disrupting an event which was held in June 2017 at the Humboldt University for member of the Israeli Knesset Aliza Lavie. To learn more about the Humboldt-3 visit:

Jess and Jamal discuss Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decree ordering the Hagia Sophia to be opened for Muslim prayers. A top Turkish court had revoked the 1934 decree by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic, that had turned the Hagia Sophia into a museum.

Arab Talk with Jess & Jamal · Erdogan And The Hagia Sophia: What Gives? – 16 Jul 2020

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Uprisings: From Chile to Lebanon

Jess and Jamal discuss the mass protests that have challenged governments and captured attention around the world. They analyze the reasons behind the ongoing demonstrations in Lebanon, and whether the Lebanese government will be able to end decades of corruption and economic mismanagement.

Jess and Jamal also talk about the fate of the Kurds in Syria after they were thrown under the bus by President Trump.

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“Dear Mr. President… Don’t be a fool!”

Jess & Jamal discuss Trump’s letter to the President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan. In it, he tries to persuade Erdogan to negotiate by lobbing insults at him — saying Erdogan could be viewed as “the devil,” and “don’t be a fool.” He also tells Erdogan that he could destroy the Turkish economy. How will Turkey react? And is the US ready to lose its strategic alliance with Turkey?

Jess and Jamal also talk about the winners and losers of the Democratic Debate.

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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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