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“Trump’s Ostrich Approach To Syria and Iran: The Coronavirus Pandemic and The Shifting Balance of Power in the Middle East.”KGNU 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 6-7 pm Mountain Time. Hosted by Jim Nelson.

May 25, 2020

 

A woman mocking an Israeli tank left behind when withdrawing from south of Lebanon in the year 2000, using its cannon as a hanger to dry cloths(Photo credit: Younes Zaatari)

“Trump’s Ostrich Approach To Syria and Iran: The Coronavirus Pandemic and The Shifting Balance of Power in the Middle East.”KGNU 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 6-7 pm Mountain Time. Hosted by Jim Nelson.

Coronavirus –

  • Iran: 800 infected health workers more than 100 of which have died…
  • Yemen – Doctors Without Borders speaking of a major catastrophe in a country where the U.S. supported and armed Saudi military incursion has already caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis…
  • Gaza – Health Ministry reported a few days ago 35 new cases of Coronavirus in an area severely degraded by the Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas won power in the 2007 election. Gaza has 60 ventilators for a population of two million…
  • Trump Administration threatens to stop Iranian oil tankers delivering petroleum products to Venezuela… then backs off at the last minute
  • Israel annexes 30% of the Palestinian West Bank putting yet another nail in the two state solution that resulted form the 1992 Oslo Accords.
  • In Washington, a Senate Committee slips through a ten year $38 billion aid package to Israel in a bill passed in Committee where many of the Senators didn’t know what they were voting for
  • Despite having failed in its effort to overthrow the Assad government and partition Syria, the United States persists to pursue military options against Syria – in an effort to draw Russia into another “Afghanistan-like quagmire” and prevent China from extending its “Belt and Road Initiative” through Damascus to the eastern Mediterranean coast…

How does it all fit together? What is the overarching theme that ties the different threads? Tune in Tuesday, May 26 @ 6 pm. KGNU Boulder, 88.5 FM, 1390 AM, streaming at http://www.kgnu.org

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