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“The Turkish Tap Dance, The Israeli `Pickle’ and JCPOA – The Middle East, A Region in Transition” – KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues – Tuesday, August 30, 2022

September 6, 2022

Qassem Suleimani. Iranian leader. Suliemani was assassinated by the Trump Administration on January 3, 2020. Most Americans have no idea how destructive that murder was to U.S. Middle East policy and how his death gave impetus to the Axis of Resistance

(Note on the audio: During the recording technical problems emerged which made for on-air periods which KGNU was trying to address. Unfortunately that affected the quality of the program itself. In this version I have edited out as much of the technical problem solving as possible but some remains and the remaining product is somewhat choppy here and there. Still, when listening to it several times after editing I am convinced that plenty of thoughtful content remains; it is worth publishing all the same.)

Here is the description of the program that appeared just prior to its airing:

Tonight Ibrahim and Rob will discuss Middle East and how the region is caught between the old unipolar global political model in which Washington “calls all the shots” and the emerging multipolar realities in which, while still an important factor in the region, Washington’s influence is waning and that of China, Russia and Iran somewhat strengthening. The classic example of this fluid reality is Turkey, a NATO member on the one hand but becoming more economically and politically integrated with China and Russia on the other. Then there is never ending drama (approaching soap opera proportions) which is the fate of the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal). Is it dead? Has it been resurrected? Is Iran moving in the direction of the “North Korean option?”. Is there new momentum for peace in Syria? What is “the Israeli Pickle” and why is not likely to be resolved soon? All that and more Tuesday on Hemispheres – the Middle East Dialogues. Up to date news from the Middle East you won’t get from the mainstream corporate media.

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