November 5, 2017

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    The Ruthless Purge of Princes by the Saudi Boy King

    We begin with the arrest of 7 princes in Saudi Arabia by MBS the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who, with the takeover of the Saudi National Guard, is completing a consolidation of his total control of the military after having already taken over Saudi foreign, economic and social policies and ministries. David Hearst, the Editor of Middle East Eye, joins us to discuss the Trump family role in this major shakeup of a corrupt ruling family with the arrest of the outspoken critic of Trump, the billionaire Prince Alaweed bin Talal,  following Jared Kushner’s recent secret trip to the kingdom to meet with his new friend MBS.  We will analyze the links between Trump’s call on the Saudis for the Aramco IPO to be listed on the New York Stock exchange, the sudden resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister who fled to Saudi Arabia and the missile attack on the airport in the Saudi capitol launched from Yemen, and Iran’s fingerprints on the missile attack which has led to speculation that the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is heating up.

  • Segment 2:

    The Reaction in Lebanon to Their PM's Sudden Exit

    Then we look further into the sudden exit of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri who announced his resignation on the Saudi Al-Arabiya channel, speaking for Riyadh, not Beirut. Thanassis Cambanis, who writes “The Internationalist “column for The Boston Globe and is the author of “A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel”, joins us from Beirut, Lebanon to discuss Hariri’s claim that he was escaping an assassination planned by Hezbollah and how this crisis is impacting the already shaky political order is a country overwhelmed by refugees from the war next door in Syria.

  • Segment 3:

    A New Round of Democratic Party Fratricide

    Then finally we examine the new round of fratricide going on within the Democratic Party prompted by the forthcoming book by former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager responsible to getting Joe Lieberman on the ticket as Gore’s VP. David Halperin, a former policy advisor to Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and a White House Speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins us. We discuss the pantheon of prominent Democrats who have made careers out of losing campaigns and the possibility that the Democrats could lose Tuesday’s critical race for governor in Virginia.