John tells us every day that Steel on Steel focuses on economics, politics, and religion. Today, we welcome the Director of Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer (jihadwatch.org) to the podcast, to discuss how all three of those issues are immersed in global dysfunction. He looks at the surging reliance on digital currency platforms, the moving away from the dollar, how bad policies by the Biden administration are projecting weakness to the world, and the nature of jihad and Christian persecution around the world.
The JCPOA, known informally as the Iran Nuclear Deal, is close to being resurrected and there are many myths propagated by the media surrounding that deal that just aren't true. Joining us today is Sean Durns (camera.org), Senior Research Analyst in CAMERA's Washington DC office. He looks at some of these myths, including that Israel is on board with resurrecting the Deal and the Trump administration cozied up to hardliners in Tehran – both of which are false. The media glosses over the truth to promote narratives but the devil is always in the details.
We heard from Avi Lipkin last Friday on the inside scoop of Israeli politics. Today we have a different guest to discuss the state of things in Israel following the hostilities with Gaza several weeks ago. Joining us from his home country is David Rubin (shilohisraelchildren.org), Founder and President of the Shiloh Israel Children's Fund and former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He describes the efforts in finally forming a coalition government and what will likely be the policies moving forward for the new Bennett administration. He also looks at how Israel can learn from both its past successes and failures.
The Biden administration's Middle East policy, especially where it concerns Iran, is reverting back to what the Obama administration had done before – despite the previous failures. Back with us today is Ken Timmerman (kentimmerman.com), CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. He explores why, if it always ends in failure, the current administration would bother with the Obama-era Middle East plan. Apparently Iran has not had to concede anything in this newly resurrected Iran Deal. He also looks at the future of the Abraham Accords now that the Trump administration is out of power.
Under the Obama administration, we witnessed foreign policy that mostly did not work. Under President Trump, we saw a new and innovative way to approach foreign policy. But now we're back to the policies that have proven to be ineffective. First up this week is Gregg Roman (meforum.org), Director at the Middle East Forum, who looks at the Biden philosophy of hegemonic equilibrium – putting allies and foes on equal footing in a region – and how it has forced our allies to rely less on the U.S. He also points out how we are focusing on unimportant things while our geopolitical enemies are gaining strength.
Next, we have an important announcement for non-public schools. Brian Kelsey (libertyjusticecenter.org), Senior Attorney with the Liberty Justice Center, is with us to alert all private schools that there is money available for Covid relief – if you know where to look and ask for it. If you don't, it reverts back to the public schools.
One of the most important issues in this country is election reform. It is badly needed or dysfunction and fraud will continue to run rampant in our elections. We welcome to the program Michael O'Neill (landmarklegal.org), Assistant General Counsel for Landmark Legal Foundation. He reviews a case from Arizona involving people voting in precincts they don't live in as well as ballot harvesting, both backed by the DNC. The case is now at the Supreme Court and if this isn't overturned, it could set a dangerous precedent moving forward.
Finally this week, we look at the debate over whether online platforms should be considered publishers or editors. Political writer and author Steven Hill (steven-hill.com) joins us to explain both sides of the issue, the effects of the Facebook law in Germany and Section 230 here, and a host of other topics like algorithms, psychographic profiles, manipulated searches, and surveillance capitalism.
For eight years, we witnessed foreign policy under the Obama administration, most of which did not work. Under President Trump, we saw a new and innovative way to approach foreign policy. But now we're back to the policies that have proven to be ineffective. Joining us today is Gregg Roman (meforum.org), Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Middle East Forum. He looks at the Biden philosophy of hegemonic equilibrium – putting allies and foes on equal footing in a region – and how it has forced our allies to rely less on the U.S. and more on their friends nearby. He also points out how we are focusing on the wrong things while our geopolitical enemies are gaining strength.
Israel just held its fourth election in two years last week and the results appear to be headed toward another stalemate. Author and Middle East expert Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net) is back with us from Israel to give us the lowdown on how Israel's elections work and where this iteration could be headed. He also analyzes global geopolitics, not only regarding the United States, but also China, Iran, and Russia, and closer to the Middle East – Israel and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. He and John discuss the radical changes in policies when U.S. administrations change – something John calls the zig zag wars.
While the U.S. is swaying back and forth over what administration will occupy the White House in January, countries in the Middle East aren't waiting around. Israel-based Josh Hasten (joshhasten.com), host of the Israel Uncensored radio broadcast, joins us today to answer the question: what to do about Iran? There's a marked difference between a Trump and a Biden administration when it comes to how to handle Iran. With so-called official sources calling Biden the winner, Gulf States in the Middle East are forming alliances with Israel to fight against Iran should help not materialize from Western countries or from the UN.