February 14 - Israeli Police Recommend a Criminal Indictment of Prime Minister Netanyahu; South Africa's Corrupt President Steps Down; The Wall Street Takeover of the White House

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We begin with the corruption scandal in Israel that has ensnared Prime Minister Netanyahu who Israeli police say there is enough evidence against in two corruption cases to recommend his indictment Robert Malley, the President and CEO of the International Crisis Group who was the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa in the Obama Administration joins us to discuss whether Netanyahu will weather the storm of scandal and end up being Israel’s longest serving Prime Minister. We will also look into the possibility of an uprising in Gaza as Israel turns the screws punishing its beleaguered inhabitants who are the victims of an intra-Palestinian power struggle, caught between the fanaticism of Hamas and the corruption of Fatah.  And we’ll explore the suggestion by Secretary of State Tillerson that the Trump Administration has a plan in the works that won’t be so lopsided as their lavishly pro-Israel stance so far would suggest, and that the U.S. might demand some concessions from Israel in a deal with the Palestinians in exchange for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

 

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Part 2

Then we examine the resignation of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma who stepped down today after eight years in power, the last years of which found him mired in a series of corruption scandals that finally cost him the support of his ruling African National Congress party. Katherine Newman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts System and the author of “After Freedom: the Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa” joins us to assess what might follow Zuma’s spectacular fall from grace.

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Part 3

 
Then finally, with Donald Trump reversing his populist election campaign message of draining the Wall Street swamp and making hedge fund billionaires pay the same tax rate as their secretaries do, we speak with Sheelah Kolhatkar, the author of “Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street”. Now that Trump is surrounded by former Goldman Sachs executives and is giving away the store to Wall Street, we follow the tale of insider trading and the downfall of a disgraced hedge fund titan who is now back in business.  
 
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