June 18 - Insight Into America's Enemy Number One; "Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World"

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Part 1

We begin with a unique insight into the mind and motivations of America’s number one enemy at the moment the Islamic State. Souad Mekhennet, a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk who was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University, is a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Policy at Harvard, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. She joins us to discuss how she got access to leaders of the Islamic State and although she was unsure whether she would end up kidnapped and held hostage, she was able to interview them for her now book, just out, “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad”. We look into the reasons why young Muslims who grew up in the comfort and safety of Europe join ISIS and conduct acts of terrorism against their host countries. We will also examine the role of Wahhabi mosques and recruiters in prisons as well as Saudi Arabia itself, where much of the money and spiritual guidance for anti-Western terrorism comes from.

Part 2

Then we look further into Saudi Arabia’s petro-dollar-financed spread of their austere, reactionary and anti-Western state religion Wahhabism which they have exported around the world that has already destabilized Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bosnia and has now taken hold in the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia. We speak with Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent with The New York Times who is now a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University where he teaches international relations. We will discuss his article at the Boston Globe, “Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World” and why the U.S. continues its willful blindness towards the damage done by Saudi Arabia’s long campaign to drag the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims back to the 7th century while inspiring murder and mayhem from 9/11 to Nice, from Mumbia to Manchester.  

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