June 23 - The General Jails Journalists then gets U.S. Aid; Who Secretly Taped the Polish Politicians?; The Pope puts a Target on his Back

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Part 1

We begin with the harsh sentencing on trumped up charges of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt who were arrested for essentially doing their jobs. An expert on the Arab media and politics, Marwan Kraidy, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania joins us to discuss the international media’s reaction to the Egyptian military’s kangaroo court’s verdicts that came down one day after Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egypt’s new leader General Sisi who apparently ignored Kerry’s pleas on behalf of freedom of the press, but nevertheless was promised a reward of $1.3 billion dollars in military aid from the U.S. taxpayer.  


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Part 2

Then we speak with Andrew Michta, a Professor of International Relations at Rhodes College and author of several books on European security and transatlantic relations, the latest of which is “The Limits of Alliance: The United States, NATO and the EU in North and Central Europe”, about the erupting political scandal in Poland following the publication of secretly-recorded private conversations among top politicians. We discuss who might have recorded the candid alcohol-fueled conversations that disparage U.S/Polish relations and examine recent charges from the former Danish Prime Minister and head of NATO that the Russian intelligence services are covertly funding European environmental NGO’s who are protesting “fracking” for natural gas.



Part 3

Then finally we look into the health of Pope Francis and the extent that his recent remarks in Calabria excommunicating members of the Mafia might put a target on his back from a criminal gang whose annual revenues are $75 billion or 3.5% of Italy’s GDP. Paul Vallely, a Professor in Public Ethics and Media at the University of Chester in the UK and author of “Pope Francis – Untying the Knots”, joins us to discuss the bold and apparently fearless new Pope who is making dangerous enemies as he fights corruption and tries to reform the Vatican.