Political Incite - Episode 4 Europe and Hungary TodayPosted: September 11, 2016
Listen to my conversation with Hungarian Foreign Minister and Ambassador Geza Jeszenszky. In the early 1990s, SAIPR helped his party combat the difficulties associated with the collapse of the communist regime. His observations on the rise of nationalism in Europe today are interesting. He discussed the fine line that Hungary walks as it courts Russia’s Vladamir Putin. He also shared his views on what Brexit really meant.
Political Incite - Episode 3 Republicans No Longer the Party of the RichPosted: July 31, 2016
There was a switch. Today Democrats are the party of the rich! Mike France of the Hoover Institute shares his research about the reshuffling within the political parties here in the US. Donald Trump expanded the blue collar working class support within the Republican Party. Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton struggles to attract this same blue collar working class segment. There was a time when the Republican Party could count on college educated voters. There was also a time Democrats count on blue collar manufacturing workers. This shift in the base of each party may explain why both parties face so much internal descent today. Also See:https://next.ft.com/content/0d758a1e-8af8-11dc-95f7-0000779fd2ac Also See: http://nypost.com/2016/07/30/why-white-trash-americans-are-flocking-to-donald-trump/
Political Incite - Episode 2 - After Dayton PeacePosted: June 21, 2016
Selma Hadzihalilovic was my interpreter in Bosnia when I worked with the multi-ethnic parties in their first election against the Nationalist Serb, Muslim and Croatian parties. Selma, as a 19 year old Muslim activist during the Bosnian War, worked to set up safe houses for women who were victims of war-related sexual violence at the hands of enemy soldiers. It didn't matter the ethnicity of the women she helped relocate to these safe house in Sarajevo. One of the most moving moments in my life was when she took me to visit one of the safe houses. Her bravery and dedication has resulted in her becoming the 2016 recipient of the Clyde Snow Social Justice Award.
Political Incite - Episode 1 - Iraq/LebanonPosted: June 17, 2016
A conversation with Amr Kebbie, a Lebanese Sunni Muslim I met in Amman, Jordan when working with the Iraqi political parties to give Westerners a sense of what most Muslims think. His observations are interesting, especially to the question of why Muslim’s don’t rise up against ISIS. He discusses the lack of critical thinking in higher education in the Arab world, which inhibits them from questioning authority. Amr also had a very realistic, if not disturbing, take on what should be expected of those who grew up in war, know nothing else and then migrate to Europe.