Podcast / American Prestige / May 17, 2024

Biden’s Carte Blanche for Israel, an Assassination Attempt on the Slovakian PM, and More

On this episode of American Prestige, headlines from around the globe.

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Biden's Carte Blanche for Israel, Slovakia PM Shot, Myanmar's Rohingya Conscription | American Prestige
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On this episode of American Prestige, Danny and Derek are back at “it” (the news). This week: in Gaza, a Rafah invasion update and Biden’s “red line” (0:29), more questions about Israel’s postwar plans (6:16), an update on the humanitarian situation and the American “aid pier” (11:10), and the Biden administration’s refusal to punish Israeli rights violations (15:05); Egypt-Israel tensions are escalating as Gaza continues to deteriorate (19:56); in Myanmar, a report on the forced conscription of the nation’s embattled Rohingya minority (22:49); in Sudan, the RSF has surrounded the city of El-Fasher, trapping about 2.5 million displaced civilians (25:36); the US withdrawal from Niger grinds on as the former sends a negotiating team to iron out the details (28:08); Vladimir Putin replaces defense minister Sergei Shoigu (30:34); in Ukraine, a new Russian offensive (33:34) and a visit from Antony Blinken (35:57); prime minister Robert Fico of Slovakia was shot five times in an attempted assassination (36:54); the State Department removes Cuba from a counterterrorism list only to keep it on a terrorism supporter list (38:23); a New Cold War update featuring Biden’s new tariffs on Chinese imports (40:29) and Putin visits Xi Jinping (42:23).

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Boys watch smoke billowing during Israeli strikes east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 13, 2024.

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On this episode of American Prestige, we’re back with more headlines from around the world. This week: in Gaza, a Rafah invasion update and Biden’s “red line” (0:29), more questions about Israel’s postwar plans (6:16), an update on the humanitarian situation and the American “aid pier” (11:10), and the Biden administration’s refusal to punish Israeli rights violations (15:05); escalating Egypt-Israel tensions as Gaza continues to deteriorate (19:56); a report from Myanmar on the forced conscription of the nation’s embattled Rohingya minority (22:49); the siege by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces of the city of El-Fasher, trapping about 2.5 million displaced civilians (25:36); the US withdrawal from Niger, grinding on as the former sends a negotiating team to iron out details (28:08); the replacement of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu by Vladimir Putin (30:34); a new Russian offensive in Ukraine (33:34) and a visit from Antony Blinken (35:57); the attempted assassination of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. shot five times (36:54); the State Department’s removal of Cuba from a counterterrorism list while keeping it on a list of terrorism supporters (38:23); a New Cold War update featuring Biden’s new tariffs on Chinese imports (40:29) and Putin’s visit with Xi Jinping (42:23).

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An Israeli Hostage Operation, A Victory For The European Right, And Tensions in Korea | American Prestige
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On this week's American Prestige news roundup: in Gaza, Israel carries out a hostage rescue operation, massacring more Palestinian civilians in the process (0:30), while ceasefire talks amble along (10:54); Israel also kills a Hezbollah commander in Lebanon prompting an armed response (14:32); the field is finalized for Iran’s upcoming presidential election (17:41); in Myanmar, rebels advance in Rakhine State (21:21); tensions rise between the DPRK/North Korea and South Korea (24:20); there's an update on Sudan and the situation in El Fasher (28:44); coalition talks begin in South Africa in the wake of the recent election (30:31); the Right sees wins in European Parliament elections, plus Macron tries a gambit amidst the fallout in France (35:20); the G7 meets and pledges further support for Ukraine (41:26); the US considers expanding its nuclear arsenal (44:14); and a new Pew poll finds that global support for America/Biden is declining (46:03).

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Daniel Bessner

Daniel Bessner is an historian of US foreign relations, and cohost of American Prestige, a podcast on international affairs.

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Derek Davison is a writer and analyst specializing in international affairs and US foreign policy. He is the publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter, cohost of the American Prestige podcast, and former editor of LobeLog.

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