Podcast / American Prestige / Jun 28, 2024

A Failed Coup in Bolivia, Protests in Kenya, and Assange’s Plea Deal

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

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A Failed Coup In Bolivia, Protests In Kenya, and Assange's Plea Deal | American Prestige
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On this week's American Prestige news roundup: in Palestine/Israel, a grim Save the Children report on Gaza (0:30), Netanyahu again rebuffs a ceasefire and suggests a new phase of the operation (2:41), a new court ruling on ultra-Orthodox Jews’ conscription (7:14), and Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich again pushes West Bank annexation (10:17); Lebanon is still on edge as the US—while hosting Israeli minister of defence Yoav Gallant—warns Hezbollah that it will not stop Israel from attacking (13:00); a preview of Friday’s presidential election in Iran (17:06); a disputed weapons test in the DPRK/North Korea (20:50); rumblings of an imminent coup in Burkina Faso (22:38); widespread protests break out in Kenya, leading President Ruto to back off of the controversial tax legislation (26:28); deadly attacks in Dagestan (29:47); the espionage trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich begins in Russia (32:02); a failed coup attempt in Bolivia (33:16); Kenyan police arrive in Haiti to face armed groups (36:23); and Julian Assange has reached a plea deal with the United States (38:27).

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Juan Mario Paulzen Sandy and Anibal Aguilar Gomez are escorted by policemen following their arrest, accused of being accomplices of now-dismissed army chief General Juan Jose Zuniga, after he led a military movement that attempted to seize the government palace by force in La Paz, on June 27, 2024.

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This week’s American Prestige news roundup starts as usual with Palestine/Israel: Save the Children issues a grim report on Gaza (0:30); Netanyahu again rebuffs a cease-fire and suggests a new phase of the operation (2:41); a court rules on ultra-Orthodox Jews’ conscription (7:14); and Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich again pushes West Bank annexation (10:17). Lebanon is still on edge as the US—while hosting Israeli minister of defense Yoav Gallant—warns Hezbollah that it will not stop Israel from attacking (13:00). We preview Friday’s presidential election in Iran (17:06). North Korea stages a disputed weapons test (20:50). There are rumblings of an imminent coup in Burkina Faso (22:38). Widespread protests break out in Kenya, leading President Ruto to back off of controversial tax legislation (26:28). Dagestan is the scene of deadly attacks (29:47). The espionage trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich begins in Russia (32:02). A coup attempt fails in Bolivia (33:16). Kenyan police arrive in Haiti to face armed groups (36:23). And Julian Assange has reached a plea deal with the United States (38:27).

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The Rise and Fall of the American Constitutional Model with Aziz Rana | American Prestige
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This week on American Prestige, hosts Derek Davison and Danny Bessner welcome back to the program Aziz Rana, the incoming J. Donald Monan, S.J., professor of law and government at Boston College, for a multi-part discussion about how Americans came to revere the Constitution and the worldwide implications.

In this episode, the group discusses the latest Supreme Court ruling as of the recording date (Trump v. Anderson), how America’s treatment of its constitution compares with those of other nations, the Constitution’s development in the country’s first century, debates around the document in the Civil War and Reconstruction, and more through the end of the 19th century.

You can grab a copy of the book inspiring this series, The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them.

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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.

Derek Davison

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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