Today we’re talking Lebanon! The government, the effects of the Syrian civil war, what God is doing to reach the people of this often overlooked state and much more. This week’s episode is a fascinating interview with full-time missionary to Lebanon, Thani Abuhamad.
The US House passes an anti-discriminatory resolution to protect everyone but Christians, ISIS is pretty much done, the UNHRC actually stopped their Israel hating for five seconds to condemn an actual human rights abuser for the first time, and we of course talk the peace plan. All of this and more on this week’s MidEast News Brief.
Articles referenced in this week’s podcast:
Antisemitism in Congress
Fall of ISIS
UNHRC Condemns Saudi Arabia
The 2 State Solution
Palestinian Authority Antisemitism
Quote of the Week
“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” -Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on three counts, Alan Dershowitz disagrees. ISIS barely holds on, Kushner actually says something about his peace plan, and a UN report just shockingly accuses Israel of war crimes. All of this and more on this week’s MidEast News Brief.
Articles referenced in this week’s podcast
ISIS May Plan Multi-million Dollar Revenge on the West (video + transcript)
Voice of the Martyrs list of Hostile and Restricted Countries (17 of which are UNHRC members)
Quote of the Week:
“Diplomacy is War Without Violence.” -Benjamin Disraeli, Former UK Prime Minister
ISIS is down to one small village, the PA is feeling the pinch of its pay-to-slay policy, antisemitism hits France, and a super cool looking Israeli Moon Lander launches successfully from Cape Canaveral. All of this and more on this week’s edition of MidEast News Brief.
Articles discussed on today’s broadcast:
Quote of the Week:
“We consistently use the term Zionist as a dirty word, as if supporting the liberation and self-determination of a historically oppressed minority in its homeland is something to be ashamed of.” – Caroline Glick Speech before the Zionist Organization of America
>>> http://carolineglick.com/speech-for-the-zionist-organization-of-america/ – Minute 3:00
So I’ve had the idea for a site focused on the ME incubating for years, and while it’s pretty different from my original intent (a Drudge-style Middle East news aggregator) I’m pretty excited to move forward with what I think will be a learning experience for me as well as anyone else interested in coming along for the ride.
Keeping up with events related to the Israeli-Arab conflict, the terrorist proxies in the region, and bad geopolitical actors such as Iran is not for the faint of heart. In all honesty, I can confess for me, someone who is pursuing a masters in Middle Eastern studies, reading about the Middle East rarely leaves me in a state of ataraxy. It’s rather a hodgepodge of fascination, despair, hopelessness, and hope, in a region as seemingly dark as obsidian and yet, at times throughout history, humanity witnesses the heavens split and the most mesmerizing, ethereal crepuscular ray shines down and enlightens its inhabitants.
Such fusillades of light, however, are rare.
War, death, oppression, and poverty are just a few of the unsightly characteristics plaguing Middle East reality. It’s a daily read, especially in the age of the seemingly unending Syrian Civil War, and an overview of the daily history of the region (aka “news”) is never a walk through DC during Cherry Blossom season.
So why this site, and why a Middle East podcast? For one, it’s mainly a vehicle for my own personal enrichment and education as I journey toward further expertise in the subject, and this medium is an effective and convenient way to interact with the nitty-gritty of the regular happenings in the region. Second, I love to do radio/broadcasting, and what better subject to podcast on than what you are learning about growing as an expert in?
So, who am I? My name is Winston R. Holland and I’m a Christian, husband, father, small-business owner, and student who loves to learn, grow, and communicate the information and ideas I’m learning and growing in. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy in Middle Eastern Studies from Liberty University with a view toward some type of engagement in the public discourse in the future. What will that look like? That’s a GREAT question.
Thank you for being here, and feel free to get in touch with me any time at mideastnewsbrief AT g mail.
(This site is undergoing mega construction and there is still much to do. I will let everyone know when the updated site will be live as soon as possible)
This week on MidEast News Brief we spend half the show on Israeli-Palestinian issues, specifically in relation to the Kushner peace plan. It looks like ISIS is ever closer to their impending doom, the Pope and Sunni Islam’s rockstar Imam rendezvous in Abu Dhabi, and Iran has the formula for a nuke! This and more on today’s show.
Links to the articles discussed on today’s show: