Ep. 7 – Let’s Talk Lebanon! Interview with Thani Abuhamad

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.

Ep. 6 – Congress Virtue Signals, UNHRC vs Saudi Arabia, ISIS Falling

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

US House Overwhelmingly Backs Resolution Condemning Antisemitism (and about 50 more things except bigotry against Christians)

Lauri Cardoza Moore Claims Ilhan Omar May Have Ties to Muslim Brotherhood

Fall of ISIS

Heads Bowed to the Ground, Suspected ISIS Members Surrender

US-Backed Forces are Holding 2,000 Suspected ISIS Fighters in Syria

UNHRC Condemns Saudi Arabia

EU, Canada, Australia issue rare rebuke against Saudi Arabia at UN rights forum

Media Claims Facts About Kashoggi’s Terror Ties Are “CONSPIRACY THEORIES”

The 2 State Solution

The 2 State Solution in Israel Will Not Work

Palestinian Authority Antisemitism

Holocaust explained by Fatah: Jews deserved to be killed because of “who they are”

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

Ep. 5 – Netanyahu Indicted, ISIS Holds on, Biased UN Report, and Kushner Speaks

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

BREAKING: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Indicted on Three Counts of Bribery and Corruption: Here’s What we Know

Alan Dershowitz Publishes Open Letter to AG Defending Netanyahu

Mass Grave Found in Last Islamic State Bastion: SDF

ISIS May Plan Multi-million Dollar Revenge on the West (video + transcript)

Egypt’s President Sisi: Should the Jews Return We’ll Build Synagogues

United Nations Report Accuses Israel of Firing on Civilians

UNHRC Current Membership

Voice of the Martyrs list of Hostile and Restricted Countries (17 of which are UNHRC members)

UN Declaration of Human Rights

New Members – UN Human Rights Council Goes from Bad to Worse

Kushner Speaks About Peace Plan, Fuels Election Battles on the Right

Analysis: Trump Walking Away from N. Korea Increases Pressure on Iran

Israeli Control of the Golan Heights Gains Steam in the Senate

Quote of the Week:

“Diplomacy is War Without Violence.” -Benjamin Disraeli, Former UK Prime Minister

Ep. 4 – ISIS Down to one Village, the PA Feels Pinch of Pay to Slay, Antisemitism Hits France, Israeli Moon Lander In Orbit

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:

U.S. to leave 200 American peacekeepers in Syria after pullout

India reiterates plan to stop sharing water with Pakistan

Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, warns Emmanuel Macron

PA to cut civil servant salaries after Israeli tax freeze over terror stipends

After marathon talks Gantz, Lapid forge alliance in challenge to Netanyahu

Indict the ‘ISIS Bride’

Nearly 100 French Jewish gravestones vandalized with swastikas on day of marches against anti-Semitism

IDF: Gaza children being promised NIS 300 ($83) if injured at border protests

Israeli Moon Lander Launches Successfully from Cape Canaveral

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

What MidEast News Brief is About

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)

Ep. 3 – The Peace Plan is Coming, ISIS on the Brink, and Iran is Still Terrible

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:

Kushner: Israeli Peace Plan to Be Unveiled After Knesset Elections in April

Gulf States Commend Kushner’s Peace Effort

Netanyahu in Warsaw says Poles had Cooperation with Germans in Holocaust

Abbas Embarks on Trip to Wage Battle On Trump’s Deal of the Century

Yuli Edelstein Says a Palestinian State is not on the Agenda

US-Backed Forces Push to Capture Islamic State’s Last Territory in Syria

Pope Francis and Leading Imam Sign Covenant Pushing us Toward One World Religion

Iran’s Top Cleric Says Regime has the Formula to Create a Nuke

Netanyahu: Warsaw Sumit Unites Many Countries Against Iran’s Goals

Pence Rips Europe for Helping Iran Skirt US Sanctions