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John’s boralogue kicks off the program with a Middle East intelligence summary which leads right into our first guest.
Much has been made of the recent negotiations with Iran about its nuclear weapons aspirations but, surprise surprise, it seems Iran is plowing ahead with its nuclear program regardless of discussions. Dr. Andrew Bostom (www.andrewbostom.org/blog) is author of Iran’s final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran.
Much happening in the skies during the next week, including a blood moon total lunar eclipse on Passover. Listeners have asked us to revisit the tetrad of (four) blood moons in 2015 and 2015, so Pastor Mark Biltz (www.elshaddaiministies.us) rejoins the show for a discussion of his book Blood Moons.
Do businesses have moral obligations and/or rights and how well will Christians deal with new healthcare mandates that may go contrary to their religious belief systems? We’ll examine that issue in a conversation with Dr. Joseph Capizzi, author of A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching.
Finally, a key issue in the healthcare debate involves the right of women to have various types of contraceptives which may be abortifacient provided under healthcare plans. Similar to physical abortion, these drugs can significantly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Karen Malec from the Coalition on Abortion and Breast Cancer (www.abortionbreastcancer.com) joins us.
We’ll spend the program today examining geopolitical issues and finding perspectives you might not have obtained elsewhere.
Quite frequently our politicians are busy running around the world in pursuit of negotiations with rogue regimes or difficult situations. The Iranian situation, the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process, Syria, and the Crimea are key examples. Why do we so often engage in such failing talks and are they ever successful? Michael Rubin (www.aei.org) is author of Dancing with the Devil, the Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.
Amid the fury of debate rotating in western media around Russia’s Crimean goals, it might be interesting to know how the Russian people view the same geopolitical questions. This subject is especially important when events are place in an historic setting. Jennifer Eremeeva (www.russialite.com) has lived in Russia for the last two decades and she joins the program from Moscow for a spirited conversation on today’s Russia plus a review of the historic events which have led that country to where it is today.
John’s boralogue describes how Germany’s foolish pursuit of knee-jerk environmentalism, based on politically-correct and questionable ideas, can make one’s country extremely vulnerable geopolitics.
140013 03/29/2014 The Collision of Rights Plays Out in the Supreme Court
This week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the Hobby Lobby case regarding Department of Health and Human Services requirements that abortifacient contraception be covered by healthcare plans provided by Christian businesses to their employees. Attorney Erin Mersino is the Thomas More Law Center (www.thomasmore.org) Senior Trial Counsel who attended arguments this week.
Then on to a spirited conversation with Benjamin Ryberg from the Lawfare Project (www.thelawfareproject.org) to see how well freedom of speech is doing in its battle with political correctness.
Finally, it’s time to re-examine why hard questions must be asked about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (questions the media were reluctant to tackle), especially given the international terrorism situation. Jeffrey Lord (www.spectator.org) joins us.
In the light of recent claims during congressional hearings that preservation of our rights should be based on trust of bureaucrats to execute a “balance” between rights and security, John’s boralogue demonstrates why the protection of rights can’t be based on trust but rather on firm restraints placed on authority.
Amid much speculation about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the tragedy for family members of the passengers, John’s boralogue analyzes the hard truth about the potential of using a hijacked airliner for transporting an EMP device or other WMD device.
Then we’ll move to an interview with airline pilot Keith Thompson, who has spent many years piloting Boeing aircraft across the Atlantic. How exactly is such a journey accomplished safely, and how does air traffic control (ATC) keep informed of the plane’s position and activities?
In the midst of geopolitical tensions, it seemed like a small story this week, but it might have huge consequences. President Obama announced the U.S. would be giving giving up control over certain operations on the internet to international bodies. What might the long-term implications be, especially in the area of censorship and net equality? Journalist James Simpson (www.examiner.com) returns to the program.
The security situation throughout Latin America is rapidly deteriorating, which means the security of the United States is changing as well, especially dealing with narco-traffickers and terrorists. Dr. Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., (www.postchavez.com) is author of Latin America in the Post-Chávez Era.
For a long time the subject of things “New Age” was in great vogue. A lot of books were issues on the subject. So was it just a passing fad or did all of those ideas originating in Eastern mysticism and the occult go somewhere? Yes they did: Into mainstream thinking and into Christianity. Let’s find out how and where.
Today’s round table participants are Caryl Matrisciana (www.caryltv.com), author of “Wide is the Gate,” Warren Smith (www.warrenbsmith.com), author of “Another Jesus Calling“, and Sarah Leslie (www.herescope.net) host of the Herescope Blog.
The media have been swamped with reporting from the Ukraine and the latest crisis, but much of it seemed to lack insight. John’s extended boralogue attempts to isolate the geopolitical issues revolving around Russia’s intrusion into that country.
Then we’ll examine, of all places, ongoing violence in the Sudan and South Sudan. Why in the midst of everything is this important? Because the United States pushed the creation of South Sudan but has turned its back now that its attention has been drawn elsewhere. The parallels to the rhetoric of the Israel/Palestine peace process are obvious, especially when “international guarantees” are brought into the mix. Seems countries get busy and don’t want to enforce their guarantees. Simon Deng guests.
Then we’ll do the last of a thread on bitcoins, examining how they are subject to criminal activity. Peter Leeds (www.peterleeds.com), is author of Penny Stocks for Dummies in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Finally an interesting showdown seems to be developing between conservative Catholics, but it has yet to break the public surface. Professor Patrick Deneen from Notre Dame University guests.