Jan 25, 2020

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Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

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In literature, narratives are often fiction. In both the mainstream media and politics, narratives exhibit the same fictitious nature. In this week’s boralogue, John gives several examples of how the media and politicos have failed to tell the truth lately, including with the gun rights rally in Virginia, with anthropogenic global warming, and with Attorney General William Barr. It turns out you can make this stuff up – and it shows us their true intentions.

Manda ErvinIran is a hot topic in the news but one aspect not covered by the media is how women have been treated there. Manda Zand Ervin (www.allianceofiranianwomen.org), Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women, joins us to recount how Iranian women, who were being oppressed by the mullahs, established a secret underground network in order to survive. Much of this information can be found in her new book, The Ladies’ Secret Society of Iran.

It’s time for a Middle East geopolitical update so we welcome an expert on the subject, Seth Frantzman (www.sethfrantzman.com), Middle East Affairs Analyst at the Jerusalem Post. He examines a deal between Turkey and Russia to partition Libya, an oil pipeline from the region to Eastern Europe, and the interactions between Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.

John and Producer Steve spend a few moments dissecting an opinion piece from the Harvard Law Review that advocates for end-running the Constitution in an attempt to add amendments that would not only give permanent legislative power to liberals but would also ultimately endanger the Republic itself.

John finishes out the show this week with a news story roundup, relating stories from around the world. Included are the impending Brexit, a disastrous new economic plan in Spain, trouble in China regarding the Catholic Church, and several examples of Christian persecution.

John’s quote of the week:
If the people cannot operate on the basis of their conscience and their convicted values and beliefs, what will act as a judge upon the government when the government itself goes corrupt? And governments, believe me, will go corrupt.

On this week’s extra segment, it’s a quadruple feature as we play four interviews from 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Iraqi Christian Relief Council President Juliana Taimoorazy. She recounts the problems and tragedies involving Christians in Iraq from ISIS’s persecution to their troubles with the UN regarding refugee status. With Iraq in the news lately, it’s important to remember those who are suffering for their faith there (and around the world).

 

01/25/2020 Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – Boralogue – Media Bias (2:12)
2 – Manda Zand Ervin – History of Women in Iran (13:29)
3 – Manda Zand Ervin – Current Climate of Iran (26:24)
4 – John Loeffler – Iran’s Treatment of Homosexuals (39:16)
      Seth Frantzman – Middle East Geopolitics: Turkey, Israel, Libya, Russia (40:33)
5 – John & Producer Steve – End-Running the Constitution (52:10)
6 – John Loeffler – Several News Stories from Around the World (1:05:33)
7 – Extras Segment – Four Interviews from Juliana Taimoorazy: 2014-2016 (1:18:27)

      End of Show (1:48:57)

 

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Feb 23, 2019

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Greater Clarity

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Lack of journalistic standards has shown a light on a bigger problem: intersectionality. In this week’s boralogue, John looks at how the clanging and banging of intersectionality and its attempted adherence to social justice has left real people, like the Covington High School kids, in its wake. Intersectionality and its media acolytes are pointing to the self-destructing foundation of a dying belief system.

Globalism has been on a steady rise for decades, but how has it become popular? Researcher and author Carl Teichrib (www.gameofgods.ca) describes how dynamic speakers tell us we all need to work together, eschewing sovereignty, to save the planet, all while disguising a hatred for Christianity and a love of paganism.

John takes a moment to dissect a speech given by Walter Cronkite in 1999 upon accepting a global governance award. Cronkite advocated for more global rule and less sovereignty. John notes that ousting sovereignty will never fly with many countries so the idea of global governance would never work. That, it seems, is the way it is.

It’s a unique time in the Middle East as several events and issues are coming together. Seth Frantzman (www.jpost.com), Op-Ed Editor for the Jerusalem Post gives us an on the ground perspective from Israel, examining the generational change in leadership of several Middle East nations, how Israel is faring, and the formation of unlikely alliances.

John and Steve wrap up the program this week discussing the epidemic of false assault claims, the media’s response to them, and President Trump’s emergency declaration in regards to border security and the wall.

John’s quote of the week:
“When we go through these three stages – traditional, transitional, and transformational – the middle stage which we are in right now is a big blurry. It’s very hard for people to tell what’s happening, where they’ve come from, and where they’re going. And they don’t realize that major changes are underway.”

In this week’s Extras segment, John is still under the weather so we are charging up the way back machine again and playing an interview from 2014 with Os Guinness. He and John discuss Christianity and how it always provides answers, even during times of trouble, and has always proved wrong those who think it dead.

 

02/23/2019 Greater Clarity

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – John’s Boralogue – Destruction from Intersectionality (1:59)
2 – Carl Teichrib – Sense of Self Behind Global Governance (13:29)
3 – Carl Teichrib – Globalism Hostile to Christianity (26:23)
4 – Carl Teichrib – Beware the Spiritual Aspect of Globalism (39:46)
       John Loeffler – Walter Cronkite Speech on Globalism (43:50)
5 – Seth Frantzman – Middle East Update (52:40)
6 – John and Producer Steve – The Cost of False Attacks (1:06:03)
7 – Extras Segment – Os Guinness Interview from 2014 on Christianity (1:18:57)

       End of Show (1:44:23)

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Follow us on Twitter @steelonsteelpro as well as the Steel on Steel Facebook page and remember to join our dedicated Facebook group Praying for Persecuted Christians for the latest information concerning persecuted Christians around the world. Don’t forget to stop by our YouTube channel as well for our latest videos.

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