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Takes on the World
Host Jeff Blankfort
 Jeff Blankfort  Contact Contributor
April 26, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Blankfort begins by summarizing the French election, concluding that the combined votes of the other parties will defeat Marine Le Pen.

He then cites Kurdish press which claims the bombs in Idlib did not release sarin but chlorine which went unreported in the US and questions why Trump had the Mother of All Bombs dropped on ISIS and not the Taliban. Following that with background on the bomb and its first intended target, Saddam Hussein.

He then turns towards Korea where both Trump and Pence have been behaving like clowns, noting Trump’s announced “armada” was heading away from Korea, not towards it when he made his announcement and Pence’s hard stare northward at the DMZ to show the North Koreans America’s resolve.’

He then switches to the Palestinian prisoners hunger strike, quoting from Marwan Barghouti’s op-ed in the NY Times explaining it, followed by a report in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish press, praising an ultra-right, ultra-racist group of Israeli Jews that decided to have a public barbecue outside of Ofer prison where many Palestinians are interred with the intent to use the odor of the delicious food to taunt the Palestinians whom the author declared are demanding that the prison becomes a 5-star hotel.

Blankfort than gives some background on the newspaper, noting that it celebrated the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinians and the wounding of 125 more while they were praying at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron,

He goes from there to report on letters being sent to the new UN secretary general signed by 90 senators and over 300 members of Congress telling the UN to treat Israel more fairly, followed by a report that two ass-kissing Republican congressmen will be launching a Congressional Israel Victory Caucus tomorrow sponsored by Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum.

He then cites a Times of Israel report that former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, publicly admitted that last November, ISIS in Syria apologized to Israel after firing on Israeli troops in the Golan Heights. Blankfort points out that this is consistent with Israeli policy of treating any fighter, from any group that has been wounded in fighting against the Syrian government.

He concludes with a report on the FOIA suit by Grant Smith of IRMEP’s attempt to get the CIA to disclose how much it spent on assisting Israel in intelligence gathering between 1990 and 2015.

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