The president heads to the NATO summit and the UK for some super-awkward meetings. We dig into the problems caused by weak political parties in democracies around the world, and -- Bonus! -- you get our recommendations on Ethiopian food in DC. We also troll Tony for missing this week's recording. No episode next week; Dave's on work travel. But we're back the week after. Episode 54
Episode 52: We get an update on the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The Supreme Court decided cases related to government searches of some personal records and the Muslim travel ban. And the good news is about…. Ebola?
The Secure Line begins year two! We get a deep dive into the international law on refugees and asylum in light of immigration events. Then we discuss the UN Human Rights Council, getting gaslit on the North Korea summit, and the President’s order to create a Space Force. Xander also explains why no country can own the Moon.
The President blows up the G7 meeting before heading to a backslapping good time with Kim Jung-un. And the US government is separating children from their parents when they cross the southern border, including people with legal asylum claims. This week was so nuts, the *good* news comes from Afghanistan.
The big story this week are the tariffs on steel and aluminum levied against some of America’s closest allies — and how they’re retaliating. We also cover the White House’s attempts to salvage the North Korea Summit, new data on deaths from last year’s hurricane in Puerto Rico, and what Caitlin thinks of Dinesh D’Souza.
The North Korea summit seems to fall apart, Russia gets the blame for downing a passenger jet in 2014, China gets kicked out of a big military exercise, Ebola spreads in DRC, and Jared gets his clearance. Also, some people in England got married.
The team catches up on a few things that happened since last week on Iran, the likely CIA Director, and North Korea before diving into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in 2016, events in Israel and Gaza, and the President’s remarks calling immigrants “animals.” Thankfully, we end with some fun.
A deep dive episode to make up for skipping last week. The President broke the Iran deal for no clear reason. We talk about what it means and what comes next. The Kim-Trump Summit has a date — June 12! — so we discuss approaches to the negotiation. And then the President’s CIA Director nominee sat in the hot seat this week.
The President of France Visits. The future of peacekeeping. Supreme Court arguments over the Muslim Ban. Updates to previous legal issues. And more. Mentioned in segment 2 — Foreign Policy: Peacekeepers Shouldn’t Always Be Peaceful, http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/19/peacekeepers-shouldnt-always-be-peaceful/
With the possibility of military strikes against Syria on the horizon, we look into why this problem is just so difficult. There were new sanctions levied against Russian businesses, government officials and oligarchs last week. And we end with a bit on Paul Ryan's retirement and the threats to journalism in Myanmar. Consider supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists: https://cpj.org/
We discuss the purpose and impact of tariffs on Chinese imports, the decision to send national guard troops to the border to supplement the border patrol, and the fact that the White House rarely seems to be on the same page as the rest of the administration.
For the second in our 1 on 1 interview series with the Secure Line’s regular contributors, we dig into nuclear issues, the practicalities of diplomacy, her time in the Peace Corps, and more with Secure Line regular contributor Alex Bell. This episode was recorded about 10 days ago because your Secure Line host is on an trip to South Korea to study the Korean War.
Wow, the news of this week was busy! A former Russian spy is killed with a nerve agent in the UK. Vladimir Putin does his nuclear show and tell. North Korea might want to talk. Trump wants to impose tariffs on steel. And the Holocaust Museum revokes an award they gave to Aung San Suu Kyi.
The team tackles why Cyber Command hasn’t received authority to respond to Russian hacking and wonders what Jared Kushner’s job is now that he doesn’t have a security clearance. We also talk about the legal difficulties of search warrants for “cloud” data when it’s actually on a server in a different country. And it looks like China may have a new leader for life. All that, and the final Olympic curling update of 2018.
Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians brings the investigation fully into meat space reality. Mike Pence is unprepared for handling Kim Jung Un’s sister. And no, it turns out the President didn’t ask any generals about his military transgender ban before announcing it.
The intelligence community has a warning about Russia and the 2018 elections. Security Clearances: What are they good for? And swapping foreign aid for votes at the UN. Stick around for a report on biathletes, Norwegian fashion, and dogsledding.