421 | NATO’s concern with a second Trump Presidency

Former US President Donald Trump, who’s running for another term said recently he wouldn’t help NATO countries that were attacked by Russia if they were not contributing 2% of their GDP to their own defense programs. Kurt Volker, former US Ambassador to NATO and Kristjan Prikk, Estonia’s Ambassador to the US, discuss the impact of Trump’s statement and the reality of life as a member of NATO.
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420 | U.S. officials deeply concerned about Chinese cyber threat

Andrew Scott, Associate Director for Chinese Operations at CISA indicates that this is a wide-ranging and very sophisticated threat. If successful, it would give the Chinese government complete control over critical US infrastructure whenever they want it.
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417 | Plane allegedly shot down carrying 65 Ukrainian POWs

Ambassador Kurt Volker, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, discusses the murky situation regarding a plane crash on January 24, 2024. Moscow claims Ukraine shot it down and that there were 65 Ukrainian POWs aboard. Ukraine says Moscow is playing with the lives of Ukrainians.
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415 | The “Christmas Eve Call” from Paul Whelan

Paul Whelan, who’s been imprisoned in Russia, wrongfully for 5 years called me on Christmas Eve, with a message for President Biden. You’ll hear our conversation and his deep concerns on this episode. You’ll also hear Ambassador Roger D. Carstens, the US Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs, discuss his team’s efforts to free Whelan and fellow American Evan Gershkovich.
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414 | Chaos in the Middle East grows

The assassination of a Hamas leader in Beirut and a terror attack in Iran have triggered fears of an explosion of attacks throughout the region. Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Sr. Director at the Counter-Extremism Project says the attack in Iran is unprecedented. Fred Burton, Executive Director of Protective Intelligence at Ontic says the killing of Saleh Arouri could lead to a wave of retaliation, directed at Israel.
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413 | Hamas allegedly planning a wave of terror attacks in Europe

Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Senior Director of the Counter Extremism Project, says the foiled Hamas plot in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands recently, was likely started well before the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel.
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