Episode

4/16 How Covid-19 Impacts the Middle East w/ Djene Bajalan

April 16, 2020

Michael Brooks hosts Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting the Middle East and how the virus will leave its mark on geopolitics.

On today’s show: Steve Mnuchin says Americans should be able to stretch a $1200 check over 10 weeks.

Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, joins us to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting the Middle East and how the virus will leave its mark on geopolitics. How the US is using the Covid-19 crisis to intensify sanctions on Iran and how those sanctions are helping solidify support for the Iranian government, even among its critics. The effect of the pandemic on Saudi Arabia’s economy and the war in Yemen. The likely human fallout from Covid in refugee camps. How the virus could preserve the status quo in Syria. How will it affect Erdogan’s grift in Turkey?

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says Americans should be furious that mortality projections are lower than expected. Nancy Pelosi shows off her ice cream collection to James Corden. Prank caller wrecks Sebastian Gorka and his big fat head. Monday: The second wave of Cuban doctors head to Turin, Italy to combat Covid-19. Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says Venezuela is being threatened amid Covid-19 pandemic. Bernie talks with Cardi B about endorsing Biden, the state of the nation. Michigan MAGA man cries about not being able to buy paint or lawn fertilizer; woman wants to get her hair and nails done.

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