4/2 IDF Bombs World Central Kitchen; State Dept Official Resigns Over Gaza w/ Annelle Sheline

April 2, 2024

It’s an EmMajority Report TUESDAY! Sam is out in Las Vegas for the Mass Torts Conference, so Emma is filling in! She speaks with Annelle Sheline, a former staffer with President Biden’s State Department, to discuss the reasoning behind why she left her post, namely the Biden administration’s efforts to continue to supply military assistance to the Israeli military’s offensive in Gaza. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s murder of World Central Kitchen and expanding fascist effort, major headlines for today’s primaries, Florida’s abortion ban, RFK’s ballot access, Mike Johnson’s Ukraine Aid, and far-right legal battles, before expanding on the details of Israel’s slaughter of WCK workers. Anelle Sheline then joins, diving right into the context for her resignation in protest from Biden’s State Department, exploring her work on Yemen that preceded joining the government, and the continuing human rights work she participated in over the first year of her contract with the government. After parsing through the major factor – Biden’s continuing support for Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza – for her resignation, Sheline parses through some of the greater (albeit immaterial) dissent within the Biden government, including a State Department that is well-prepared to begin enforcing the human rights and arm-sales policies that the US is currently circumventing to support Israel’s war, also touching on why the electoral pressure of the “uncommitted” vote is having the biggest sway on Biden in terms of dissent. Next, Anelle walks Emma through the greater implications of Biden’s support for apartheid on a global scale, including how it plays into the US’ already degrading status on the international stage following the Iraq War and Donald Trump, and Israel’s continuing insistence on expanding the conflict throughout the Middle East, before wrapping up by touching on the role of the Abraham Accords in pushing this conflict, and the overwhelming domestic dissent facing Israel’s occupation (despite warming relations with some regimes). Emma also parses through the various “uncommitted” movements in today’s democratic primaries, and Wisconsin’s ballot initiatives.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Owen from LA about the lack of coverage around bubbling dissent over relations with Israel in both Jordan and Egypt, as well as Turkey’s recent elections, before diving into coverage of Israel’s continuing slaughter of aid and healthcare workers in Gaza. Donald Trump dissects the aesthetic problems of genocide, Moody from Minneapolis expands on the horrors of the US’ elimination of UNRWA funding, and Charlie Kirk has a predictable problem with Larry David. Dave Rubin carefully asks Ben Shapiro about Candace Owens, plus, your calls and IMs!

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