5/24 ICJ Gaza Ruling, Biden’s Political Choices, & Alito’s Fanatacism w/ Jeet Heer

May 24, 2024

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up the week in news. First, they run through updates on the ICJ’s order to halt Israel’s invasion of Rafah (and Israel’s subsequent escalation), South Carolina’s congressional maps, Ukraine aid, UC workers strikes, the powerlessness of Democratic Senators, Louisiana’s abortion pill bill, and Ohio’s presidential ballot, before parsing through Trump’s overwhelming popularity, at least according to his discussion of crowd sizes and his VP choices. Jeet Heer then joins, jumping right into the incredibly telling rhetoric around the Zionist backlash to The Hague issuing arrest warrants for various Israeli and Hamas leaders, attempting to present International Law as something exclusively for disciplining the global south, particularly in the wake of Biden’s election under the pretense of restoring the international rules-based order. Expanding on this, Heer, Sam, and Emma explore how Biden’s extreme conservatism on Israel policy has essentially meant a complete continuation of Donald Trump’s foreign policy regime in the region, with recent threats against The Hague and the World Food Project laying bare these fascist inclinations. After assessing the long-term implications of Biden’s making his extreme foreign policy the center of his reelection battle (whether he likes it or not), Jeet, Sam, and Emma wrap up by dreaming of Democratic Leadership that isn’t absolutely petrified of holding Republicans to account.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch a righteous Harvard Grad student use his commencement speech to speak out against the institutional support for Israel’s genocidal campaign, discuss the incredible pressure from the country’s zionist elite on major public, private, and federal institutions, and listen to Alan Dershowitz’s candid opinion on Jewish studies professors. They also discuss the central role Cop City continues to play in Atlanta politics, Mike Johnson’s anti-migrant fear-mongering, and dive deep into the Daily Wire’s childish ideology, plus, your calls and IMs!

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