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Betrayal and Treason – Why?

Betrayal and Treason – Why?

Pete’s old friend Manuel Rocha is in the news – but in jail as a spy for the Cubans!  Imagine the shock.  You trust someone, and wow.  Psychiatrists David Charney and Ken Dekleva help us understand the mind of the...

How Corruption Destroys Democracy

How Corruption Destroys Democracy

Ambassador Mark Schneider, former director of the Peace Corps and an expert on corruption in the Western Hemisphere unpacks the Augut election in Guatemala.  Juan José Arévalo was elected on an anti-corruption platform in a 61-39 percent win –...

A Win for Democracy in Poland!

A Win for Democracy in Poland!

The authoritarian government of Poland has just been voted out through free and fair elections.  Dan Fried, former US Ambassador to Poland and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, has met with the highest officials of both incoming and...

Dissent and Its Consequences

Dissent and Its Consequences

What do you do if you have a severe crisis of conscience over a policy that you cannot support? Do you speak up? Or do you keep your head down and do your job? If you use State’s established Dissent Channel, are you bound by its rules to keep...

Barbados Agreement – Venezuela and the US

Barbados Agreement – Venezuela and the US

Ambassador Larry Gambiner joins us to discuss a new deal in which President Maduro of Venezuela agreed to democratic reforms, including free and fair elections, in exchange for a reduction in US sanctions. But when opposition party candidate Maria...

What’s Your Exit Strategy?

What’s Your Exit Strategy?

Admiral Mike LeFever and Roderick Jones’s new book End Game First talks about collaborating with diplomats to rebuild Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake. Effective strategy means having a vision for a successful end result, no matter the...

Problems Without Passports

Problems Without Passports

Says Richard Verma, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, his job is to help create “the most effective, capable, inclusive, diverse department so that we can deliver for the American people,” and so that we can...

Permanent Rage: Palestine and Israel

Permanent Rage: Palestine and Israel

The atrocities are breathtaking.  But once Israel starts picking up the bodies in the smoking rubble of whatever is left of Gaza, then what?  Will Gaza return to Israeli occupation?  Will there be some form of UN occupation?  The...

Senñor Menendez Goes to Washington

Senñor Menendez Goes to Washington

How did Robert Menendez fall so hard?  A suspected foreign agent?  Hiding gold bullion?  Pete and John Feeley knew a different man decades ago.  A champion of Latinos in government at the start, a nasty, vindictive, corrupt...

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