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Each week, we focus on one of the major international stories making headlines, drawing upon the Financial Times's team of foreign correspondents and analysts to make sense of world events. Presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Hannah Murphy.

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Each week, we focus on one of the major international stories making headlines, drawing upon the Financial Times's team of foreign correspondents and analysts to make sense of world events. Presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Hannah Murphy.

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63 Ratings
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5
5

Bring it back

By lkavinsky - Oct 22 2019
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Bring this podcast back. It was one of my favorites

Excellent Summary of News

By Beavis3600 - Oct 08 2011
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Brief podcast that covers only a few topics, but is more intelligent and useful than network news.

iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
16
3
5
5

Bring it back

By lkavinsky - Oct 22 2019
Read more
Bring this podcast back. It was one of my favorites

Excellent Summary of News

By Beavis3600 - Oct 08 2011
Read more
Brief podcast that covers only a few topics, but is more intelligent and useful than network news.
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FT World Weekly

Latest release on Sep 26, 2019

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Each week, we focus on one of the major international stories making headlines, drawing upon the Financial Times's team of foreign correspondents and analysts to make sense of world events. Presented by Gideon Rachman and produced by Hannah Murphy.

Rank #1: The fate of the euro

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With economic growth reviving in the eurozone, is the euro crisis now over, or is this just a lull before another euro storm? Gideon Rachman puts the question to Claire Jones, FT correspondent in Frankfurt, and Martin Sandbu, economics commentator. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 09 2017

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Rank #2: The EU's trade conundrum

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Wallonia, a Belgian region, has rejected the proposed Ceta trade deal with Canada, all but torpedoing the agreement for good. What does this mean for the EU's trade liberalisation agenda, transatlantic trade and the UK's Brexit negotiations? The FT's world news editor Ben Hall speaks with Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker and our diplomatic correspondent, Arthur Beesley.
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Oct 26 2016

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Rank #3: Venezuela in crisis

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Venezuela has become trapped in a downward spiral of economic decline, social turmoil and political unrest. Gideon Rachman discusses the worsening situation with Latin America editor John Paul Rathbone and Andes correspondent Gideon Long. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 19 2017

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Rank #4: Iran-Israel tensions rise

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Tensions have been building between Israel, Iran and Hizbollah, Iran's Lebanese ally, over Israel's concerns that its regional foes are looking to exploit the conflict in Syria to build weapons caches and bases close to the Israeli border. Gideon Rachman discusses the recent skirmishes and the risk of further escalation with Mehul Srivastava and Andrew England.

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #5: Populism and politics in Europe

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The FT's deputy editor Roula Khalaf chairs a panel discussion on the rise of the right in Europe, with the FT's Gideon Rachman and Simon Kuper and with Catherine Fieschi, a political consultant and longtime observer of the far right in France. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 21 2017

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Rank #6: The blockade of super rich Gulf state Qatar

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Gideon Rachman discusses what's behind the siege of super rich Gulf state Qatar by its neighbours Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the FT's Simeon Kerr and Erika Solomon For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 08 2017

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Rank #7: Where does Huawei affair leave the US-China trade dispute?

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What impact will the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzho in Canada have on the trade negotiations between the US and China? Gideon Rachman discusses the repercussions with Demetri Sevastopulo Geoff Dyer.

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Dec 12 2018

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Rank #8: Macron close to victory in French presidential poll

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Polls predict an easy victory for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of France's presidential elections, but a lot can happen in the final two weeks of campaigning. Gideon Rachman discusses the independent centrist and his prospects with the FT's Tony Barber and Michael Stothard For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 26 2017

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Rank #9: Netanyahu under fire

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Benjamin Netanyahu should be feeling on top of the world after a high profile visit to the White House last month. But at home, the Israeli prime minister faces three police investigations that are testing his reputation for political invincibility. Gideon Rachman discusses what this could mean for Israel with the FT's Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed and FT International affairs editor David Gardner. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 10 2017

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Rank #10: Iranians count the cost of renewed sanctions

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Gideon Rachman discusses the impact on Iran's economic and political stability of the US decision to reimpose sanctions, with the FT's Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Andrew England

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Aug 10 2018

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Rank #11: Hong Kong's democracy debate

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This week, Gideon Rachman talks to two leading pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong about the city's "one country, two systems" agreement with China. Both Joshua Wong, 20, and Nathan Law, 23, played prominent roles in the Umbrella Movement in 2014 that took to streets to demand democratic elections for Hong Kong chief executive in 2014. Mr Law is the youngest elected member of the Hong Kong legislative council to date - but could be disbarred from office for his views. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 15 2017

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Rank #12: Brexit drives a wedge between the UK and Ireland

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Disagreement over the future of the Northern Irish border after Brexit has strained Anglo-Irish relations. As the UK's negotiations with the EU approach a crucial stage, could Dublin derail the British government's pursuit of a Brexit deal?

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Nov 29 2017

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Rank #13: Trade, Trump and Brexit

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This week, UK prime minister Theresa May laid out her plans for a 'hard' Brexit, as US president-elect Donald Trump expressed doubts about the EU's future and promised a 'quick' US-UK trade deal. How feasible would such a deal be? And is the west retreating from a free trade model that has taken decades to roll out? Daniel Dombey, the FT's Brexit editor, discusses with Brussels bureau chief Alex Barker and FT world trade editor Shawn Donnan. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 18 2017

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Rank #14: Yemen's unending torment

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The long-running war in Yemen has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis and the killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the influential former president, this week curtailed a fledgling effort to reach a negotiated solution. Gideon Rachman discusses why the conflict has proved so protracted with the FT's Simeon Kerr and Andrew England. 

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Dec 06 2017

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Rank #15: Syrian battle risks international conflict

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As rival forces scramble to recapture Isis territory in Syria and Iraq, the likelihood of international confrontation escalates. Gideon Rachman discusses the growing tensions in the region with the FT's Middle east commentator David Gardner and Geoff Dyer, former Washington correspondent For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 23 2017

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Rank #16: Europe faces twin threats from Putin and Orban

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Gideon Rachman discusses the growing confrontation between Russia and the west, and the re-election of Hungary's Viktor Orban, a populist leader who represents a challenge to the traditional values of the European Union, with the FT's Neil Buckley and Alex Barker

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Apr 12 2018

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Rank #17: Bolsonaro's first six months

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, took office six months ago with a pledge to fight crime, revive economic growth and open the Amazon to development. Gideon Rachman discusses what he has achieved so far with Andres Schipani and Michael Stott.

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May 30 2019

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Rank #18: What kind of president will López Obrador make?

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Ben Hall discusses how Mexico's new leftist president will make good on his pledge to assist the poor, while keeping within budget. He has promised to slash fat-cat bureaucratic salaries and to crack down on corruption. But will that be enough?

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Jul 05 2018

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Rank #19: Trump troubles escalate over son's Russia meeting

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Revelations of a hitherto secret meeting between Donald Trump's son and a Russian lawyer allegedly connected to the Kremlin have revived the scandal about Russian involvement in the US presidential election. Gideon Rachman discusses the latest twists with Courtney Weaver and Max Seddon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 12 2017

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Rank #20: The European Union's new leadership team

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Gideon Rachman discusses the fraught process of selecting a new leadership team in Europe and the impact these choices will have on integration, Eastern Europe and the Brexit negotiations, with Jim Brunsden and Ben Hall

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Jul 05 2019

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New podcast: The Rachman Review

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In this new podcast exclusively for FT subscribers, Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist, takes you with him on his travels, as he meets the decision-makers and thinkers who are shaping world affairs. Here's a taste of what to expect in our first episode, in which Gideon goes to Moscow to interview Fyodor Lukyanov, a journalist considered close to the Kremlin, about Putin's Russia. Find out how to subscribe to the new show here

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Sep 26 2019

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Hong Kong protests: what happens next?

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In this special episode from Hong Kong, Gideon Rachman talks to Regina Ip, a member of the territory's Executive Council and Legislative Council, and to student activist Joshua Wong about the continuing protests and what happens next.

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Aug 01 2019

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Britain's tanker dispute with Iran

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What are the factors Britain and its allies need to consider as they weigh their response to Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz? Barney Jopson discusses the difficult waters Iran and the west must navigate to avoid a further escalation with Andrew England and Najmeh Bozorgmehr

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Jul 25 2019

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South Africa graft inquiry exposes ANC divisions

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The judicial inquiry into alleged graft under the presidency of Jacob Zuma is laying bare the divisions of the ruling ANC. Gideon Rachman discusses Mr Zuma's testimony with Joseph Cotterill in Johannesburg and David Pilling, Africa editor.

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Jul 17 2019

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What envoy's downfall tells us about UK-US relations

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Gideon Rachman discusses the crisis in Britain's relations with the US following the unscheduled departure of Kim Darroch as ambassador to Washington, with Ed Luce and Geoff Dyer.

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Jul 12 2019

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The European Union's new leadership team

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Gideon Rachman discusses the fraught process of selecting a new leadership team in Europe and the impact these choices will have on integration, Eastern Europe and the Brexit negotiations, with Jim Brunsden and Ben Hall

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Jul 05 2019

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What to expect from this year's G20 summit

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Martin Sandbu discusses the prospects that leaders attending this year's G20 summit in Osaka will be able to patch up their differences on trade and climate with Chris Giles and Leslie Hook.

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Jun 26 2019

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Europe's Balkan dilemma

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EU foreign ministers this week postponed a decision on whether to open membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia until October, prompting a warning from the two countries' leaders that the delay could strengthen the hand of nationalist forces. Gideon Rachmans discusses the EU's dilemma on the Balkans with Ben Hall and Valerie Hopkins.

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Jun 19 2019

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Hong Kong erupts over China extradition bill

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Protesters fought pitched battles with police in central Hong Kong in an eruption of public anger against an extradition bill that critics see as a fundamental threat to the territory’s civic freedoms and rule of law. Gideon Rachman discusses the protests and the government's harsh response with James Kynge and Sue-Lin Wong

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Jun 12 2019

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Trump's Mexico tariff threat

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The US has threatened to impose levies of 5 per cent starting on June 10 on all Mexican products unless Mexico takes action to contain migration, increasing to 25 per cent by October if there is no progress. Gideon Rachman discusses the impact of this move on Mexico and on global trade with Jude Webber and Alan Beattie.

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Jun 06 2019

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Bolsonaro's first six months

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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, took office six months ago with a pledge to fight crime, revive economic growth and open the Amazon to development. Gideon Rachman discusses what he has achieved so far with Andres Schipani and Michael Stott.

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May 30 2019

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Austria's ruling coalition falls apart

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Sebastian Kurz’s ruling coalition has been blown apart after an incriminating video was published in which Heinz Christian Strache, former vice-chancellor and far-right Freedom party leader, was seen promising lucrative government contracts in exchange for political patronage. Gideon Rachman discusses the fallout for Mr Kurz and for far-right parties across Europe with Ben Hall and Sam Jones.

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May 23 2019

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The fraying transatlantic alliance

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Anne Sylvaine-Chassany discusses the sharp deterioration in relations between Europe and the US against the backdrop of growing tensions in the Middle East with Guy Chazan in Berlin and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington.

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May 16 2019

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Istanbul mayoral vote puts Turkish democracy to the test

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The decision to order a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election which an opposition candidate won by a small margin is testing the faith of those who believe Turkish democracy can survive under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Barney Jopson discusses the ramifications with Ayla Jean Yackley and Daniel Dombey.

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May 09 2019

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Tarnished ANC seeks re-election in South Africa

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The ruling African National Congress is expected to fend off all challenges in South Africa's forthcoming elections - the country's sixth since the end of apartheid. But the party has a severely tarnished legacy amid corruption scandals and failing infrastructure. Fergus Ryan discusses the options facing the country's divided electorate with Joseph Cotterill and David Pilling.

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May 01 2019

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Ukraine's comedian president

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Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience, has promised to crack down on corruption and try to bring peace to the war-torn Donbass region. Gideon Rachman discusses how his leadership is likely to affect the country's relations with Russia and the west with Roman Olearchyk and Ben Hall.

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Apr 25 2019

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Fire in the heart of France

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Gideon Rachman discusses the emotional, cultural and political impact of the fire that devastated France's Notre Dame cathedral this week with Victor Mallet and Edwin Heathcote

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Apr 18 2019

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Italy's Salvini launches populist alliance in Europe

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Italy's Matteo Salvini is seeking to upend the traditional balance of power in Brussels by forming an alliance of anti-immigration European populist parties. James Wilson discusses whether he can succeed with Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Miles Johnson.

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Apr 11 2019

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Erdogan suffers setback in Turkey's elections

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The crucial local elections delivered a rare political disappointment for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What do the polls say about the state of democracy in the country, and what do they mean for the economy? Gideon Rachman discusses the way forward for Turkey with Laura Pitel and Dan Dombey

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Apr 03 2019

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Netanyahu fights for a fifth term in office

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Can Israel's long serving prime minister overcome allegations of corruption and renewed violence from Gaza to win a fifth term in office? Gideon Rachman discusses his prospects with Andrew England and Mehul Srivastava

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Mar 27 2019

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iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
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16
3
5
5

Bring it back

By lkavinsky - Oct 22 2019
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Bring this podcast back. It was one of my favorites

Excellent Summary of News

By Beavis3600 - Oct 08 2011
Read more
Brief podcast that covers only a few topics, but is more intelligent and useful than network news.