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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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[I24 International News] January 3rd: Did I just Make a Joke About the President's Button? Um, yes, yes I did!


[Voice of America Intl. Edition] January 3rd: Trump/Mueller and What to Expect in 2018

As the Mueller investigation into possible collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians continues, 2018, promises to be interesting. At this point, two have already pled and two others have been indicted. Is Mueller done? Not even close. My expectation is that there will certainly be more indictments and those indictments continue to get ever closer to President Trump. 

So, whom? Well, the short list at this point may include Don Jr. and Jared Kushner among others. These are sigfnificant because these are family members. Of course, this raises the ugly spectre of what the Prewidewnt might do. The concern in some quarters is this may drive the President to fire Special Counsel Mueller, This petrifies Republicans in the House because it may force them to act and they are all trying desperately to keep their collective heads down.

We will see. . . . 


[RT America ] January 2nd: Iran Grapples with Demonstrations

Iran has been struggling to address demonstrations that have stretched into their sixth day and counting.  The people by the tens of thousand in various cities across the country have multiple demands, everything from economic reform to defiance of Iran's Islamic leadership itself. 

President Hassan Rouhani has generally been tied to the reformers but that doesn't necessarily mean that he is safe. The power of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei along with the Revolutionary Guard is another power base in itself.  These groups are generally working in concert but what is important to watch is whether they will continue to do so.

This is a complex issue that absolutely will not fit onto a bumper sticker.  This should be interesting.


[AM 950 Minneapolis] December 28th: Mike Flynn's a Great Man Until He's A Liar

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with Mike McIntee on December 28th. Mike Flynn is a good man. Mike Flynn is an honorable man. Mike Flynn is a great man. This is fake news. Congress should pardon him. The President might still pardon him. All of these lines have come directly out of the White House. In fact, they came out of the White House after the President fired Flynn for supposedly lying to Vice President Pence about his contact with the Russian Ambassador. 

Now, after a plea deal, the Trump defense team seems to be trying to destroy Flynn out of fear that he will hurt the president. He's a liar. He's a former Obama official. He only worked for the Trump Administration for 25 days. Its already coming out. While this isn't shocking, what makes this one interesting is the amount of time and effort this President has gone to to build up Flynn before the plea deal was made public.

I will appear tyo talk about this as a former Prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney.  This should be interesting and a lot of fun.


Here I Stand Before this Monk with a Small Red Apple. 

"So, what was the coolest thing you did?" A young friend of the family just asked me this question as I continue to deal with the jet lag, all of the things I missed at the Courthouse while I was gone and still trying to put this entire trip in perspective. "Of all of the things you did in China, Thailand and Cambodia, what's the thing that sticks out most to you?"

Its funny. I want to say a Hmong New Years' celebration in the mountains of Northern Thailand, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a meeting I had with the Dean of a Law School in Thailand, or an elusive former CIA contact or a whole series of other options. And yet, the only thing that truly comes to mind and springs from my lips is . . . feeding a monk. That's right, feeding a monk.

Every morning, come rain or shine, one will find monks on alms round. They are in full robes and they are out in the community collecting food and sometimes money for their subsistence and for others as well. They never ask, never demand, never beg. They walk humbly, quietly, and only make themselves available to those who approach them.

It is dark, somewhere around 5:30 a.m., and it is unusually cold for this time of year. Nevertheless, I see him quietly walking barefoot up the street and carrying a metal bowl toward where I am standingl. As he approaches, not making eye contact, I say "please" in Thai and hold out what is in my hand.

He approaches, looking at me full in the face for the first time. All I have is an apple, just a small red apple. It isn't much and likely hardly worth walking over to me to get it. But he seems to understand. I am standing here in this spot in the street in Chiang Mai with a specific purpose, to give it to him.

He uncoveres his bowl and looks down, humbly. There is nothing else in the bowl. It is empty. As I place the apple in his bowl, I have a strange feeling of . . . clarity. I think about this monk's purposeful ciurcumstances and his willingness to put himself through this but also the perspective which he chooses to embrace in order to do this.

I then think about my own life, my decisions, and the things that matter to me, as well as the things that I begin to doubt. All of this is due to simply handing a small red apple to a hungry monk.

In our lives, we frequently leave our homes and try to avoid having any contact with those around us out of fear that they will want something from us, something that we possess. As a result, we make sure we don't make eye contact and are frequently obsessed with our cellphones when those who have little or nothing seek us out. Nope, never even see them. 

Strangely, this approach seems to extend into our decisions to travel in the world as well. We stay in five star accomodations and everybody with whom we come into contact speak to us in English. We never want for anything and are never made to feel uncomfrotable. We can say we have traveled to this and that place but in reality we move from one American island to aonther while only looking at our surrounding world from a distance without ever having to step into it, make eye contact or feel the slightest discomfort.

And yet, here I stand in this dirty street with this small red apple hoping it is ok, that it is enough. I'm not at a distance. I am right here in this street staring this monk in the face and feeling . . . what is the word? . . . privileged and a little inadequate. I hope it's enough.

Of course, he accepts my gift. He closes his eyes and his blessings for me begin with an earnest. They continue as he starts to sing softly before me. I am not quite sure what happens after that. It must have started raining and I hadn't noticed because my face is all of a sudden wet.

As he finishes, smiles and goes on his way, I stand there in this street wiping my face, silently. And one thing is clear. This is not about me giving this monk a gift. It is I who have received a gift.

And it is so much more than a small red apple.


Still Stunning After Eight Hundred Years in Cambodia

Caught this shot probably 50 feet and multiple stories up inside of a temple building known as The Bayon. The sun was setting and cut through a carved out passage, hitting it just the right way. Remember, this is more than 800 years old.


The Chinese Do It in a Big Way

Extraordinary. The Chinese do everything in a big way. I saw it in Southeast Asia, the South China Sea and, of course, here. They put the full weight of the Nation into their projects and the results can be startling. Putting the Country before the individual has its limitations but absolutely its benefits as well. Looking a hundred years into the future rather than this quarter certainly has its benefits. Some have already said that the 21st Century is China’s. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that it is so ...