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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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Sunday
May202018

[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Media is Different and the Same Everywhere

Sunday
May202018

[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Talking Rule of Law and the Courts

What an extraordinary day. The Republic of Georgia has only been an independent nation for less than 30 years and has had to overcome some truly extraordinary challenges.  After more than 70 years of domination by the Soviet Union, the Georgian people clearly decided to turn to the West for their legal model.  While their Consitution is somewhat similar to the American system, it also has its roots in the German system.  At the same time, their courts are clearly turning to the Americans and Brits.  Their latest development involves intorducing the jury system. 

While this conference included the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Senior Prosecutor in Georgia, a half dozen judges from Minnesota, and prosecutors and defense attorneys from Georgia, as well as yours truly, there were still as many questions as well as answers. However, regardless of whether there was lots of answers, sometimes the effort to try to find those answers is the most one can hope for. 

While I was surprised that the media appeared at the conference, I guess I shouldn't have. The people of Georgia are very interested in where their country is going and the media wouldn't be doing its job if they didn't push and probe and try to figure out what was going on. What really surprised me was how they came at me. That was interesting, challenging and pretty entertaining in many ways.  

Wednesday
May162018

Lecturing in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia about the American Legal System.

A very busy day of lecturing in Tbilisi Georgia, about the American legal system, the courts and juries. I swear, I know that I learn more from these people than I’m teaching them. What an experience and a privilege.

Tuesday
May152018

Meeting with the President of the Republic of Georgia Bar Association.

What an amazing conversation with David Asatiani, President of the Republic of Georgia Bar Association in Tbilisi. They are still finding their way but have done some truly extraordinary things in less than 30 years since Soviet rule. It is so easy to take things for granted and yet to watch the fight that people like David are making is nothing less than absolutely inspiring. I have a feeling we are going to do some good work together

Sunday
May132018

Teaching Rule of Law in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

The Rule of Law Is an interesting conversation with lawyers and law students anywhere in the world. However, to have that same conversation in a former Soviet Republic comes with a lot of extra history And maybe a little baggage. These lawyers and law students are extraordinary and so impressive. What a privilege.


 


Wednesday
May092018

[Iranian Press TV] May 9th: Tensions Rise Between Israel and Iran after Trump Decision

Thursday
May032018

[Press TV Iran] May 2nd: Trump Team in Turmoil

Tuesday
May012018

[I24 International News] April 30th: Netanyahu had an Audience of One, Trump.

I appear on I24 International News on April 30th. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu just went on the offensive regarding the Iranians and the Nuclear Deal signed by the U.S., the Brits, French, Russians and Chinese. Netanyahu just claimed that he had a ton of new evidence that proved the Iranians were lying and that President Trump shouldn't renew the Nuclear Deal.  Of course, this has been Bibi's argument all along so there is no real shock there.

This is going to be a fun and complex conversation.  There are a lot of moving parts and there is a lot of debate going on in Israel about this issue too.

Tuesday
May012018

[AM950 Minneapolis] April 30th: John Bolton Wants the Libya Model for North Korea?

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with Matt McNeil.  Today, Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton said he supports the Libya model. For those who may not know, this is where the West and primarily the U.S. negotiated with Gaddafi to give up his nuclear weapons and ambitions in return for aid and international acknowledgement. By the way, it worked.  

Of course there was a slight problem . . . .  After the agreement, the U.S. turned on the Libyan leader and supported his enemies.  As a result, he was hunted down and sodomized and killed in a ditch.  So, while Bolton may like that plan, I'm pretty sure Kim Jung Un is not up for it.

This agreement is nowhere near done.  Lots to discuss.   

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