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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, 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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Thursday
Apr012010

[Podcast] Earth Day will be 40. The Senior VP of Earth Day Network Talks on Why It is Still Important.

Susan Bass, Senior Vice President, Programs and Operations for Earth Day Network, has worked for over twenty years as an environmental attorney and public interest lawyer, focusing on capacity-building, public participation, human rights and international issues. Susan also worked for law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. as an attorney specializing in corporate, banking and securities law.

During her tenure as Director of the Inter-American Program at the Environmental Law Institute, Susan presented educational workshops and events for judges, prosecutors, congressional representatives and citizen activists in over a dozen countries in the region, produced research and policy reports on cutting –edge sustainable development issues and supervised a Visiting Scholars program. She also served as an Environmental Representative on the United States Delegation for the negotiation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, Technical Advisor to the Organization of American States for the development of the Inter-American Strategy for Public Participation, and Consultant to the International Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development project.

Susan worked as a volunteer attorney with the International Human Rights Law Group receiving a Pro Bono Service Award in honor of her efforts and interned with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Susan graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and served on the Georgetown Law Journal and graduated cum laude from Yale University.

Listen to Jack's Interview with Sr. VP of Earth Day Network Susan Bass.

Thursday
Apr012010

[Podcast] History Professor Ellen Amster Talks Morocco.

The first country in the world to recognize the United States!   The first country where the U.S. purchased land! One of the closest ongoing relationship!  England?  No. France?  No.  Believe it or not, the answer is Morocco.  As part of our ongoing effort to understand more about Morocco, we turn to University of Wisoconsin, Milwaukee Professor Ellen Amster,  Professor Amster's is a history professor who specializes in Morocco.  

Listen to Jack's Interview with Moroccan History Professor Ellen Amster.

Wednesday
Mar312010

Earth Day 2010 Takes Place in the Kingdom of Morocco

Earth Day is coming on April 22nd and this year, Morocco will be sponsoring the event for all of Africa.  As part of its ongoing effort, Morocco has undertaken to transform the Kingdom into an environmentally conscious and green place.  

In order to better understand Morocco's efforts to deal with global warming and environmental change, I will go to Rabat to look at those efforts and report about what is working and what might be emulated around the world.  Besides, Morocco is a shockingly beautiful place and alsmost any excuse that I can find to go makes sense to me.  Should be an interesting trip.

Stay tuned for video and audio in the coming month.

 

Wednesday
Mar312010

[Podcast] Venezuelan Journalist talks on being Hugo Chavez' Latest Target - Part 1.

Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela's last remaining television channel critical of President Hugo Chavez has become the most recent target the the Venezuelan government in what its some fear is a broader crackdown to silence dissent.  Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested last week on a warrant charging him with making remarks "offensive" to President Chavez.

After he was released from a Venezuelan jail, Zuloaga agreed to have a conversation with me from Venezuelan.   He has been ordered to not leave the country. 

Listen to Jack's Interview with Venezuelan Journalist Guillermo Zuloaga - Part 1.

Wednesday
Mar312010

[Podcast] Venezuelan Journalist talks on being Hugo Chavez' Latest Target - Part 2.

Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela's last remaining television channel critical of President Hugo Chavez has become the most recent target the the Venezuelan government in what its some fear is a broader crackdown to silence dissent.  Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested last week on a warrant charging him with making remarks "offensive" to President Chavez.

After he was released from a Venezuelan jail, Zuloaga agreed to have a conversation with me from Venezuelan.   He has been ordered to not leave the country. 

Listen to Jack's Interview with Venezuelan Journalist Guillermo Zuloaga - Part 2.

Wednesday
Mar312010

[Podcast] Venezuelan Journalist talks on being Hugo Chavez' Latest Target - Part 3.

Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela's last remaining television channel critical of President Hugo Chavez has become the most recent target the the Venezuelan government in what its some fear is a broader crackdown to silence dissent.  Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested last week on a warrant charging him with making remarks "offensive" to President Chavez.

After he was released from a Venezuelan jail, Zuloaga agreed to have a conversation with me from Venezuelan.   He has been ordered to not leave the country. 

Listen to Jack's Interview with Venezuelan Journalist Guillermo Zuloaga - Part 3.

Tuesday
Mar302010

[MSNBC Appearance] Ed Schultz: Tuesday, March 30th, Talk on Christian Terrorists

I appear on MSNBC's Ed Schultz Show on Tuesday, March 30th at 6:15 p.m. e.t.  With nine suspects now under arrest in the "Christian Warrior" plot to overthrow America, how big is the problem?  Has everybody been picked up?  Is there a connection between these people and the teabaggers?  I will look at all of this and more on the Ed Schultz Show.

Hope you can catch it.

Tuesday
Mar302010

[KOA Radio] Tuesday, March 30th - Talk on Christian Terrorists

I will appear on KOA Radio in Denver, Colorado at 9 a.m .e.t. time.  Now that federal officials have picked up 9 members of a Christian militia group in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, it is time to dig in and understand how and why groups like these form.  I will talk about the anti-government rhetoric, the weapons, and the philosophy.  I always enjoy going on KOA because it gives me a chance to catch with an old buddy of mine, Steffan Tubbs.  Steffan does mornings at KOA and he and I met while I was on my way to Iraq about 5 years ago.

Hope you can catch it.

Tuesday
Mar302010

[MSNBC Appearance] David Shuster: Tuesday, March 30th, Talk on Christian Terrorists

I appear on MSNBC with David Shuster on March 30th at 10 a.m. e.t.  The government focused in on militia groups in 3 states over the last couple of days, arresting 9.  Apparently these people were planning on killing members of law enforcement with the idea of starting a war with the U.S. government.  Of course, in order to make it a little more interesting, they were apparently motivated by God.  I will appear on MSNBC to talk about the implications.

Hope you can catch it.

Monday
Mar292010

Earth Day 2010 Takes Place in the Kingdom of Morocco

Rabat – the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco - will be the site of one of Earth Day 2010’s key Earth Day events. Co-sponsored by the government of Morocco and Earth Day Network, this event will include A-list talent and speakers, and the government of Morocco will be showcasing its environmental policies. 

Morocco provides the interesting combination of being both African and Muslim and having one of the longest lasting and strongest relationships with the U.S.  I expect to be in Morocco for Earth Day to take a closer look at this country, its people, and its effort to protect the environment.