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Post Summit: Putin Comes Out Looking Strong, and Biden Looks Confused

Putin Comes Out Looking Strong After Summit, and Biden Looks Confused Post Summit
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Elon Musk’s company SpaceX reportedly turning a blind eye to warnings over safety risks from federal regulators, and the EU deciding on Wednesday to begin loosening restrictions for travelers from the United States.


Miko Peled - Author, and Human Rights Activist | Non-Apologetic Rightwing, Mikos Recent Trip to Jerusalem, and The Gaza Strip

Jamarl Thomas - Co-Host of Fault Lines | Biden’s Performance in Geneva, Western Media Looking for Finger Pointing at Russia

Scott Ritter - Former UN Weapons Inspector & WMD Whistleblower | NSA,  Diplomacy, and Nuclear Powers in the World

In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Miko Peled on Miko's book The Generals Son, the political agenda of the right-wing in Israel, and Palestinian property rights. Miko spoke on the Democrats having been asked to ‘tone down the rhetoric’ on Palestinians and the ethnic cleansing by Israel. Miko talked about his book, life story, and activism to spread awareness of Israel's human rights violations.

Also, Lee and John spoke with Fault Lines co-host Jamarl Thomas, who's in Geneva right now with on-the-ground coverage of the Putin-Biden Summit. Jamarl talked about the aggressive nature of the western media at the summit and Joe Biden not taking questions from Russian media. Jamarl praised Putin's post-summit press conference.

In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Scott Ritter on diplomacy with Russia, the Minsk agreement, and the management of confrontation. Scott talked about the cyber capabilities of Russia, versus America's sloppy cyberattack history. Scott spoke on the purpose of the Putin- Biden summit and  America's return to diplomacy with Russia. 

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