Posts Tagged ‘middle east’


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Anti-Semitism, Election 2020, Iraq, Iran, Bibi Netanyahu, North Korea, oh yeah,  impeachment and Donald Trump are just some of the topics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show this week when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper roar into 2020, OK, Halli not so much Matt on this their first broadcast of the new decade, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.


A new year, a new decade — we’ve moved well into a new century, and yet that old and ugly little thing called anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head once again. Election 2020, which has been the talk of the town since Donald Trump was elected is still eleven months away, but that is this year. Can November come too soon? A U.S. diplomatic installation has come under siege, the fortress that is the American Embassy in Bagdad. Where do we go from here? Iran? And Speaker Pelosi has yet to send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, Trump remains furious, as are his sidekicks in obstruction of Congress and abusers of power, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Miss Lindsey Graham. Senator Susan Collins has a few things to say about that. Should anyone believe a thing Susan Collins says?

Anti-Semitism, Election 2020, the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Bibi Netanyahu, the impeachment of Donald Trump. Roar! Tune in when Halli and Matthew Cooper tackle all things politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. See you there!


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nina coverOne of the leading voices of Iranian women’s rights, Dr. Nina Ansary joins Halli at her table Wednesday, June 24, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about her new book JEWELS OF ALLAH, THE REAL STORY OF WOMEN IN IRAN, a powerful tale of the fight for Iranian women’s liberation, which illuminates the stereotypical assumptions of the women behind the veil.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Nina Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since. At the time of the revolution her father, the former Iranian Ambassador to the the United States was serving in the Shah’s Cabinet as Head of NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company). Growing up in New York City, Dr. Ansary received her B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University and a PhD in History from Columbia University. After relocating to Los Angeles, she began to pursue her passion for humanitarian causes. She is an avid philanthropist, serving on the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University, on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of the IAWF (Iranian American Women’s Foundation. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post and her work has appeared in various publications including the New York Times.

Author Dr. Nina Ansary tells the untold, true story of women in Iran and introduces her latest book JEWELS OF ALLAH on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 24, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Wednesday’s show Israelis on Israel: A Forum featured the creme de la creme of Israel’s intelligentsia, including Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger, Michael Freund, Dr. Martin Sherman, and the smart and sassy Ruthie Blum.  Here at The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we adore Ruthie Blum because we adore smart, fun, fearless and frank women. Sound like anyone you know?

Ruthie writes for Israel Hayom and her columns are soon to be syndicated in the Washington Times. She is the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab Spring.'” Never shy in expressing her opinions, her voice is one to be reckoned with. She was kind enough to allow us to re-post her most recent column here.


, April 5, 2013 – Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” is a very lucky man. This is not merely because the satirist/news anchor is hugely popular, extremely rich and the proud possessor of a reputation for fierce honesty cloaked in humor. No, the more relevant reason Stewart should be thanking his lucky stars these days is that he is blessed by virtue of being an American.

This is not something to which the arrogant celebrity would readily admit, mind you, though he might throw some kudos the way of President Barack Obama. When George W. Bush was at the helm of “the home of the free and the brave,” Stewart bemoaned the plight of his fellow citizens at the hands of the government and the media, both of which contributed to his fame and fortune.

His particular pet peeves are the Republican Party and Fox News, which he refers to as “Bulls—t Mountain.”  This is a pretty puerile piece of copywriting coming from such a comedic giant as Stewart is purported to be. But never mind, his left-wing politics are in the “correct” place, and that’s what counts — in the United States, at any rate.

In Egypt, it’s a different story entirely. There, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood is not amused. In fact, the Mohamed Morsi-led government is hounding a home-grown comedian who is known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart.”

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

The disturbing story began two years ago, during the “Arab Spring” uprisings. When violent anti-Mubarak protests erupted in Cairo, a heart surgeon named Bassem Youssef took to the streets to administer on-site medical attention to injured demonstrators. In no time, Youssef – who had received his training in the US – began to post politically charged satirical clips on YouTube.

Practically overnight, Youssef became a household name in Egypt.  This led to a TV show of his own on a satellite network. “The Program,” as it is called, is a smash hit among Egyptians, who are now experiencing the repercussions of ousting President Hosni Mubarak and ushering in the Muslim Brotherhood at the ballot box. So it’s understandable that they should get a thrill watching Youssef make fun of the clerics whose most stringent interpretation of Islam is controlling their lives, in and out of the mosque.

It was just a matter of time, then, before Youssef would become targeted by the regime he has been spoofing. Indeed, earlier this month, Youssef was charged with insulting President Morsi and defaming Islam. This week, he turned himself in and was granted bail.

In response to his arrest, Youssef made a statement that was a lot milder than anything the real Jon Stewart ever had to say about a Republican politician.

“I don’t have any personal vendettas against anyone,” Youssef said. “On the contrary it would be an honor for me to host any of those I criticize on my show it would be a success for myself and also a success for freedom of thought and expression, as it would send a message to the people that they, the Muslim Brotherhood, are in power. They accept criticism and that once they leave the show I would still criticize them. This happens all over the world so why can’t it be for us?”

Speaking of the Muslim Brotherhood in terms of “freedom of thought and expression” is as oxymoronic as it is moronic. But let us remember that Youssef is at the mercy of the terrorist organization running his country. Youssef could be in genuine peril as a result of his popular performances, not laughing all the way to the bank, like Stewart.

In fairness to Stewart, however, he did step up swiftly to the plate to defend his Egyptian counterpart. On “The Daily Show” this week, he lashed out at Morsi in a lengthy rant, an excerpt of which is as follows: “Egypt built the great pyramids; maybe you could get some of the people who worked on those to work on getting you a thicker skin. So Bassem Youssef pokes fun at your hat, and your lack of promised democratic reform. What are you worried about? You have an army! He’s got puns and a show; you’ve got tanks and planes. Silencing a comedian does not qualify you to be the president of Egypt. When you are actually powerful you don’t have to be petty.”

After the show aired, the US Embassy in Cairo sent it out on Twitter, but quickly withdrew it, when Morsi’s office denounced it as American “interference” and “propaganda.” Morsi must know that his multi-millions in US aid will continue to flow, no matter what lines he crosses.

But what nobody is bothering to bring up these days – least of all Stewart himself – is that Stewart was all for the uprisings that led to the Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt. This does not make him unusual. Lots of people had high hopes for the so-called “Arab Spring.” But he owes Fox News a big apology for the vitriol he spewed when its commentators took a more sober view – one which turned out to be accurate.

“We could go all night bringing up examples of pundits and bloviaters on the Right who couldn’t do enough to promote democracy in the Middle East, as long as it was done at the end of George Bush’s gun,” Stewart blathered during one of his broadcasts. “But now, as the Middle Eastern countries choose leaders for themselves? Lordy lord, the pearls can’t be clutched enough.”

This is comedy at its best.

Reprinted with permission of the author.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Good morning, everyone!

There is nothing more fun than spending an hour with smart, honest, fun women, and that’s what I got to do yesterday on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. My guests for the hour were the fabulous actress, Tanna Frederick star of a host of Indie filmmaker Henry Jaglom films, and so much more. Staci Lawrence, co-founder of Flash Mob America and star of NBC’s new comedy series “1600 Penn.”  And uber entertainment attorney Lisa Callif. The focus of our discussion was “Women Who Do it All” and do it all they do. I think we all assume that Hollywood Celebs have it easier than the rest of us, but the truth is they have the same set of everyday problems as the rest of us. They have careers to think about, families to take care of, guilt that goes with the demands of high-powered job requirements often in conflict with being home with the children. I adored each of these women, and you will, too. You can listen to our conversation from any page on this website. Or if you’d like to download the show for on-demand listening, you can FREE from iTunes or I hope you will.

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