Navalny’s Verdict, Amazon Cooperation Summit, Israel’s Political Crisis, and More

A Russian court will deliver the final verdict for opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s trial on “extremism” charges; eight South American heads of state meet in Belém, Brazil to try to strengthen a common policy for Amazon Rainforest protection; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s push for judiciary reform intensifies; and protesters in Niger direct their anger towards France.

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  • Robert McMahon
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Show Notes

Mentioned on the Podcast


Mariel Ferragamo, “The Niger Coup Could Threaten the Entire Sahel,”


Bryan Harris, “Brazil to Launch ‘Most Ambitious’ Green Transition Package,” Financial Times


Yaniv Kubovich, "Israeli Army Retroactively Cancels Call-ups of Reservists Who Refused to Report for Duty," Haaretz


Dov Lieber, “Israeli Reservists Start Missing Duty, Threatening Military Unity and Readiness,” Wall Street Journal


Recommended Reading


Diana Roy, “Can Amazon Countries Save the Rain Forest?,”  


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One year after the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s morality police prompted widespread domestic protests, the Islamic Republic appears to have rebounded while keeping a prominent international profile; the United Nations General Assembly begins its high-level debate week with leaders gathering to attend major summits on Sustainable Development Goals and climate challenges; and Cuba arrests Russian recruiters looking for more fighters.

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