The Summer of Sirens: Israel and the Middle East

July 17, 2014
Hosted by Mark B. Toubin

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Today's Middle East may be as dangerous and explosive than at any time since 1973. As this in a part of the world that has seen significant danger and explosiveness. First, the Iraq War has unleashed old, bitter rivalries with newer and more cruel soldiers. Second, Iran's quest for nuclear capability remains in place. And third, the Israeli - Palestinian conflict resides not at the bargaining table but with the exchange of gun fire. Middle East Studies expert Dr. Ken Stein of Emory University, who just returned from visiting Israel, joins Between the Synapse to discuss the region as a whole and Israel in particular. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about this most complicated region from one of our nation's leading experts.

Between the Synapse

Between the Synapse

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Based on the blog of the same name, Between the Synapse explores topics that fall in-between the obvious and typical with insight, clarity and humor in the realm of politics, pop culture, foreign affairs, and sports. The shows will entertain, inform and provoke by asking questions such as whether Europe or the U.S. can better forecast the weather or how health myths are marketing to the public and presenting topics that include the last Mad Men, Congressional chaos, and the quest for Mid-East peace.

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Mark B. Toubin

Mark B. Toubin

A veteran of radio, law, public affairs, and politics, Mark Toubin founded his blog, Between the Synapse, in 2008 as an avenue for exploring his ideas and insights with humor and an occasional dose of sarcasm. In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell. The Neuron Doctrine explains that though neurons are not continuous, cells may nonetheless communicate. BtS captures the linkage of that which falls in-between the obvious, conventional and typical. Its niche is a voice, not a topic.

Mark’s distinctive voice developed after practicing civil litigation for 11 years, running the Southwest region of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for 8 more, and operating his own consultancy, ConneXion, LLC, since 2008. ConneXion works with non-profits, political campaigns, and businesses as a fundraiser, strategic communications advisor, and writer. Back in the late 90’s, he hosted a once a week hour-long radio program on Houston’s 97.1 FM.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mark attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia before returning for law school at the University of Texas. Mark enjoys creative writing, tennis, travel, sports, and long, quiet walks on the beach with flightless waterfowl.

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