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CGTN America 23 Aug 2019

The Heat: Italy's political crisis


Less than 15 months after a new Italian government, led by the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right League party was sworn in, Italy is caught in a political crisis. To discuss, tonight's panel includes, Giovanna De Maio, visiting fellow of Foreign Policy, at the Brookings Institution; Christian Blasberg, lecturer of Contemporary History, at LUISS Guido Carli University and Paolo Borchia, member of European Parliament for Italy's Lega Nord party

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is at the center of a political controversy, continues to lash out, targeting the country's law enforcement and judicial system. Calling the latest corruption investigation against him "an attempted coup," Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for a generation and says he has no intention of stepping down. This latest crisis, is deepening the political stalemate in a country already in disarray. CGTN's Stephanie Freid reports from Tel Aviv.
For months, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Opposition Leader Juan Guaido have been locked in a power struggle. But two weeks after a failed coup attempt, what happens now? To discuss this, tonight's panel includes Lucas Koerner, a Caracas-based political analyst and editor for the independent news website, and Jose Aristimuño, the CEO of the consulting firm NOW Strategies and consultant to some key officials with ties to Guaido.
To discuss all of this: Ruthie Blum is a columnist for the Jewish News Syndicate and Jerusalem Post. Moien Odeh is an attorney focusing on human rights and international law. Harry Reis is the Director for Policy and Strategy at the New Israel Fund. Bernard Avishai is a Professor with a focus on political economy at Dartmouth College and a regular contributor to New Yorker magazine.
Tonight's first guest worked for the late President Hugo Chavez, and the current elected President, Nicolas Maduro. Temir Porras served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Chavez government and later became Chief of Staff for Maduro. He's currently a visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris

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