ISIS or the Islamic state is a group one did not hear about until just a few years ago. Today, they are a powerful force in Syria and Iraq and a threat worldwide with members on every continent. Yet what and who exactly is ISIS, how did it come about, what is their goal and what can/should be done to stop their terrorist menace both in Syria and worldwide?

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are guests:

To some extent ISIS has come about as result of botched political policies in the Middle East, a failed Arab Spring, the economic disasters much of the Middle east is faced with and the SHIA and SUNNI- conflicts amongst themselves.

Left to Right: Oliver “Buck” Revell, Niki McCuistion, Dennis McCuistion and Ambassador Robert W. Jordan, JD

Disillusioned young people from all over the world are joining in the ISIS fight, threatening violence and terrorism in their own countries of origin. ISIS has replaced Al Qaeda, and is far more difficult to find at the source and stop.

The bad news is that ISIS continues to be a huge problem that might affect each of us personally. The good news is that their threat may in fact be waning. Regardless, the key issues are what must be done to stop their infiltration and the havoc they are causing.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

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Minimal growth and a hefty deficit is expected for Saudi Arabia, and the government knows it must act quickly to reverse the downward trend or there could be serious internal issues. Experts predict the country must become less reliant on oil to achieve long-term growth.

Saudi is dealing with some critical challenges, from the economy to its relationship with Iran. Not only do the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam divide them, but so does terrorism, Wahhabi teachings, and conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. In short the situation is a trigger response issue. Unfortunately these involve the U.S. as well.

Joining us to talk about the concerns with Saudi Arabia and Iran are key experts on Saudi and the GCC allies:

We’ll examine the oil situation and how the Iranian nuclear deal fits into the puzzle. Our experts talk about the situation today and how it was caused by “bad policies” implemented by colonial powers after the First World War and some as far back as the 7th century.

So tune in please.

ADDED PERSPECTIVE:

Left to Right: Oliver “Buck” Revell, Niki McCuistion, Dennis McCuistion and Ambassador Robert W. Jordan

And an added perspective: as a National Council on US Arab Relations Malone Fellow, I (Niki) had the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia with Dr. John Duke Anthony, the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. His latest article: President Obama’s Meeting with GCC Leaders in Saudi Arabia: An Opportunity for Heightened Cooperation talks about the timeliness of
“President Obama’s visit to Riyadh to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.”

He says:

“It will take place at a time when aspects of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and GCC countries are being vilified. U.S. domestic political campaign rhetoric, legislation contemplated by the U.S. Congress, the media, and special interests are seemingly opposed to strengthening and expanding America’s strategic, economic, national security, and related interests with and in Saudi Arabia and the other GCC countries.

In addition, the visit comes on the heels of President Obama’s comments in a recent article in The Atlantic in which he was characterized as portraying various Arab and GCC allies as ‘free riders’ and thinking that Saudi Arabia needs to ‘share’ the neighborhood with Iran.

It is apparent that the United States has a coveted place ahead of many nations to participate in those among the Kingdom’s new initiatives associated with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Expected to be announced April 25, 2016, the new initiatives are being described as a ‘Vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.’ They are expected to include developmental, economic, and social components intended to position Saudi Arabia for the future.”

In addition to Saudi Arabia, President Obama is scheduled to meet with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for joining us,

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For decades the United States Navy has ruled most of the world’s oceans and the important shipping lanes. No part is more important than the area around the South China Sea where about 40 percent of the world’s shipping occurs. Today, China is asserting itself militarily in that area by building islands and shoring up their Navy. Should the United States and its allies/ trading partners be concerned?

Left to Right: Mike W. Peng, PhD and Bud Cole, PhD

Joining us are two key experts on China and its Navy – military power:

As China has matured into a world economic power, it has also sought to assert itself on various maritime territories it has claimed for centuries. The Navy (and Air Force) have gained increasing prominence and increased shares of its national budget. Particular areas of concern are the East China Sea where China now has two disputes with Japan; and even more pertinently the South China Sea, where five nations claim various geographic land features.

It’s in these two areas that the modernizing Chinese Navy and the newly reorganized Chinese Coast Guard are poised to defend areas that Beijing believes to be of vital national security interest to their country. Beijing claims that for years they have acquiesced to the multilateral use of the East and South China Sea’s land features; however, they believe that Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam have in the last ten years pushed the issues over these land features at the behest of the United States.
The questions we’ll ask and answer on this program focus on how China’s challenge is impacting global strategy and the potential concerns this poses to Taiwan, the United States and the world.

These issues are becoming some of the most important on the world stage.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion

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2305 – 04.17.16

China: You can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on a TV set without hearing about China today…and the news is not very positive. Slower economic growth, turmoil in their stock markets, citizens being arrested for corruption, and with all this, has come a worldwide collapse of commodity prices not the least of which has been in the price of oil.

Joining us on McCuistion are experts on the present situation in China:

In the last 10 years respected media has portrayed China as “buying up the world” to the “great fall of China”, “the coming collapse of China”; documenting its tremendous rise and fall, collapse and rise again. When President Xi Jinping took office he was well aware of the deep seated problems of inequality and profound corruption that is blatantly talked about and his government has made significant strides in correcting the situation.

Members of the People’s Liberation Army as well as Communist party officials have been indicted and the populous is encouraged about the actions being taken to root out the problem. However it will be a very long time before the government will be able to”control the dragon”.

China has been modernizing for the last 35 years and it has brought a significant number of people out of poverty into a more comfortable way of life. China has acknowledged it must engage in economic reform and clean up its system. In the last several years it has made tremendous progress; transitioning from an industrial country to a consumer driven country. Whether this can be sustained is questioned.

We are indeed a global economy and with China’s output second only to ours, China’s challenges are definitely not good for America. It is critical we have a better perspective in which to judge the daily events coming out of China.

Our experts give a unique political, social and economic outlook on the situation in China today and what must be done so it maintains its status as a world power.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
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2304 – 04.10.16

The history of China is undoubtedly a long one. China, one of the oldest civilizations on earth with the exception of possibly India, goes back in history about 5,000 years. While it has a geographical size similar to the United States, it has five times the population, 1.5 billion people and the second largest economy in the world, second only to the United States. The very diverse population consists primarily of Han Chinese, 56% other minorities, and a predominately Muslim population in the southwest.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss the history of China, are special guests:

When discussing the history of China, it’s clear to see that the Chinese take pride in their history, art, philosophy food and politics. The country has consisted of a series of dynasties which have written their own history, and that history is written by the victors. It has certainly had its share of ups and downs, has been the place of great innovation, has conquered other peoples and been conquered.

Left to Right: Dennis M. Kratz, PhD, Dennis McCuistion, Cynthia A. Watson, PhD

On this program regarding the history of China we examine the impact China’s past has on its present and take a retrospective look at China’s rich history and culture, its dynasties, Confucian philosophy and its geopolitical importance.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion
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2303 – 04.03.16

John Allison, Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council, of the Cato Institutes’ Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, immediate past president of the Cato Institute and former CEO of BB&T, joined us a while back to talk about the importance of independent think tanks.

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion & John Allison

Mr. Allison believes an independent think tank’s role is to create a free and prosperous society. CATO’s mission is based on the principles of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and peace.

He says,

“government should stay out of your pocketbook as well as your bedroom. Government has an important purpose but that’s very limited- to protect individual rights. When government gets too involved, they control, that makes them dangerous”.
During this episode on think tanks, he talks about Cato’s role as a modern day advocate of the principles that made this country great and that we seem to be getting away from: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If video on Think Tanks, Philosophy and Rational Self-Interest doesn’t play correctly, open it here.

Join in on a conversation about liberty, economic freedom and the innovation that allows for creativity and democracy.
And as always we keep talking about things that matter with people who care…
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***2216 – Originally Aired – 07.12.15

In September of 2005,  Jyllands-Posten, published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad; which brought on riots and deaths. Many accused the publisher of deliberate incitement and blasphemy.
Left to Right: Niki McCuistion, Flemming Rose and Dennis McCuistion
 A decade plus has passed since Flemming Rose, Foreign Editor of Jyllands-Posten; author of Tyranny of Silence; commissioned drawings of the Prophet Muhammad to run in the paper. In a Huffington Post blog,  he says, “But despite countless op-eds and even a book that laid out my motivation for publishing the drawings, confusion and bizarre conspiracy theories continue to cause controversy about that fateful decision”.
Flemming, joins us to talk about how one cartoon ignited the global debate on the issue of free speech. He says, “There were two broad questions of importance. First: Were people in cultural life in Western Europe exercising self-censorship? And second: If that was the case, was the fear based in reality or was it just a fantasy? What should one do about it? To find out, we approached cartoonists and invited them to draw the Prophet Muhammad as they saw him”.
According to Rose, the decision to publish the cartoons was as a result of a debate on censorship which involved museums, publishing houses and newspapers. It started when a children’s writer was writing a book about the life of the Prophet Muhammad and needed illustrations.
Three illustrators refused to do so, one accepted, but wanted anonymity. This started a debate in Denmark about encouraging self-censorship when it comes to Islam. Rose says, “We discovered that, yes, there is self-censorship and the fear is great. People are killed over this in the public debate of blasphemy and art. We decided to approach others to draw cartoons of the Prophet to find out if there is censorship or not”.
Rose invited members of Denmark’s Cartoonist Society to participate; half did. He was quoted as saying,
“Modern secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position insisting on certain considerations of their religious feelings. It’s incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech; where we must be ready to put up with insult and mockery and sometimes ridicule. It’s certainly not always attractive and nice to look at.
It does not mean that religious feeling should be made fun of at any price but that this is a matter of importance in the present context. We’re on our way to a slippery slope where no one can tell how self -censorship will end. That is why our newspaper  invited members of the Danish Cartoonists Society to draw Muhammad as they see him.”
The cartoons were published; and it was a non-event; however, several months later huge demonstrations and violence erupted  in the Middle East. In Denmark many Danish Muslims demanded an apology. Rose says,
“A group of Imams, acting on their own,  presented themselves as spokespeople for all the Danish Muslims. When they couldn’t get a law passed criminalizing what was published, they took us to court but couldn’t get it refuted. They could not get an apology or a new blasphemy law. So they lost the case in Denmark and then took it to Imams in the Middle East, Egypt, Syria  and Lebanon, to raise opinions in the Muslim world, and they succeeded.”
The cartoons became a lightning rod. Rose says, “I cannot exercise my profession without freedom of the Press. My safety? I will always have a security problem for the rest of my life. I’m in the top 10 of  Al Qaida hit lists. The Danish producer was killed, so now there are 9 of us”.
Rose travels internationally debating these issues and has arrived at the conclusion that this is a global issue and a growing problem. He wrote his book Tyranny of Silence, to explain his decisions and offer a perspective on free speech and censorship.
He is deeply concerned as it relates to censorship,
“We are moving in the wrong direction. Here in the U.S. you have the 1st amendment which is the best protection in the world on freedom of expression. But, you are becoming more and more isolated. When it comes to protection of freedom of speech in law, in other parts of the world there are more laws criminalizing more and more freedoms of speech … People are limiting themselves because they are afraid of saying the wrong things that might be perceived as offensive by other people.
The more diverse we are as a society, the ways people will express themselves are more diverse. We need more freedom of speech not less… What has changed the world is our communication technology, the digital technology. Everything is published all over the place. You don’t have borders and at the same time you have migration. People are moving across borders in numbers never seen before in the history of mankind.
And these two factors frame the debate about free speech. So the issue is how are we going to safeguard free speech in societies that are getting more and more diverse when it comes to culture, ethnicity and religion?”
Rose is not alone in thinking freedom of speech is in danger. Tune into this sensitive topic to see how these freedoms are being eroded and the danger that poses to us all.
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What is the role of journalism? Is there a significant failure on the part of journalism which instead of pursuing critical investigation and scrutiny is too often working in tandem with government? Does a relationship between journalists and government officials prevent the American media from being watchdogs over government? Are journalists now a division of corporate America- the media division? And have journalists and citizen journalists gone too far and endangered national security?

Panelists from Part 1 & 2 – Left to Right: Daxton “Chip” Stewart, PhD, Dee Smith, Tod Robberson, Niki McCuistion, Dennis McCuistion and Charles “Chip” Babcock

Joining us is Glenn Greenwald, cited as one of today’s most controversial journalists. He is co-founder of the Intercept Papers and author of No Place to Hide. Greenwald believes that media has in fact deviated from its role of watchdog to become servants and spokespeople for the government. He cites the breakdown in the coverage of the Iraq war, when supposedly respected journalists repetitively quoted anonymous sources and used little to no investigative scrutiny on stories which made the front page of the New York Times.

Our other guests include:

  • Tod Robberson – Former Editorial Writer with the Dallas Morning News, now with the St. Louis Times Dispatch,
  • Daxton “Chip” Stewart, PhD – Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, and
  • Charles, “Chip” Babcock, Partner, Jackson Walker, L.L.P.

Our guests agree, government needs checks and balances, adversaries who monitor what they say. In order to sustain democracy a critical check for those in power at any level, government, corporations etc. is needed. Yet too often media has become integrated into the halls of power, rather than remain outside of it.

Many media outlets are now owned by corporate America. So rather than be controversial, media is playing safe. Yet independence is critical to reporting. There is a concern that individual freedom and liberty is now exchanged for security. At what price? Is security the all-important paramount value? If individual liberty and independence are equally important then we will continue to incur greater risks.

Left to Right: Niki McCuistion, Glenn Greenwald and Dennis McCuistion

There is a price to a free democratic press and society. Our experts pose questions and provide answers in this provocative and lively discussion. The panelists agree, there is still terrific journalism being done. And it is far from just being print. Bloggers and the Internet open new doors and bring more scrutiny…

The bottom line, a free press is the cornerstone of democracy. Join us as this is truly a conversation of things that matter with people who care.

And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards,

Niki McCuistion
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Producer
Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
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2302 – 02.07.16

Join us for a lively discussion on the role of journalism and the potential impact on national security if too much information is given to the public. So where’s the fine line?

Guests:

  • Tod Robberson: Former Editorial Writer, Dallas Morning News
  • Gordon Dee Smith: CEO, Strategic Insight Group, CEO, Dallas Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Charles “Chip” Babcock: Partner, Jackson Walker, L.L.P
  • Glenn Greenwald: Author of No Place to Hide and the Intercept Papers

Left to Right: Niki McCuistion, Glenn Greenwald and Dennis McCuistion

Greenwald, who has been labeled as one of the single most polarizing figures in American journalism today and Laura Poitras, a documentarian, met with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong a few years ago and interviewed him for what became the basis of the documentary Citizen Four as well as Greenwald’s book, No Place to Hide. The duo- Greenwald and Poitras taped the interviews with much concern, not knowing if at any moment there would be a knock on the door, Snowden arrested and their material confiscated.

The ethics of journalism and whether the public has the “right to know”, even if at the expense of national security sparks some interesting insight from our experts. Our guests have strong opinions on the role of journalism and how it should be practiced.

Panelists from Part 1 & 2 – Left to Right: Daxton “Chip” Stewart, PhD, Dee Smith, Tod Robberson, Niki McCuistion, Dennis McCuistion and Charles “Chip” Babcock

From Greenwald’s perspective, labeling Snowden as a traitor is irrational. He says, “Snowden did not act as a traitor would, but instead acted as a whistleblower. He did not sell the material he had for a profit, nor pass it on to enemies of the U.S. or publish it on the Internet. In fact he says, he did the exact opposite. Snowden met with journalists, offered the material and asked that they get input from our government on it.” Greenwald states more whistleblowers have been jailed and tried under this present administration than any other.

Our guests viewpoints differ somewhat. We talk about what journalism is and is not, its vital role in democracy, as watchdog, and the increasing need to shine a light on what our leaders do and say.

The issues are complex. As Americans we reject the idea of our own government spying on us and hope they do the right thing. Yet what is the right thing in a world of more connectivity and more margin for leaks and errors that could endanger our democracy?

And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
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nikin@nikimccuistion.com

The third in a three parts series on the past, present and future of health care, this episode focuses on the latter. Our experts agree that health care in the future will look very different. Technology has made a huge impact and will continue doing so, taking us out of the industrial age and into the knowledge age. Knowledge and ideas are now the main source of growth in many areas, most certainly health care.

Joining us are panelists:

Left to Right: Michael F. Weisberg, MD, Marianne Fazen, PhD, Dennis McCuistion & Charlie Feld

Technology, and its new tools from the smart phone and other, impacts how we buy and make decisions. Customers now have access to prime resources and can bypass the middle man. This will impact value and costs. We need to rethink the future as the old rules will not work any longer.

While the future is exciting, costs are rising and more of that cost is shifting to the patient. The good news is we’re living longer, healthier lives because of better health care availability and many more individuals taking more responsibility for their health. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, co- author of The China Study, chimes in via a previously taped program on how diet affects our health and other steps the Cleveland Clinic recommends to keep healthy longer.

High tech medicine such as robotic surgery reduces errors and the rise of consumerism means more consumer directed health care and on demand care – when and where individuals need it.

Innovation is changing future therapies. Therapies will be genetically directed so health care professionals will be able to tell the pathway that led to a disease and diagnose and cure uniquely to an individual’s needs. The future brings a better understanding of human micro biotics and the bacteria that causes illnesses.

Bureaucracy in health care is still overwhelming, but changes are disrupting our old systems- hopefully for the better.

Tune in to learn more about how the future and disruptive innovation will change your life and your health.

And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards,

Niki McCuistion
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Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
214-750-5157
www.nikimccuistion.com
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2226 – 01.24.16