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Jerusalem Queer Eye for the Straight Rabbi

Jerusalem Queer Eye for the Straight Rabbi

Getting your ass flogged may sound like the latest sex trend, but in the Middle East, it most likely means you were caught being gay, and lucky you weren’t executed. So what is it like to be gay in Jerusalem, the epicenter of controversy and all that is holy (that’s what he said)? On this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, Religious Gay Rights Activist, Nadav Schwartz, talks about the Rabbis who think gays are perverts destroying society, holding hands in public,...

ISIS Leader Furious After He’s Pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen

ISIS Leader Furious After He’s Pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is calling for a boycott of Showtime after the Islamic Caliph admitted he was pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen’s series “Who is America?” Baghdadi, who announced the formation of the Islamic State in April 2013, said he was led to believe he was being honored by fictional Israeli TV station “Yerushalayim Television” for its 70 at 70 program honoring pro-Israel leaders. “Since ISIS was created by the Mossad to attack Iran and sow discard across...

If You Can Read This, Then There Is Still Freedom of Speech Online… For Now

If You Can Read This, Then There Is Still Freedom of Speech Online… For Now

Amazing podcast with Times of Israel’s Political Correspondent, Raoul Wootliff Click here to go straight to Sound Cloud Mark Zuckerberg might be Jewish, but Israel doesn’t want his social media monster online. Yep, turns out the government tried to pass a bill to take down freedom of speech one post at a time, which would make Israel the first democracy to enforce censorship on social media. But it was just a big mistake (add laugh track here), caught by Times of...

ISIS Issues Fatwa on Hailey Baldwin Over Justin Bieber Engagement

ISIS Issues Fatwa on Hailey Baldwin Over Justin Bieber Engagement

In the wake of pop star Justin Bieber’s engagement to model Hailey Baldwin, ISIS has issued a fatwa calling for the death of the latter on the grounds that she is seeking to “steal and pervert a national treasure of the Islamic State.” “We’re not only believers in our cause for Jihad, but are, above all, beliebers”, the heartbroken Islamic terror group said in its statement. “Now this Western temptress wants to take the Bieb away from us and we...

Wounds of Terror, Laughter that Heals, and a Mr. Potato Head Fetish

Wounds of Terror, Laughter that Heals, and a Mr. Potato Head Fetish

Go straight to Sound Cloud for Kay Wilson’s amazing interview. If you faked your own death and survived, what would your real life look like after that? On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone gets in bed (literally) with Kay Wilson, survivor of a brutal terrorist attack. Clearly using humor to cope with reality, Wilson is, no joke, fighting against western monies funding terrorist groups, friending the supposed enemy, and admittedly still playing with Mr....

The Doctor is In… Scary is the New Sexy, or at Least for This Podcast

The Doctor is In… Scary is the New Sexy, or at Least for This Podcast

Click here to go straight to Sound Cloud to listen to the newest TMB podcast. He’s a doctor of terrorism, but that’s not even the terrifying part. On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast host Molly Livingstone gets in the mind of Dr. Matthew Levitt (his mom made us make sure we wrote DOCTOR), of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, to discuss terrorism, countering that terrorism, and if this podcast is effectively doing both. Is Dr....

Don’t Say Breast on the Radio, the Cancer of Inequality

Don’t Say Breast on the Radio, the Cancer of Inequality

Is Erasing Women just code for the ultra-Orthodox religious gay tinder app? On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone speaks with Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll about erasing women (dirty or not), religious women’s battle for equality, and if you can say breast cancer on the radio. Jaskoll shares her insights as an advocate for religious Jewish women through her organization Chochmat Nashim (meaning women’s wisdom), discussing how she and her group fight for women’s voice, presence, and...

The Mideast Beast to Begin Covering Real News

The Mideast Beast to Begin Covering Real News

The Mideast Beast, a satirical news source, has confirmed that they will begin to focus on reporting real news.  This comes at a time when real news and fake news are becoming less and less distinguishable. There have always been some that think satire is real and real news is fake, but recently the number of people unable to decipher between the two is increasing at an alarming rate. “Why expend effort to write something that outlandishly exploits the hidden...

People Porn: Israelis and Palestinians Tell Him the Naked Truth

People Porn: Israelis and Palestinians Tell Him the Naked Truth

Look out – the unidentifiable white man is coming for you. He’s armed with a camera, translator, and questions, and demands the naked truth (sounds creepy, and yet you want to know more). On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone speaks with Corey Gil-Shuster, creator of the Ask an Israeli/Ask a Palestinian Project, asking the hard questions (that is literally what she said) to find out how he is able to speak to everyone and...

Dancing on Tables in Jerusalem

Dancing on Tables in Jerusalem

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, Molly Livingstone sits down with Jerusalem City Council member and Head of the Yerushalmim (Jerusalemites) Party, Fleur Hassan Nahoum, to discuss the terrifying situation in Jerusalem. No, it has nothing to do with war or peace, it’s worse… politics and the upcoming mayoral elections. Find out her plan, her history of dancing on tables, and her future visions for the ever-so complicated city, Jerusalem. The Mideast Beast podcasts are available on...

Strike a Pose, The New Middle East Conflict, and Its Face lift (New TMB Podcast!)

Strike a Pose, The New Middle East Conflict, and Its Face lift (New TMB Podcast!)

Image is everything, and this week on the Mideast Beast Podcast hosts Molly Livingstone and Alex Giles discuss just how true that is when it comes to looking good in the Middle East conflict. The issues are not the standard ones, but more about gay couples, getting your face on for Ramadan, and how to cover up, so to speak. Is the peace talking finally being replaced by a picture that could say a thousand words? The Mideast Beast podcasts...

Times of Israel Political Correspondent Haviv Rettig Gur on ‘Make Up Sexy Headline, Rinse, Lather, Repeat’

Times of Israel Political Correspondent Haviv Rettig Gur on ‘Make Up Sexy Headline, Rinse, Lather, Repeat’

Reality is a lot like reality TV, the more fake it is, the more the truth sticks out. On this episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone has a deep conflicted conversation with Times of Israel Political Correspondent Haviv Rettig Gur. From his complicated name, to the complicated Middle East, to the complications of being a journalist when it comes to telling the story, the two battle it out to figure it out: reality. beliefs. emotions. And if...

Wag the Embassy…(new TMB podcast)

Wag the Embassy…(new TMB podcast)

On this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone gives her firsthand account of the new US embassy, located in her remarkable neighborhood of Jerusalem (not unremarkable, as falsely reported by CNN). Host Alex Giles gets in a few words and speaks about the reaction to the embassy in Gaza, with the protest and death toll rising. Will it be an all out war between Israel and Gaza, or between Molly and Alex? Tune in. The Mideast Beast podcasts are...

BBC Mistakenly Publishes Video About Israeli Eurovision Winner Despite Occupation

BBC Mistakenly Publishes Video About Israeli Eurovision Winner Despite Occupation

The Israeli winner of the 2018 Eurovision contest has been riling up quite the media frenzy- not because of her weight, culturally appropriated performance, or raunchy feminist message. The BBC has mistakenly produced a video of the Israeli singer after her Eurovision win this weekend, which left out the vital messages of oppression of Palestinians and destruction of their homeland by Israelis. The BBC clarified their stance on accusations of anti-Semitism in the wake of the video: “Although we cannot...

DJ Khaled’s Anti-Oral Statement Really Confuses Feminists

DJ Khaled’s Anti-Oral Statement Really Confuses Feminists

A recently resurfaced interview from 2015 with hip-hop mogul DJ Khaled has sent shockwaves through the feminist community, particularly with organizers of the Women’s March who are convinced that all Arab men honor and respect their wives. Khaled, still not entirely sure why reciprocity in a relationship means performing oral sex, stands by his statement that “there are different rules for men”. His lack of actual talent did not deter the DJ from making comments on how women should, or should...

From Stoned to Scotch: Sarah Tuttle-Singer Gets Real About Israel (New TMB Podcast!)

From Stoned to Scotch: Sarah Tuttle-Singer Gets Real About Israel (New TMB Podcast!)

On this week’s Mideast Beast Podcast, host Molly Livingstone digs in and deep (that’s what she said) with blogger and author of Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered, Sarah Tuttle-Singer. Sarah shares her intimate moments, struggles, scotch and thoughts on the complicated Middle East, Israel and her time spent as an interloper in the Old City of Jerusalem. Girlfriend doesn’t hold anything back. Legit, there’s even a moment of karaoke. Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered The Mideast Beast podcasts are available on iTunes...

Dude, Where’s My Resort?

Dude, Where’s My Resort?

There was a stabbing in Jerusalem, but don’t worry, it was only criminal. Yep, this is apparently life nowadays for host Molly Livingstone as she and host Alex Giles discuss the recent attack and why, if it’s not terrorism, it’s not scary – at least in the Middle East. And if modern day Israel wasn’t lame enough, listen in to find out how badass secret service agents of the Mossad set up a resort as a front in Sudan to...

ISIS Leader Faces Backlash After ‘Caliphate Correspondents’ Dinner’ Roast

ISIS Leader Faces Backlash After ‘Caliphate Correspondents’ Dinner’ Roast

ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum for his performance at the annual Caliphate Correspondents’ Dinner, with many observers calling his speech offensive. Baghdadi’s performance began well, with jokes about his terror group’s diminishing territory. “I know things haven’t been going so well for us recently,” Baghdadi acknowledged. “Even Toys R Us called us to offer condolences.” But when he turned his attention to US President Donald Trump, Baghdadi’s speech turned from light-hearted satire to...

Natalie Portman Joins BDS, Boycotts Herself

Natalie Portman Joins BDS, Boycotts Herself

Saying that she has finally come around to support the cultural boycott of Israel, Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman is reportedly urging fans not to watch any of her movies. The actress, who last week cancelled a trip to Israel in response to the recent conflict on the Gaza border, has gone to great lengths to make sure none of her fans support her movies. “I was about to rent ‘The Phantom Menace’ from a Redbox, and she just appeared out...

Sisi’s Landslide, Kentucky’s Ark, & Saudi Princess Noura’s Catwalk

Sisi’s Landslide, Kentucky’s Ark, & Saudi Princess Noura’s Catwalk

On this week’s episode of The Mideast Beast Podcast, hosts Molly Livingstone and a slightly tipsy (one cup of rose after a long day) Alex Giles discuss the most important matters in the entire world: Uber drivers who act Israeli, creationist museums with humans riding dinosaurs, dictators who force people to vote – and then win, and fashion week with no gays. Also, is there more than one Jerusalem? It’s not the alcohol talking… it’s Alex. Listen already to find...