December 3 - Obama's Red Line Warning to Assad on the Use of Chemical Weapons; The Phony "Fiscal Cliff" Debate; Hillary 2016 and the End of a Two-State Solution

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Part 1

We begin with the growing alarm expressed by the White House that the besieged Assad clan in Syria might soon use chemical weapons against their own people. Rafif Jouejati, the English language spokesperson for the Syrian Local Coordination Committees, the umbrella group of activists inside of Syria fighting to overthrow the regime, joins us to discuss the likely response if the regime crosses that red line. rafif


Part 2

Then we look into the politics of the so-called “fiscal cliff” following the Republican counter-offer to the president’s proposal. Jeff Madrick, who writes a column on economics for Harpers magazine and is the author of “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present” joins us to discuss the absurd theatrics surrounding the phony urgency of going over a mythical cliff while the real issues facing the economy are not being addressed by the press or our politicians.

jeff madrick


Part 3

Then finally, we discuss Israel’s announcement of 3,000 more settlements on the West Bank and Hillary Clinton’s appearance at a pro-Israel forum over the weekend where, according to a provocative new article by the New Yorker editor David Remnick, she appeared to be laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2016. Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Steven Walt joins us to discuss the latest display of fealty to Israel while Prime Minister Netanyahu again pokes America’s president in the eye.

stephen walt
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