July 24 - The Deadly Endgame In Syria; The First Catholic Official Jailed For Covering Up Child Abuse; The Pain In Spain

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We begin with the intensifying war in Syria where the embattled Assad regime resorted to the use of fixed-wing aircraft today in what is seen as a serious escalation. Joshua Landis the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, who writes the daily newsletter on Syrian politics “Syria Comment”, joins us to discuss the end game in Syria and the possible use of WMD’s. landis

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Then we speak with the Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, David Clohessy, about the sentencing today of the first high official in the Catholic Church to go to jail for covering up the abuse of children by Catholic priests. We discuss the long cover up and the billions spent to hide what seems to a systemic problem within the male-dominated Catholic clergy.

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Then finally we look into the pain in Spain as speculators pile on, forcing up the borrowing cost of Spanish debt to unsustainable levels. Anthony Geist, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle joins us. He is just back from Spain and we discuss how the average Spaniard is coping with austerity and soaring unemployment that again exposes the weakness of the political leadership of the Eurozone that appears consistently unable to get on top of a growing economic crisis.

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