May 9 - Could Syria Be Iran's Vietnam?; The Prospect for Peace in Syria; Campaigning Against Corruption in Pakistan

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of whether Syria will be Iran’s Vietnam as Tehran’s support for the Assad regime deepens in a civil war that could become a quagmire for “The Axis of Resistance”. Beirut-based journalist Thanassis Cambanis joins us. The author of “A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel”, he has a forthcoming article at Foreign Policy “Syria, Iran’s Vietnam? How the Civil War in Syria is a Quagmire for “The Axis of Resistance”.
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Part 2

Then we examine the possibility that the upcoming peace talks Secretary of State Kerry brokered with the Russians might end the bloody standoff in Syria that has cost over 80,000 live and destroyed much of the country. Investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss, the author of “Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam”, joins us to discuss his article at The Nation, “The First Good News for Syria”.

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Part 3

Then finally we assess the likely outcome of Saturday’s elections in Pakistan where the charismatic leader of the new PTI party Imran Khan fell 15 feet from a crane at a rally and is recuperating in hospital. Sameer Dossani, who formerly worked for Amnesty International, joins us to discuss Imran’s Khan’s anti-corruption campaign and how it might effect his chances of joining a coalition government headed by one of the two major parties that are mired in corruption.

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