October 18 - The Offensive Underway to Liberate Mosul; Why is Trump and Fox News Now Praising Wikileaks?; Will Influential Progressives Persuade Bernie Supporter to Vote for Hillary?

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of the offensive underway in Iraq to take Mosul back from the so-called Islamic State and look into the remarks made by the E.U.’s security commissioner who warned that the threat of IS fighters returning to Europe after the fall of Mosul was “very serious”, and that even a small number of fighters would pose “a serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for”. Iraq expert Juan Cole, a professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History and the author of “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East”, joins us to discuss the offensive against the 5,000 fighters inside the booby-trapped city that comprises 34,000 Iraqi security personnel, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni tribesmen and Shia paramilitary militias, along with U.S., Italian and French Special Forces who President Obama warned will take casualties and that it will take at least two months to liberate the city.


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Part 2

Then with Donald Trump and Sean Hannity of Fox News praising Wikileaks, along with Bill O’Reilly who had previously said he would “like to see: a little drone hit Assange”, we explore the reasons why the hero of the libertarian left, Julian Assange, is suddenly the favorite of Fox News hosts who are slamming the media for not covering the alleged Russian hacks of the Clinton campaign that Assange is dribbling out. Mike Harris, the CEO of 89up and the publisher of “Little Atoms”, joins us to discuss his article at the U.K. Independent “Julian Assange is no hero of the left – after years evading justice, he’s now buddying up with Donald Trump” and why Assange is bent on helping Trump and hurting Hillary.  

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Martin Carnoy, a Professor of Education at Stanford University and a labor economist with a special interest in the relation between the economy and the educational system. He helped draft a letter released today to Bernie Sanders’ supporters, signed by influential progressives, to reassure them that Hillary Clinton is committed to a progressive agenda. We discuss the letter and whether it will work as a counterweight to the latest batch of hacked emails Wikileaks is releasing designed the drive a wedge between Bernie and Hillary supporters, which happened on the eve of the Democratic convention when Wikileaks dumped emails hacked from the DNC that angered Bernie supporters.

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