September 10 - The Compostition of the Armed Opposition in Syria; Poetry and the Pain in Syria; Analysing Obama's Heavy Lift in his Address to the Nation

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of the makeup of the Syrian armed opposition of which the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front comprises a small fraction. Richard Barrett, the Senior Director for Special Projects at the Qatar International Academy of Security Studies who established the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force, joins us to outline the composition of the ideologically diverse armed opposition in Syria.

richard barrett


Part 2

Then we hear from Syrian-born Ghada al Atrash a translator and columnist for Gulf News in the United Arab Emirates who has been following the cultural revolution in Syria that has accompanied the revolution against the Assads who have suppressed free expression in Syria for decades through fear and censorship. We discuss the poems and writing she has translated that have flourished in social media while violence and pain from the agonizing civil war has intensified as her beloved country is torn apart.

ghada alatrash


Part 3

Then finally we speak with a former presidential speechwriter and a former Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison to get an analysis of the heavy lift the President has with his speech to a skeptical nation about his plans for a military strike against Syria. Paul Glastris, the editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly and Mike Lux, the co-founder and CEO of Progressive Strategies join us to discuss what the president can do to change the minds of the majority of Americans and members of Congress while simultaneously addressing his war plans and the Russian peace offer.

paul glastris

mike lux