September 16 - How Will Russia Respond to the U.N. Report that Syria Used Sarin?; Holding Syria Accountable for a "Despicable War Crime"; The Second Anniversary of The Occupy Movement

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of how the Russians might respond to the U.N. report on the August 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus that clearly indicates the Assad regime used Sarin gas fired in rockets with Cyrillic markings from regime-held territory. Nina Khruscheva, a professor in the Graduate Program at The New School and a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute joins us to discuss how Putin, who is riding high on the world stage, might dodge this bullet.


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Part 2

Then we hear from veteran U.N. correspondent Ian Williams about U.N. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of the use of Sarin against civilians as despicable “war crime” for which “the international community has a responsibility to hold the perpetrators responsible”. We discuss whether holding Syria to account for a chemical weapons attack will get in the way of the Kerry/Lavrov deal and whether the U.S. could make a Chapter Seven case to the General Assembly after an expected Russian veto in the Security Council.

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Part 3

Then finally, on the second anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we speak with Nathan Schneider, an editor of the news analysis website Waging Nonviolence and the first reporter who covered the planning meetings that led to Occupy Wall Street. We discuss what he sees as the surprising success and the disappointing failure of a movement that, in spite of America’s historical amnesia about its radical past, may emerge anew.

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