September 22 - The Siege at the Mall in Nairobi, Kenya; A Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria on the Assad Regime; A Catholic Sister Under Fire Redeemed by the New Pope's Words

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We begin with the siege at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya and speak with Makau Matua, the dean of the Buffalo Law School and a columnist for the Standard on Sunday, one of the two main newspapers in Kenya and East Africa. We discuss the endemic political corruption in Kenya and how much it has hampered efforts to subdue the Somali Al-Shabab terrorists whose murderous rampage in retaliation to 4,000 Kenyan troops in Somalia is meant to drive a wedge between Kenya’s Christian majority and its Muslim minority.

 

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Then we speak with Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, a former U.S. Ambassador to Syria who knows the ruling Assad family and has met with the Syrian dictator’s reclusive and violence-prone younger brother Maher Assad who heads up the regime’s Praetorian Guard and its murderous militias. We discuss Iran’s behind-the-scenes role in bringing about the Russian/American deal to control and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and the possibility of U.S./ Iranian cooperation in ending Syria’s bloody civil war.

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Then finally we speak with Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of Network a Catholic social justice network who the previous Pope singled out for criticism for her support of President Obama’s healthcare reform push and her failure to promote church teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. We discuss the new Pope, Francis’s radical reversal de-emphasizing these issues, while calling on the Church to be less judgmental and more pastoral, as well as the fate of the Affordable Care Act after the House’s 42nd vote to kill it in the latest showdown over shutting down the government to defund Obamacare.

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