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President Obama’s looking at airstrikes in Syria to slow the advance of the ultra-extremist Islamic State—a growing threat to America and its interests. But that could help Syria’s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, stay in power, by helping him against his most effective enemy. We hear about the risks of military action—and a possible alternative of striking the real source of the Islamic State’s power: The modern financial system that keeps it armed and fed and guarantees its continuity. Also, the World Health Organization calls for a partial ban on e-cigarettes. And, guns fired into the air in Gaza City after Israel said it accepted “a complete ceasefire” negotiated in Cairo.

Banner Image: A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), guards three MV-22 Osprey aircraft during a humanitarian assessment mission; Credit: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet

Producers:
Claire Martin
Jenny Hamel

Long-term Ceasefire 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Guns were fired into the air in Gaza City today after Israel said it accepted “a complete ceasefire” negotiated in Cairo.  During 50 days of fighting, 2100 Palestinians were killed and many thousands more have been displaced from their homes.  Almost 70 Israelis lost their lives; the last today when a final mortar round from Gaza struck a kibbutz near the border.  Noah Browning for Reuters joins us from Jerusalem…  

Guests:
Noah Browning, Correspondent for Reuters from Jerusalem (@sheikhNB)

The Islamic State 35 MIN, 15 SEC

The Islamic State, also called ISIS and ISIL, now controls a major part of Iraq and an entire province in Syria.  It’s replaced the Taliban as a fomenter of terrorists-including a disturbing number with American or European passports.  Now, President Obama has authorized spy planes to conduct surveillance over Syria—a possible precursor to a bombing campaign. We hear about the risks of military action—and a possible alternative: striking the real source of the Islamic State’s power: The modern financial system that keeps it armed and fed and guarantees its continuity.

Guests:
Eli Lake, Daily Beast (@EliLake)
Sam Dagher, Wall Street Journal (@samdagher)
Matthew Levitt, Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute (@levitt_matt)
Patrick Johnston, RAND Corporation (@JOHNSTON)

World Health Organization Urges Regulations Against E-Cigs 7 MIN, 46 SEC

With the numger of teen-aged users tripling in just three years, the World Health Organization wants a crackdown on e-cigarettes. Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes indoors and in public places… and they should outlaw marketing tactics to encourage use by teenagers.  That’s the latest from the World Health Organization, an agency of the UN.  Mike Esterl writes about the beverage and tobacco industries for the Wall Street Journal… 

Guests:
Mike Esterl, Wall Street Journal

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