FROM Mike Giglio
The Sinjar Offensive to Re-Take ISIS Territory in Iraq Last August, the world watched in horror as Mt. Sinjar, in northern Iraq, became the scene of some of the worst atrocities of ISIS, the Islamic State. It has murdered, raped and enslaved an entire town of Yazidi people, who practice a different form of Islam. Today, backed by US airstrikes, Kurdish Peshmerga forces began an effort to take back the town. BuzzFeed correspondent Mike Giglio, who joins us from a Peshmerga base near Sinjar, has more on the offensive.
The Temperature Rises in Europe's Latest Hot Spot Russian troops are poised on the Eastern Ukrainian border as the US and Russia trade charges of manufacturing political crises in that troubled country. Pro-Russian demonstrators are holding government buildings in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, and a crackdown by the interim government could be the pretext for an invasion. Vladimir Putin has been scornful of economic sanctions imposed by the US and Europe after Russia annexed Crimea. How has such tension developed over Ukraine's industrial heartland? If Russia resorts to military action, what could the US do then? How dangerous is the situation?
Tallying a Weekend of Violence in Egypt Egypt's ruling generals have admitted that 36 Islamists were killed while in custody in the past few days. The government has justified detaining and killing leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood by calling them "terrorists." There have, in fact, been attacks on Coptic Christian churches. A court has reportedly acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of corruption charges and ordered that he be set free. After a week of violence that killed almost 1000 people, what's it like on the streets of Cairo? Mike Giglio is Middle East correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast . Matt Bradley is Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal .
Is President Obama Too 'Passive' in Foreign Affairs? President Obama is accused of standing by as Egypt's generals deposed an elected government and killed almost 1000 opponents both in the streets and in custody. Promised aid to Syrian rebels has not materialized, months after Obama's demand that President al-Assad step down. Iran's new president reportedly wants direct negotiations, but the US failed even to congratulate him on his recent election. Is it too late for the US to have an impact on crises in the Middle East? Have opportunities been missed, or did they really exist in the first place?
Violence Grips Egypt after Military Crackdown Cairo has been a virtual war zone since this morning, when security forces attacked the encamped supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The death toll could be in the hundreds with violence spreading around the country. A curfew is now in effect. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned. Today's move had been predicted, but the violence of the assault has stunned Egyptians, international observers and the Obama White House, which says it opposes the new emergency law and "strongly condemns" the crackdown . Will Egypt return to martial law? We have an update.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.