FROM Murhaf Jouejati
Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? Army defectors attacked a military intelligence building in Syria today as pressure builds on the dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to stop killing his own people. Would outright civil war serve his interests or those of a divided opposition?
Violence, Protest and Regional Pressure: What's Next for Syria? Syrian army defectors reportedly attacked notorious Air Force intelligence sites near Damascus today, although reports are sketchy and hard to confirm. The Arab League is meeting in Morocco to uphold its suspension of Syria and find other ways to isolate the regime. Turkey, a non-Arab neighbor, is there. We update those stories and talk to a Western reporter who managed to get inside the country and produce the Frontline documentary, Syria Undercover . We also hear from an expatriate Syrian who's part of a peaceful opposition group as pressures build on a dictator who's killing his own people.
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Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.