FROM Anne Barnard
Syrian forces have control of 98% of Eastern Aleppo In the biggest loss for Syrian rebels since the start of the civil war five years ago, government forces claim they've taken 98% of Eastern Aleppo. Anne Barnard, Beirut Bureau Chief in neighboring Lebanon for the New York Times , says the situation in Aleppo has become chaotic -- as it has in Palmyra.
Syrian Hospital Destroyed in Airstrike as Cease-Fire Unravels In a part of Aleppo held by insurgents, airstrikes by the Syrian government hit a hospital today killing 27 people, including three children, six staff members and other health workers. Anne Barnard, who's covering the story for the New York Times , joins us from Beirut.
A Portrait of Life -- and Survival -- in Syria After five years, this week the civil war in Syria reached new levels of violence despite talk of an international commitment to a ceasefire. This week, Aleppo. Syria's largest city and a longtime rebel stronghold, became a new and bloody battlefield. At least 50 people died when bombs hit four separate medical facilities and schools in the province airstrikes that US officials have blamed on Russia and the Assad government. All of this despite a United Nationsbrokered ceasefire agreement, which is supposed to go into effect tomorrow. What is life like in a country strafed by bombs, looted by war profiteers, in cities subject to siege and families divided by politics? We talk to reporters and aid workers about the unique toll terrorism, civil strife and violence take on Syrians who cannot, or will not leave their country.
Media Coverage of Paris and Beirut Atrocities in Paris have dominated the news since Friday. What about the suicide bombings in Beirut the day before? That double suicide bombing killed more than 40 innocent bystanders at a market in the Lebanese capital. By the next day, it was buried by the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 129. Lebanese army soldiers and security forces gather as Lebanese and Hezbollah flags are erectedat the site of the two explosions that occured on Thursday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut, November 13, 2015 (Aziz Taher/Reuters)
Israeli Strike on Syria Puts Pressure on US Twice during the past few days, Israel reportedly struck military installations near Damascus, the capital of Syria. The ostensible reason was evidence that Syria was transferring weapons to Hezbollah, Israel's enemy located in Lebanon. Israel has not confirmed or denied the airstrikes. Last week, President Obama promised continued humanitarian and non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition "get Assad out of power" and "move to a peaceful transition." Will the ease with which Israel penetrated Syrian defenses put more pressure on Obama to intervene?
The Crisis in Syria and Possible US Involvement Syria’s al-Assad regime has superior military resources, but it hasn’t been able to stop the assaults of rebel forces in the suburbs of the capitol city, Damascus. As Syria’s al-Assad regime looks increasingly desperate, the US and NATO are threatening “consequences” if it resorts to chemical weapons. Intelligence agencies have reportedly noticed signs of action near chemical weapons sites, leading to a warning yesterday from President Obama. The shadow of Libya hovers over a possible increase in US involvement. As the crisis deepens, what are America’s options?
Security Council Imposes Sanctions on Iran After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to impose limited sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop its uranium enrichment program. On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded by insisting that his nation is a nuclear country, triggering concern among his Arab neighbors. What happens next? What impact will the sanctions have? How do recent elections in Iran affect relations with the West? How are Iran's Arab neighbors responding to Iran’s increasingly bold nuclear rhetoric? Sara Terry guest hosts. (An extended version of this program originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)
Security Council Imposes Sanctions on Iran After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to impose limited sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop its uranium enrichment program. On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded by insisting that his nation is a nuclear country, triggering concern among his Arab neighbors. What happens next? What impact will the sanctions have? How do recent elections in Iran affect relations with the West? How are Iran's Arab neighbors responding to Iran’s increasingly bold nuclear rhetoric? Sara Terry guest hosts.
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.