FROM Dariush Maanavi
Iranians Play the Waiting Game In the US, there's a lot riding on a nuclear deal with Iran: the President's legacy, relations with Israel — a major issue in next year's election. In Iran, the possible lifting of sanctions has created towering expectations, especially among the young. Support is "steadfast and unequivocal," according to a recent survey by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. But hopes for an unfettered economy, political reform and doors opening to the rest of the world are tempered by uncertainty. We talk with insiders. Meantime, what about Iran's Arab neighbors? For them, a deal could make a powerful competitor more dangerous than ever.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.