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Iran: Breaking Free From the Chains of Sanctions

Iran: Breaking Free From The Chains of Sanctions
Europe's business and political leaders, hungry for trade and investment, greet Iran's President with open arms.

On today's episode of Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker is joined by Iranian-American author and activist Mazda Majidi to talk about the historic visit of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to Italy and France. As Rouhani arrives in Paris today for talks with President Francois Hollande that had originally been planned for last November, we analyze how the ending of sanctions against Iran is affecting the country's growing influence abroad.

In the second segment, Becker discusses what's behind today's visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to China, where he is meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Eric Draitser, author, activist and founder of, joins Becker to talk about the dynamics of Kerry's visit. They discuss the recent announcement of North Korea that they conducted a hydrogen bomb test, as well as whether the United States is using the Trans-Pacific Partnership to stifle China's global influence.

Finally, Becker is joined by historian and author and professor Dr. Gerald Horne, Chair of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston to talk about a range of issues, including the role of white supremacy in the sudden rise of Donald Trump, Obama's strategy in thawing relations with Cuba, and the historic connection of racism to US domestic and foreign policies.

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