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Syria Ceasefire: Real Peace or Smoke and Mirrors?

Syria Ceasefire: Real Peace or Smoke and Mirrors?
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker is joined by Zafar Bangash of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought to discuss the announcement by the U.S. and Russia that they are “re-doubling” their efforts to achieve peace in Syria, as well as the pledge to reinstate a country-wide ceasefire.

This comes as fighting rages on in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo, even as the local ceasefire has been extended for 48 hours.

Brazil’s Parliament is in chaos. The Senate’s upper house looks set to move forward today with a vote on impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. Two days ago the speaker of the Lower House annulled the impeachment, but reversed his decision a day later. Journalist Pepe Escobar joins Becker to analyze what's next in Brazil.

Hillary Clinton is already being labeled the presumed nominee of the Democratic Party, even though Sanders has won so many open primaries and caucuses. Many in the Sanders movement are saying it should be “Bernie or Bust” — in other words, that they won’t cast their ballot for Hillary. Where is this new movement headed? Author and editorial cartoonist Ted Rall speaks with Becker.

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