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Catalonia Declares Independence, Then Dodges a Bullet (Maybe Literally)

Catalonia Declares Independence then Dodges a Bullet (Maybe Literally)
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by John Wight, host of Radio Sputnik's Hard Facts, and by Dick Nichols, correspondent for Green Left Weekly.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has taken a step back from the edge and declined to issue a declaration of independence in his much-anticipated address. Will there be international mediation, or will Madrid's intransigence continue?

Also in the first hour, Brian and Walter discuss the possibility of another Israeli attack on Lebanon, and are joined from Beirut by Jana Nakhal, an independent researcher and a member of the central committee of Lebanese Communist Party.

The collision course initiated by the Trump administration against Iran continues at full speed, with the Iranian government promises a "crushing" response to the anticipated US designation of the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Middle East analyst Robert Carter joins the show.

The Republican Party civil war has flared up once again as high-ranking Senator Bob Corker accuses Donald Trump of putting the United States "on the path to World War III". Brian and Walter speak with Anoa Changa, host of the radio show The Way With Anoa.

First Facebook, and now Google, are being drawn into the controversy over alleged Russian interference in the election. But what's the big picture about Google's impact on US politics? Dr. Robert Epstein joins the show to discuss.

Finally, Tensions in Europe are heating up as a new military force consisting of thousands of troops is being assembled in Romania, coinciding with an increase in NATO naval and air activity in the country. Mark Sleboda, international affairs and security analyst, talks about what's behind the latest NATO moves.

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