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Manafort Charged, Podesta Next? The "Politics" of an Indictment

Manafort Charged, Podesta Next? The "Politics" of an Indictment
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Jim Kavanagh, the editor of, as well as by Dan Kovalik, a human rights and labor lawyer who is the author of “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia”.

Indictments have been issued targeting Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. What is Special Counsel Mueller's strategy in the ongoing investigation? Are others likely to be indicted? None of the charges are related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, but "Russiagate" continues to gain steam.

Catalan President Puigdemont has gone to Belgium along with several other Catalan officials following the announcement of heavy charges against pro-independence leaders. Meanwhile, the central government has declared that a new regional election will take place in December. Brian and John are joined by Dick Nichols, correspondent for Green Left Weekly.

Longtime leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masoud Barzani has resigned following an independence referendum that prompted an Iraqi government offensive that retook the contested city of Kirkuk. Following clashes in the Kurdish parliament, what comes next for the KRG and Iraq? Ali Musawi, war correspondent based in Iraq, joins the show along with Kani Xulam, director of the Kurdish American Information Network.

Another round of Syria peace talks convened by Russia, Iran and Turkey are underway in Astana, with delegates set to discuss the future of the country's four "de-escalation zones". Peter Ford, former British ambassador to Syria, discusses the prospects for peace.

Some of the most revealing documents in the "JFK files" were in fact about Cuba. Evidence has now emerged that the US government was considering biological warfare on Cuban agriculture and a staged bombing campaign that would be blamed on the Cuban government, among other schemes. Brian and John are joined by Dr. Helen Yaffe, an Economic History Fellow at the London School of Economics and author of the book "Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution".

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