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Putin Meets Assad, Talks With Trump: Can the Syrian War Come to an End?

Putin Meets Assad, Talks With Trump: Can the Syrian War Come to an End?
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Peter Ford, former British Ambassador to Syria, and by Mark Sleboda, international affairs and security analyst.

A high profile meetings between Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad in Russia today, followed by a phone conversation between Putin and Donald Trump, has raised hopes that the bloody civil war may be approaching an end. After so much suffering, can there be a negotiated peace?

A rare leaked State Department internal dissent memo slams the Trump administration for shielding allies from sanctions related to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act. Does the US government really turn a blind eye to the use of child soldiers? And does this practice extend beyond the current administration? Jim Jatras, former US diplomat and political analyst, joins the show.

Charlie Rose has been dropped by CBS and PBS following revelations about years of sexual harassment and assault as it becomes even clearer that abuse by powerful men is endemic in all parts of society. Brian and John are joined by Heidi Boghosian, the executive director of the AJ Muste Memorial Institute and the former executive director of the National Lawyers Guild.

Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending nearly four decades as president of Zimbabwe following a military takeover. As the country enters a new era, what can the world expect? Eugene Puryear, host of Radio Sputnik's By Any Means Necessary, discusses this major development.

The value of Bitcoin is skyrocketing, breaking $8,000 this week. What is Bitcoin? Is this a bubble, or are investors in for a historic pay day? Brian and John speak with Daniel Sankey, financial policy analyst.

Tens of thousands of Haitians who fled to the United States following the devastating 2010 earthquake had their Temporary Protected Status revoked today by order of the Trump administration, sparking outrage and uncertainty. Meanwhile, a federal judge has suspended an executive order aimed at cutting off funding to so-called Sanctuary Cities. Angie Kim, an immigrant rights advocate, joins Loud & Clear.

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