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Corporate Dictatorship Over Internet, Mass Media? Time to Fight Back!

Corporate Dictatorship Over Internet, Mass Media? Time to Fight Back!
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy at FreePress; Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance; and by Ted Rall, an award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist.

The face of the internet is set to change dramatically as FCC Chair Ajit Pai announces his intention to repeal net neutrality regulations. Meanwhile, telecom giants are hoping for another big win as AT&T and Time Warner fight to have their merger approved.

Saad Hariri made his much-anticipated return to Lebanon today, after being held in apparent captivity in Saudi Arabia where he was forced to resign as Prime Minister. Hariri announced that he was "suspending" his resignation — what comes next for Lebanon and the Middle East as a whole? Marwa Osman, independent journalist and analyst, joins the show along with journalist Joyce Chediac.

Is a political solution possible in Syria? The leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia are meeting in Sochi to lay the groundwork for what they hope to be a historic summit between the Syrian opposition and government. Brian and John are joined by war correspondent Ali Musawi.

The sexual harassment epidemic in Congress continues to dominate headlines, with Donald Trump doubling down on his support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Michigan Congressman John Conyers facing calls to resign. Tom Prigg, a Democrat running for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, joins the show.

Ratko Mladic, accused of orchestrating the Srebrenica massacre and other atrocities, has been convicted of genocide. But many have called into question the legitimacy of the court that tried him — the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Christopher Black, a lawyer who is on the list of counsel at the ICC, joins Brian and John.

After months of relative silence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has now stated that he believes the military of Myanmar is conducting a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority. What is the true US policy towards the country, and the region as a whole? Does one even exist? Ajit Singh, political analyst, discusses these developments.

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