The last time the extremist group was declared defeated, it returned even stronger than before.
🎧 The Daily: Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops From Syria | New York Times
The president’s abrupt order may have raised important questions about the future of American wars, but it stymied others.
📺 October 3, 2018 | Amanpour & Company | PBS
Christiane Amanpour interviews Michael Lewis, author of “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” “Moneyball,” & “The Big Short;” and Peter Szijjarto, the Hungarian Foreign Minister. Michel Martin interviews Larry Ward, the Chief Marketing Officer at Gun Dynamics.
A new audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul. This series includes disturbing language and scenes of graphic violence.
🎧 Caliphate – Chapter Three: The Arrival | New York Times
ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit.
🎧 Caliphate – Chapter Two: Recruitment | New York Times
Who is it that ISIS appeals to, and how? Rukmini speaks with a former ISIS member about how and why he joined the fold.
🎧 ‘The Daily’: A Syrian Voice | New York Times
The United States says that the suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma, Syria, this month was part of a military push by President Bashar al-Assad’s government to break the will of the people still living there.
One of them tells his story.
On today’s episode: Mahmoud Bwedany, who grew up in Douma and was there when Syrian forces attacked this month.
• Dozens of people died in what rescue workers said was a chemical attack on a suburb of Damascus.
• After repeated delays, international inspectors are examining the site.
🎧 A visit to Hummustown | Eat This Podcast
Refugees selling the food of their homeland to get a start in a new life is, by now, a cliché. Khaled (in the photo) joined their ranks a year ago. But cliché or not, selling food is an important way to give people work to do, wages, and hope. If it’s happening on your doorstep, which it is, and the food is good, which it is, what’s a hungry podcaster to do? Go there, obviously, and report back. Which is why, a couple of weeks ago, I found myself, microphone in hand, waiting patiently in line for a falafel wrap.
Truth be told, there aren’t that many Syrian refugees in Italy. The most recent official statistics put the total at around 5000 with a little over 600 in Rome. Hummustown is helping a few of them.
- The Hummustown website tells more of the story and has a link to the GoFundMe campaign.
🎧 ‘The Daily’: Weighing the Risks of a Syria Strike | The New York Times
President Trump has promised retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians. What would that look like?
🎧 ‘The Daily’: A ‘Big Price to Pay’ in Syria | The New York Times
After a suspected chemical attack in Syria, President Trump said Iran and Russia were responsible for backing “Animal Assad.” But Damascus may view the United States as being focused on a different fight.
President Trump has warned that there will be a “big price to pay” after yet another suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
But the suspicion that Syria continues to use those weapons suggests it views the United States as being focused on a different fight.
On today’s episode:
• Ben Hubbard, who covers the Middle East for The New York Times.
• Dozens suffocated in Syria after a reported chemical attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
• Trump sought a way out of Syria, but the latest attack is pulling him back in.
• There have been similar deadly assaults for years, including one in 2013 that killed more than 1,400.
👓 Donald Trump launches US missile strike against Syria after chemical attack – live | The Guardian
American military strike hits airbase in Syria in retaliation for what US president called ‘horrible chemical weapons attack’ in Idlib
Mike Morell interview by Charlie Rose on World Politics relating to the Presidential Election 2016
Mike Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, on Donald Trump and his recent op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton.
Last week I was floored that Morell, a lifelong non-partisan due in great part to his decades long government service, broke ranks to endorse Hillary Clinton in an influential op-ed piece in the New York Times. I suspect (completely a gut reaction on my part) that despite not having registered with a political party, Morell leans more to the right and would generally vote Republican. Despite this, he laid out a scathing argument why Donald Trump should not be the next president. He was my foreign policy hero to begin with, but now I’ve got to build the pedestal even higher. I’m glad that despite the sacrifices he had to make to present such an argument, that he stood up firmly for what he believes is right for the country.
If you haven’t read his piece from Friday, I highly recommend it. If you prefer a video version with more discussion and elaboration, then last night’s Charlie Rose was fantastic.
Even better, if you want a scintillating and engaging primer on world politics, jump back into Rose’s extensive archives and watch all of Charlie Rose’s past interviews with Morell.