January 29 - Mysterious Murders in Moscow; Stephen Bannon, The De Facto President of the United States; Backlash From Trump's Muslim Ban

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We begin with arrests of top officials in Russia’s Intelligence service dealing with cyber-espionage and the mysterious death on Boxing Day of Oleg Erovinkin, a former KGB and FSB general who was a key liaison between Igor Sechin the head of Rosneft and Vladimir Putin, a murder which appears to be linked to the release of the dossier on the Kremlin’s hold over Trump prepared by the former MI-6 officer Christopher Steele who is now in hiding. A former Swedish diplomat who served in Moscow, Anders Aslund, now a professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russia and East European Studies at Georgetown University, joins us to discuss the phone call between Donald Trump and Putin and whether Putin will help Trump bury the investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin by claiming that a rogue FSB operation has been shut down and that Putin has decisively dealt with the traitors.

 

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Then we examine the shakeup at the National Security Council engineered by the de-facto President of the United States, Stephen Bannon, who has inserted himself onto the NSC and kicked off the Director on National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Roger Morris, who served on the Senior Staff of the National Security Council under presidents Johnson and Nixon before resigning with Anthony Lake over the invasion of Cambodia, joins us to discuss the extraordinary power the new White House chief strategist has accrued for himself to essentially run the country while Donald Trump watches himself on cable TV and tweets about his coverage into the wee hours of the morning.    

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Then finally we speak with Dr. Trita Parsi, the co-founder and the president of the National Iranian American Council and author of the forthcoming book “Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy”. He joins us to discuss Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and the chaos it has created at American airports with spontaneous demonstrations erupting in support of travelers from the seven Muslim nations who are now prevented from entering the U.S., while those that come from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, countries from which terrorists attacks against the homeland were inspired, planned and financed, are free to enter.  

 

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