The New York Times revealed that the FBI recently arrested an NSA contractor who was appeared to be preparing to blow the whistle on surveillance activities. Did the U.S. government thwart another Edward Snowden-type situation? This comes on the heels of news that hundreds of millions of Yahoo email accounts have been scanned using a custom-made software program in order to comply with demands from the U.S government.
Are we witnessing an unprecedented escalation in Syria? After the U.S. suspended communication with Russia earlier this week, military action against Damascus was back on the table at the White House yesterday. But is Obama likely to take such drastic measures? Brian is joined by Syrian journalist and political analyst Kevork Almassian and by political writer Diana Johnstone.
Finally, Loud & Clear producer Walter Smolarek discusses with Brian the IMF and World Bank annual meetings that begin in Washington, DC tomorrow. This year an atmosphere of gloom hangs over them. As opposition to globalization rises and nationalist sentiments increase, what will policy makers try to accomplish?
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