Trump Moves to Kill 'Detente' With Cuba: A Policy in Need of a Pretext

Trump Moves to Kill "Detente" With Cuba: A Policy in Need of a Pretext
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by Gloria La Riva, the Coordinator of the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee, and by Attorney Michael Steven Smith, who is an author, activist and host of the radio show Law and Disorder.

41 years ago Cubana Flight 455 was blown up mid air in a terrorist attack carried out by operatives who had been employed by the CIA that killed all 73 passengers onboard. This year, the anniversary is marked with mounting concern over the extreme hostility towards Cuba displayed by the Trump administration. Is unrestrained aggression once again becoming the US strategy?

In the second hour, Brian and Walter are joined by Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group to discuss this year's Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Right-wing Congressman Tim Murphy, a devoted opponent of abortion rights, plans to resign from office after being exposed pressuring a woman he was having an affair with into having an abortion. This comes as the Trump administration announces the roll back of the provision in the Affordable Care Act mandating the coverage of contraception, and as news broke about movie executive and Democratic mega-donor Harvey Weinstein's long history of harassment — disgusting, sexist abuse of women and their rights is a bipartisan disease in the United States. Jane Cutter, editor of, joins the show.

Some of the biggest banks in the world are heading for the exit as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, and elites in Frankfurt dream of becoming the financial capital of Europe. Economist Steve Keen discusses the importance of the banks and Brexit.

The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act — NICA — has passed the US House of Representatives. This measure against the country's progressive government aims at cutting off Nicaragua's sources of financing from international institutions. Chuck Kaufman of the Alliance for Global Justice joins the show.

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