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    On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Columbia University offering six different graduation ceremonies to cater to students’ race, sexuality & income, and Europe seeks answers on AstraZeneca vaccine safety.


    Peter Oliver – RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | Germany, Paused Vaccines, and German Elections  

    Howie Hawkins – Co-founder of Green Party of The United States, 2020 Presidential Green Party nominee | Marijuana Legalization, The Green Party, and Policy Position 

    In the first hour, John spoke with Peter Oliver on the European countries banning the AstraZeneca vaccine, German Green Party, and COVID variants. Peter discussed the recent lockdowns in Italy due to rising COVID19 cases and the effectiveness of the vaccines on COVID variants. Peter spoke on the pandemic management in Germany and the effect it will have on German elections.

    In the second hour, John spoke with Howie Hawkins on his history in the Green Party, declining donations, and international coordination among Green Parties. Howie talked about the make-up of Green Party supporters and their position on climate change. Howie discussed the future of the Green Party and what improvements the party is enacting for future elections.

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