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    Target China: The Next Moves in Obama's Pivot to Asia

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker discusses the upcoming summit between the United States and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    Joining Becker is journalist and analyst Eric Draitser, who comments on the significance of the summit taking place on the heels of the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the South China Sea dispute, and North Korea's recent nuclear test.

    In the second segment, Becker is joined by Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and today a journalist and activist to analyze the decision by NATO to dramatically increase its military capabilities in eastern Europe while the Pentagon plans to quadruple the U.S. military budget for eastern Europe in 2017. What's really behind NATO's expansion? What's behind the new cold war against Russia?

    Finally, Iranian scholar and and political commentator Wahid Azal joins Becker to talk about the significance of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution 37 years later. Azal discusses the complex landscape of Iran today and what the revolution has meant for the people of country and the region.

    South China Sea dispute, NATO expansion, nuclear, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NATO, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), ASEAN, Ayatollah Khomeini, Barack Obama, Iran, China, US, Ukraine, Russia, Asia
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